A caster used this spell to predict the outcome of an adventure or an event such as a battle. During casting, a wu jen communicated with spirits and a shugenja communicated with their deity. When a shugenja cast this spell, they remained motionless and waited for a sign from their deity. Spirits and deities were sporadic with the omens and they were challenging to interpret correctly. The spell took a substantial physical and mental toll on the caster, and even the most powerful shugenja or wu jen was only able to cast this spell once a week. A caster was unable to cast this spell in the phlogiston.
For a shugenja, only a verbal component was required. For a wu jen, both a verbal and a material component were required. During casting, the wu jen needed to burn small pieces of paper written with the four directions.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mark Middleton et al (March 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Three. (TSR, Inc), pp. 634–635. ISBN 978-0786907915.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mark Middleton et al. (1999). Priest's Spell Compendium Volume Two. (TSR, Inc), p. 437. ISBN 9780786914210.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 58–59. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 80. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
- ↑ Curtis Scott (1992). The Complete Spacefarer's Handbook. Edited by Barbara G. Young. (TSR, Inc.), p. 111. ISBN 1-56076-347-7.