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Does Chain Lightning deal damage to its original target first?

Yes, because "then" First off, your DM ruled that the primary target took damage first. Just that is enough - your DM is, by definition, correct in their own game. Now, if your DM made it ...
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Is this Order of Scribes wizard combo with the Elemental Bane and Faithful Hound spells a legal exploit?

Awakened Spellbook does not change which damage types you may choose as the trigger for elemental bane. This is neat question, but due to the wording of the feature and spell, it does not work the way ...
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Is this lesser version of Life Transference balanced?

The fact that life transference drains a dangerous amount of HP from the caster is a feature, not a bug. It's intentional that one of the only ways a wizard has to perform healing magic requires a ...
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Can I use the spell Immovable Object to create a castle which floats above the clouds?

Yes. The spell functions as you described. However, I do want to flag two additional possible obstacles. Weight: First, the 6th level up-cast states [emphasis mine]: If you cast this spell using a ...
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Does Chain Lightning deal damage to its original target first?

Yes, it deals damage to the original target first Chain Lightning says: You create a bolt of lightning that arcs toward a target of your choice that you can see within range. Three bolts then leap ...
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Is there wide agreement on what an optimised Wizard should use Craft Contingent Spell for?

Everybody agrees on one spell I read about 20 threads on the feat Craft Contingent Spell (Complete Arcane 77). To summarize, these threads usually have one side that says, "The feat's so broken ...
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Can my Order of Scribes wizard gnome with the Mark of Scribing cast Silence to survive her 120 ft fall?

Silence has no damage When you are a Scribes wizard casting a wizard spell you can "temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in another spell in your spellbook … of the same ...
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How would I deal with an enemy that intends to camp underground until I die from the environment as a level 12 fairy wizard?

Just leave As a level 12 wizard you have access to spells like dimension door and given the size of typical dungeon maps, this should be plenty to get out of there. If, for some reason, you decided to ...
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How would I deal with an enemy that intends to camp underground until I die from the environment as a level 12 fairy wizard?

There is always a way Nobody's answer provides some specifics, this is more general: You ask: Is there a way for me to defeat them in this situation if they decide to not resurface, and just let me ...
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Delayed blast fireball + sculpt spell = safely pick up fireball?

Sculpt spell allows to safely pick up the bead. You quoted the relevant part of the Sculpt Spells feature (emphasis mine): The chosen creatures automatically succeed on their saving throws against ...
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What happens to the prepared spells of a wizard who dies and then is brought back to life?

Nothing The rules don't say anything, so nothing happens. The Wizard still has the same spells prepared after being brought back.
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How many more non-wizard spells can an Order of Scribes wizard get that are either a new source of damage type or new use of damage types?

First let's see what wizards can get by default Using some searches on D&D Beyond, we can see what damage type options are available for Order of Scribes wizards from just the wizard list. It ...
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What's the exact RAW order of interaction between an Abjuration wizard with the Arcane Ward feature casting Absorb Elements in response to a Fireball?

In order to answer this question, we need to establish a few things first. Absorb elements and Arcane Ward have simultaneous triggers Arcane Ward triggers "whenever you take damage", while ...
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Is this Order of Scribes wizard combo with the Elemental Bane and Faithful Hound spells a legal exploit?

This is up to the DM, but it should work The awakened spell book feature's second option says in full: When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with ...
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If my wizard learns Dissonant Whispers from Fey Touched, is it a Wizard Spell?

No, it is not a wizard spell for you Rules as written, if it was a wizard (or any other class) spell for you, it would say so. It does not, so it isn't. There are numerous places where a character ...
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Does Wizard Empowered Evocation Feature Work with Magic Items?

Yes you can. Let's look at the requirements for using Empowered Evocation (emphasis mine): Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to one damage roll of any wizard evocation ...
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Is this revision of the level 2 Transmutation Wizard feature balanced? [Version 3]

You really should have started this with your DM While you've gotten some great feedback throughout this process, we were really the wrong group to ask. The person that you should be developing this ...
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Is this revision of the level 2 Transmutation Wizard feature balanced?

This can be exploited and has too many features Because you state that your explicit intent is to make this subclass stronger, the benchmark for balanced you are looking for is: is this balanced ...
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Delayed blast fireball + sculpt spell = safely pick up fireball?

Excellent question. With a successful save after touching (which Sculpt Spell automatically grants), the only change is that the bead will detonate when it strikes a creature or a solid object after ...
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Can Abrupt Jaunt take me out of a grapple?

Your DM is right The Grappling condition means that you do not threaten any squares, lose your Dexterity bonus to AC, and are limited in your actions. The Grapple section of the combat rules ...
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Is this subclass I found on Dungeon Master's Guild balanced?

Not particularly balanced, no. 2nd level features: Scrappy Scholar is strictly better than anyone else's "Savant" feature Partially educated is like getting a Bard's magical secrets at ...
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Is there wide agreement on what an optimised Wizard should use Craft Contingent Spell for?

It can be tempting to say: "Craft Contingent Spell is broken, so there's no value in answering the question; we will instead focus on the house rules that the DM might apply to nerf it." But ...
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What is the most amount of jury tampering I can commit using spells?

Suggest a Unanimous Acquittal There are probably several ways you can get a complete acquittal, but the one that comes to mind first is to cast Mass Suggestion on the jury. The scope of "...
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Does Wizard Empowered Evocation Feature Work with Magic Items?

Yes, you do The relevant point is in the sentence in the wand's description that reads: While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast the magic missile spell from ...
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Can I use the spell Immovable Object to create a castle which floats above the clouds?

Frame Challenge Don't enchant bricks but instead enchant reinforcing bars. Place your first bar in place and thread stone shaped bricks onto it. Thread the next bar through and continue placing shaped ...
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Can a wizard using an arcane focus quarterstaff and a shield still cast somatic component spells?

The Sage Advice Compendium covers both scenarios There are two situations we need to deal with : spells with both material and somatic components, and spells with a somatic component but no material ...
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What happens to the prepared spells of a wizard who dies and then is brought back to life?

By RAW, They Retain The Abilities They Had When They Died As @Joakim M. H. states, there is no special rules for preparing spells that suggests any sort of time limit on retaining prepared spells - ...
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Can I as a Wizard multiclass learn higher level spells through Spell Scrolls despite not being able to cast them?

No on all counts You cannot copy the spell into your spellbook. You can only copy spells into your spell book that you can prepare (p. 114, PHB, inset box Your Spellbook): Copying a Spell into the ...
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Questions related to the wizard's "Arcane Implement Mastery" and the "Staff of Defense"

In 4th Edition, Staff of Defense is a wizard class feature, not a magical item. Any wizard can attune to and use any magical implement, but all wizards pick an implement to specialize in and gain a ...
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What's the exact RAW order of interaction between an Abjuration wizard with the Arcane Ward feature casting Absorb Elements in response to a Fireball?

What happens depends on the amount of damage and a bit of DM fiat There is the simple case, i.e. the Ward takes all the damage, and the complicated case where you take some of it. Let's discuss them ...
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