Question about Signature Spell


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Liberty's Edge **

I have a question about the Signature Spell reward that appears on one of my Chronicle sheets. It reads as follows:

Signature Spell: Choose one spell you can cast at the time of receiving this boon; you cast his spell as if you were a caster 2 levels higher when determining duration and level-based variables.

Based on what's written here, does casting as 2 levels higher only apply to the mechanics of the spell, such as range and damage dice, or does it also apply to caster level for purposes of overcoming spell resistance? What spell I choose to apply it to will depend on how this works. Thanks.

Grand Lodge ****

A spell resistance check is level-based, but I don't think it can be described as a variable.

The Exchange ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Belafon

As written above, it doesn't look like it would apply to SR checks. Or to determining what the DC to dispel it would be. But that's an unusual phrasing.

Can you put the name of the scenario in spoilers? I know I've got that boon, just can't remember on which character. I want to go back through my chronicles and take a closer look.

Liberty's Edge **

Kevin Willis wrote:

As written above, it doesn't look like it would apply to SR checks. Or to determining what the DC to dispel it would be. But that's an unusual phrasing.

Can you put the name of the scenario in spoilers? I know I've got that boon, just can't remember on which character. I want to go back through my chronicles and take a closer look.

Spoiler:
The Ruby Phoenix Tournament
The Exchange ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Belafon

Ah, yes.

Unfortunately the actual text didn't help. After some more thought I'm now leaning towards CL checks such as spell resistance being a level-based variable, as the result of the d20 check varies depending on your level. SR check is d20 plus your caster level. A close spell has a range of 25' + half your caster level. If range is a level-based variable, so is a CL check.

Back when I played this (a long time ago) I chose dispel magic as my signature spell, so clearly I, the GM, and everyone else at the table assumed it applied to CL checks.

Liberty's Edge **

Kevin Willis wrote:

Ah, yes.

Unfortunately the actual text didn't help. After some more thought I'm now leaning towards CL checks such as spell resistance being a level-based variable, as the result of the d20 check varies depending on your level. SR check is d20 plus your caster level. A close spell has a range of 25' + half your caster level. If range is a level-based variable, so is a CL check.

Back when I played this (a long time ago) I chose dispel magic as my signature spell, so clearly I, the GM, and everyone else at the table assumed it applied to CL checks.

Yeah, I can see both sides of the argument. In every other instance where something gives you a bonus to caster level, it applies this way, but this is the only instance where it specifically calls out duration, which might mean it applies only to the mechanics of the spell, such as range and damage dice. It's hard to say, but assuming that it also applies to caster level checks like every other bonus to caster level that I've seen in the game does seems simpler.

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