Does downing a character at the start of its turn require an immediate Death Saving Throw? [duplicate]

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  • When does the Death Saving Throw happen with respect to sources of automatic ongoing damage? [duplicate] 1 answer

Say a Playable Character (PC) with low HP is in a Cloudkill:

When a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, that creature must make a Constitution saving throw. The creature takes 5d8 poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

The PC is next in initiative and starts its turn. The only effect to resolve is the Cloudkill. It fails the save and the resulting damage is sufficient to get him to 0 HP.

Since this event occurred “at the start of the turn” and this is also when Death Saving Throws happen for a downed character, does the PC need to make an immediate Death Saving Throw? Or did has the “start of the turn” passed and the first Death Saving Throw will only start next round?

I am aware of this relevant question “How to resolve multiple ‘start of turn’ triggers” and the accepted answer: events occurring at start of turn are resolved in the order chosen by the player.

However, since in my example the events cannot be reversed (the PC cannot make a Death Saving Throw before taking the damage), I feel that the question stands on its own.

How to deal with duplicate features and/or redundant programs?

We have started trying to move toward CI and automation. There’s not a lot of cross-talk between teams, and I’ve discovered that many have developed simple or sophisticated build & test scripts, all in the same language (Python).

None of them have any mutual Git history or significant amount of copied code, but all implement at least a certain set of features (build a .sln, prep the target device, run built executable on the target device, etc).

We all have been taught the evils of duplicate code, but what about duplicate features and redundant programs?

Should I try to merge or re-use these scripts? There are a handful of them, so it seems daunting. How can I determine the cost/benefit?

If I do decide to merge/re-use, what are some good strategies or best practices for combining repos like this? I’m thinking maybe my best first step is to make one of them into a modular/generic library.

Duplicate items in custom list

I have a custom list in my SharePoint site and there is a webpart which inserts items to that list. This implementation was working fine until recently, when we observed that there are duplicate items getting generated.

Precisely, I observed that webpart is inserting only 1 item. however, 1 more identical item getting generated after brief interval of ~5 minutes.

Following are few more details to identify the cause :

  1. item count 172000

  2. Users in site : ~2000

  3. Content DB size : 200 GB

4: Environment : SP 2013 on Prem.


How to defend against brute force attack on wp-login.php? [duplicate]

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  • How to protect WordPress from brute-force attacks? 3 answers

Today our site is getting a lot of spam requests. Based on /var/log/nginx/access.log they look like a brute force attack: - - [22/Jul/2019:19:32:34 +0100] "POST /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1" 403 1627 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:62.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/62.0" - - [22/Jul/2019:19:33:11 +0100] "POST /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1" 499 1626 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:62.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/62.0" - - [22/Jul/2019:19:33:44 +0100] "GET /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1" 502 1627 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:62.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/62.0" 

There are so many of these, it is making it impossible to access the website. Presumably the server is overloaded.

How should we mitigate this attack?

If I counterspell with subtle metamagic, can my counterspell be counterspelled? [duplicate]

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  • Can I Counterspell Subtle spell without material component? 1 answer

BBEG casts a spell, I counterspell, and the mob has a chance to counterspell my counterspell under normal circumstances, leading to a wasted slot and some hurt from the incoming spell.

If however I cast counterspell with subtle metamagic, am I right in thinking that this counterspell itself cannot be counterspelled as there is no way to identify that i’m casting this spell?

Subtle casting: “When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components.”

What will happened if two dragons of different color try to have a baby? [duplicate]

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  • What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate? 1 answer

In all d&d books that I had on my hand, nothing mention the progeniture of two dragon of different colors (red and green, silver and gold or even red and gold). Is something say that dragon can only reproduce with a dragon of the same color?

If not, the baby will be only of one color? or an hybrid of the two color? A dragon with no power?

Two-Weapon Fighting, Mobility, and attacks [duplicate]

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  • Can you make a bonus-action attack from Two-Weapon Fighting before you take your action? 2 answers

A character with two weapons wants to attack big enemy B, but smaller enemy A is in the way and will get an attack of opportunity. The player with Mobility (When you make a melee attack against a creature, you don’t provoke opportunity attacks from that creature for the rest of the turn, whether you hit or not.) wants to move to A, stab them with their bonus action to get immunity from their attack of opportunity, and then go on and use their normal, plus-ability-modifier-damage attack on the big bad enemy B.

Two-Weapon Fighting says: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you’re holding in the other hand.

Does this mean that your bonus action attack must occur strictly after your normal attack?
If so, what are the balance consequences of allowing them to be reordered or even do a bonus action attack and a non-Attack action (ex: bonus action attack and then interact with a second item)?

Strahd and escaping to Sigil [duplicate]

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  • How can I escape Ravenloft in spite of the dark powers? 1 answer

So my Curse of Strahd party is a silver dragonborn fighter, a high elf cleric and a tiefling druid. He brought the fighter to Barovia because he’s the last living descendant of Argynvost and he wants to wipe out the bloodline completely, and he brought the cleric because [reasons].

Now I’ve had an idea for the druid, but I’m not sure if I can make it work. As part of her backstory, she’s been travelling the planes trying to find a cure for the curse that befell her homeland (which we’ve decided is Flotsam from the Dragonlance universe, since it’s not out of the question that they’d have some kind of “devil’s quarter” there for wayward Tieflings). On one of her journeys she got lost in a demiplane, where she attracted the attention of the Lady of Pain due to her having a pretty unique tail, and the Lady sent an emissary to offer her passage to and a key for Sigil in exchange for half the tail, which she accepted.

Obviously the key won’t work in Barovia due to the rules on getting to other planes, which is why Strahd can’t leave as well (and the druid tried to use it after realising she’d been transported and it didn’t work), but obviously if he could he’d want to in order to escape his endless torment. So I hit upon the idea that the reason he brought the druid to his realm was to offer to restore her ruined wings in exchange for her key (whether he can do this or not or even intends to is a subject for another session) but my question is: is there anything in the 5e RAW that would enable Strahd to make use of a Sigil key to escape Barovia if he had one? I mean DM fiat means I could just say it works, but I’d like to have a way to justify him doing this if that’s the way the campaign ends up going (at which point Strahd would escape and start terrorising other planes if they don’t go after him).

TL;DR: Could Strahd do anything with a key to Sigil that would allow him to escape Barovia?

Can a cleric be non-religious? [duplicate]

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I’m planning to DM a game of DnD5e soon using the Dragon of Icespire peak and the Essentials Kit. This is for all of us as first time players.

One of the players is interested in rolling an elven Cleric, but doesn’t necessarily like the religious aspect. Is this a feasible thing for a cleric to just be interested in healing and support, rather than their gospel and the good word? Or are we better off having her choose a God/domain that simply aligns with her interests, like Nature or Life, and simply ignore or backseat the religion.