Can the whisper of a Message spell be heard over loud ambient noise?

I want to use the Message cantrip to coordinate with an ally in secret. However, I want to do this during a loud battle (powerful spells being flung back and forth in a highly destructible environment). The text of the spell says:

You … whisper a message. The target … hears the message and can reply in a whisper that only you can hear.

Since the message is whispered, does that mean the target may not be able to make out what I’m saying over the din of battle? Or does “the target hears the message” imply that the spell’s magic ensures that the message is audible?

Intellisense not working over VPN

I’m running SSMS 2019 on my laptop, connecting to 2 different SQL Servers – 2008 R2 and a SQL 2016 machine. When I’m physically in the building where the servers reside, Intellisense works great. But on days when I’m working from home, connected through VPN, Intellisense is very spotty. Usually it completely fails to work at all, but every once in a while, it’ll auto-fill a database name as I type, but never a table or field name. I’ve tried refreshing the local cache (CTRL+Shif+R), but that hasn’t helped. Any ideas?

Placing text over a rectangle using graphics

I need to add some text to rectangles that I am using as a scale bar. I want the text right above the rectangle and centered. Here’s my code:

Show[{Graphics[{Red, Rectangle[{0, 0}, {45, 15}]}, ImageSize -> 48],    Graphics[Text[Style["TEXT", 12, "TR", Black, Bold]]]}] 

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Desired result:

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How can I do that?

Edit: Ideally it should also work if the text is longer than the scale bar, like so:

Graphics[{Red, Rectangle[{0, 0}, {19, 15}],    Text[Style["TEXT", 14, "TR", Black, Bold], {10, 22}]},   ImageSize -> 19] 

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Can you wear a Mithral Chain over Snakeskin Tunic and have their effect stack?

Can you wear a Mithral Chain over Snakeskin Tunic and have their effect stack?

Snakeskin Tunic: A snakeskin tunic is a tight, form-fitting shirt crafted from the scales of a giant snake. When worn, it grants a +1 armor bonus to AC, a +2 enhancement bonus to Dexterity, and a +2 resistance bonus on saving throws against poison.

Mithral Shirt: This extremely light chain shirt is made of very fine mithral links. The armor has an arcane spell failure chance of 10%, a maximum Dexterity bonus of +6, and no armor check penalty. It is considered light armor.

Is there a mechanical benefit to using a light crossbow over a long bow or short bow?

A long bow (1d8, 150/600 range), and a short bow (1d6, 80/320 range) benefit from "Extra Attack".

A light crossbow (1d8, 80/320 range), or a hand crossbow (1d6, 30/120 range), do not benefit from "Extra Attack".

A light crossbow is worse in terms of range, and damage (with Extra Attack) than the long bow. A light crossbow is on par for range with the shortbow, and worse for damage (with Extra Attack).

I understand that with Crossbow Expert Feat, you can make 3 attacks with hand crossbows at still a very short range of 30 feet.


Mechanically, I don’t see any benefit to a light crossbow if you have an Extra Attack. Is there some benefit to using a light crossbow I am missing?

Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I’m wondering if any feats might carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. I’m specifically looking at the Alert and Lucky Feats.

PHB p.67 stipulates:

Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast…

So I would tend to think that that precludes the +5 to Initiative in the Alert Feat, but I thought it would be a good idea to check with you guys.

Does Empowered Spell metamagic work over multiple turns?

The Sorcerer’s Empowered Spell metamagic option reads

Empowered Spell When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Charisma modifier (minimum of one). You must use the new rolls.

While the spell Immolation reads (emphasis added):

Flames wreathe one creature you can see within range. The target must make a Dexterity saving throw. It takes 8d6 fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. On a failed save, the target also burns for the spell’s duration. The burning target sheds bright light in a 30-foot radius and dim light for an additional 30 feet. At the end of each of its turns, the target repeats the saving throw. It takes 4d6 fire damage on a failed save, and the spell ends on a successful one. These magical flames can’t be extinguished by nonmagical means.

If a sorcerer with +5 CHA uses Empowered Spell on Immolation to re-roll 3 of the 8d6 and the target fails its save on its next turn can the Sorcerer re-roll an additional 2 dice of the 4d6 damage?

This question might include whether Empowered spell should be read as:

"When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice [from that damage roll] up to your Charisma modifier"
or
"When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice [for that spell] up to your Charisma modifier"

Does Tiamat rule over lesser devils?

I am in a situation where the Cult of the Dragon is in direct conversation with a bearded devil that wishes to wreak havoc on their camp. (It’s a long story that I’m happy to provide details with if asked)

However, my question is this: Although Tiamat is no longer an archdevil and only resides within Avernus of the Nine Hells, does she have any control in this situation to tell the bearded devil to step off? I have my own thoughts, but I’m curious to start a discussion on it.

Identified Folder does not reduce in size over time

Hi @Sven

I am trying to figure out how to exhaust my identified folder to make it all verified (how to find more verified faster).

When I monitored over last 2 days, with a project that only uses Identified links, these are my folder sizes:

Day 0 
Identified 494mb
Submitted 549mb
Verified 829mb

Day 2
Identified 511mb
Submitted 572mb
Verified 857mb

My expectation would be the Identified folder reduces in size as  links are deleted from this folder when they are submitted/verified, however the Identified folder is increasing in size instead??

Am I missing something?