A Spell to Copy Writing

Rules Questions

Is there such a thing in the canon works of Pathfinder? What about 3pp works?

If so, which book (and publisher, if applicable)?

If not, what level do you guys think would it be for mundane writing, and what level would it be for magical writing?

For copying handwriting, isn't this part of the purpose of the Linguistics skill?

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Scrivener's Chant is a cantrip that copies writing. It's from Pathfinder Chronicles: Seeker of Secrets.

Bleh, I forgot to check back in. Thanks!

In the Constitution part of the Book Thief's Satchel there is a reference to a spell steal book (Kobold Quarterly #14), but it is not in the archives.

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Steal Book was reprinted in the PFS Scenario 3-10, making it 1st party material. For whatever reason, it is not in Nethys, along with many other Scenario mechanics.


Steal Book

School divination; Level bard 3, inquisitor 3, sorcerer/wizard 3, witch 3
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range touch
Target one book touched
Duration permanent
Saving Throw Fortitude negates (object); Spell Resistance yes (object)

Often used by bards, spies, and arcane scholars to steal important texts without alerting their owners, steal book allows you to copy the contents of one book, folio, scroll, or other text to a blank one of sufficient size. In doing so, the original pages are wiped blank, though any covers or binding remain unchanged. Differences in size between the original and the blank folio don’t matter, though the blank folio that the information is being transferred to must have an equal or greater amount of space (in number of pages or inches of scroll), or else any text that overflows the document is lost forever.

This spell cannot transfer magical writing (such as a wizard’s spellbook or a magical scroll). At GM’s discretion, the spell can restore lost information, such as a page obscured by spill wine, text erased by magic or mundane means, or even pages lost to fire or another type of damage.

When steal book is cast from a scroll, the beginning of the stolen text appears on the steal book scroll until you select a target book for the text to appear in. The stolen text glitters and sparkles while it remains on the scroll.

Spell Compendium (3.5) had one. You or GM can edit/update for your use if desired. In particular, I would consider this a level 1 spell rather than 0.

Below, as written in 3.5 Spell Compendium:

Level: Cleric 0, sorcerer/wizard 0
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: Object or objects with writing
Duration: 10 minutes/level
Saving Throw: Will negates (object)
Spell Resistance: Yes (object)

You point at the writing and then move your hand as though holding a stylus or quill. As you intone the spell, the script appears on a sheet of paper close at hand.
You cause writing from one source (such as a book) to be copied into a
book, paper, or parchment. This spell copies 250 words per minute and creates a perfect duplicate of the original.
The spell copies only nonmagical text, not illustrations or magical writings (such as the text of a spellbook, a spell scroll, or a sepia snake sigil).
If the target contains normal and magical writing (such as a letter with explosive runes), only the normal text is copied, leaving blank space in the copied text where the magical writing would be expected.
Likewise, if the target contains text and illustration, only the text is copied.
The spell triggers (but does not copy) writing-based magic traps in the material being copied.
Blank paper, parchment, or a book must be provided for the spell to write upon. If the target has multiple pages, the spell automatically turns to the next blank page whenever necessary. If more pages in the target exist than blank pages are available, the spell copies the
original until it runs out of blank pages.
At any time during the spell’s duration you can redirect the magic to copy from another target, copy onto a different blank source, or resume a duplication that was interrupted by a shortfall of blank pages.
The spell does not translate the copied writing. If you do not understand the original, you have no additional ability to understand the copy.

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