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Are there any instances of discussing the ethics (in Golarion) of finding alignment via alignment damage?

Not really sure how to word this, but I was wondering if there were any situations in an Adventure Path/Module/PFS Scenario/Source Book (PF 1e or 2e) that discusses using alignment damage to determine ...
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What happens if magic jar ends and the caster's body is undead?

Suppose I cast magic jar and possess a body, then I kill my old body and cast animate dead on it, and after that I break the magic jar. What happens when the soul returns to the zombified body? For ...
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Can a creature with Blindsight see a Scrying Sensor? Is that sensor an object? Can it be destroyed? [closed]

Scrying: A creature that can see Invisible Objects sees the sensor as a luminous orb about the size of your fist. Blind Sight: A creature with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without ...
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Are Way of the Four Elements monks' Elemental Disciplines magical? [duplicate]

Are Way of the Four Elements monks' Elemental Disciplines magical? Specifically, Water Whip deals 3d10 bludgeoning damage (+1d10 per additional ki point spent) on a failed Dex save. Is this damage ...
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How to detect predisposition for magic in dnd? [closed]

In my campaign we inherited 2 children. My mage character would like to know if one or both of the kids could become magic users. How to do that? Is there a spell, ability check, or other ability to ...
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Is the magic system in the XD20 roleplaying system unbalanced? [closed]

I'm currently reading XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, published in 2009. The "deconstructed" magic system in their XD20 roleplaying rules caught my eye - magic-user ...
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How can we add magic to the game?

Aside from the mice (and weasels) in clothes using weapons and tools, Mouse Guard is a game that's fairly well-grounded in reality. If we wanted to tell stories with more magical elements to them, how ...
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Do a Soulknife’s soulknife abilities function in an Antimagic Field?

The Soulknife’s soulknife comes from their Psychic Blades subclass feature, which states: “Also at 3rd level, you can manifest your psionic power as shimmering blades of psychic energy. Whenever you ...
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Does Blessed Strikes count as a magical effect?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything on page 31 the Optional Class Feature "Blessed Strikes" for Clerics is explained: 8th-level cleric feature, which replaces the Divine Strike or Potent ...
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Is there a canonical source for the Arcane Trickster's magic?

I've been curious about the source of the Arcane Trickster's magic. All the player's handbook offers about the source of magic for this subclass is as follows: PHB p. 97 Some rogues enhance their ...
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Can the spell Knock open the doors of the Temple of the Gods?

The knock spell says: object that contains a mundane or magical means that prevents access and in the next prompt, as an example, the following is stated: If you choose a target that is held shut ...
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Can you call another PC via Gate?

One use of the 9th-level spell Gate is to call a creature : Calling Creatures: The second effect of the gate spell is to call an extraplanar creature to your aid (a calling effect). By naming a ...
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How do simulacrums being completely subservient to their creators interact with wish?

Say you went down the cheese route and have an simulacrum of an Efreeti, and you make him grant you a wish and you wish for something so cheesy the DM tries to twist your words because of this lead ...
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Casting riffle scroll spells on multiple spell lists

Say that I am a Wizard who has a Riffle spell scroll containing a spell and it was made by a Summoner who can cast it as a different level spell, could I use it because it is a spell that is on the ...
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Can a Dweomerkeeper's Supernatural Spell Buff be dispelled?

The Dweomerkeeper has the supernatural ability Supernatural Spell that turns a spell into a supernatural effect. In the description, the relevant part is The spell functions as it normally would and ...
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Can a Fairy PC fly in an Antimagic field?

The Unearthed Arcana for the Fairy Race states: Fairy Flight. You have a flying speed equal to your walking speed and can hover. This flight is magical and does not require the use of your wings (if ...
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Mana, Backlash and Slots: how to limit a magic system

Generally, I encountered three big systems for limiting the amount of magic that characters can wield at a given time in my RPG career. This is not to be confused with the number of spells a character ...
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Do Spell-Like Abilities Require Concentration Checks?

I was wondering, for spell-like abilities, do you need to make concentration checks to cast defensively, if damaged while casting, etc? Or is none of that necessary, since they technically aren't ...
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Do a Witchguard Ranger's patron spells count as divine or arcane?

From Witchguard: Patron (Su) A witchguard learns something of arcane magic from the witches he defends. At 4th level, when a witchguard gains the ability to cast spells, he must also select a patron, ...
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Where and when does lingering auras resonate in when using detect magic(or greater)?

I want to know if the effects of magic have lingering magic auras on their targets and in the places they were cast from/into. Where and when does lingering auras resonate in cases of the following ...
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Sheathing/unsheathing weapons to cast spells

My friend is playing as a cleric that uses a shield in combat. I am unsure of how the rules for sheathing/dropping weapons work. The way my friend is playing, he seems to be able to cast a spell and ...
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If you transmute Ennervation to another element, do you still benefit from the healing?

If you transmute Ennervation to another element, do you still benefit from the healing? The spell reads as follows: Whenever the spell deals damage to a target, you regain hit points equal to half ...
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When creating undead, what abilities are retained?

When an undead is created through the animate dead spell and you apply either a zombie or skeleton template, what exactly is retained? Both of these templates specify that Special Attacks: A zombie ...
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Can you cast Call Lightning while submerged underwater?

