kestral287 wrote:Perish Song wrote:
The text for wish/miracle is a bit murky, but I think it's fairly safe to say that Anzyr's interpretation is more likely.
And on the note of "a single task," it would be equally easy to just say, "sit there for X amount of time" and then finish off the geas'd individual while they are sitting there doing nothing.
Of course, defying a geas is only a -3 to ability scores. Which hurts, but not as much as doing nothing while a caster pokes at you with insert spell here.
"Sit there and do nothing" is perfectly legitimate-- but the geas cannot be something that would result in their certain death, so once you attack them all bets are off. And if you could finish them with a single spell anyway, why did you bother burning a Limited Wish?
The -3 is for if you can't follow the geas though, not if you're unwilling. You literally cannot simply choose not to obey the geas.
Oop, looks like you're right on the -3 thing.
As for the first part, it could always just be that you don't have the means to finish them off immediately. You're tapped out for the day, or don't have the right spells.
The "perform acts that result in certain death" part is incredibly murky, though, and is going to rely on GM interpretation. For example, if the geas caster says, "Sit there and allow the next spell I cast to affect you," is that certain death? The caster could simply cast a baleful polymorph spell, flesh to stone, dominate person or some other "non-lethal" spell that would make the geassed character a complete non-threat. What if the geas-er intends to kill the rabbit or shatter the stone?
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