Friday, December 3, 2021

Spell - Deep Sleep

Our spells up to this point, such as Arctic Rush and Prepare for Adventure, have been largely centered around player usage. However, the place certain spells hold in a DM's toolbox should not be underrated. Many spells in DnD, such as Magic Mouth and Guards and Wards, seem designed in a manner that suits the needs of DM's as well as, if not better than, those of players. 'DM spells' often are not immediately useful in most combat or exploration scenarios, but instead offer interesting utility, situations, and environmental changes. These provide the mechanical guidelines for plot hooks, unforeseen complications, and even whole campaigns. 

Deep Sleep is what we would consider a 'DM spell'. This 4th level enchantment spell allows Bards, Sorcerers, and Wizards to force a target creature they've spoken to for a minute about the value of a particular item to make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the target accepts the item and dons it appropriately before falling into a deep slumber. While sleeping in this way, the creature is immune to all damage, does not need to eat, drink, or breathe, does not age, and their heart even stops beating as their body becomes cold. They remain asleep until the donned object, which cannot be removed while the creature is affected by this spell, has been destroyed, or until the duration of the spell ends.

This spell offers a lot for a DM in search of an interesting side quest or an unexpected development. Perhaps a distressed man beseeches the party's assistance in waking his partner from their mysterious slumber. Or maybe a king has been stricken by a sleeping curse, and it's up to the party to find the perpetrating mage! Of course, this spell has utility to players as well; the DM isn't the only one who can take advantage of more niche spells to create some bizarre situations. Maybe the party answers their violent debt collectors by playing dead! However you envision it, we hope you can put this spell of ours to good use in your books, and we look forward to hearing about it next time!

4th level Spell - Deep Sleep 5e homebrew bard sorcerer cleric

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