We are running an underwater campaign where everyone is an aquatic race, and most of the campaign will take place completely underwater. Call Lightning says: "A storm cloud appears in the shape ...
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Polymorph and Size in DnD 3.5

I recently looked over the polymorph spell chain for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 (Alter Self -> Polymorph -> Shapechange) while reading suggestions on forums for what to turn in to with the spell, ...
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Material components for Commune spell [duplicate]

The spell Commune specifys (incense and a vial of holy or unholy water) obviously, holy water and incense have a definition but I couldn't find a definition or cost for "unholy water". ...
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Do external, non-innate methods exist in Faerûn circa 1489 DR to situationally alter the efficacy of spellcasting?

Prior to D&D5e, Forgotten Realms lore included situational methods and circumstances that could change the way spells and spellcasting worked. For example, the 1e product Volos' Guide to All ...
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Scrying using effects with a range of “sight” [closed]

If you cast scrying to see a creature, and assuming you can target them with spells that have a range of sight (as discussed here), what spells and abilities could you use to affect that creature or ...
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How can I identify which spells are incompatible with Merciful Spell?

The answers to this question indicate that the Merciful Spell feat can't be used on Summon Monster spells, since they don't deal damage directly. This raises the question of which other spells are ...
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Does magical aging have the same effect as natural aging on children?

If an infant human was magically aged 20 years (say they encountered a ghost), would they be a fully functioning adult, or a horribly aged child? Having an encounter with a ghost turn a nursery full ...
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Is Magical Electricity AC or DC?

I came into a debate with a friend about the nature of magical electricity, such as magical traps, shocking grasp, lightning bolt, etc. Is all arcane electricity Alternating Current (AC) or Direct ...
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Blood transcription and multiple uses

Can the spell Blood Transcription be used multiple times on the same dead caster? How many spells can you gain temporary knowledge of at once?
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aura of life and create homunculus

If you are under the effects of the Aura of Life spell for the entire duration of casting Create Homunculus, how would your hit points be affected? What if you are under the effect of Aura of Life and ...
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Are spirits an inherently magical concept?

The Geminate Invoker Barbarian archetype involves inviting spirits into your body to gain totem rage powers, but RAW nothing about it directly contradicts the Superstition tree of rage powers, which ...
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Does the shield of faith spell combine with the mirror image spell to provide an AC boost to the illusory duplicates from mirror image?

This is a spell synergy question. Casting order is mirror image spell first so the illusory duplicates AC are set, and then casting shield of faith spell, creating a barrier "around" the ...
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Protection against an aboleth's enslave ability

I am structuring the first part of my campaign and have decided the big bad is an aboleth. However supporting the aboleth will be a wizard, who has sought the creature out and is willing to work for ...
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Does the Telekinetic feat also increase the distance you can move the mage hand?

The Telekinetic feat from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything says the following: You learn the mage hand cantrip.... if you already know this spell, it’s range increase by 30 feet when you cast it. Mage ...
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Does Dispel Magic work on a self-targeting spell cast by an artifact and emanating from within an antimagic field?

A character has a sentient artifact able to cast Holy Aura. Another character casts Antimagic Field and the two effects overlap, so that the origins of both spells are within both spell effects. Can ...
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How does “Sympathetic Magic” mecurial work with area of affect spells

I have a wizard who rolled 22 "Sympathetic Magic" on the Mecurial Magic table for an area of affect spell. Is there any ruling documented how that works? For those without the book: 22 ...
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What is Epic Magic in D&D 5e?

I've been reading and writing some adventures for my level 18 party. Currently we are exploring Epic Magic. I've described the realm of Netheril, Karsus's Folly, and Mystra's Ban. I've explained that'...
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Are the natural weapon attacks of a druid in Wild Shape magical?

The description for the druid's Wild Shape feature declares that the transformation is magical: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have ...
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Can a player controlling an NPC use its Legendary Actions?

Let's say my players used Dominate Monster on a Kraken: While the creature is Charmed, you have a Telepathic link with it as long as the two of you are on the same plane of existence. You can use ...
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How does the Detect Magic spell see any creature that knows at least one cantrip? [duplicate]

The detect magic spell states (emphasis mine): you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet of you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible ...
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How does Detect Magic spell see a Warlock's use of Devil's Sight invocation?

I assume Eldritch Invocations are detected as magic, because they are magic: In your study of occult lore, you have unearthed eldritch invocations, fragments of forbidden knowledge that imbue you ...
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What happens if you get over 20 on a death save?

Normally with when you roll death saves, you get up with 1 HP if you roll a 20. But how does this apply with modifiers like Bless? You bless up to three creatures of your choice within range. ...
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Are there any PbtA games for Contemporary Fantasy and Magic? [closed]

I'm being (late) introduced to PbtA games and I'm looking for a Contemporary Fantasy and Magic option, something like Ars Magica, Mage The Ascension, Dresden Files? Let me narrow down the question a ...
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Can you identify telepathically received messages sent through spells like Sending as magical via Detect Magic? [duplicate]

An enemy casts Sending to communicate with a player from far away. In this example, the player character doesn't know anything about the Sending spell and he might think he is just hearing voices or ...
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Can you detect telepathic messages in your head, like the Sending spell, via Detect Magic?

An enemy casts sending to communicate with a player from far away. In this example, the player character doesn't know anything about the sending spell and he might think he is just hearing voices or ...
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Magic Resistance and Destructive Wrath

Currently hit a debate within our campaign in regards to a bearded devil gaining advantage on a Saving Throw from Magic Resistance when our Tempest Cleric can use their Channel Divinity for ...
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Spell-Storing weapon + Magus' Spellstrike

Okay, I've seen a few questions about this but not the exact question I have so I figure it's reasonable to ask. Let's assume the following situation, I have a magus with a spell-storing weapon with, ...

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