Counterspell a Counterspell. Is then the original spell being able to cast?

Assume target A casts fireball.

Assume target B casts counterspell on A’s fireball using his reaction.

Now target A can use his reaction and also cast counterspell on target B’s counterspell.

Does this mean that A can finally cast fireball and B can do nothing about it?

Or does this mean that B can cast another counterspell to counter A’s counterspell attempt?

This gets out of hand so I described it as simple as I could. I hope I get an answer because I was on a dispute with one of my PCs for this mechanic.

Would a Ghostwise Halfling Druid be able to use Silent Speech to communicate while in Wild Shape?

A player in the campaign I am preparing to run has asked me if he could play a Ghostwise Halfling from Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide so he could mitigate not being able to communicate with the party while in Wild Shape, thus allowing him to spend more time as a beast.

My initial decision is no, because:

  1. the book states that is an extremely rare race of halfling
  2. he just wants it to min/max his character, not for any thematic or storyline value, which I have a slight problem with.

I am curious, however, if this would even work the way he thinks.

Also, am I being overbearing and unreasonable by not allowing this?

Admin able to set new plaintext user password – security problem?

So I am working on this application that can be deployed and run by anyone on their server. Most often it is run as a web service. In our new version we removed the possibility for admins to set and view a user´s new password in the account management. (The old password was never visible as there was only a salted hash of it).
The new password reset process uses now a reset link via email to the user. The reasoning from our side was that the password is supposed to be a user-only known secret so his identity can be verified as part of the authentication process. So: user receives email with reset link, sets his password, hash is stored in the database, all good. The admin never would get a glimpse of the password itself. If an admin could see the new password (like before), the password is not just knowledge of the user and would lose its value as a means of verifying identity. So far to the idea.

Some complaints came in that this would undermine the admin role and that it would be admin´s choice if they want to provide a system that would have this strict authentication part or not. While I can partly relate to that argument, my argument is that the user himself cannot see how the system is configured but rather expects a real authentication in place. Many users dont see the potential risks of someone else knowing their password. Another complaint was the strong reliance on email (which probably could be mitigated by using other means like authenticator apps).

How do you see this?
– Is this not a standard procedure for password resets?
– Should this be a configurable part like “allow admin to set new password”? – What do you think about allowing the admin to set at least an initial password for users that has to be changed on next login, communicating this initial pw out of band to the user?

Regardless of your stance on this, I would love to hear your conceptual reasoning. Appreciate your comments.

How would a Telepath be able to tell that they’re not going crazy? [closed]

It’s the Psychic player again. She asked me a pretty good question to better roleplay the character. Her character has been able to read people’s minds since early adulthood. As soon as she said this, she looked at me, “How would she be able to tell that what she was hearing were thoughts and not schizophrenia?” I just shrugged and said “patterns in behavior” and left it at that. But she got me thinking.

How would someone who can read minds conclude what they were hearing was people’s thoughts, as opposed to auditory hallucinations?

Can someone explain what I would be able to convince people to do with a 34 persuasion or deception check?

So this character is a lvl 20 hexblade warlock with a 24 in charisma due to her artifact weapon and has the prodigy feat so she has expertise in persuasion and deception. so thats a plus 19 to deception and persuasion. For other reasons, I have advantage on persuasion and deception checks. With glibness as my 8th lvl mystic arcanum, I cant roll lower that a 15 on my charisma checks. So I cannot roll lower that a 34 temporarily. All it says about dc 30 checks is that they are nearly impossible. I cannot roll lower than that. What are the limits of my ultimate charm?

So what would I be able to do to make the 30 feet of demiplane into a true home base? [duplicate]

This question is an exact duplicate of:

  • What permanent spells would I be able to cast to make an extraplanar structure? [closed]

So this character is a lvl 20 hexblade warlock in this situation and I have my 8th level mystic arcanum as demiplane. The dm will probably let us learn any spell regardless of class as long as its not too op. We have a absolute massive amount of money so that wont be a problem. The thing I plan to use the “Base” for is a living space, storage for magic items storage for our mech suits (dont ask, a library since we are dumb and need it, all the other normal house things. It could also be like a war bunker. I am thinking something similar to Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion but permanent. Is there anything I could do other than building it to accomplish this?

What permanent spells would I be able to cast to make demiplane into a true base? [closed]

The character is a lvl 20 hexblade warlock who has an 8th level spell as a mystic arcanum. The DM is very open to homebrew. That’s how this game was described.

If it’s not broken and if the spell is mostly flavor text, it doesn’t matter if it’s on the warlock spell list – I could probably use it. For context, the party wizard has cure wounds.

What spells would I cast together to make a really good base?

How to be able to still view Encrypted files on Samsung S9/Android, but not outside of it

I had lost a phone once and I was more upset with the idea of the bad guy having access to my Micro SD memory card/personal data than losing the phone itself.

After getting a new phone, Samsung S9 has a Encryption feature for SD cards, but the thing with this is, it won’t allow viewing of files unless it goes through the long process of Decrypting it on the phone.

I want a way to still be able to access encrypted files on the phone itself, but will require a password to decrypt/view outside of the phone (if the memory card was removed and tried being viewed on a computer for example, that this would not be possible).

Any possibilities?

Why do I need DAC if I am able to connect to the server via sqlcmd?

DAC attracted my attention at the moment when I was unable to connect to the SQL Server using a traditional way (the reason was deleting logon trigger). I made some searches on the web and it turned out that the only way to access the Server was to use DAC connection which unfortunately was turned off by default. However, I was able to overcome the problem (I removed trigger) using just sqlcmd.

My question is if I can connect to the SQL Server just using sqlcmd, what is the purpose of DAC then?