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There's a ritual in Divine Power called Iron Vigil:

You invoke your dedication to your god and let it wash your fatigue and needs from you. Iron Vigil fulfills your body's need for food and water when you perform it and allows you to remain aware and alert while taking an extended rest anytime during the ritual's duration.

What exactly does the part in bold mean?

If you feel that it could reasonably be interpreted in multiple ways, then I'd appreciate some insight into the consequences of the possible rulings.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ My two answers are the two ways I've read it. I don't know which one is right. If you've got another one, add it. \$\endgroup\$ – DCShannon Oct 10 '15 at 2:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wonder what that downvote is for... \$\endgroup\$ – DCShannon Oct 10 '15 at 3:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ For anybody else with concerns similar to Oblivious Sage's, here are the meta questions I was thinking about when I chose to post this question like this: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/q/3141/12011, meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/q/5676/12011 \$\endgroup\$ – DCShannon Oct 10 '15 at 3:36
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The sentence would mean the same thing if you removed the word 'anytime':

Iron Vigil fulfills your body's need for food and water when you perform it and allows you to remain aware and alert while taking an extended rest (during the ritual's duration).

It doesn't impact the time at which you're allowed to take a rest at all, just how aware you are when taking one.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is the correct interpretation. While the ritual is active you remain aware & alert during long rests, rather than being lost in the blissful unconsciousness of sleep. The "anytime" is just there to say that that benefit applies for the entire duration, and that you don't have to take the long rest immediately after the performing the ritual or anything like that. \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage Oct 10 '15 at 3:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage That's what I figured after a while, but when I initially read it I had the other interpretation, so I thought I'd get a few more eyes on it. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$ – DCShannon Oct 10 '15 at 3:22
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Because of the sustenance provided by the ritual, you're able to take an extended rest even when exerting yourself.

The specific text "while taking an extended rest anytime during the ritual's duration" overrules the general rule about what actions are allowed during an extended rest.

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