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ADVANCED RULES: SCRYING
D20 Rules by Justin Alexander
This material is covered by the Open Gaming License.
When using the scrying spell, a crystal ball, or similar effect, the following rules apply:
Location: You can choose to scry on a particular location instead of a
creature. Doing so requires a Spellcraft check (DC 20), using the same
modifiers for the DC that apply to the Will save (see scrying
spell). If the check is successful, you can observe an area within a
radius of 10 feet per caster level. While scrying on a location your
scrying sensor cannot be moved.
the Sensor: With detect magic
or similar effects active, a scrying sensor can be spotted with a
successful Spot check (DC 25) or Spellcraft check (DC 20).
the Sensor: Spellcasters who are aware of a scrying sensor can attempt
to counterspell the scrying
(even though they are unable to see the caster).
Learn Scryer: If you determine that you’re
being scried upon, you can learn the identity of the scryer with a
Spellcraft check (DC 30). If successful, you learn the name, race, and
location of the scryer. The scryer may make an opposed Spellcraft check or
cancel the scrying as a reaction to prevent you from learning the
Break Scrying: If you determine that you’re
being scried, you can make a Spellcraft check (DC 30) to attempt to break
the scrying. On a successful
check, the scrying ends and the scryer may not target you with a
Divination (Scrying) spell or similar effect for at least 24 hours. The
scryer may make an opposed Spellcraft check as a reaction to prevent you
from breaking the scrying in this way.
Return Scrying: If you determine that you’re being scried upon, you can look back through the sensor at the scryer with a successful Spellcraft check (DC 40). This allows you to spy on the scryer as if you had cast a scrying spell upon that person. The scryer may make an opposed Spellcraft check or cancel the scrying as a reaction to prevent you from looking back through the sensor.
Alternatively, you can cast scrying or use a
similar effect to target the character currently scrying on you. The
character scrying on you can cancel the scrying as a reaction to your
spell, but if they do not they suffer a -20 penalty on their Will save to
resist the attempt.
Hiding from Scrying: In addition to spells tailored to defeat scrying, there are a few other tricks that can help you keep others from knowing what you’re doing:
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