Successful Magic Resistance Rolls

A successful magic resistance check can have four different results, depending on the nature of the spell being resisted.

Individually Targeted Spells: By definition, these spells affect just one creature, and only the targeted creature rolls for magic resistance, if it has any. If a spell of this type is directed at several targets, each target rolls independently of the others. An example of this would be a hold person spell aimed at four creatures, with each creature getting a magic resistance roll, if they have magic resistance.

If the magic resistance roll is successful, the spell has no effect on that creature, the spell fails and disappears. If several targets are involved, the spell could still affect others who fail their magic resistance roll.

Area-Effect Spells: These spells are not targeted on a single creature, but on a point. The spell's effect encompasses everything within a set distance of that point. A successful magic resistance check enables the creature to ignore the effect of the spell. However, the spell is not negated and still applies to all others in the area of effect.

In-Place Spells: These spells operate continuously in a particular place or on a particular creature, character, or item. Protection from evil is one example of this kind of spell.

Magic resistance comes into play only if a creature or item finds himself or itself in the place where the spell is in operation. Even then, magic resistance may not come into play. Nothing happens if the spell isn't of a type that affects the character. Thus, a part water spell would not collapse simply because a magic resistant creature walked through the area. A protection from evil spell, which could affect the creature, would be susceptible to magic resistance.

If the DM determines that a magic resistance roll is appropriate, and the roll succeeds, the in-place spell collapses, usually with a dramatic thunderclap and puff of smoke.

Permanent Spells: Magic resistance is insufficient to destroy a permanent spell. Instead, the spell is negated, within the same guidelines given for in-place spells, for as long as the magic resistant creature is in the area of effect.

Thus, a magic-resistant creature might be able to step through a permanent wall of force enchantment as if it weren't there. However, the wall would spring back into existence as soon as the creature passed through (i.e., no one else can pass through).

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