This cantrip formed a long ribbon of softly shining colors that exactly resembled a rainbow. The illusion was 30 feet (9.1 meters) long, 1 foot (0.3 meters) wide, and at least one end of the band had to be within 10 feet (3 meters) of the caster upon creation. This spell lasted for one minute and then the illusion faded away. The caster could choose the shape of the bow and let it remain in place for the duration of the spell (allowing the caster to move out of range), or cause it to move, twist, and turn, manipulating it with hand gestures, while staying within 10 feet (3 meters) of it. The illusion gave off a soft, rainbow-hued glow that was visible in non-magical darkness. Creatures that saw the rainbow and did not resist the spell had their gaze drawn to the image for a few seconds. A moving rainbow had a chance to hold their attention a few seconds longer than a stationary one.
This cantrip required verbal and somatic components to cast. The caster formed a triangular pyramid with the fingers of both hands while speaking a name of power, such as gar-land or pegee-lee.[note 1]
- ↑ These are references to Judy Garland who famously sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Peggy Lee who sang the lullaby Sing a Rainbow.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gary Gygax (May 1982). “Now you see them: Cantrips for the aspiring illusionist”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #61 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 7–8.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 66. ISBN 0880380845.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mark Middleton et al (September 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four. (TSR, Inc), p. 1062. ISBN 978-0786912094.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (March 1982). “Cantrips: Minor magics for would-be wizards”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #59 (TSR, Inc.), p. 6.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 45. ISBN 0880380845.
- ↑ Mark Middleton et al (September 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four. (TSR, Inc), p. 1048. ISBN 978-0786912094.