Does Elemental Affinity apply to Create Bonfire?

Elemental Affinity

Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, add your Charisma modifier to that damage. At the same time, you can spend 1 sorcery point to gain resistance to that damage type for 1 hour.

Create Bonfire:

You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the magic bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the bonfire’s space when you cast the spell must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take 1d8 fire damage. A creature must also make the saving throw when it moves into the bonfire’s space for the first time on a turn or ends its turn there.

The spell does not deal damage directly, it creates a bonfire, and the bonfire can potentially deal damage. But then perhaps that’s the same as creating a fireball, the spell doesn’t deal damage, the giant burning ball of flame it creates deals damage.

However, create Bonfire is Conjuration, whereas Fireball is Evocation, so perhaps it’s different.

I suppose the difference is that it could be a few turns later that someone steps in the fire and gets burned.

Does it count?

Is there any way for the Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer’s Elemental Affinity to improve Eldritch Blast, or is the Sage Advice Compendium just wrong?

The Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer’s elemental affinity ability says:

Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can add your Charisma modifier to one damage roll of that spell.

The cantrip eldritch blast deals force damage, and force damage does not appear on the Draconic ancestry table.

Nevertheless, the Sage Advice Compendium ruling on elemental affinity states:

Elemental Affinity benefits one damage roll per casting of a spell, even if the spell allows more than one roll. So, for example, the feature improves one of the rays of a scorching ray spell or one of the beams of an eldritch blast spell.

Is this just a case of using eldritch blast as a contextually incorrect choice of category representative of the type of spells this Sage Advice ruling is addressing, or is there a way to modify the damage type of eldritch blast so that it is an actual use case for this ruling on the elemental affinity ability?

Sqlite Affinity for hashvalues with certain size

I must store many SHA256-values in a sqlite-database and now i wonder which sqlite-affinity would be the correct one. SHA256-values have an output-length of 256bit=32byte. I am looking for an sqlite-affinity which can handle this but which also does not “waste” diskspace since in my case i have very many datasets. I have read on this site many useful things about datatypes in sqlite but i still do not know which type would be correct for SHA256-values. i would prefer something like “bytearray(32)” so i thought varchar(32) could be the one. but then i remembered that i can probably not converting all of this bytes to printable characters to get them stored as character-array. So it seems that I must use Blob.

Unfortunately do not really find any useful information about limiting the Blob-size in sqlite and how sqlite handles blobs internally. I would like to use the information that my hash-values have always the same length to optimize the disk-usage of the database: I want sqlite to know that for this Blob-column it always have to reserve only 32 bytes, never more. So I would like to use something like Blob(32) as column-type. Is this possible? And if yes: Does it make sense or is there any fallacy?

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Does a Divine Soul Sorcerer’s alignment affect their choice of Divine Magic affinity?

The Divine Soul Sorcerous Origin from Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (page 50) has the class feature Divine Magic at level 1. It allows you to pick a “free” extra spell based on having an “affinity” with the source of your divine power.

In addition, choose an affinity for the source of your divine power: good, evil, law, chaos, or neutrality. You learn an additional spell based on that affinity […]

This choice also affects later class features, such as Otherworldly Wings (the level 14 subclass feature):

The affinity you chose for your Divine Magic feature determines the appearance of the spectral wings: eagle wings for good or law, bat wings for evil or chaos, and dragonfly wings for neutrality.

Does your character’s alignment have any influence over your choice? Can a Chaotic Evil sorcerer choose Law, or can a Lawful Good sorcerer choose Neutrality, etc.?

I’m inclined to assume that they are unrelated given that it doesn’t explicitly say that it is restricted by your alignment, but the fact that it uses the terms good, evil, law, chaos, makes me doubt myself. I can also see this terminology encouraging a DM to say that it does influence your choice.

How does the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer’s Elemental Affinity feature interact with the Scorching Ray spell? [duplicate]

This question already has an answer here:

  • Can I add the bonus from my Elemental Affinity on each scorching ray? 3 answers

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer’s Elemental Affinity feature description (PHB, page 102) says:

…when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can add your Charisma modifier to one damage roll of that spell.

