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Old 09-25-2020, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default [Magic] Can you photograph illusions?

The question in itself is interesting. If someone uses an Illusion spell (simple, complex, or perfect), could someone take a picture of the thing with a camera?

But this came up due to a bigger thought. There's a Schematic spell in Magic which lets you know what the design looks like for a while, but that doesn't really help you if you don't have the skill to make the thing, and trying to draw it from memory might be hard if you don't have an artist skill with paints or similar. However if you also have Simple Illusion, and the Artist (Illusion) skill (which would make sense), could you, perhaps, use the first spell to get the schematics in your head, the second to make it appear, and then take a picture of it for others to work with? Is there a better way to get those stolen schematics out of the head of a not-very-technologically-minded mage and into the hands of someone who can use them?
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Old 09-25-2020, 02:07 PM   #2
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Default Re: [Magic] Can you photograph illusions?

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The question in itself is interesting. If someone uses an Illusion spell (simple, complex, or perfect), could someone take a picture of the thing with a camera?
Sure, You start with the Illusions that are visible only (Simple) then you add more senses. At the end you progress to Creations that are solid in all ways. That's why it's the College of Ilusions _and_ Creations.

For the version you can't photograph there's a Hallucination Spell in Mind control.
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Old 09-25-2020, 02:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: [Magic] Can you photograph illusions?

The Inscribe spell creates images as well as text. It cites Artist skill as useful for esthetics -- but not necessary for content.

Various specialties of Artist would allow fixing the schematic in the medium of your choice -- Artist (Scultping) or Pottery for Shape Earth / Stone, Woodworking, etc. You could get wackier -- Choreography to form the schematic out of your dance troupe / marching band / handy army.

In general, I'm a fan of having skills work with magic, rather than just being replaced by or trumped by spells, both for other party members and for the mage themselves. Those greybeards in the towers study more than just spells and thaumatology. And there's always the handy GM trick -- ask your player how their character solves that problem, then consider if you like the answer. Encourage creativity.

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