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Illusory Script - DnD 5e stats

Illusory Script

  • Casting Time: 1 minute
  • Classes: Bard, Warlock, Wizard
  • Components: S M
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Level: 1
  • Material: A lead-based ink worth at least 10 gp, which the spell consumes
  • Name: Illusory Script
  • Range: Touch
  • Ritual: Yes
  • School: Illusion
  • Target: Parchment, paper, or some other suitable writing material

You write on parchment, paper, or some other suitable writing material and imbue it with a potent illusion that lasts for the duration.

To you and any creatures you designate when you cast the spell, the writing appears normal, written in your hand, and conveys whatever meaning you intended when you wrote the text. To all others, the writing appears as if it were written in an unknown or magical script that is unintelligible. Alternatively, you can cause the writing to appear to be an entirely different message, written in a different hand and language, though the language must be one you know.

Should the spell be dispelled, the original script and the illusion both disappear.

A creature with truesight can read the hidden message.

The SendingStone review

Illusory Script is a spell that allows its caster to create a magical message that can only be read by the designated recipient. Although it has its uses, such as for secret communication or leaving complex instructions, some argue that it is not as practical as other spells at the same level. Its ten-day duration and the need for a lead-based ink worth at least 10 gp make it expensive and not always worth the effort, especially when compared to other level 1 spells. However, those who value secrecy above all may find Illusory Script to be a valuable asset in their spell repertoire.

Illusory Script is D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5th edition content, but other TTRPGs may have their own version such as a Illusory Script Pathfinder edition. Want to use Illusory Script in a VTT (virtual tabletop)? Try out SendingStone for free today!

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