Find the path was a divination spell that found the most direct way from point A to point B. The reverse of this spell, lose the path, could completely confuse a creature and prevent it from finding any intended destination.
This spell had a simple concept: show the way to a specific point. Non-specific requests like "a place where bulettes roam free" were not be accepted. The caster had to touch the recipient of this spell.
All pre-Spellplague versions lasted about two hours (more for casters with more experience) but they showed traps, gave passwords for glyphs, and even cancelled the maze spell. The target location had to be on the same plane of existence.
When cast on Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells, an imp appeared and was forced to guide the caster to the requested location, but it did so grudgingly and whined and complained the whole way. The imp disappeared as soon as possible upon reaching the destination, or when the spell duration was up, which ever came first.
In addition to verbal and somatic components, this spell required as a focus a set of divination counters of the sort favored by the caster: bones, ivory counters, sticks, carved runes, etc. The post-Second Sundering version also demanded that they be worth at least 100 gold pieces, along with an item from the desired location.
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