Voice of Confession

Voice of Confession

Components: V, S, M (a shiny gold coin)

Casting Time: 1 action

Duration: 10 minutes

Range: 30 ft.

Area of Effect: 1 creature

Saving Throw: Cha / negates effect for 1 question

One creature you can see becomes enchanted by your voice so that it has a very hard time lying to you. You can ask up to seven questions of the creature. The creature must answer each question truthfully unless it makes a successful Charisma saving throw; the saving throw is repeated for each question. Creatures that can’t be charmed are immune to the effect of this spell.

If you ask the creature the same question twice, it doesn’t make a new saving throw but uses the same result as the previous time you asked. This quirk of the spell can be overcome by framing the question differently and winning a contest between your Charisma (Deception) check and the creature’s Wisdom (Insight) check. For example, asking ‘How many ogres are in the giant king’s army’ twice won’t accomplish much; if the creature was able to lie the first time, it can lie again the second time. If the creature answered ‘fifteen’ and you then ask, ‘Does the giant king’s army include fifteen ogres,’ it triggers a contest. If the creature wins the contest, it uses the earlier saving throw result (if that save succeeded) or makes a new one (if the previous saving throw failed). If the creature loses the contest, those results are reversed.