[New Spell] Peering Through the Portrait

Peering Through the Portrait

The adventurers waited in the brightly lit vestibule to speak to the magistrate. Valance squinted a bit in the bright glare.

This is terribly awkward. They must do this to wear people out,” said the priest of the Spider God.

What?” Koram asked.

All of these lights,” Valance replied.

I hardly find four torches overpowering,” Chalk commented. “Although that picture of the prince of these parts is a bit unnerving. The eyes seem to follow you.”

Nysser leaned close and looked into the eyes of the portrait then the elf leaped back in shock.

What is it?” asked Chalk.

Those eyes! They blinked!” Nysser answered.

I am getting out of here, I’ll be in the inn,” Valance said, throwing his hands in the air.

Peering Through the Portrait (Arcane)

Level 3

Range: Touch

Duration: Permanent until dispelled.

By casting this spell upon any portrait of a person or creature that has eyes a wizard may use a corresponding piece of parchment present at the time that the spell was cast to look at the parchment and see through the eyes of the portrait, the range being anywhere on the same plane. This effect is permanent unless the portrait or the parchment is destroyed, although another parchment can be attuned to a portrait if the previous one was destroyed. It is possible for a spellcaster to have multiple instances of this spell in effect.

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5 Responses to [New Spell] Peering Through the Portrait

  1. Way too good for first level. What spellcaster wouldn’t just carry around a tube full of parchment and cast this on every painting they encountered?

    This should at least be comparable level to Wizard Eye/Arcane Eye.

    I’ve given similar effects a lot of thought over the years, since I’ve always planned — but never used — the idea of having a wizard NPC with a gallery of scrying masks linked to statuary, in much the same way.

  2. bat says:

    Normally I would suggest just bumping the level up, however, this effect is limited, unlike Wizard Eye because it is stationary and the caster needs the accompanying parchment to see what is happening. Anyone casting Detect Magic would notice something odd about the portrait and I would run the spell so that the eyes of the portrait reflect the eyes of the caster, so they would look around and blink. However, if that doesn’t convince you the spell could be bumped up easily enough.

    Thank you for the comment!

  3. bat says:

    Never let it be said that I don’t listen to the suggestions of others. I bumped up the level a tad. As always, all input is appreciated! 🙂

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