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Converting Calming Animals from GURPS Magic to Dark Ages: Mage

As an exercise, I'm trying to adapt spells from GURPS Magic (I only have the Brazilian Portuguese version and I don't have any idea of which edition it is, but it seems to be an old one) to Dark Ages: ...
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Impeded spells requiring Spellcraft skill checks on the planes

In follow up to this question Magic Items that produce impeded magic spell effects I would also like to know how an impeded spell or spell like ability can be cast/produced on a plane which impedes ...
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Magic Items that produce impeded magic spell effects

Does using a magic item that produces a spell effect that is impeded on the plane where it is produced require a spellcraft check? Taken from the SRD http://www.d20srd.org/srd/planes.htm Impeded ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell sense magic items inside a Bag of Holding?

My group has a bag of holding. Inside the bag is an item that is enchanted, but they don't know this. If one of them casts detect magic, will they sense this enchanted item inside the bag of holding, ...
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Arcanist's Magic Aura vs Divination / Divine Intervention

The Arcanist's Magic Aura can give false information about any divination spells. I was wondering if you can use it on someone so that when he asks something from a god (Divination), you can just ...
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Can I burn my enemies to ashes with fire spells?

People die and bodies burn to ashes when you burn them. I don't want to see my enemies corpses burning, I want to see them turned to ashes immediately without resorting to disintegrate and similar ...
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Would an anti-magic zone affect a dragon's breath weapon?

One of my players has a special crystal that emits an anti-magic zone 5-feet around them. It was just picked up so they're trying to figure out what to do with the crystal. Suddenly they are ...
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Does the Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature count as a magical ability?

The Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature says (PHB, p. 80; emphasis mine): At 6th level, you gain the ability to step from one shadow into another. When you are in dim light or darkness, as a ...
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Can you cast Dispel Magic on a Shadow Monk's Silence?

Let's say a Wizard is outside the range of a 3rd Level Shadow Monk's Silence, cast using ki points. Can the Wizard dispel it? My gut inclination is that the Wizard can indeed dispel the Shadow ...
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Is dispelling nearly impossible to succeed?

The rules for dispelling say: A Dispelling test is the dispeller's Counterspelling + Magic [Astral] v. spell's Force + caster's Magic (+ amount of Karma spent on quickening the spell, if any) [...] ...
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Does Forgotten Realms setting count as “High magic”?

Could you please provide some sources about that? I am asking about the categories listed in the DMG in the Starting Equipment equipment table, and for calculating price of enchantment items and such ...
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Can you True Polymorph your simulacrum into your original self? [duplicate]

It's pretty much all up there in the question... But just to clarify, You (a wizard of great power): Make a simulacrum of yourself. Cast True Polymorph on it to make it a real human/elf/whathaveyou. ...
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How do I determine what is “magic” and “bearing magic” for Detect Magic?

I am wondering what "magic" means within the context of 5th edition D&D, particularly as it relates to the detect magic spell. I am familiar with the "The Weave of Magic" and spells slots and such....
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How are magical effects on a creature copied/transferred when a spell copies/shapechange a creature by “removing” its equipment? [closed]

This becomes important when a spell such as Simulacrum or True Polymorph or any other shapechanging spell that affects equipment is cast. Say I make a Simulacrum of an orc that is armed with an axe ...
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Can a Magic Mouth spell activate a Mirror of Life Trapping?

In previous editions a Magic Mouth spell could not be used to trigger an object, but in 5e it's not quite as clear. I'm designing a scenario where a crew of thieves enter a Mirror of Life Trapping, ...
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Could a spellbook be destroyed/emptied by being viewed by someone else?

In my first ever game of D&D (this was many years ago), I joined an existing game, and at the table, I was sitting beside a player playing a wizard (or "Magic User" to use the parlance of the time)...
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Can you sustain a spell multiple times per turn?

For example, if I sustain the Flaming Sphere spell, I can use it to damage an opponent. Can I sustain it 3 times per turn, to deal damage 3 times?
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What magic extends life or grants immortality?

Are there any magic items or spells that extend the natural life of a creature (meaning the age of the creature, and not preventing death from a wound or injury) or that grants immortality in the 5e ...
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Are the following anti-magical items balanced?

All the following items are part of one big ritual that disrupts magic for an entire world. I want each of the items by themselves to be a item of less power, but fitting to the theme of anti-magical, ...
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Can a Paladin's Cleansing Touch (inadvertently) Dispel Simulacrum?

In our last D&D session, I was playing as a simulacrum of my PC that was sent by the BBEG after my PC had been captured. About halfway through the session, the party noticed I was reluctant to use ...
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Is the un-detonated globe of Otiluke's Freezing Sphere magical?

Otiluke's Freezing Sphere has an interesting "delayed blast" feature, which involves creating and handling a physical globe containing the spell's energy: You can refrain from firing the globe ...
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Does non-Athasian magic work on Athas?

Most magic on Athas functions solely by defiling, or life draining. Even preserving magic works the same way, only the consequences are less severe. But magic on other Primes doesn't function this ...
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Spell Points, and How To Get More

I'm using the spell point system in my next campaign, and was wondering what the hivemind thinks a mana/spell point potion should cost. I'm not completely up on psionics, is there a similar thing that ...
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Is it possible to create an “archer caster” who can infuse their arrows with magic elements?

I was wondering if it's possible to create an archer with the ability to infuse their arrows with magic elements to make different types of arrows (fire arrow, electric arrow, etc.) and use them in ...
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Are there any general rules that govern the visibility of magical effects?

Are there any general rules that govern the visibility of magical effects? Sometimes it's not clear. Last session one of my players complained when I allowed a bunch enemies to identify his character'...
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Are there canon rules about mutations caused by the spellplague (as we can see it in the MMORPG Neverwinter)?