The Scorching Ray spell description (PHB, page 273) says:

You create three rays of fire and can hurl them at targets within range. You can hurl them at one target or several.

Make a ranged spell attack for each ray. On a hit, the target takes 2d6 fire damage.

Because I make an individual ranged spell attack for each ray of fire, and I have fire elemental affinity, can I add my Charisma modifier to each of the rays? Would it just impact one of the rays, because it’s through one spell cast?

Kubernetes nginx ingress session affinity

TL;DR: I can’t get session affinity in Kubernetes work using the official nginx ingress helm chart. I’ve tried these instructions:

Sticky Sessions – nginx ingress controller
Using Session Affinity on Kubernetes

I’ve also tried to read up on the service handling. However, I get no effect whatsoever, with requests being pointed to my back end service and then load balanced by its headless service.

More information on my case: I have a public API running with three pods in Kubernetes, with an nginx ingress in front of it. The cluster is on AWS and set up using Kops.

For a third-party user, I’ve set up digest auth to be able to return some sensitive data. I’ve used a fork of this digest auth package.

All fine and dandy, works swell in dev.

However, after I deploy my system, giving it three stateless pods, the first digest request will end up on one pod, and the client’s response will end up on another pod, breaking the functionality.

What is it I’m missing? All I want is that a client’s IP address will always have its request ending up on a single pod in my deployment.


What is the affinity between ghosts and the ethereal?

In D&D cosmology, we learn that the Ethereal connects the Material to the Inner Planes (Elemental, Feywild, Shadow, etc) and that the Astral connects to the Outer Planes (Gods and afterlives stuff). We also learn that a ghost is a soul that is ‘tethered’ to the Material for some reason or another to prevent its trip to the afterlife.

So why are they the most populous and iconic inhabitants of the space between mortality (Material) and ….fire salamanders (Elemental)? Is it easier to travel from Material to Ethereal to Astral to the Outer Planes, and thus that’s the way dead souls are ‘sucked’? The ability to see the living seems useful to a ghost and there have been vague references to the ectoplasm of the Ethereal being connected to ‘memory’ somehow (which might be thematic if it wasn’t so vague), but why is the ‘backstage’ where raw materials are turned into the Prime Material the iconic place where post-material souls hang out instead of the Astral?

Can a Damphir use the spell or effects of Cure Wounds on him/herself and by pass there Negative Energy Affinity?

Can a good aligned Damphir use the spell or effects of Cure Wounds on him/herself and bypass their Negative Energy Affinity or would you still need the Life-Dominant Soul feat to at least heal for half?

Negative Energy Affinity (Ex): The creature is alive, but is treated as undead for all effects that affect undead differently than living creatures, such as cure spells and channeled energy.


Life-Dominant Soul Prerequisite: Dhampir

Benefit: You are healed by channeled positive energy used to heal living creatures and channeled negative energy used to heal undead, but both only heal half the normal amount. You still take damage from positive energy used to harm undead, such as that from channeled energy and lay on hands.

Ex: a Damphir Cleric or Bard

using a potion or scroll

using a strike or Boost from the Silver Crane discipline for Path of War

Path of War: Silver Crane

Does the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer’s Elemental Affinity feature apply to the spell Dragon’s Breath?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer feature Elemental Affinity states:

[When] you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can add your Charisma modifier to one damage roll of that spell.

The dragon’s breath spell (XGtE, p. 154) incorporates a damage roll, but it is not a direct consequence of the spell:

Until the spell ends, the creature can use an action to exhale energy of the chosen type in a 15-foot cone. Each creature in that area must make a Dexterity saving throw, taking 3d6 damage of the chosen type on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Would one of these exhalations qualify for the application of the Elemental Affinity feature? If so, is only one eligible or every one throughout the duration of dragon’s breath