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1st-level divination

Casting Time:1 action


Components:V, S

Duration:1 hour

Touch a piece of writing or a picture when you cast this spell.

As you study the object, your mind absorbs every detail perfectly. You can retain one page of a normal book or one square foot of a picture for every minute spent studying it.

Once you have finished studying the object, you can replicate its contents on paper, canvas, or some other appropriate object. Text can be copied down (written or typed) at a rate of one page per minute. Pictures can be redrawn at varying speeds, depending on the complexity: one square foot per minute for a sketch, three square inches per minute for a moderately detailed picture (such as an average photograph colored drawing), or one square inch per minute for highly complex artwork.

Information is removed from the caster’s memory as soon as it is copied down. The caster may draw a complex picture in a simpler form (for example, a sketch of a famous painting), but that will be the only version the caster can draw from that use of the spell. In addition, the caster cannot replicate details for which they do not have the tools. A caster who has only black ink, for example, will only be able to draw a black-and-white version of a picture, though it will still be recognizable to those familiar with the original.

At the end of the spell’s duration, any information not yet copied down is lost. The caster has no conscious awareness of the information, and as such, cannot recite it verbally or relay it in any way other than by copying it in the same form in which it was studied.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the duration is increased by one hour per spell slot for each slot level above 1st.

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