Upon casting the spell, the teleportation circle appeared on the floor or other horizontal surface. It functioned like the teleport without error spell. Any creature who stood within the circle was teleported to a designated spot. This designated spot could only be set once. The spell failed if the caster attempted to set the circle to teleport creatures into a solid object, to a place with which they were not familiar and had no clear description, or to another plane.
The circle itself was subtle and nearly impossible to notice. The caster needed to mark the circle in some way to keep creatures from activating it accidentally.
Teleportation circles were extremely difficult to detect and disarm.
The pre-Spellplague version of the spell lasted for an amount of time that depended on the caster's power, usually several minutes. After the Second Sundering, the version of this spell most commonly seen lasted for only a few seconds. Both could be made permanent: the more powerful version via a permanency spell, and the weaker version by being cast every day on the same spot for one year.
This spell required verbal and material components. Before the Spellplague, amber dust was required to cover the area of the circle. The post-Second Sundering version of the spell required that the circle be marked with rare forms of chalk and ink infused with gems.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207, 209, 211, 282. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
- ↑ Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 978-0786965809.
- ↑ Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Robert J. Schwalb, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, Matt Sernett (November 2017). Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7869-6612-7.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 293. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 62–66. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.