View Full Version : Protection from Evil and Otto's revisited.

12-04-2007, 06:38 PM
It seems WotC has reversed themselves (http://wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/4ask/20070917a) a bit:

The key phrase that defines this particular effect of the spell is as follows: “…the barrier blocks any attempt to… exercise mental control over the creature (including enchantment (charm) effects and enchantment (compulsion) effects that grant the caster ongoing control over the subject…).”


The parenthetical portion of the phrase provides two specific examples (pointed, obviously, at rules elements of the Player’s Handbook) to help judge what exactly is meant by that:

1. Enchantment (charm) effects. Simple enough--protection from evil automatically suppresses any enchantment (charm) effect, such as charm person or enthrall.
2. Enchantment (compulsion) effects that grant the caster ongoing control over the subject. This is where adjudication gets trickier, because you have to decided what “ongoing control” means. The Sage recommends a broad definition, which includes any non-instantaneous effect that prevents the target from exercising full control over its own actions.

Examples would include the obvious (such as command or dominate person), but also the less obvious, such as daze, sleep, and Tasha’s hideous laughter. Such effects would be suppressed for as long as protection from evil lasts on the target.

12-04-2007, 06:43 PM
Hmm, that one could bite us on the rear though if mobs ever start casting protection from good.

12-04-2007, 06:47 PM
Some monsters already do cast protection from good (Vulkoorim Priests, I think).