Does the “damage for disobedience” effect from geas end when the caster dies? [duplicate]

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I have a situation where some NPCs were under the influence of the geas spell by a pair of Lamia. They commanded the NPCs to rebuild some buildings in a town to furhter the Lamias’ evil goals and to protect the Lamias. As a DM, I had set the clock at day 9 out of 30 when the PCs showed up.

Geas / Duration: 30 days
You place a magical command on a creature that you can see within range, forcing it to carry out some service or refrain from some action or course of activity as you decide. {snip} While the creature is charmed by you, it takes 5d10 psychic damage each time it acts in a manner directly counter to your instructions, but no more than once each day. {snip} You can end the spell early by using an action to dismiss it. A remove curse, greater restoration, or wish spell also ends it.

I also have, as part of the background, a set of graves of NPCs who tried to flee and died from 5d10 for not obeying the Lamia’s command under geas. (They can each cast it once per day, so can build up a small work force rather quickly). The survivor is aware of “if you disobey the Lamia, you die” problem.

The party slew the Lamias in a battle (despite a lot of misses due to mirror image on the Lamia) and also slew some of those who were under its effects.

But one of them survived, with 1 HP. The party also knocked out five other NPC’s who will recover soon. The rest of the NPCs protection the Lamia died during the battle. I do not think that being knocked out ends the geas: it’s not a wish, remove curse, or greater restoration.

If the party offers to take the NPCs away from the town and return him to his kinfolk, and the NPC goes with the party but does not first complete the task of rebuilding the buildings in the town, does the NPC take 5d10 damage?

Geas does not require concentration; I am unsure if the death of whomever cast the geas on a creature ends the spell, or if the compulsion continues until the spell’s duration runs out regardless of whether the caster is alive or dead. I suspect it’s the latter.

Can a War caster cast a Touch/5ft spell instead of making an opportunity attack with a reach weapon?

This is a follow-up to an answer to a question about War Caster & Reach weapons. It is not the accepted answer, but it is the most upvoted one by a large margin so let’s stipulate that yes, a War Caster may cast a spell instead of making an attack of opportunity with a reach weapon is true for the sake of this question.

The scenario

  1. Waclaw the War Caster wields a reach weapon (a whip) and is able to cast Single-Target Touch Action spells like Inflict Wounds, as well as Single-Target 5ft Action spells like Booming Blade.

  2. Fred the Futile Foe is standing 10ft away from Waclaw, and decides to move away from him, provoking an opportunity attack.

  3. Waclaw decides he’s going to cast a Single-Target Action spell instead of whipping Fred, as per the War Caster feat, but wonders whether Inflict Wounds and/or Booming Blade would be valid to use here.

Can a War Caster (Waclaw) cast a Touch (Inflict Wounds) or 5ft (Booming Blade) spell instead of making an opportunity attack (towards Fred) with a reach weapon (whip) ?

Logic would say “probably not” to me, but I don’t know what RAW and/or RAI would say.

Can you create scrolls with a caster level higher than your own?

I am aware that other magic items like wondrous are able to be created without meeting the CL by increasing the DC (looking at you pearl of power with CL 17)

Under the magic item creation rules

A creator can create an item at a lower caster level than her own, but never lower than the minimum level needed to cast the needed spell

So its clear that a scroll could be made with a lower CL, but I have not found anything about being able to use a CL you dont have.

I had asked another question about creating a scroll for a level you cant cast, and the only answer so far is saying no due to the casting counting as a pre-req. Would CL also be considered another thing that you MUST posses?

Do spells from the Ritual Caster feat need to be prepared when taken by a Warlock?

Say I have a Warlock that takes the Ritual Caster feat. Do the spells learned from the feat have to be prepared by the Warlock before being cast as a ritual or do they always have the spells available to cast as a ritual?

My confusion stems from the fact that most of the mechanics from the Ritual Caster feat seems to mirror the way a Wizard casts spells. Wizards are the only class that are specifically allowed to cast spells as a ritual without preparation by default. However, nothing in the feat actually describes that it works the same as Wizard ritual casting or different from it.

Leomund’s Tiny Hut — only the caster can’t exit and enter at will?

