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RAW - Yes, catnap can affect elves Catnap is a bit deceptively named because, despite the name and the fact that one of its effects mimics a short rest, Catnap does not actually technically put creatures to sleep. And this is not the only example of a spell/ability confusingly named.1 The important thing to realize about this is that the names of spells/...


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It's up to the GM A wish like this falls under this section: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what occurs in such an instance, the greater the wish, the greater the likelihood that something goes wrong. The question is ...


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I'm often unable to find where my cat is sleeping, so I'd say yes, sleeping characters can still be hidden. I'd say have the character make a single hide check when they go to sleep to establish a DC (you should probably throw in a negative circumstance modifier since they won't be able to adapt to circumstances like an active, conscious hider would). ...


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Sleep ignores undead creatures as well as creatures immune to being charmed Quotes from Sleep, PHB p.276: Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are affected in ascending order of their current hit points (ignoring unconscious creatures). [...] Undead and creatures immune to being charmed aren't affected by this spell. ...


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New errata confirms that you sleep for at least 6 hours and perform any light activity for no more than 2 hours. Your second interpretation is thus correct. According to the v1.22 Player's Handbook errata: A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which a character sleeps for at least 6 hours and performs no more than 2 ...


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Use Detect Thoughts guided by an interrogation, followed by Modify Memory You've stated that that neither Detect Thoughts nor Modify Memory does what you need, but what if you used both of them together? First kidnap the target in their sleep. Then wake them up and have one person cast Detect Thoughts and focus on reading the target's thoughts while another ...


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The rule you point to is listed as a Racial Trait, and reads as follows from BD&D Trance: Elves don't need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, staying semiconscious, for 4 hours a day (the Common word for such meditations is "trance.") While meditating, you can dream after a fashion; such dreams are actually mental exercises that have become ...


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This guy sounds like a Warforged, from the Eberron setting. It's a sentient machine, doesn't sleep and "my only duty is to the ship" along with "I'll stand watch 24/7 without getting bored" is right up their alley. Of course, it does mean your "guy" is built from wood and metal.


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Most of your constraints are solved with the updated Mystic class With the March 3rd Unearthed Arcana Mystic class, you can, among other features, focus on one psionic discipline to gain a passive benefit. The Adaptive Body discipline says the following: While focused on this discipline, you don’t need to eat, breathe, or sleep. To ...


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Play a Warforged from the 5e Unearthed Arcana Eberron article. So long as you are not trying to create a character for the Adventurer's League (all UA article material is not legal in the League) you should not have any issues creating a Warforged PC. WarForged have the Living Construct Racial Trait: Living Construct. Even though you were constructed, ...


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No The sleep spell says: Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are affected in ascending order of their current hit points [...] A creature's hit points must be equal to or less than the remaining total for that creature to be affected. If a creature's hit points are not equal to or less than the remaining total, that creature is ...


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It depends on how you want to manifest the Wish The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. So if you use it in it's basic use, it doesn't matter what spell you're duplicating, if it magically puts a creature to sleep, it will fail. Interestingly you could argue that Wish didn't fail, but the spell it duplicated ...


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I don't think a sleeping character can normally hide while sleeping. What one can do though is hide before going to sleep. Quoting from the skills section in the SRD (emphasis mine): When your character uses a skill, you make a skill check to see how well he or she does. If you hide yourself when you go to sleep, then that's when you make the skill ...


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The helmsman could be weird... Neither constructs, elementals, oozes, non-native outsiders, plants, nor undead need to sleep, therefore the helmsman could be a creature with any of these types or take feats or prestige classes that transform him into any of these types. However, a helmsman could also take... The general feat Tomb-tainted Vitality (Libris ...


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Does Sleep override AotM? No. Nor does poison, magic dust, or anything. There are no means that will force the character to sleep. Slumber (magical or otherwise), napping, dozing off, or checking your eyelids for holes are all terms that denote sleep, and are things the warlock cannot be forced to do.


