Is there a way to become immune to Possession all the time?

I’m going to be running an Eberron game soon, and one of the players has expressed an interest in playing one of the Inspired ‘gone rogue’. Unfortunately, the rules for Possession of the Inspired are … Very much in favor of the Quori.

I can always come up with a custom item, but is there a way to become immune to possession more or less all the time in 3.5? Answers that work from moderate levels are preferred, but anything that works will give me something to work with.

I am looking for pre-existing solutions which are rules legal as a starting point.

Can a spell being cast via a magic item be considered to be more than one class’ spell at the same time?

Can a spell being cast via a magic item be considered to be more than one class’ spell at the same time? Specifically, items phrased along the lines of “While holding it, you can use an action […] to cast [a spell] from it”, with no ties to a particular class (such as Wand of Magic Missiles, Helm of Teleportation, Wand of Entangle, etc.).

The reason I’m asking this question is it seems like it is possible via an odd interaction quirk of the following rules that I’m aware of, and I wanted to make sure I’m not missing anything:

  • From the answers over on the question of “What makes a spell being cast considered to be a {class} spell?”, the implication is that something is a ‘class spell’ if it is on that class’ spell list.

  • The multiclass spellcasting rules state “Each spell you know and prepare is associated with one of your classes”. However, in an instance where you are a multiclassed character who neither knows nor has prepared the spell from either class, I don’t think this rule would apply, removing the limit of being associated with only one class.

  • My current understanding is that spells cast from magic items can still be considered class spells, as per the answer to “Can a sorcerer spell cast from a magic item trigger a Wild Magic Surge” (plus, they are still on the class’ spell list, as mentioned above).


(For a specific application of where this may matter, consider this example: Could a multiclassed 10th level School of Evocation wizard/1st level Wild Magic sorcerer PC benefit from both Empowered Evocation and Wild Magic Surge on a single cast of magic missile from a Wand of Magic Missiles, assuming that they did not pick up magic missile as a spell via either of their classes? Empowered Evocation and Wild Magic Surge care that the spell being cast is a wizard spell and a sorcerer spell, respectively.)

Ways to run net runners that doesn’t monopolize time?

We have started a cyberpunk red game and one of our party is a net runner. However we have found the game slows down while he is doing his thing. It doesn’t seem to be the players or DMs fault it is just the nature of the mechanics of hacking to allow us access to somewhere, get information out, turn off alarms or cameras or take control of the systems.

It can result in a 10-15 min break while the DM and Netrunner make all the various rolls and decisions. If there are 3-4 hacking attempts in a session this can eat up slot of time. It isn’t just us that feel this the DM and Netrunner are also conscious of the fact.

Is there a way to streamline this at all? Our netrunner has suggested writing an app linked to roll 20 that the DM can use to set up hacking challenges so the net runner can then sit and do it by himself while the DM carries on with the rest of us. But are there any suggested mechanics or ways to speed up net running?

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?

Time complexity of pairs in array double loop

I know, that the following is: O(n^2),

int count = 0; for(int i = 0; i<array.length(); i++) {    for(int j = i+1; j<array.length(); j++) {        if(array[i] == array[j]) {            count = count + 1;        }    } } 

But, should something like count = count + 1; be taken into account? For predicting or making up a complex time equation, or using sum notation,

n + n-1 + n-2 + n-3 + (…) + 1 

Course teaching time complexities in real life systems

Having mis-read What course in CS deals with the study of RAM, CPU, Storage? I now wonder what course in CS deals with time complexities including GPUs, CPU caches in multiple levels, seek times on hard disk vs. SSDs, and bandwidth to disk and RAM.

I was taught the big O-notation but it never took into account that I might have a GPU with 100s of cores, or a limited amount of extremely fast cache, or a harddisk that is has a high bandwidth, but a high seek time.

Which class teaches this extended version of algorithm time complexities, which takes real world limitations into account?

Finding the worst case running time of this piece of code?

I am working with this code:

function strange (list a[0..n-1] of integers such that abs(a[i]) ≤ n for every 0 ≤ i ≤ n - 1, list b[0..2n] of zeroes)  for i ← 0 to n - 1 do        a[i] ← a[i] + n for i ← 0 to n - 1 do        for j ← 0 to abs(a[i] - 1) do                b[j] ← b[j] + 1 return b 

I am trying to figure out the worst running time for the code above and so far I’m guessing that the first for loop will run n times, but not sure how to prove this. For the second and third for loop, I’m unsure how to approach this. If possible, could someone help me solve this?

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How can I get better at identifying the “right time” to use my spell slots?

I’ve played a bunch of DnD 5e, but my current campaign is my first time playing a Warlock outside of a one-shot; right now I’m almost to level 5. I’m playing more of a face/roleplay-focused role, so my invocations (Aspect of the Moon and Devil’s Sight) are generally more useful out of combat, but I made sure to take several combat-oriented cantrips, as well as shatter, to have at least one good damage-focused spell.

In general, I’m having a lot of fun, but I’m having some trouble getting used to having only two spell slots to play with beyond the very early levels.

A couple of sessions ago, I eagerly fired off both my spell slots at what looked like pretty juicy targets. I did plenty of damage… but when enemy reinforcements showed up, I was out of ammo – and in hindsight, I would have had even better targets to use my spells on if I had kept them in reserve.

In response, the next session, I resolved to try to keep a shorter leash on my spells. I played through a combat encounter trying to keep my spell slots in reserve, but I felt like limiting myself to cantrips, weapon attacks, and "utility actions" like shoving kept me from pulling my weight. I then felt silly for being so cautious when we decided to take a short rest at the end of the encounter anyway. I felt especially silly when the same entire story repeated itself later in the session.

Of course, I can (and do) encourage my party to take short rests when we have the opportunity to do so (as long as people could use the HP and it’s not just because I’m out of spell slots), but in general I feel like I’m doing a poor job of identifying the "right" times to pull from my limited resource pool.

Of course, this problem isn’t limited to Warlock – every spellcasting class has to make these judgment calls – but with such a low number of slots to work with, playing Warlock is definitely testing my resource management. I recognize that adeptly managing my limited spell slots is just part of the game, but is there anything in particular I can do that would help to pick out the best times to bust out a spell?