How powerful can a 20th-level Wizard make a 1st-level Fighter without allowing him to realize it is the Wizard’s doing?

A 20th level Wizard makes a bet with another 20th level Wizard – he has to make his grandson succeed on a difficult mission. Without allowing his grandson (a first level Fighter) or his grandson’s compatriots (a first level Rogue, Bard, and Druid) to realize that the Wizard is secretly aiding them, or doing anything to defeat their foes directly, or helping anyone but his grandson (these are all terms of the bet).

To clarify –

  • This Wizard can cast spells on his grandson, only. He can’t Dominate the monsters or Disintegrate locked doors.
  • His grandson has to defeat the challenges (the Wizard can’t even weaken them).
  • Neither his grandson, or any of his party members, can realize or even suspect that someone is aiding them.

Luckily the grandson and his entire party not only lack Spellcraft but also Knowledge: Arcana. However they don’t lack basic induction – suddenly being able to fly or shoot fireballs is likely to raise their suspicion. A magic sword left leaning casually against a door would certainly count as a fail.

So given this situation, with a level 20 Wizard who is unafraid to spend resources to win this bet with his buddy (xp, magic items, scrolls, favours) what can he do to make his grandson’s party succeed at an adventure that may have CR 5-6 encounters or worse?

For the sake of this example, assume the wizard has access to whatever feats, spells, or wealth he needs to achieve this difficult task – he’s using optimization tricks to rebuild or has his own time-slowed demiplane or whatever, he’s a Tricky Wizard and not just a fireball-slinger.

How should my players realize they misidentified an item?

One of my players misidentified a Pendant of the Occult. I told him it gives the +1 to Occultism checks, but also told him it can be used on a target to give a -1 status penalty to their next attack roll, Perception check, saving throw, or skill check (basically reverse-Guidance).

I immediately realized I didn’t make the effect obvious enough, so the players probably won’t notice that the Pendant is having the opposite effect unless I add some sort of descriptive flourish to make the effect blatant.

Is that what I should do, or is there any rules guidance about how (or when) PCs should realize their misidentification?

[ Politics ] Open Question : Why does the Morbidly Obese Clown continue to tweet? Does he not realize that NOBODY respects him! 100 thousand dead & 40 mill unemployed?

Morbidly Obese Clown FAILED! He has NO testing! NO ventilators. No supplies for hospitals! NO plan! And all he can do is try and entice violence! Morbidly Obese Clown needs to sit his fat A*S*S down on his unicycle and fart his way into hell where he belongs with Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Barr!

Does someone realize they were charmed after the effect of the Glamour bard’s Enthralling Performance wears off?

I have been playing a College of Glamour bard in the Tomb of Annihilation module. They get the Enthralling Performance feature at 3rd level when they choose the subclass (Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, p. 14):

If you perform for at least 1 minute, you can attempt to inspire wonder in your audience by singing, reciting a poem, or dancing. At the end of the performance, choose a number of humanoids within 60 feet of you who watched and listened to all of it, up to a number equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of one). Each target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw against your spell save DC or be charmed by you. […] This effect ends on a target after 1 hour, if it takes any damage, if you attack it, or if it witnesses you attacking or damaging any of its allies.

If a target succeeds on its saving throw, the target has no hint that you tried to charm it.

According to the description, the target does not become aware of the fact that someone attempted to charm them if they succeed at their saving throw. However, it doesn’t say anything about what happens if they fail their save and the charm wears off.

Once the effect of Enthralling Performance wears off, do those that were previously affected by it know they were charmed?

[ Politics ] Open Question : Do Republicans realize how hard it is for Los Angeles homeless?

Jobs & housing are being taken daily by young kids looking for the Hollywood dream. There are around 10 million people in Los Angeles county alone fighting for housing and jobs and they have what employers and renters want.  (a) You have to scrap for every meal, every day. Even with each other. (b) You can’t legally stay at one shelter every night. So you’re constantly on the move.You have to fight to find a decent shower and a bed.  (c) if you magically afford to leave, people in other states have programs that will pay to send you back.  All that and people expect you to collect enough money to afford a minimum 1k per month apartment (including security deposit) AND still provide your own transportation to and from work. That’s IF you can find either. That’s IF you know how. It’s not IMPOSSIBLE. It’s tough for around 300k homeless to do without help.  Do people really think the homeless are just lazy if they’re laying around? Do you ACTUALLY think they woke up this morning homeless?! and didn’t walk everywhere, on little nutrition, and are in bad health for months (at the very very least). It’s weird what people will call lazy. 

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NutritionLess realize truth from fiction or myths from truths.

I realize this is a repeat but I cannot get any of the answers to work. RE: Mounting external HDDs

Ok, I have just completed my 4th fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS on my Lenovo All-In-One. It is a complete, “Normal” install. I am now preparing to attach my two 2TB Seagate External HDDs which are both formatted, unfortunately, in NTFS. Could some patient soul please deign to give a newbie (1.5 weeks) a step-by-step guide to properly mounting them with full read, write, create, etc… permissions? Words cannot describe how grateful I would be. Bless you in advance.

