This question came about in response to a debate relating to this answer, wherein I stipulated that the effects of the Warp Mind spell are not immediately obvious to your allies.
The reasoning I had for this was as follows:
- The spell doesn't inflict any damage.
- The spell's effect isn't immediately obvious (at least to me). The reasoning for this is that prior to an ally's turn, they're just subject to the Confused condition. I'd argue that another ally isn't necessarily going to recognize that their friend is afflicted by that effect without taking the Sense Motive action.
- Recognizing spells and their effects in PF2e is actually pretty thoroughly spelled out via the Identifying Spells action and requires some investment to be able to do it reliably.
The spellcasting rules state that when you are casting a spell, there's a visible manifestation of energy, but I've taken this to mean the manifestation occurs at the caster, not necessarily at their target (unless the spell says otherwise).
So my question is as follows:
- When casting a spell, is the visible manifestation localized just to the caster or is it also visible at the target?
- Are spells that result in non-damaging effects obvious to others in a combat situation? (i.e. do allies of someone subjected to Warp Mind know that their friend is now confused?)