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Exploit
Acolyte

Canada
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Posted - 14 Jan 2009 :  23:26:26  Show Profile  Visit Exploit's Homepage Send Exploit a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Can the Divination spell, in version 3.5, answer a WHEN question? For instance, "When will the adventuring party that has been raiding my castle attack me next?" or even more broadly "Will I be attacked in the next tenday?"

The spell description seems to allow for this since there is no limitations on the type of question asked and being advised as to when something is going to happen should qualify as "a useful piece of advice".

Even if the advice is cryptic like "Danger will come when the moon and the harvest rise as one" presumably the answer can be deciphered (probably should be a Knowledge DC check of some sort for NPCs to be fair since the DM obviously knows the answer to his own clue).

If this works then it will certainly change both PC and NPC tactics dramatically. Knowing when the next attack will take place means NPCs/PCs should be well prepared to repel any "surprise" attacks. Certainly helps against the teleport-in/blast/teleport-out tactics that abound at high levels.

Just curious on other people's opinion.

IngoDjan
Learned Scribe

Brazil
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Posted - 15 Jan 2009 :  13:48:42  Show Profile  Visit IngoDjan's Homepage Send IngoDjan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think, nobody can tell the future exactly. Maybe it works perfectly, but maybe it won't.
In my table, there's a divinator (Belive me, it's true) and his divination has a special chances of be right.

Ingo Djan
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ErskineF
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 15 Jan 2009 :  14:32:09  Show Profile  Visit ErskineF's Homepage Send ErskineF a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The spell has a time limit of one week. Does he have a reason to expect them to return within a week? If so, why would he not simply stay on high alert for that entire week? I can see where he would find it useful to have a more exact idea of when they're going to arrive. He would know that the divination is not always reliable, though, and he would still be on high alert. Still, he might have something in particular planned for the day he thinks they're going to arrive.

I like the idea of using a knowledge roll to see if he interprets his answer correctly. If he fails, then I would roll 1d4 to see by how many days he misses the mark, or 2d4 if he fails by more than 5. I would also roll percentile to see whether he thinks the attack is going to be sooner than it is, or later.

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