Campaign of the Month: January 2015
Skies of Glass
- Level: White or Blue 0
- Components: V, S, M (A full vial of ink worth 8 gp)
- Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
- Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
- Target: One object with writing
- Duration: 10 minutes/level or until the ink runs out
- 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 (roughly 1 page every 2 minutes, depending on font size), starting at the beginning (or any point you specify), and creates a near 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. Amanuensis is incapable of copying text hidden in any way, such as from invisible ink or the Secret Page spell
The spell triggers (but does not copy) writing-based magic traps in the material being copied. The caster of amanuensis is treated as having read the trigger for all purposes, so long as he is within range.
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. The spell ends once all text has been copied from the source. If more pages worth of text 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 onto a different blank source or resume a duplication that was interrupted by a shortfall of blank pages. A single casting of amanuensis will only make a single copy of a source and any given source can only be the target of a single amanuensis spell at a time (new castings overwriting old ones).
The spell does not translate the copied writing. If you do not understand the original, you have no additional ability to understand the copy. A single casting can write a maximum of roughly 135,000 words (or less if copying particularly thick font), after which point the ink consumed while casting the spell runs out and the spell ends early.