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Re: (TFT) Illusory Light?

> srydzews@ix.netcom.com writes:
> > > Or more clearly, does an Illusion of a firey or glowing
> > > object emit light such that it may be used to read by?
> >
> > A difficult point indeed.  I am of the opinion that it
> > does emit real light.  Consider an illusionary bonfire
> > on top of a hill.  I see no reason why it wouldn't be
> > visible a half-mile away at night.  Is the power of the
> > illusion spell truly such that it exerts a direct
> > influence on the minds of onlookers a half-mile away,
> > even if there's a thousand such onlookers?
> I have to disagree.  The illusion appears to be real only
> to those who fail to disbelieve the illusion.  It isnt real
> and therefore cannot have real 'side-effects.'  Illusory
> fire cannot set real objects ablaze.  Fighters in combat
> with illusory creatures suffer no real damage but THINK
> they have.  Illusory light cannot allow someone to read a
> novel in the dark (unless they knew what was on the pages
> already) but they could THINK they are reading it and GMs
> would be free to make up whatever they wanted regarding
> its contents.

I have to disagree. When an illusion is disbelieved, it vanishes. Not just
for the one who disbelieved, but for everyone. Doesn't it say something in
AW about part of being a wizard is having enough control to NOT disbelieve
their own illusions?

This brings up another one of those interesting puzzles. What about an
illusion cast in darkness (or Shadow). If it isn't seen, then can it have
any effect? If it does, then an illusory light would light things up. If
not, not.

> Dan

Neil Gilmore

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