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D&D 4th Ed says the mage spell Spectral Image creates a "complex illusion of a creature or object" that can "make sounds".

Can a spectral image speak? If so, can the mage control its dialog if within range?

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Spectral image is written as:

Effect: The illusion of a creature or an object up to Medium size appears in an unoccupied square within range. It can make sounds and can move within its square, but it cannot leave it.

As it can make 'sounds', and there's no specific ruling against it, I would rule that mage would indeed be able to control it's dialogue.

Your DM may rule that 'sounds' doesn't necessarily mean 'speech'

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That is indeed what the DM ruled - "make sounds" isn't speech, but I appreciate it's up to interpretation. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$ – NYCdotNet May 18 '16 at 2:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ If it can't at least moan and make chain-rattling noises, I petition to have the spell renamed. \$\endgroup\$ – GMJoe May 18 '16 at 6:31

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