What point within the nearby metropolis/town/... are the distances and bearings given by locate city referenced to? Is it the center of the town square, perhaps? A geometric center-of-population-mass? Some other sort of computed centroid?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Shalvenay, what exactly do you want, where will it be, what is the primary function, etc.? There are a lot of questions coming up over similar things. Are you running an Ebberon Campaign? \$\endgroup\$ – Ruut Feb 4 '15 at 6:28

Whatever the DM says it is

For some inconceivable reason, the spell's authors didn't rely on the spell being used as a non-narrative navigational aide. Absolutely no mention is made to it's capabilities as a nuke nor to how "population" or "town" is assessed.

This problem, therefore, falls squarely in the DM's prerogative, and the specific details of the spell's instantiation are a function of the game's narrative.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Fun. Makes me wonder if I really am the first person to go "hey, this looks like what a VOR/DME gives me..." \$\endgroup\$ – Shalvenay Feb 4 '15 at 0:44

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