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Old 10-12-2007, 01:21 PM   #11
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Default Re: Panic Spell and area spells

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Maintenance has nothing to do with it. You're maintaining the spell on all those original victims -- like a Regular spell -- and not on the area. As a general rule, Area spells are simply a way to mass-cast Regular spells on lots of people. Very few Area spells create a persistent zone of magic, and those that do usually say so.
Huh... I guess that explains the relatively low energy cost, then. And when maintained, it's only on victims that remain in the original AoE, right?
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:56 PM   #12
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Huh... I guess that explains the relatively low energy cost, then. And when maintained, it's only on victims that remain in the original AoE, right?
No, anyone who was in the area at the moment the spell was cast will continue to be affected for as long as the spell is maintained.
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Thus, when you cast Panic, only the people in the area when the spell goes off are affected. After that, those people remain affected for the duration no matter where they run to, even if it's out of the area . . . which is why the caster can walk around and have them flee. However, there's no "magical area" ongoing for the duration, so no new victims can be affected.

In short, most Area spells are like casting a Regular spell on each individual in the area. They aren't generally persistent effects that imbue the patch of ground itself unless they say so (like, say, Create Fire).
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:19 PM   #13
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No, anyone who was in the area at the moment the spell was cast will continue to be affected for as long as the spell is maintained.
Ah... I didn't parse it that way, but I believe you're right. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:23 PM   #14
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Brilliant. That's much clearer now.

LoveJ, you get some sort of vague moving fear effect for the rest of the duration (either your god is giving you some leeway, or people are just intimidated by your fearless antics) but next time you cast panic it works as Kromm described.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:28 PM   #15
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Sorry for resurrecting this thread, but does the explanation that Kromm gave means that Slow Time affects only living beings in area affected and not, for instance, falling rain?
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:18 PM   #16
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No, when specific rules, such as given for Slow Time, are not compatible with a general rule the specific overrides the general.
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