Comprehend Languages

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NameComprehend Languages
LevelAdp 1, APeace 1, Arc 1, Beguiler 1, Brd 1, Clr 1, Commerce 1, EmBarachiel 1, Herald 1, Meditation 1, Mind 1, Sor/Wiz 1, Wuj 1
ComponentsV, S, M/DF
Casting Time1 standard action
Recharge Time4 hours
Duration10 min./level
SourcesSystem Reference Document on page 212
Short Description

You understand all spoken and written languages.

Medium Description

Touch creature or writing to understand language, but you cannot speak or write them.


A: A pinch of soot and a few grains of salt.

Living GreyhawkOpen

You can understand the spoken words of creatures or read otherwise incomprehensible written messages. In either case, you must touch the creature or the writing. The ability to read does not necessarily impart insight into the material, merely its literal meaning. The spell enables you to understand or read an unknown language, not speak or write it.

Written material can be read at the rate of one page (250 words) per minute. Magical writing cannot be read, though the spell reveals that it is magical. This spell can be foiled by certain warding magic (such as the secret page and illusory script spells). It does not decipher codes or reveal messages concealed in otherwise normal text.

Comprehend languages can be made permanent with a permanency spell.

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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