Questions tagged [spirits]

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When The Undead warlock (UA) uses their Spirit Projection ability, do their spirit and body share a single pool of hitpoints?

The Undead warlock patron can be found here at DnDBeyond or here direct from Wizards of the Coast. The subclass is freely available playtest content, so I will reproduce the feature here: Spirit ...
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Is a soul or spirit a creature?

The new Unearthed Arcana gives a new option for warlock's patron: The Undead. One of its class feature is Spirit Projection: Your body is now simply a vessel for your spirit. As an action, you can ...
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If a spirit is to “return to its body” and the body is in stasis, what happens?

Can a manifester that has separated body and spirit, such as by the power Stealsteel or by some other means, still return to its body if the manifester's body is in stasis, such as by the power ...
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Can a ghost enter a Resilient Sphere?

The spell Otiluke's Resilient Sphere says that nothing can pass through it. The spell Wall of Force says that too, but the Wall of Force spell also says that the spell extends into the Ethereal Plane, ...
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What is a creature's “animating spirit”?

The spell speak with dead says: You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions you pose. [...] [...] The corpse knows ...
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Do shaman spirit animals lose their spirit abilities while polymorphed?

Polymorphing a creature causes it to lose extraordinary and supernatural abilities that depend on form, and class features that depend on form. Do a shaman's spirit animal abilities fall under the ...
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Capturing a sneaky Bane

Our Kaganmadi just encountered a Bane last round, that is sneaky and tries to influence a Bête by whispering to them sneakily. Now we had stopped at a cliffhanger, having found out the following: A ...
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The Shaman wandering spirit Lore's Arcane Enlightenment hex grants bonus arcane spells. Is there a spell level limit to what spells can be chosen?

The Shaman wandering spirit Lore's Arcane Enlightenment hex grants bonus arcane spells. Is there a spell level limit to what spells can be chosen? The Arcane Enlightenment hex says: The shaman’s ...
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Is it possible for a shaman to interact with their spirit?

The shaman's Spirit feature says: A shaman forms a mystical bond with the spirits of the world. She forms a lasting bond with a single spirit, which grants a number of abilities and defines many of ...
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What exactly is a fey/fiend/celestial spirit?

A few spells mention using spirits, specifically fey, fiend or celestial spirits, usually regarding summoning them to take the form of another creature. A few examples are listed below: Conjure ...
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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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How does a spirit become uncontrolled?

Street Grimoire, pg. 202, states that whenever a spirit becomes uncontrolled, the GM rolls to see if it becomes a free spirit. So, I got curious, how does a spirit become uncontrolled?
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What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have?

I have a player who wants to bring back a loved NPC to life. I'll Spare you the cheesiness of the story, I told him that there is no known way to do that and that it could be a very dark thing to do. ...
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How does a spirit escape combat?

How does a spirit escape combat (in the Penumbra without utilizing any specific escape Charms) in Werewolf: the Apocalypse? What action does it take, and when, what does it roll against what trait or ...
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How to handle critter power “Fear” as a player

Last session our group was confronted with a shaman accompanied by his pet spirit. The spirit used his critter power "Fear" (Core Book pg. 397) on us, a pretty common power judging from the published ...
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What does it mean to be born with a spirit instead of a soul?

The HeroQuest write-up of the Kolat cult says, of Kolatings: some attract dedicated practitioners from those disaffected and dispossessed people born with spirits instead of souls. Does this ...
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How many unbound spirits can I have at a time?

The rules say that a summoner can have a maximum of bound spirits equal to his charisma score. But how many unbound spirits can a summoner have at a time? Do the rules set a limit, or can I have as ...
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Do you have to be the ritual leader when creating an ally spirit?

Do you have to be the ritual leader when creating your ally spirit? (Note that I would still be taking part.) I'm asking because the character I'm making doesn't have any skill in ritual spellcasting, ...
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Can spirits Endow their Immunity?

If a spirit has the Endowment power, can they share their Immunity to Age/Normal Weapons? Excluding Hidden Life/Spirit Pact, are there any other ways for characters to gain the benefits of these ...
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Channeling Ally Spirits

Is it possible to channel an Ally Spirit in 5e? Would there be any trade-offs to doing so? Alternatively, is it possible to create an Ally Spirit with Hidden Life or the ability to enter into a Spirit ...
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Fighting against a Spirit - Only 1 Mage

I'm pretty new to P&P of any kind. Next round we will fight against a Spirit. We have 1 Mage, Rigger, Hacker, and me the Melee fighter (not Adept). We know there is an "Air Spirit" in the next ...
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How can I always see ethereal and incorporeal creatures?

I am trying to adapt a character who can see spirits continuously to Pathfinder. I looked all over the d20pfsrd site for a feat or supernatural ability that lets a character continuously see ethereal ...
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How effective are spirits (bound or unbound) as security patrols in Shadowrun4E

How much attention do spirits (bound and unbound) patrolling a facility typically pay to non-astral threats? It probably depends on the orders given to the spirits, but what is typical in Shadowrun 4E?...
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How do I handle astral security?

When a shadowrunning team tries to break into a facility protected by magic, it seems to me as a GM like the team's biggest liability is getting past magical security. If a mundane B&E character ...
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Effective game mechanics for handling conflicts with spirits

A very effective set piece can be conflict with the spirit world. A nice example of the kind of thing I am thinking of is from the 1982 Conan film, where the wizard opens a gateway to the spirit ...
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Why do magical traditions specify a spirit type for each spell category?

In the SR4 rulebooks, magical traditions have listings of which spirits a character of that tradition can summon. For example: The Aztec Tradition Concept: ... Combat: Guardian Detection: Fire ...