Discerning Ways

Copyright Thomas A Stobie, SFO © 2004

Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion

"These spells ... will work through scrying devices, scrying spells, and spells that permit remote sensing."

Discerning Ways (Priest Base List)

Lvl Spell Area of
Effect
Duration Range Type
1 Discernment I 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
2 Area of Truth I up to 5'/lvl radius 1 rnd/lvl 50' P
3 Aura of Truth I 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 10' F
4 Discernment II 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
5 See Invisible 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
6 Area of Truth II up to 5'/lvl radius 1 rnd/lvl 50' P
7 Discernment III 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
8 Observation 1 target 1 rnd 50' U
9 Aura of Truth II 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 10' F
10 Discernment IV 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
11 Sense Illusions 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
12 Uttersenses 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
13 Sense out of Phase 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
14 Area of Truth III up to 5'/lvl radius 1 rnd/lvl 50' P
15 Discernment V 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
16 Aura of Truth True 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 10' F
17 Reality Awareness 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
18 Area of Truth IV up to 5'/lvl radius 1 rnd/lvl 50' P
19 Observation True 1 target 1 rnd 50' U
20 Discernment VI 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
25 Area of Truth True up to 5'/lvl radius 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
30 Discernment VIII 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U
50 Discernment Master 1 target 1 rnd/lvl 50' U

Spell Descriptions

  • 1. Discernment I - Target gains a +5 to all awareness rolls. This bonus also applies to any resistance rolls to overcome detection (such as non-detection & magical obsurement) by the target. In addition the target receives a special bonus (double the awareness roll bonus) to m-subclass spells that try to obscure reality.
  • 2. Area of Truth I - Creates an area identifiable by a dim blue light where lying is more difficult. Perceiving the truth of anything that is stated in the area is made easier by a bonus of +25.
  • 3. Aura of Truth I - For the duration of the spell, the target is covered with a blue glow that changes to red whenever the Target is lying provided the spell makes a successful Lie Perception maneuver (with a skill bonus of +100).
  • 4. Discernment II - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +10.
  • 5. See Invisible - Target can see invisible objects.
  • 6. Area of Truth II - As Area of Truth I, except to bonus is +50.
  • 7. Discernment III - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +15.
  • 8. Observation - Target gains insight or facts by observing a person or thing with intense concentration. Gives the caster a +50 modification to Observation.
  • 9. Aura of Truth II - As Aura of Truth I, except the spell uses a skill bonus of +150.
  • 10. Discernment IV - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +20.
  • 11. Sense Illusions - Target can discern what is real and what is illusion (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch).
  • 12. Uttersenses - Target can sense through areas of magic darkness and quiet as if they were not there. This includes seeing through Utterdarkness.
  • 13. Sense out of Phase - Target can discern what is out of phase with his normal perceptions.
  • 14. Area of Truth III - As Area of Truth I, except to bonus is +75.
  • 15. Discernment V - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +25.
  • 16. Aura of Truth True - As Aura of Truth I, except it detects all lies automatically.
  • 17. Reality Awareness - Target gets a +100 in all attempts to discern reality.
  • 18. Area of Truth IV - As Area of Truth I, except to bonus is +100.
  • 19. Observation True as Observation except virtually all details are noticed. The bonus is +100.
  • 20. Discernment VI - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +30.
  • 25. Area of Truth True - as Area of Truth I, except that any lying is impossible.
  • 30. Discernment VIII - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +40.
  • 50. Discernment Master - as Discernment I, except the bonus is +50 and target discerns true reality through all of his senses, including spotting all falsehoods. This includes detecting through all magical concealments, obsurements, redirections, non-detections, etc.

Special Notes

  1. The effects of all of these spells except the Area of Truth and Aura of Truth spells will work through scrying devices, scrying spells, and spells that permit remote sensing.