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A couple of questions... 
16th-Jul-2006 11:51 pm
san francisco
Hello folks, first post with a couple of questions:

1. I'm playing a Truenamer in one campaign that I'm involved in (the first character I've ever min/maxed from the start, as the Truespeak checks necessitate it) and I can't for the life of me find what the formula is for the Truespeak DC for utterances in the Lexicon of the Perfected Map. The only thing I can find is that the DC for nonmagical objects is 25. Anyone care to enlighten me? (I'm probably skipping over a random paragraph somewhere)

Found it:
Q: I cannot find what the Truespeak DC is to "cast" an utterance from the Lexicon of the Perfected Map (from Tome of Magic). The Truename rules seem to give DCs for monsters (CR), PCs (HD), and objects (caster level or a straight DC 25 for nonmagical objects). But utterances from the Lexicon of the Perfected Map are cast upon places, and I could not find anywhere that is explains the DC to Truespeak the truename of a place.

A: This very issue was recently added to the Tome of Magic errata, which states:

Page 195: Speaking a Truename

Insert the following bullet point after the first three on the page.

To speak an area’s truename (using the Lexicon of the Perfected Map), you must succeed on a Truespeak check with a DC equal to 25 + 5 per level of the utterance. If the area is a magical location, increase the DC by an additional 5.

2. In another campaign, I ran into the need to make a copy of a book. I could have sworn I saw a spell that copied a whole book in one cast (or close to it.) The only thing I found is a crappy low level spell that scribes 250 words/level or somewhere thereabouts, but that is not the one I'm looking for. I'm looking for one that will just copy a book, plain and simple. Am I crazy, or does this spell actually exist? (well, there's always writing my own spell to do it, but then I wouldn't be able to decide what level to make it, etc. Some crafty wizard out there has to have made something to copy a book)

17th-Jul-2006 04:00 am (UTC)
There's a zero-level spell in the Spell Compendium called Amanuensis which copies 250 words per minute for a duration of 10 minutes per level. That's probably what you're thinking of.
17th-Jul-2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the crappy one I found. I'm looking for one that will copy a whole book.
17th-Jul-2006 04:14 am (UTC)
copying 2,500 words per day really isn't that bad of a spell!
17th-Jul-2006 05:45 am (UTC)
When you think about the word size of a book. It is.
17th-Jul-2006 07:48 am (UTC)
250 words per minute for a duration of 10 minutes per level

Assuming this wording is correct (I haven't checked myself), then for a 10th level wizard, that'll copy 25,000 words on a single cast of a 0th level spell. USe all 4 0th level slots, that's 100,000 words - OK, it'll take half a day, but it'll get the job done.
17th-Jul-2006 07:37 am (UTC)
To clarify, I'm talking about large tomes. For example, this situation came up b/c my character is studying ancient languages and the common roots between them, in order to research what he's discovered is the mother language of the Universe (aka Truespeech.) This particular tome is all about two of the most ancient languages on record. Understandably, it is both quite wordy... and you'll take it out of the Library it sits in over the Librarian's (and the considerable Illumian army behind him)'s cold dead fingers. My character needs a copy to take on the road (something the Librarian is willing to have me do.) At higher levels, this shouldn't be hard (or take forever and a day), especially since more than a few Wizards have probably run into the same problem.
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