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Geomessage

Source Villain Codex pg. 237
School illusion (figment); Level arcanist 4, bard 3, hunter 3, medium 3, occultist 3, ranger 3, skald 3, sorcerer/wizard 4

Casting

Casting Time 1 minute
Components V, S, M (a scrap of vellum)

Effect

Range touch
Target surface touched
Duration 1 day/level
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no

Description

You create a written message of 50 words or fewer, or else an image, a drawing, or a similar diagram. The figment hangs invisible and obscured upon the target surface for the duration of the spell. Another casting of geomessage is needed to cause the figment to arrange itself into the intended message.

When you cast the spell, you can choose to incorporate a passphrase into the spell. If you do so, the message is protected as if nondetection had been cast on it for the full duration of the spell, though creatures that cast geomessage on the surface and speak the passphrase ignore the nondetection effect and cause the image to become visible until the caster speaks the passphrase again.

Without a passphrase, the message simply remains invisible to those who cast geomessage. Detection methods like detect magic and see invisibility indicate the message’s presence but do not reveal its contents.