The text for Leomund’s tiny hut says in part:

Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely.

but also

The spell ends if you leave its area.

I read that as saying that everyone can exit and enter at will, except the caster, who must remain inside the hut for the entire time. Is that correct?

Does a globe of invulnerability protect from wall of fire depending on where the caster is?

What happens if a caster casts Globe of Invulnerability, then a second caster casts Wall of Fire such that the first caster, still inside the globe, is inside of the wall?

Does the first caster only take damage from the Wall of Fire spell if the caster of that spell is also inside of the globe? Or does the Wall of Fire not effect the first caster at all no matter what? This sentence is the one I’m having trouble with:

Similarly, the area within the barrier is excluded from the areas affected by such Spells.

I’m not sure if that overrides the restriction of being inside of the globe or not.

Can a Spell cast through a War Caster Reaction be Twinned?

I’m not sure if this interpretation of RAW is correct or if there is any RAI that would decide if twinning a warcast spell is valid. Is there anything that makes it explicit that a single target spell cast through the War Caster feat can or cannot be twinned?

War Caster

When a hostile creature’s movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, instead of making an opportunity attack. The spell must have a casting time of only 1 action and must target only that creature.

From what I can tell, War Caster takes place during the triggering of the reaction. You replace a opportunity attack with the casting of a spell, or essentially the Cast Spell action. Once you select a spell that takes 1 action and is targeting only the creature that has provoked the Reaction, the requirements of War Caster are satisfied.

Metamagic: Twinned Spell

When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal to the spell’s level to target a second creature in range with the same spell (1 sorcery point if the spell is a cantrip).

Based on the phrasing of this metamagic feature, you select to twin a spell after you have selected targets. That would be after War Caster’s conditions have already been met.

Now, Twinned Spell does not work on things like Fire Ball, because it can target more than one creature, even if it currently doesn’t. I’m not sure if this can be applied to War Caster in the same way though, because what is causing that to be the case is Twinned Spell. And if you can’t use something like Fire Bolt because it could be twinned and that makes it violate the condition “must target only that creature” that would imply that you can’t twin Fire Bolt ever because “that targets only one creature” would also apply. So if you can’t twin a warcast spell, you shouldn’t be able to twin any spells, from what I can tell. That leads me to conclude that you must be able to twin a warcast spell. Twinned Spell does not apply retroactively to itself, so it would make sense it doesn’t apply retroactively to War Caster.

What information exists that makes this clear and less reliant on just trying to guess the order of operations for when War Caster’s condition stops applying?

What happens when a caster loses concentration on a banished creature?

The scenario is as follows.

The evil wizard summons forth a demon with the summon greater demon spell. The party’s sorcerer, quick on their feet, successfully uses the banishment spell on the summoned demon (a glabrezu in this case, as he cast the spell at 8th level). The evil wizard, feeling unable to successfully break the sorcerer’s concentration, just drops concentration on summon greater demon and instead casts some other concentration spell (in my case he cast the above spell again, but that’s not relevant right now).

If the sorcerer’s concentration on banishment drops at any time before its duration ends, what happens to the glabrezu? Does it come back? Do rounds where it was not present count against the 1d6 extra rounds of presence (from dropping concentration on summon greater demon)?

How does the Commune spell work when cast by someone with the Ritual Caster feat or a warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation?

The D&D 5e spell Commune is a Cleric spell that contacts the Cleric’s chosen divine proxy and asks them three ‘yes or no’ questions. It is a ritual spell, so a Warlock with Book of Shadows or anyone with the Ritual Caster feat really can learn and cast the spell.

Let’s say an atheist wizard uses the Ritual Caster feat to learn Commune (gaining Ritual Caster does not require belief in any pantheon) and then casts it (which can be done through an arcane focus). Who would she encounter? (If it helps, the Wizard belongs to the School of Divination.)

How can a caster cast personal spells on other creatures?

Is there a class feature or magic item that enables a caster to cast on another creature a spell with a range of personal?

For example, the spell shield is a wonderful spell but rarely are folks other than arcane casters able to benefit from it.

The only method I know of is a caster having a familiar and sharing spells with it, which in this case does not help.