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This divine version of the old geas spell could be used to coerce a creature to perform a significant task but unwilling subjects had a chance to resist, especially if the quest was unjust or undeserved. If the subject agreed to the quest,[note 2] even under duress or through deception, this spell was irresistible. Members of the same religion as the caster were also powerless to resist a quest, and creatures of the same alignment as the caster were much more likely to succumb.
Under the burden of this spell, any procrastination or perversion of the quest's instructions resulted in a daily reduction in luck such that it became more and more difficult to avoid harm, sickness, and disease (not to mention breath weapons and petrification). This bad luck accumulated until the subject earnestly pursued the quest and persisted until the quest was completed.
The caster could dismiss the quest at any time, or temporarily suspend the quest if the circumstances warranted. Otherwise, the onus of this enchantment could not be removed except by another priest of the same religion, a higher level priest of any religion, or direct intervention by a deity. Some artifacts or relics may have been exceptions to this rule.
- ↑ This spell was moved from the Charm sphere to the All sphere by the Player's Option: Spells & Magic. See page 186.
- ↑ The spell description does not stipulate that the subject be able to speak the caster's language or understand the instructions, or any of the requirements listed for the geas spell—it is left very open to interpretation.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 224. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), p. 284. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
- ↑ Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.
- ↑ Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 50. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.