Can I cast hold person, and have my Hound of Ill Omen attack, on the turn I summon the hound if our initiatives match?

If my Shadow Sorcerer survives to level 6, I will have a Hound of Ill Omen.

As a Bonus Action, you can spend 3 Sorcery Points to magically summon a hound of ill omen to target one creature you can see within 120 feet of you.
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The hound appears in an unoccupied space of your choice within 30 feet of the target.

I will summon it next to the target for the purposes of this question. (within 5′)

Roll Initiative for the hound.

For this question, the Hound’s initiative roll ends up being the same as mine.

Additionally, while the hound is within 5 feet of the target, the target has disadvantage on Saving Throws against any spell you cast.

Here is where the order of operation concern comes in.

  1. I have used a bonus action to summon the Hound

  2. I can use an Action to cast a spell: I specifically want to cast Hold Person.

  3. The Hound can attack on its turn (when I summon it)

    It is my understanding that the target will have disadvantage on the saving throw versus Hold Person. If the target fails its save, the Hound will be able to attack the held target with advantage, and will have an automatic critical on any hit.

Is there a problem with this order of operations? The bonus action should be usable by me before I cast that spell, and summoning the Hound does not appear to be a ‘cast a spell’ action.

On the rare occasion that our initiative aligns, I’d like to take full advantage of it.

Will this work?

Does Message allow me to ensure I am talking to a particular person?


You point your finger toward a creature within range and whisper a message. The target (and only the target) hears the message and can reply in a whisper that only you can hear.

You can cast this spell through solid objects if you are familiar with the target and know it is beyond the barrier. Magical silence, 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood blocks the spell. The spell doesn’t have to follow a straight line and can travel freely around corners or through openings.

Alice casts Message towards a creature. She believes that creature to be her friend Bob.

The creature is, however, actually the villainous Eve merely disguised as Bob. Can Alice preclude Eve from hearing the Message?

How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Background: I am about to start running a virtual D&D5e game over Zoom (I don’t have a choice of platform) through the local library. I have invited four of my friends to join, and only one has ever played before (he plays a lvl 5 paladin in my other group and wants to do a paladin or fighter this time). None of them have the 5e books or even know the basics of generating characters.

Usually, when I help new people for their first character, we meet in person and talk, bounce things off each other, banter, interrupt each other, and only then do we even work on the mechanics. However, COVID-19 has made it so we cannot safely do that anymore.

I have access to Roll20, but nobody else does and we cannot use it in game. The library is pretty strict on that. Most communication is done by text, with a little email as well. I effectively have a week to generate 4 characters for 4 mostly-new players before the first session, plus now one for the librarian. We are starting at lvl 7 (that is where the other group is and most will be using the same characters).

How do we generate ideas and then match those with mechanics without being in person?

Update: I emailed the librarian earlier to see if the other players would be willing to make new characters or regress their characters to a lower level, probably lvl 3. I will edit when I get a response. I figure I can point her to all the “start them at lower level” responses here and that should help my case.

How can non-humanoids benefit from enlarge person?

I am playing a tiefling who is a native outsider. During play it has come to my attention that enlarge person will not work for me because I am not a humanoid. This seems like a silly restriction since there are many non-humanoid races presented for us to choose from. So how can I benefit from enlarge person or a similar spell (similar as in duration and spell level). Yes in theory I could use the rules for creating a new spell but I am hoping that there is already something that exists.

It seems that I was not clear enough. I am looking for a solution that will work for all non-humanoids. Not just tieflings.

Is Charm Person obvious?

Charm Person has verbal and somatic components. Is there anything in the rules as written that defines how obvious those verbal and somatic components are? Would it be obvious the caster was casting a spell from 5′ away? From across a crowded room?

I’m specifically interested in an answer based on the rules as written, although interpretation and individual opinion is not unwelcome.

Charm person and why did this happen?

Hello i am fairly new to DnD however i have years of roleplay experience. Last night i attempted to charm a shopkeep old lady and the dm didn’t tell me iff i was successfull or failed he seems to do this with everything. Anyway having read the description of charm person and then reading several views on it by others it seems the common consensus if the nps pass’s the save and is not charmed that nothing should happen however what happened is this. The dm toled me the lady’s eyes started to glow slightly and to tell her what to do and so i asked her to give me some potions. I understood it as though if her eyes changed then yes she was charmed apparently this was not the case and she pulled a crossbow out on me instead so i left the shop. I really think i’ve been cheated here but i want your guys opinions as i’m unsure wether i need to talk to the gm or not like i said the common consensus i found is that if an npc is not charmed then nothing at all should happen untill the spell ends which is says they know they are charmed but they have to have been charmed in the first place to know this.

Are there ways besides the Thaumaturgy spell to make a person louder?

I’m a relatively new DM playing with a couple of people from my school, and I was trying to find a way to explain a general being able to announce something at superhuman volume (while still talking in Common, not some kind of code of horn blasts).

The only magical way to do this I’ve found so far is the thaumaturgy spell. Are there any magic items or spells that I am missing?

Most effective structured data for a Person knowledge graph panel?

I am trying to make sure the structured data on my personal portfolio site is set up best to encourage a Google Knowledge Graph Person panel for my name. While I know structured data alone isn’t enough, I know it can help.

Right now, I have some Person json-ld written that includes a lot of info about myself such as name, jobTitle, alumniOf, address (country/locality only), and sameAs which lists my social media profiles.

According to Google guidelines they want the info in structured data to also be user-visible, however, the info referenced in my Person structured data block is not all on the same page, it’s spread out across my website. My job title and location are on my /contact/ page, my alma mater is on my /resume/ page, and my main / page is what’s listed by the url of the Person structured data.

Google says don’t add info to structured data that’s not visible, even if it’s accurate:

You should not create blank or empty pages just to hold structured data; nor should you add structured data about information that is not visible to the user, even if the information is accurate.

and that violating guidelines could prevent rich results:

Violating a quality guideline can prevent syntactically correct structured data from being displayed as a rich result in Google Search

In light of that, what is the most effective way in my case to use my Person json-ld to encourage Google to display a knowledge graph panel?