Bless was an enchantment or conjuration spell that temporarily increased the morale and combat skill of allies.[3][15][16][17] The conjuration version of this spell was reversible and was called curse, also known as bane, and temporarily lowered the morale and combat skill of enemies.[15][16][17]

Effects[edit | edit source]

Those allies blessed were granted a brief boost to their morale in the face of fear and a slight improvement in combat skill that increased their chance to strike a blow or aim true.[3][15][16][17]

The conjuration version of this spell had to be cast just before the recipients engaged in combat.[15][16][17] It could also be used to enhance a single weapon or item, such as a sword, an arrow, or a sling bullet, improving the chance to hit an enemy.[15][16]

Bless countered and dispelled bane or curse, and vice versa.[3][15][16][17]

The sundering version of the spell could only effect 3 allies and gave a minor bonus to attacks and recistence to effects. If used with more skill the spell could effect a higher number of targets. Unlike the earlier versions this does effect the Bane spell[18]

Components[edit | edit source]

The enchantment version of this spell required verbal and somatic components and the caster's holy symbol or divine focus.[3] The conjuration version also required (un)holy water.[15][16][17] The sundering version required a sprinkle of holy water.[18]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207–211, 219. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Robert J. Schwalb, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, Matt Sernett (November 2017). Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7869-6612-7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 205. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 86. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  6. James Wyatt, Darrin Drader, Christopher Perkins (October 2003). Book of Exalted Deeds. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-3136-1.
  7. Hal Maclean (May 2007). “Seven Saintly Domains”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #355 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 30.
  8. James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  9. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 28, 198. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  10. David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 39, 252. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  11. Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.
  12. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  13. Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 24, 43. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  14. Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 198. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), p. 252. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 43. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 219. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
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