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Yes Creatures that do not need sustenance have that called out in their stat descriptions. The Undead Nature trait for skeletons, zombies, etc., grants the ability to survive without food. A familiar “has the statistics of the chosen form,” and all of the listed forms are natural animals that would need to eat. That is, if we are to assume that the ...


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The elf can choose to use Trance or Aspect of the Moon The language from the Invocation says (emphasis mine) can spend all 8 hours... This suggests that it is a choice to utilize that versus the standard long rest option for the character. The Functional Differences Aspect of the Moon gives you the option to be awake and aware for the full 8 hours to ...


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Just talk A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which a character sleeps for at least 6 hours and performs no more than 2 hours of light activity, such as reading, talking, eating, or standing watch. If the rest is interrupted by a period of strenuous activity - at least 1 hour of walking, fighting, casting spells, or ...


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If the bard is trying to steal something from you in your sleep, generally the way I as a DM would run this is first they would have to make a stealth roll contested by your passive perception to see if they can get near your character without waking them. This would then be followed by a sleight of hand check for the actual theft. Sleight of Hand is listed ...


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Yes, they can still Trance Aspect of the Moon doesn't eliminate the ability for a character to sleep, it simply eliminates their need to sleep, or any ability for them to be forced to sleep, like with the Sleep spell. It would similarly stand to reason that even if there were an interaction between Elven "Trancing" and the effects of Aspect of the Moon, no ...


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Yes, but your DM might disagree. Catnap doesn't actually say 'sleep' or 'slumber' or any similar word in the spell effect, so there's no reason an elf would be immune to the unconsciousness it causes. Your DM might decide to disagree, based on the name of the spell, but this is probably one of those cases where the effects at the table are more important ...


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Have your familiar slap1 them From the PHB errata: A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which a character sleeps for at least 6 hours … Prevent them from sleeping and it’s not a long rest. Your PC sleeps while the familiar, under your orders, slaps the target PC awake - Or tickles them, or meows into their ear, or ...


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Yes, they cancel out If circumstances cause a roll to have both advantage and disadvantage, you are considered to have neither of them, and you roll one d20. This is true even if multiple circumstances impose disadvantage and only one grants advantage or vice versa. In such a situation, you have neither advantage nor disadvantage. (Basic Rules) A ...


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It's up to the DM Even when casting detect thoughts on a conscious creature, the thoughts that are detected at both the initial level and at the deeper level are entirely up to the DM. The spell gives guidance on the types of thoughts, but the DM will determine what specific thoughts are ...on its mind... for the initial cast. Whether or not that's the ...


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According to the rules for listening and to the physics of the world. A sleeping character may make Listen checks at a -10 penalty. A successful check awakens the sleeper. You should determine the maximum distance at which the sleeping guy, considering his high penalty to listen checks for being asleep, can possibly hear the offender approaching. Then ...


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Poorly While the idea of a character with non-normal disabilities in a D&D game has always appealed to me, it suffers from some practical problems: you will be severely unbalanced versus the other players. While choosing a Tier I class and adding disadvantages to it is an excellent way to reduce capabilities (I personally favour the sleep addicted ...


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By the rules as written for the spells in question, no, a stinking cloud does not deal damage and isn't a person using an action to wake them up, so it would not break the sleep spell's effect. That said, the DM did not "make an incorrect ruling". The DM has the ability and responsibility to make ad-hoc rulings about how different game elements interact ...


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If the objective is simply to find a RAW-compliant way to abduct a target, read their thoughts, and have them wake up the next morning unaware, then it sounds like a combination of both of those spells would be appropriate: the target might have detect thoughts cast on them during the night to probe for details, and then modify memory could be used to render ...


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It seems to me that you have a more fundamental problem here: what happens, in your competitive play-by-post RPG, if some people post more than other people? What if one group has finished all their actions for Monday and Tuesday and a different group is still working through Monday? In other words: how do you measure time? We mostly play pencil-and-paper ...


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The thing to remember about sleep deprivation is that it doesn't take long before it really starts messing you up. It shortens your attention span, makes you extremely irritable, makes it difficult to switch focus, and draws out both physical and mental reaction times. There is a huge body of research on the subject of sleep deprivation because the ...


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