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Moan was a haunting cantrip that beginning wizards could learn.[4][5][6] It created the illusory sound of a pitiful cry or a low wail that sounded as if it was nearby.[1][2][3]

EffectsEdit

This cantrip was a variation of groan that produced the auditory illusion of a disembodied voice crying out within a radius of 10 feet (3 meters) from the caster.[note 1] The sound could be high and pitiful, perhaps like a child, or low and eerily mournful. The spot chosen for the emanation of the sound could be anywhere within the range, regardless of barriers, walls, or containers. Creatures in the vicinity that could be expected to hear the sound had a chance to resist the spell. If successful, they not aware of the illusion.[1][2][3]

ComponentsEdit

This cantrip required verbal and somatic components to cast. The caster made either a high- or low-pitched sound while pointing at the location from which the cry was to emanate.[1][2][3]

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NotesEdit

  1. The original description of this spell in Dragon #60 used the 1st-edition nomenclature 1", meaning 10 ft (3 m) indoors and 10 yd (9.1 m) outdoors. This was simplified to the shorter range in Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four.

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. 20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 51. 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), pp. 1059–1060. 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.
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