Can Rainbow Servant be combined with Versatile Spellcaster and Spontaneous Divination to cast all Cleric spells spontaneously?

A ridiculous idea has occurred to me and I’m looking to verify if really works. Consider the following build:

  • Wizard 5/Rainbow Servant 10 (a class from Complete Divine)
  • At Wizard 5, take Spontaneous Divination from Complete Champion so that you qualify for Versatile Spellcaster from Races of the Dragon.
  • Take Versatile Spellcaster at some point.
  • At Rainbow Servant 10, you gain access to the entire Cleric spell list.
  • Put together, Versatile Spellcaster and Rainbow Servant 10 should let a Wizard cast spontaneously from the entire Cleric spell list.

This gives me two questions, the first as a focus and the second as a supplemental:

  1. Does this actually work? My first objection is that I’m not quite sure if the Wizard automatically knows all of the Cleric spells at Rainbow Servant 10. If you have to record them in your spellbook, you’ll soon run out of gold.
  2. If this does work, can the "powerful non-Diviner spellcaster class that can also cast spontaneously from the entire Cleric spell list" idea be done better? The term "Rainbow Warake" seems to be in my memory.

How to handle a party member spontaneously not showing up?

I am the GM of a party that consists of two family fathers, one guy working on a oil platform and another freelancer working in the film industry. So it happens quite often that one member spontaneously cancels. If we are in a dungeon and it is all about fighting, this usually is not a big problem – I just tune the encounter down a bit – but concerning role-playing and storyline, I have a bit of a hassle.

Let me give you an example: The party travels to Cheliax. The elf becomes alcohol-addicted since he could not handle the death of another party member. The orc and the human decided to bring him back to a rehab center in Absalom. I already prepared the adventure, but the elf’s player gets a call from his boss and has to work spontaneously. So he cancels 2 hours before we start.

How can such a situation be handled?

Can a cleric spontaneously convert a wand into a cure/inflict spell?

As stated in an answer to a different question I had, Activating a wand (or stave) does count as casting a spell.

Spontaneous Casting

A good cleric (or a neutral cleric of a good deity) can channel stored spell energy into healing spells that she did not prepare ahead of time. The cleric can “lose” any prepared spell that is not an orison or domain spell in order to cast any cure spell of the same spell level or lower (a cure spell is any spell with “cure” in its name).

So this comes down to channeling stored spell energy, which I think is an apt description of a scroll (or even scrolls and potions, just with different activation methods), and the lose of the prepared spell.

So could a good cleric have a wand of Air bubble (1st level spell CL1) into a spell of Cure light wounds CL1?

Can Quicken Spell be used spontaneously if Rapid Metamagic is used?

The Quicken Spell feat carries this special requirement:

This feat can’t be applied to any spell cast spontaneously (including sorcerer spells, bard spells, and cleric or druid spells cast spontaneously), since applying a metamagic feat to a spontaneously cast spell automatically increases the casting time to a full-round action.

This is in reference to this rule in the Metamagic SRD:

Therefore, such a character must also take more time to cast a metamagic spell (one enhanced by a metamagic feat) than he does to cast a regular spell. If the spell’s normal casting time is 1 standard action, casting a metamagic version is a full-round action for a sorcerer or bard.

However Rapid Metamagic specifically supersedes this rule:

When you apply a metamagic feat to a spontaneously cast spell, the spell takes only its normal casting time.


Can Quicken Spell be used spontaneously if the casting time is reduced by Rapid Metamagic?

The way I read it, Quicken Spell‘s special is more of an answer to a logistical question, rather than an explicit prohibition, given that it sites another effect(the spontaneous spell’s increased casting time)as the reason for disallowing it. I see it similar to if the PHB said, “You can’t wield three weapons since all playable races have only have two hands.” If you somehow gained a third hand, the rule would cease to apply.

Mac OS (High Sierra 10.13.6) volume control spontaneously runs; can I disable it?

I have a pretty old MacBook Air (bought it in 2011), so I’m thinking it’s probably to do with the keyboard wearing out. But I’ll be watching a video or something and the volume control will run up to the max, as if holding down F11, or run all the way down as if holding down F10. (Since I installed High Sierra, these keys have shifted one over to the right, so F12 and F11 really.)

I’ve tried several things: restarting system, cleaning keyboard, etc., setting it up to hold down the Fn key as well as the function key (doesn’t change anything), installing updates. Nothing seems to help.

