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How should I prevent a player from instantly recognizing a magical impostor without making them feel cheated?

Oni are pretty clever, so I'm sure this one gave it some thought. When you meddle in the affairs of powerful folk, you're bound to end up on the wrong side of Detect Magic at some point, so you need ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

In some sense, the problem you're having is that your necromancer is holding your plot hostage. He's decided to try to bring these undead into the city. If you call him on it and have the undead ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

Dan B raises a good point - having your PC's undead troupe called out and identified is likely only going to cause issues. However, if you have a way of controlling this - perhaps when they do get ...
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How should I prevent a player from instantly recognizing a magical impostor without making them feel cheated?

RAW, this isn't immediately an issue As you mentioned in your question, a Warlock's Eldritch Sight lets you Detect Magic at will. The spell description for Detect Magic states: For the Duration, you ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

This isn't the fault of the player; it's a problem with the subclass, and should be handwaved away. While all of the answers so far have been great, I want to present another viewpoint here. I don't ...
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Is there an item or spell to see through the Disguise Self spell?

There are several methods for defeating illusions such as Disguise Self. Outside of the two methods listed in the spell (succeeding an Investigation check and physical interaction), any creature with ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

This is a fine example of a player roleplaying too well. A necromancer is obviously going to keep undead minions, and they're obviously going to want to stay beside them in every situation. This is ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

Undead or no undead, if I'm at the public library and eight masked figures get in, I'll treat them as an immediate threat. In my case, that means to run or hide from them, but there are other cases. ...
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Is it possible to hold back on skill checks by using a lower modifier than you actually have in the rules as written?

If your intent is to fail the task, you don’t roll any dice. You don’t have to do a skill check if you aren’t trying to succeed on a task: The DM calls for an ability check when a character or ...
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Is there an item or spell to see through the Disguise Self spell?

I think that your best bet is actually described in the spell description: The changes wrought by this spell fail to hold up to physical inspection. For example, if you use this spell to add a hat ...
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Can Disguise Self be use to change the appearance of your race or sex?

Certainly... You can’t change your body type, so you must adopt a form that has the same basic arrangement of limbs. Otherwise, the extent of the illusion is up to you. This seems to indicate ...
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Can you become "visible" by casting Disguise Self?

Yes or No — the DM has to make a decision Disguise Self description has no details about being applied to permanently invisible targets. It's the DM's job to resolve situations like this, when a ...
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How can a Lich look like a human without magic?

The Lich can instead prevent others from detecting magic on it. With use of the spells Nondetection or Mindblank, which guard against divination magic, the Lich can prevent a divination spell like ...
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Can you become "visible" by casting Disguise Self?

Yes The spell Disguise Self is an illusion. It does not actually change your (invisible) form and the description points out: If you use this spell to add a hat to your outfits, objects pass ...
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Can one wear another creature's skin as a disguise?

Outside of mechanics, talk to your DM/party about this As others have noted, there are mechanical ways to fluff existing options to this sort of skinwalking, but I wanted to point out another issue: ...
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Is it possible to hold back on skill checks by using a lower modifier than you actually have in the rules as written?

Thomas Markov already gave a good answer to what the title asked: Indeed, if you want to fail a task, just fail it. You don't need to roll to fail. However, allow me to answer this part of your ...
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Disguise Kit: do I need proficiency to use it?

You can use it without proficiency Going by what the Basic Rules say (on D&DBeyond), it seems as though anyone can use a disguise kit (or any tool, for that matter), but proficiency simply allows ...
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If you cast Disguise Self and then Project Image, is the illusory copy from Project Image disguised?

Your disguised image will be projected. The spell descriptions cited in the question have the relevant wordings (emphasis mine): Disguise self: You make yourself ... look different. Project ...
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Would the Disguise Self spell be able to reveal hidden birthmarks/tattoos (of the person they're disguised as) to a character?

No, disguise self doesn't grant the caster any knowledge. The disguise self spell description says: You make yourself--including your clothing, armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person--...
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How could a Lich maintain the appearance of being alive without magic?

He's still alive when the PCs meet him, but his phylactery is ready to go Although it's widely believed that a lich must always commit suicide as part of the process of attaining lichdom, that's D&...
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How can a rakshasa deal with sleeping when relying on the "Disguise Self" spell?

Provided that the Rakshasa Sleeps for More than 1 Hour, He Doesn't Disguise Self Lasts 1 hour. It needs to be kept up for a Rakshasa to hide its form. Thus, if the Rakshasa is unable to cast Disguise ...
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How should I prevent a player from instantly recognizing a magical impostor without making them feel cheated?

Another option: the Warlock does recognize the oni, and the plot thickens... The other answers cover the most direct ways to answer your question that occur to me, but I wanted to suggest another ...
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How could a Lich maintain the appearance of being alive without magic?

Here are some mundane methods available in Pathfinder for disguising an undead as a living person, it is not a long list. Skills Disguise: Magical means of detection do not foil mundane disguise ...
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How can a Lich look like a human without magic?

Fabricate a flesh suit. If the goal is just for him not to look like a walking skeleton, he could make a disguise using fabricate and a fresh corpse. Fabricate won't transmute creatures, but the ...
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Can the effects of Alter Self and Disguise Self be combined to make you look like a specific person?

Yes. Alter self: Change Appearance. You transform your appearance. You decide what you look like, including your height, weight, facial features, sound of your voice, hair length, coloration, and ...
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Is there any way for a character to create a magical disguise that wouldn't be automatically defeated by a creature with Truesight?

Fabricate You can use Fabricate to create a disguise. This disguise tricks truesight since it is not an illusion, nor does it alter the form of a creature. A classic disguise to fabricate would be a ...
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Where can I find an ability that prevents True Seeing from penetrating a transformation?

I suspect that, instead of a feat, what was discussed in that comment was the 3rd-level Sor/Wiz spell cloak of Khyber (Dragon #337 59 and City of Stormreach 59). In addition to other effects, the ...
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Disguise a drone as something innocent

Unfortunately, there are no clear rules about entirely disguising drones, vehicles, or anything else of that nature. Thus, I cannot give you a strict Rules as Written answer. However, I can give you ...
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Can a gnome (Bard) disguise as an Orc?

Usually, the Disguise Kit contains materials that do not allow you to change your physical structure and somatic characteristics a lot: Disguise Kit. This pouch of cosmetics, hair dye, and small ...
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