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Bluelight was a personal cantrip that apprentice wizards could learn.[4][5][6] It created a sphere of light that softly illuminated the immediate surroundings.[1][2][3]

EffectsEdit

When cast, this cantrip created a 3‑inch (7.6‑centimeter) diameter sphere in the palm of the caster's hand that gave off a soft, blue radiance. The light reached only 5 feet (1.5 meters) away in all directions and did not reveal anything beyond that radius. Because of this, a viewer from far away was struck by an eerie sense that something was not right. Bluelight did not inhibit or hinder natural or magical infravision or ultravision. The glowing globe lasted as long as the caster maintained concentration on it.[1][2][3]

If the caster held an alicorn when casting bluelight, the sphere of light formed on the unicorn's horn rather than his or her palm, and moved with the alicorn. The radiance continued to emit from the alicorn regardless of the distance between it and the caster, for as long as the caster maintained concentration.[7][8][9]

ComponentsEdit

This cantrip required verbal and somatic components. The caster extended an open palm and spoke a simple rhyme that included the words "blue" and "light".[1][2][3] ("Show me true, light of blue," for example.)

HistoryEdit

This cantrip was described on page three of Bowgentle's Book, penned by the famous mage from Silverymoon.[10][11][note 1]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. The three cantrips described in Dragon #97 were replaced with the cantrip spell when the 2nd-edition Pages from the Mages was published. The Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four describes all the 1st-edition cantrips as examples of what you could do with cantrip.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gary Gygax (April 1982). “More Cantrips: Mini-spells for apprentice magic-users”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #60 (TSR, Inc.), p. 18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 50. ISBN 0880380845.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mark Middleton et al (September 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four. (TSR, Inc), p. 1057. ISBN 978-0786912094.
  4. Gary Gygax (March 1982). “Cantrips: Minor magics for would-be wizards”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #59 (TSR, Inc.), p. 6.
  5. Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 45. ISBN 0880380845.
  6. Mark Middleton et al (September 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four. (TSR, Inc), p. 1048. ISBN 978-0786912094.
  7. Ed Greenwood (May 1985). “Pages from the Mages IV”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #97 (TSR, Inc.), p. 35.
  8. slade et al (June 1995). Encyclopedia Magica Volume III. (TSR, Inc.), p. 1154. ISBN 0-7869-0187-X.
  9. Ed Greenwood, Tim Beach (1995). Pages from the Mages. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0183-7.
  10. Ed Greenwood (May 1985). “Pages from the Mages IV”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #97 (TSR, Inc.), p. 30.
  11. Ed Greenwood, Tim Beach (1995). Pages from the Mages. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 0-7869-0183-7.
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