¿Es normal que en tiempo de ejecucion Android no realize consultas a db?

no se como manejar mi problema, tengo mi aplicación, es bastante grande y tiene mucho código, realiza todo perfectamente pero tengo un problema en tiempo de ejecución, tengo unos checkbos los cuales cuando se marcan realizan una modificación en la base de datos interna de la aplicación, y cuando se desmarcan realizan el mismo proceso, una modificación a la base de datos, los 2 modifican el valor que esta asignado como mostrar en la aplicación dicho elemento en un gridview, cuando se marca se muestra y cuando se desmarca se oculta.

El problema viene cuando marco o desmarco los checkbox: hay veces que realiza la modificación en la base de datos y otras veces no, de ahí mi pregunta, si es normal que en tiempo de ejecución aleatoriamente haga las modificaciones en la base de datos y si hay alguna manera de controlar esto para que siempre lo realice. Dejo algo de código para que se entienda.

Metodos de modificacion de la base de datos:

public int updateShowMain1(String articulo){     SQLiteDatabase db = this.getReadableDatabase();     ContentValues valores = new ContentValues();     valores.put("showMain", 1);     Log.i("","Recibe la consulta");     return db.update("articles",valores,"description = ?", new String[]{articulo});      //return db.execSQL("UPDATE articles SET showMain = 1 WHERE description = articulo");  }  public int updateShowMain0(String articulo){     SQLiteDatabase db = this.getReadableDatabase();     ContentValues valores = new ContentValues();     valores.put("showMain", 0);      return db.update("articles",valores,"description = ?", new String[]{articulo});      //return db.execSQL("UPDATE articles SET showMain = 1 WHERE description = articulo");  } 

Código Checkbox:

checkBox.setOnCheckedChangeListener(new CompoundButton.OnCheckedChangeListener() {         @Override         public void onCheckedChanged(CompoundButton buttonView, boolean isChecked) {             if(checkBox.isChecked()) {                 Utility.dbHelper.updateShowMain1(articulo.getText().toString());                 Log.i("","Ejecuta la consulta");                 Log.i("","articulo"+ articulo.getText().toString());             }             if (!checkBox.isChecked()){                 Utility.dbHelper.updateShowMain0(articulo.getText().toString());                 Log.i("","Ejecuta la consulta");                 Log.i("","articulo"+ articulo.getText().toString());             }         }     }); 

Un saludo

Is it reasonable to punish a paladin for breaking an oath to protect a creature they did not realize was a major antagonist?


Backstory

The events of my homebrew campaign take place after the fall of a powerful mage tyrant, assumed dead. About 6 sessions ago, my players recovered a living horse and dead human from a “manhunter spider”, used by bullywugs to track down persons by scent. They have come to adore the horse, naming it Wheatgrass and protecting it vigilantly. My paladin (will turn level 3 next session) just asked if they can make their Oath of the Ancients over Wheatgrass, swearing to protect this noble creature.

I had to restrain my excitement in agreeing to my paladin’s proposal, because of a key piece of information I’ve left out: the horse is, in fact, the mage tyrant in disguise. Depending on the narrative choices made by my players, they may soon discover that the spider was sent to hunt down the mage, though they still might suspect the dead human rather than the horse.

The magic used by the mage to transform into a horse form is protected by Arcanist’s Magic Aura (30 day casting), and my players have by misfortune avoided plot hooks that might have provided clues to the horse’s identity. To be fair, they have not been given a very good chance of discovering the horse’s identity until now.

Question Context

So when the Paladin turns level 3, they swear their Oath to the Ancients. The PHB states the following on oath breaking:

If a paladin willfully violates his or her oath and shows no sign of repentance, the consequences can be more serious. At the DM’s discretion, an impenitent paladin might be forced to abandon this class and adopt another, or perhaps to take the Oathbreaker paladin option that appears in the Dungeon Master’s Guide.

Protecting Wheatgrass is not one of the official tenets of the Oath of the Ancients, but my player proposes to include protecting Wheatgrass into this oath voluntarily. Now I am considering whether or not to impose a penalty in the event that the paladin attacks the mage tyrant. For example, if the mage tyrant revealed his true form, and the paladin attacked, perhaps the paladin would lose Oath feature until completing a nature-themed quest.

My Question

Are a Paladin’s class features contingent on upholding voluntary tennets their oath?

Would it be cruel or unreasonable of me to punish my paladin for unknowingly making an oath to protect a villain?

Considerations

As a GM, I know I can “do anything”; this is more of a should I question. I am giddy about the possible outcomes, but also worried that my excitement might mask the possibility of seriously upsetting a player.

Is there anything in the rules the explicitly forbids this? As a GM, I can overrule the rules, but this is more likely to upset players, who might want to have notice of such changes before choosing a class.

In favor of going forward, I would just add that there is something fittingly fey about this conundrum, which might work with the Oath of the Ancients.