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SoP: Can Sage's take 'Natural Enhancement'?

The Sage class from the Champions of the Spheres book has several class features that let them modify their class feature or gain powers from magical talents as if they were casters. One such is the ...
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Is there a method to create permanent connections between locations or planes to each other to only allow communication?

Related questions: Are there any spells or magic items that allow for making of ‘logic gates or wires’? Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? Is ...
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Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? [duplicate]

My players are wondering if they can create permanent ways between their demiplanes (created by the demiplane spell) and between the planes the campaign takes place in. They, over time, have made many ...
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Are there any guides for what ingredients would be needed to make a magic item, spell, or how long to research the spell to make it? [closed]

I’m planning to send my players on quests to get ingredients for a very powerful shield to protect a plane. Are there any guides or recommendations for the difficulty(CR) that magic items of certain ...
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Are there any spells or magic items that allow for making of ‘logic gates or wires’?

My players’ characters are planning to create a base/series of systems to monitor their base. I want to have them ‘program’ the base. Some examples are: something to alert the residents of incoming ...
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Can a creature have simultaneously a magical and a psionic contingency?

Can a creature have in operation at the same time both the 6th-level Sor/Wiz spell contingency [evoc] (Player's Handbook 213) and the 6th-level psion/wilder power psionic contingency [clairsentience] (...
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What is the maximum number of spells a character can have? [closed]

What is the largest amount of spells one character can have at one time? This includes Multiclassing, feats, Background, and Races. The character does not have to be functional in any way. It just ...
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State and status of an animal magically turned into a human

Let us suppose that we have a mundane animal - a cow, sheep or pig, and a Muto Animal Corpus spell is used to transform that animal from its natural form into the form of a human that is the ...
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Can you make spell trigger items at a caster level lower than your own?

Let's take a scroll as an example, but this would apply to wands and the like as well. The SRD says the following about scribing scrolls: The base price of a scroll is its spell level × its caster ...
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How an Inhabiting Flesh-Form Spirit Ally would improve its vessels skills?

In my previous question What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have? the answer was that the SA would "inherit" so to speak, the vessel's memories, attributes and skills and that ...
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Do the rules for combining magical effects apply to non-spell effects?

In the chapter on Spellcasting, there is a section called "Combining Magical Effects". However, despite the seeming generality of the title, the text of this section only talks about magical effects ...
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Are components harvested off a dragon inherently magical?

After our party slew a frost dragon, my character harvested a few dragon teeth off of the corpse. I now want to have someone craft weapons out of those teeth (DM does allow crafting of magical items.) ...
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Has there ever been a class that creates magic by drawing it?

In the long history of Dungeons & Dragons, has there been a character class that can only create magical effects by drawing on surface? For example, a class that needs to draw a circle on the ...
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How do the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot and Magic Arrow features interact?

The Arcane Archer fighter (XGtE, p. 28-30) gains two features at 7th level. The first is Magic Arrow: At 7th level, you gain the ability to infuse arrows with magic. Whenever you fire a nonmagical ...
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Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade: Utility against creatures with immunity to non-magical damage?

Both Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade have the following text: You make a single melee weapon attack against a creature you can see within the spell's range. If the attack hits... Reading this ...
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What, beyond correct elemental or alignment damage, can kill a regenerating creature?

In pathfinder, disintegrate states that: Any creature reduced to 0 or fewer hit points by this spell is entirely disintegrated, leaving behind only a trace of fine dust. This indicates to me that ...
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Does looking at a gaze attack indirectly still trigger the effect?

This question is similar to this one, but with Pathfinder rules in mind. More specifically, my group is up against a creature that does damage when it looks at you. Our bard ran away, but can still ...
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What are the limits of Reflective Fear?

In D&D 3.5 fear is a very fun mechanic, typically the province of enemies but also something you can build a character concept around. Rather than describe all the rules here, I'll link to this ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura mask a creature created by a Protean Scribe?

I play a Protean Scribe (from Mythical Classes by LPJ Design) and it has word powers. You can write a story so eloquent that you can bring the very creatures and objects of your story into existence. ...
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How are Unseen Servants turned into the living unseen servants from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage?

I know that by lore, giving an unseen servant some semblance of separateness from the caster is possible in that a published adventure contains at least one example of this occurring: How can a ...
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What is a magic dead zone?

From Nail of Blood: Inscribed along its length with wicked-looking runes, this 3-inch-long nail is made of black metal and gives off a faint, eerie blue glow. Powered by strange necromantic magic, ...
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How to get rid of Anti-Magic Fields?

So I've been reading through ToA (DnD 5E) prepping my campaign, and part of it brought up a question I've never really thought too deeply into. How do you end/destroy/anything to an anti-magic field?...
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How to make upcasting equivalent to using a higher level spell? [closed]

In general, damage-dealing spells do not seem worth upcasting; the damage just doesn't scale very well. This is probably by design, because no one would bother casting higher level spells if an ...
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How can I reason with a game master who shoots down any magical solutions?

I have recently joined a game and there were several instances where the dungeon master just shot down any idea that didn't fit her plot. We were supposed to have this encounter in this forest with ...
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How does a bard become aware that their music has magical properties? Or must they actively choose it? And how would they learn?

