OGC:Light of Truth (3.5e Spell)

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Light of Truth
Level: Clr 4, Inq 3, Justice 3, Pal 4
Components: V, S, DF
Casting time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Target: Creature touched
Duration: Concentration, up to 3 rounds/level
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

You allow everyone in the vicinity to see when the target is lying.

The trouble with most spells that reveal the truth — like discern lies and detect thoughts — is that only the spellcaster can perceive the information revealed by the spell. Zone of truth has the opposite effect; if it works, the effects are apparent to all — but as it is an area effect spell, you can’t tell if the target has resisted the effect.

Discern lies allows you to spot falsehoods by noticing shifts in the target’s aura. Light of truth makes this aura visible to observers. If the spell is successful, the target is surrounded by a pale blue glow; if she lies while under the influence of the spell, this briefly shifts to an aura of red and black. If the target succeeds in the initial Will save, the aura never becomes visible.

Light of truth has a longer duration than discern lies, but it has a shorter range and the drawback of being obvious to the victim as well as to onlookers. In addition, unlike discern lies, once the spell is cast the target cannot be altered. Another problem with light of truth is that the effect can be mimicked using silent image or any similar spell; as a result, the caster must still be known or trusted by her audience in order for the results of the spell to be trusted.

A god of Knowledge will offer both light of truth and discern lies to his followers. However, another deity may only offer one or the other, based on her nature; this decision is up to the GM. Discern lies could be argued as being more appropriate to a goddess of Trickery or Chaos, while light of truth may be more appropriate for a god of Good or Protection.

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