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RAW, sleep does not affect a swarm. In the description of the Sleep spell, PHB p.276: Undead and creatures immune to being Charmed aren't affected by this spell. All swarms in the Monster Manual (p.337-339) are immune to many conditions that typically would target a single or a fixed number of creatures: charmed, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, ...


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Both Mind Blank and the Ring of Mind Shielding provide an absolute protection against the Dream spell. Mind Blank's text (emphasis mine) states: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense it's emotions or read its thoughts, divination spells, and the charmed condition. The spell even ...


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It's a complicated question. By RAW, both the ring and Mindblank protect the user from divination-like effects, but Dream is an Illusion spell. I would rule (purely by RAW) that it could block (at most) the part where the messenger knows if the target is sleeping, making the spell fail if it's not. If the target is immune to psychic damage, I would prevent ...


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Use the effect of the Bane spell The Bane spell causes the victim to roll a d4 whenever they make an attack roll or saving throw and subtract the result of the d4 from the attack roll/saving throw. If you impose this on each day after a night in which they failed the saving throw, I think it would be a nice representation of the character being exhausted ...


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Consider using the Dream spell Rather than coming up with a bunch of new mechanics, you could consider using the Dream spell as a basis for what happens to the character. If used to cause nightmares to the target, it has the effect that: You can make the messenger appear monstrous and terrifying to the target. If you do, the messenger can deliver a ...


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