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Old 06-20-2017, 06:07 AM   #1
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Default [magic] spell to find members of a group of people?

One of the players in my campaign about vampires wants a spell that can find the descendants of his tribe, who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago. We're using the standard magic system, but I'm not too familiar with it.

Is there a spell that can do this? Find members of a specific group of people, but not necessarily specific members of that group?

If there isn't, how would you write one up? Most importantly, what would be the prerequisites?

(Leaving aside the fact that due to basic population dynamics, pretty much everybody in their area is going to be a descendent of the tribe since it lived so long ago. I think I might rule that descent is strictly patrilineal, since that's the way the tribe in question reckoned kinship. That way members of the group remain just a subset of the total population, barring unusual events.)
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: [magic] spell to find members of a group of people?

Chop off a hand and cast Ancient History on it.

But more seriously, there's a branch of divination on examining a subject and answering questions about him. Sense Life can also be dialed in to a specific kind of life, family would make sense. Retrogression would make for great flavor if it followed bloodlines the way it does in Wheel of Time.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:49 AM   #3
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But more seriously, there's a branch of divination on examining a subject and answering questions about him. Sense Life can also be dialed in to a specific kind of life, family would make sense. Retrogression would make for great flavor if it followed bloodlines the way it does in Wheel of Time.
Thanks for the great advice! Divination and Retrogression seem like they're good for asking the question "is this person a descendent of my tribe?", but not really "are there any descendents of my tribe here?". Sense Life, on the other hand, is a perfect match. Of course, it's super expensive to cast on a large area, but he'll just have to use blood sacrifices.
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