Symbol of Persuasion

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NameSymbol of Persuasion
SchoolEnchantment (Charm) [Mind-Affecting]
LevelAPeace 6, Arc 6, Clr 6, Sin-L 6, Sor/Wiz 6, Wuj 6
ComponentsV, S, M
Casting Time10 minutes
Recharge TimeGeneral
Range0 ft.; see text
EffectOne symbol
DurationSee text
Saving ThrowWill negates
Spell ResistanceYes
SourcesSystem Reference Document on page 290
Short Description

Triggered rune acts as charm monster on nearby creatures.


Mercury and phosphorus, plus powdered diamond and opal with a total value of at least 5,000 gp each.

Living GreyhawkOpen

This spell allows you to scribe a potent rune of power upon a surface. When triggered, a symbol of persuasion charms as charm monster one or more creatures within 60 feet of the symbol (treat as a burst). The charm last for 1 hour per level. Once triggered, the symbol becomes active and glows, lasting for 10 minutes per caster level. Any creature that enters the area while the symbol of persuasion is active is subject to its effect, whether or not that creature was in the area when it was triggered. A creature need save against the symbol only once as long as it remains within the area, though if it leaves the area and returns while the symbol is still active, it must save again.

Until it is triggered, the symbol of persuasion is inactive (though visible and legible at a distance of 60 feet). To be effective, a symbol of persuasion must always be placed in plain sight and in a prominent location. Covering or hiding the rune renders the symbol of persuasion ineffective, unless a creature removes the covering, in which case the symbol of persuasion works normally.

As a default, a symbol of persuasion is triggered whenever a creature does one or more of the following, as you select: looks at the rune; reads the rune; touches the rune; passes over the rune; or passes through a portal bearing the rune. Regardless of the trigger method or methods chosen, a creature more than 60 feet from a symbol of persuasion can't trigger it (even if it meets one or more of the triggering conditions, such as reading the rune). Once the spell is cast, a symbol of persuasions triggering conditions cannot be changed.

In this case, reading the rune means any attempt to study it, identify it, or fathom its meaning. Throwing a cover over a symbol of persuasion to render it inoperative triggers it if the symbol reacts to touch. You can't use a symbol of persuasion offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of persuasion remains untriggered if an item bearing the symbol of persuasion is used to touch a creature. Likewise, a symbol of persuasion cannot be placed on a weapon and set to activate when the weapon strikes a foe.

You can also set special triggering limitations of your own. These can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. Special conditions for triggering a symbol of persuasion can be based on a creatures name, identity, or alignment, but otherwise must be based on observable actions or qualities. Intangibles such as level, class, Hit Dice, and hit points dont qualify.

When scribing a symbol of persuasion, you can specify a password or phrase that prevents a creature using it from triggering the effect. Anyone using the password remains immune to that particular rune's effects so long as the creature remains within 60 feet of the rune. If the creature leaves the radius and returns later, it must use the password again.

You also can attune any number of creatures to the symbol of persuasion, but doing this can extend the casting time. Attuning one or two creatures takes negligible time, and attuning a small group (as many as ten creatures) extends the casting time to 1 hour. Attuning a large group (as many as twenty-five creatures) takes 24 hours. Attuning larger groups takes proportionately longer. Any creature attuned to a symbol of persuasion cannot trigger it and is immune to its effects, even if within its radius when triggered. You are automatically considered attuned to your own symbols of persuasion, and thus always ignore the effects and cannot inadvertently trigger them.

Read magic allows you to identify a symbol of persuasion with a DC 19 Spellcraft check. Of course, if the symbol of persuasion is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

A symbol of persuasion can be removed by a successful dispel magic targeted solely on the rune. An erase spell has no effect on a symbol of persuasion. Destruction of the surface where a symbol of persuasion is inscribed destroys the symbol but also triggers it.

Symbol of persuasion can be made permanent with a permanency spell. A permanent symbol of persuasion that is disabled or that has affected its maximum number of hit points becomes inactive for 10 minutes, then can be triggered again as normal.

Note: Magic traps such as symbol of persuasion are hard to detect and disable. A rogue (only) can use the Search skill to find a symbol of persuasion and Disable Device to thwart it. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level, or 31 for symbol of persuasion.

Source Copyright: System Reference Document Copyright 2000-2003, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.; Authors Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Rich Baker, Andy Collins, David Noonan, Rich Redman, Bruce R. Cordell, John D. Rateliff, Thomas Reid, James Wyatt, based on original material by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

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