So, unless anyone has any other ideas, I’m presuming that the problem is hardware-related. I don’t really use the system volume control anyway; prefer to control it from within the video itself. Is there a way to disable it, without disabling the ability to control it from within, say, youtube videos?

(Edit: I tried resetting the PRAM by holding Option-Command-P-R on reboot after a complete shutdown. The problems haven’t reoccurred after some hours of use. I’ll post it as an answer if the problem doesn’t resurface after I give it a few days.)

macbook spontaneously quick-restarting

Twice within the last hour my MacBook Pro 15″ Mid-2015 w/ retina display restarted.

The restarts are weird, in the middle of whatever I’m doing my screen turns “black” (LED backlight still clearly on, looks more like blue) then it goes to my lock screen, loading icon appears, then shows my password prompt for me to log in again.

After logging in all my apps I had open are closed, and restart (as would happen after a normal restart).

But the whole “restart” process takes less than 20 seconds and my MacBook is clearly not powering off at any stage.

All of my Firefox extensions were spontaneously and simultaneously disabled

This happened a bit ago and I found the one topic with the similar name but I can not comment or reply there as it essentially seems to have been locked for additional posting and remarks or I have not posted enough yet.

Regardless this has just happened to my Firefox v48.0.2 on my primary work machine and while it hasn’t happened yet on my laptop which is running v66.0.3, I am concerned and not sure if things have been fixed yet on Firefox end or not and if I will end up experiencing this on that machine also as others seemed to have mentioned in the other topic.

my base question is how can I at least re-enable them in v48.0.2″

I have tried the xpinstall.signatures.required resting it to false but it still has not re-enabled them.

Any real suggestions or input as to what I can do is appreciated and also any input as to maybe follow whats happening on the Firefox side to see their progress on fixing this.

I can not really upgrade my OS on the main workhorse machine easily as there are many things that have to be converted and updated application wise and soem are well just no longer available properly to do the job that machine does for me atm.


Safari spontaneously partially re-launches for one user

macOS 10.13.6, Safari 12.1, running on a MBP (Retina) mid-2014. The system software and Safari are both up-to-date and the App Store shows no updates available.

Safari partially loads, however, when user “MM” logs in: without any user input, the Safari icon bounces in the Dock and the black dot appears below the icon. The Safari window does not appear, and the word “Safari” does not appear in the Menu Bar. If I double-click on the Dock icon, Safari loads completely, its window appears, and it seems to run correctly.

Safari does appear in the “Force Quit” menu (Apple Menu > Force Quit); when running either partially or fully, if Force Quit is selected, the dot disappears…and then the icon bounces, and the dot reappears. Activity Monitor shows a Safari process running; if forced-quit from within Activity Monitor, the dot disappears, then the icon bounces, the dot reappears, and the process reappears in Activity Monitor.

I created a Test User account, and the spontaneous partial launch does not occur when Test User logs in. It looks like there’s something awry with user MM’s files.

I have reinstalled macOS using Recovery. The odd behavior does not occur for user MM when the computer is started in Safe Mode. Manually deleting Safari caches from both the root level Library and the user level Library for account MM had no effect. Turning off the two Safari extensions had no effect. There are no automatic login items in user account MM.

I’m stumped. How can I further diagnose this, and what might I do to solve it?

When a Cleric spontaneously casts a Cure Light Wounds spell, will a Pearl of Power recover the original spell or Cure Light Wounds?

Assume a cleric has converted one of their first level spells into cure light wounds, and it was the only spell they have expended. When they use the pearl of power to recover the spell, what is recovered: the original spell, or the cure light wounds?

iPhone 5s slow to connect to cellular network, sometimes disconnects spontaneously

iPhone 5s, iOS 12.1.4

We’re from the US, and now traveling in New Zealand. Our US cell provider is MVNO Ting, on our phones using Sprint’s CDMA network. Overseas in GSM territory, the phones connect through various local GSM providers. My iPhone SE does this seamlessly.

My wife’s iPhone 5s, however, is extremely slow to connect to the local networks, and now and again spontaneously disconnects. This isn’t due to signal strength issues, as it’s happening here in Wanaka, a sizeable town with excellent coverage…but only to her phone; mine connects immediately and stays connected.

I’ve updated the subscriber settings and done a service update. Performance improved, but it still does those bad things at irregular intervals.

Seems like I’ve done all I can sofware-wise. My question is: have I run up against a hardware issue?