If a Defiler native to Athas managed to get to another Material Plane, could they still use Defiling magic?

From what I understand, in Dark Sun, Defilers can destroy the plants around to make their magic more powerful. If a Defiler from Athas somehow ended up in another material plane (don’t care which, don’t care how), could they use the abundant life energy to power their spells? Or does Defiling only work on Athas due to the Weave or something?

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Is Deluge safe to use still when it’s not been updated since the first part of 2017?



The latest version of Deluge for Windows that can actually be downloaded and installed is deluge-1.3.15-win32-py2.7.exe from 2017-05-12.

That’s well over three years ago now!

They have been discussing the problems of releasing the new version for years, but nothing comes from it. Like so many slowly dying (but never quite gone) projects I’ve painfully witnessed in the last many years.

Doesn’t this more than likely make it extremely unsafe for me to be running this software on my machine? I feel as if it’s an open door to my machine, almost certainly containing unpatched exploits.

Yet the sad reality is that there are no alternatives. uTorrent is an ad-infested spyware nightmare since many years, and others… well, just like with browsers, I’ve given up on searching because there’s just nothing out there. Nobody seems to care one bit about the entirely desktop computer anymore.

Can I still use this ancient software? If so, how much longer?

Would a Minimus Imprisoned Paladin still provide aura benefits to nearby allies?

If you cast imprisonment with the option Minimus Containment on a high-level paladin, can you wear the gem as a necklace and continue to gain paladin buffs? This is assuming that the paladin continues to view you as an ally.

I assume that the paladin is considered to be conscious since the spell does not say otherwise and it mentions that it is possible for the creature trapped inside the gem to view what is going on outside.

Missing out of my inbox who can go and somebody’s inbox and delete their stories still working on it

I was working on a story about Google Play services people say it's hacked or some type of bugs in it's really weird what's going on with it and now it's missing have they got this place too? I've been having privacy issues with my mobile devices to I've noticed some really strange things going on with your apps and I'm I don't know I think somebody should look into this that knows it has a little more skill at getting around within the walls. Please tell me what you find let's talk…

Missing out of my inbox who can go and somebody's inbox and delete their stories still working on it

Do the newest computers still have ROM?

Now that many computers use UEFI instead of BIOS to boot the computer, and UEFI instructions are usually stored in a hidden hard disk partition, does this mean the newest computers do not need to have ROM, which is used to store BIOS program in the old days? Or, was ROM unnecessary long ago even before UEFI existed, as BIOS program and settings were stored in flash memory (so as to store the changes in settings by user)?

In 5e, when do College of Swords bards still use musical instruments? [closed]

In 5e, after a bard has joined the College of Swords at 3rd level, when–if at all–would they need their instrument(s)?

At 1st and 2nd levels, they would have used musical instruments as spell casting foci, but for those who join the College of Swords at 3rd level, "If you’re proficient with a simple or martial melee weapon, you can use it as a spellcasting focus for your bard spells".

So, no need for a musical instrument as a focus for spellcasting.

As for bard abilities, Song of Rest, gained at 2nd level, is brought about through "soothing music or oration", and for Countercharm, gained at 6th, "music notes or words of power" are the means of achieving the desired effect (PHB p54). In both cases, the option to of speaking–oration or words of power–means that a muscial instrument is not needed.

It seems strange that a the defining feature of a class becomes vestigal.

Can a Polymorphed creature still command a Dancing Sword?

If a creature has been Polymorphed into a beast, can it still use an already summoned Dancing Sword to attack?

Polymorph says:

The target’s game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and personality.

The creature is limited in the actions it can perform by the nature of its new form, and it can’t speak, cast spells, or take any other action that requires hands or speech.

The target’s gear melds into the new form. The creature can’t activate, use, wield, or otherwise benefit from any of its equipment.

Dancing Sword says:

While the sword hovers, you can use a bonus action to cause it to fly up to 30 feet to another spot within 30 feet of you. As part of the same bonus action, you can cause the sword to attack one creature within 5 feet of it.

Why are IMSI and IMEI still used?

While I understand their function, both IMSI and IMEI makes tracking and surveillance possible by virtue of being persistent idenfitiers for SIM and handset, respectively.

Why aren’t these replaced with a more secure scheme, maybe something along the lines of randomizing publicly visible device identifier every now and then (sort of like Bluetooth/WiFi MAC randomization) and sending some session-details (instead of a person/SIM-identifier) over an encrypted connection?

Is it mostly (only?) backward compatibility?

If a dragon becomes a shadow dragon, would it still be subject to a previously cast True Polymorph’s reversal?

Story / example: A Harpy gets Truly Polymorphed into a wyrmling Brass dragon. Over eight centuries she eventually becomes ancient and powerful – albeit a bit weird with her harpy-like personality and alignment.

As an avid reader of StackExchange she becomes a bit paranoid. She is concerned: should a Magical Dispelling get past her three daily uses of Legendary Resistance she would, once again, be that stupid, nasty, dirty little girl with those grimy-grubby wings… that happens to sing quite well. As such, she plots.

She sends herself into some Shifting Planes, ending up in Fell Shadows. Assuming success, she becomes one Shadow Dragon creature / template / archetype / true dragon / thingy.

"Aha!" she shrieks with delight, "Now i am genuinely a dragon… a DRAGON FOREVER!! Take THAT, Exchangers of Stack!" The cold hard rain falls as lightning cascades in the distance ominously. Indeed, has this mere harpy of a girl outwitted us?

Question: Does a transformation into an entirely different creature (such as changing types &/or transforming bodies) mean that Dispel Magic cannot undo a ‘permanent’ True Polymorph spell? Or does this apparently-totally-‘new’-creature take this polymorphic-dispelability along with them?