I have a (human) bard in D&D 5E, and wrote a backstory of how his mother was a singer and he enjoyed this when he was young. Later in life he had some Gnome illusionist friends and he became ...
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Could the Banishment spell be used to separate an NPC from an aberration growing inside it? [duplicate]

Backdrop: A horror-themed campaign that heavily draws upon the Lovecraft mythos, using the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition ruleset. Situation: The party has encountered a story arc inspired by the ...
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Is a pregnant creature considered a single entity for spells such as Banishment? [closed]

Using the D&D 5e RPG system. We'll use a Brown Bear and the spell Banishment as an example. What, if anything, occurs when you attempt to cast such a spell on a creature that is currently pregnant?...
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Can Sneak Attack deal magical damage?

Premise Sneak Attack, like Divine Smite, is not weapon damage according to the ruling for the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style: Does the benefit of the Savage Attacker feat apply to ad-...
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A permanent portable Magic Circle

So, a Wizard just got their hands on the Planar Binding spell line, and wants to start utilizing it. Said Wizard also likes to be self-sufficient AND is invested in their alignment - which means they ...
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Are there rules (or at least relevant statements) in 5e about conservation of mass with magic?

Since some spells (such as enlarge/reduce) seem to reduce or increase the amount of mass that is present in game-play with no explanation as to how this happens, some interpret that to mean that ...
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Modify healing spell to deal damage? [closed]

Is it possible to do damage to a non undead with healing? Like too much of something should be harmful right? Does healing work like accelerating the rate of natural regeneration, then you could keep ...
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How would something passing through an illusion of fog or mist reveal it to be illusory?

Minor illusion says: If you create an image of an object - such as a chair, muddy footprints, or a small chest - it must be no larger than a 5-foot cube. The image can't create sound, light, smell, ...
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Is there Magic on Mars?

I am aware that using magic outside of the Earth Biosphere is lethal for mages. Does this still hold true on Mars, or has the red planet enough life on it now to support magic users?
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Does non-elemental magic damage exist on offensive projectiles? [closed]

I'm thinking of creating an cantrip called mana bullet, similar in damage to fire bolt, that is made of pure mana - and as such is non-elemental, and can't be affected by elemental resistance. Of ...
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What does a CFD infection do to a Magic user?

What occurs when a magic user (mage, adept, mystic adept, drake or pixie or some other metahuman species that has an inherent magic score) is infected with nanites hosting a CFD strain? I have been ...
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Does hitting a creature with a magical creature count as magical damage?

Half-Orc Barbarian Conan has been Enlarged, making him Large. During a fight against some Couatls, he managed to grapple one and beat it to death. Now, having something (the body of the dead Couatl) ...
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Can Detect Magic tell me how many spells of a given school are affecting an object?

The detect magic spell allows the caster to: use [their] action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and [they] learn its school of magic, if any. ...
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What happens to lasers entering an area of magical darkness?

This question is inspired by: Is future technology that is indistinguishable from magic considered a "Magical Effect"?. Darkness spells and magical effects block all (non-magical) light. A ...
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Is future technology that is almost indistinguishable from magic considered a “Magical Effect”?

My players are currently in a futuristic setting where they are being shot at by lasers and such. One of my players tried to justify that an antimagic field should be able to disable future tech ...
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Does magic require incantating or gesturing in Dragon Age RPG?

A few friends and I are currently running a campaign and I'm wondering if there is any given physical specifics about how magic is summoned by a caster. Although I'm not an expert, I've read a lot ...
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Is the magic system for mages from Monte Cook's World of Darkness workable in D&D 5e? [closed]

Is the magic system for mages from Monte Cook's World of Darkness workable in 5e? It's described in MCWoD, p. 173. I can't quote it verbatim at this point, but basically, every level you get a ...
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Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage?

At various times while using this site, I've seen assertions that damage cannot be magical or nonmagical, and that referring to "magical damage" or "nonmagical damage" is thus nonsense. For example, ...
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What creatures does Antimagic Field temporarily wink out of existence?

The antimagic field spell has the following effect on creatures: A creature or object summoned or created by magic temporarily winks out of existence in the sphere. Such a creature instantly ...
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Which features of a wizard's familiar, if any, are considered magical?

The find familiar spell has a duration of instantaneous, which implies that the familiar itself is not an ongoing magical effect. However, the spell provides a number of ongoing features that are ...
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What type of stone do targets of Flesh to Stone, and Petrification, turn into?

To what kind of stone creature or character is turned with petrification or flesh to stone type spells? The Petrified condition is the result of various monster abilities A Petrified character ...
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect active supernatural abilities of a creature?

Are active supernatural abilities of a creature detected with the detect magic spell? For example a doppelganger shapechanged into an innkeeper doing detect thoughts on patrons. If a PC enters the ...
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Does a magical creature's sounds mimicked by a kenku have the same effect as the real sound?

One of the antagonists in my plot is a kenku scientist. The party has met her a couple of times and is more and more disturbed with her experiments. She had accepted her curse and the fact that she ...
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Can detect magic find a detect thoughts spell in effect?

One NPC casts a detect thoughts spell before meeting with the PC. Once with the PC, he starts using detect thoughts to read the minds of the PC around him. One of the PCs happens to have a detect ...
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How do I apply 1ed/2ed magic resistance to D&D 5e in a conversion

In earlier editions of D&D some powerful creatures had a percentage magic resistance which was checked before any saving throw (if applicable). If the percentage check was successful then the ...
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Does Force damage count as magical if the feature causing it doesn't?

A recent question asked whether it's possible to cause non-magical damage of every damage type, to which the answer was apparently yes. However, a point was raised a couple of times, such as this ...

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