In the MMORPG Neverwinter, we have some low level area and quests where we can fight creatures that, as we learn rapidly, are people that have mutated because of the spellplague. I have searched for ...
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Is there any official Eberron material about the death dragonmark?

I play a lot in Eberron settings. I was planning to make a campaign where an NPC has the death dragonmark, but I couldn't find any official sources for that. Am I just bad at searching, or it is just ...
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What could prevent a revenant monster's Vengeful Tracker feature from working?

As I continue my campaign with revenants (as I mention in this question), I'm having some trouble: The BBEG of my campaign is being tracked by a group of revenants as well as the party, but knows ...
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Does Arcane Shot overcome resistance or immunity to damage from nonmagical attacks?

Would the Arcane Archer's Arcane Shot (Xanathar's Guide to Everything ch. 1; link requires access to XGtE in D&D Beyond), made using a nonmagical bow and a nonmagical arrow, count as a magical ...
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What happens to a wizard's magic when they are swallowed by a tarrasque?

I was watching this video about the Tarrasque when I saw that its stomach fluids strip magic. I was wondering if a Wizard is swallowed by a Tarrasque, does the wizard lose his innate magic or is it ...
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Does wall of force allow heat through? Can it be used as insulation? [duplicate]

Wall of Force states Nothing can physically pass through the wall. Is thermal energy, heat, a "thing" that can pass through a wall? Could you use wall of force to insulate yourself from a very ...
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Can the Sickening Radiance spell pass through a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

The spell sickening radiance states: Dim, greenish light spreads within a 30-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose within range. Wall of force states: An invisible wall of force ...
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How do I introduce magic to my PCs part way through an adventure?

I am playing through a slightly modified version of the Pathfinder adventure Rise of the Runelords with a group who are all brand new to any form of RPG. After around ten sessions, I still haven't ...
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How much will studying magic in an academy cost?

Here is why I ask this question: I want to create a wizard character that goes to the best magic school in the Eberron settings (which I will also be playing in): the Arcanix. But, I want to say in ...
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What happens if a Beholder places its Antimagic Cone on a target that has been affected by its eye rays?

What happens if a Beholder places its Antimagic Cone over someone it has hit with its eye rays? Obviously the damage-dealing ones are instantaneous, but what about the charm ray, petrification ray, ...
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Does the feat Fire God's Blessing provide magical healing or mundane healing?

Does the feat Fire God's Blessing provide magical healing or mundane healing? I can't find any references as to which kind of healing this is. When in combat, if you deal fire damage to an enemy, ...
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Can I wear more than one enchanted piece of armor? [duplicate]

For example; a +5 chest piece, +5 gloves, etc. I don't have a 5e book to use anymore, I do have a 3.5 but I don't know if the rules have changed.
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Can PCs create their own magically enforceable contracts?

It is common for PC's to sign a magical contract of some sort when dealing with NPC wizards or powerful magical beings. Is there any way for Player Characters to create their own magically enforceable ...
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Can a non-magical “Detect Magic”-type trait sense magic when used within an Antimagic Field?

If you have a non-magical "Sense Magic" ability, e.g. the Chuul's, but you are inside an antimagic field, can you detect magic (from a source that is outside the field)? The chuul's Sense Magic trait ...
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Do projectile spells arc or travel in a straight line?

Are projectile spells like fireball affected by gravity and arc from their origin to their destination, or do they travel in a straight line? I’d like an explanation from both an official and logical ...
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Does Casting a Spell From a Scroll Count as Casting the Spell Yourself?

Does casting a spell from a scroll count as you casting the spell for effects such as Spell Focus and other abilities that improve the spells you cast? If scrolls don't, are there items that do?
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Is a Hexblade's weapon damage still magical if I choose not to use Charisma?

If I choose to use the Dex mod instead of Charisma (as per the Hexblade's Hex Warrior feature) for my ranged pact weapon, will the weapon's damage still be magical damage?
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Would access to fae magic start hexing technology?

Certain classes of character in the RPG, such as the Fairie Knights, get access to fairie (Seelie/Unseelie) magic and ability to use it. I know that fairy magic when used by fairies doesn’t hex ...
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How common are creatures capable of doing magical damage in 5e?

I've been thinking about homebrewing some things. One of the benefits that I've been considering is a resistance to non-magical damage (for example, for a sort of Rage-lite feat), or perhaps immunity (...
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Do magic auras in Pathfinder have colours?

As described in Occult Adventures, the Aura of a creature has a color corresponding to its emotional state, and a vital force aura with a faint rosy hue with a pattern of fine lines that can tell you ...
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How certain is a caster of when their spell will end?

In D&D 5e, many spells have a fixed duration measured in common units of time - minutes, hours, days and so on. Does the caster of a spell have any special insight as to when a spell they cast ...
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What happens to your current HP if your MHP is altered?

There is a spell in the Path of Creation that can grant you extra maximum HP. What happens if that spell is cast upon you If you have all your HP? If you have less than all your HP, but not 0 or ...
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How, exactly, does the Ki Healing “can only repair up to half the damage” rule combine with other sources of healing?

The behavior of Ki Healing in combination with other sources of healing does not seem to be well-explained, and I would like to know if there are any rules or rulings about its interactions with other ...
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Can the Paper Bird magic item from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist be opened by the Dispel Magic spell?

The description of the Paper Bird in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (p. 191-192) says: After you write a message of fifty words or fewer on this magic sheet of parchment and speak a creature’...
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Would the Geas spell work in a dead magic zone once you enter it?

So I am not quite sure if geas would still be in affect in a DMZ, or do the damage if the command is not followed. It is quite confusing as some players say that it wouldn't, and others say it would....