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Nystul's magic aura, also referred to as Mystra's lingering touch,[5] was an illusion spell that masked the magical aura of an item.[1][3]

To Zakharan mages, always reluctant to acknowledge ajami names and accomplishments, the spell was known simply as magic aura, and counted among the spells of the universal province.[4]


On casting Nystul's magic aura, a touched item would be detected as either as an utterly non-magical item or as a magic item of the caster's choosing. For example, the caster could pick up a random sword and make it appear as if it had the vorpal quality. However, the spell did not change the appearance of the object; for example, claiming a sword to be a vorpal sword, despite the sword not being of a quality that could hold any magic, was bound to raise suspicions. Furthermore, there was a chance for the magical aura to be determined as fake by means of investigating the enchanted object, for example by using an identify spell. [1]


Nystul's magic aura required somatic and verbal components as well as a focus in the form of a small square of silk that needed to be passed over the item to be enchanted.[1]


This spell was made available to the dweomerkeepers who served Mystra, the third personification of the Goddess of Magic.[5]