Sunday Spell: Instant Study

Instant Study

School Divination; Level Wiz 1, Bard 1
Casting Time 1 full-round action
Components V, S, M (the book to be studied)
Target 1 book of up to 100 pages/level, or 10 books/level
Duration instantaneous
Saving throw: none  Spell Resistance: yes

You instantly learn and understand the contents of a book that you touch, whose length may be up to 100 pages per caster level. This spell allows you to know the contents of the book as if you had read it carefully once: you cannot gain a photographic memory of each and every page, or name obscure passages with absolute precision. You can use this ability on magic tomes and the like, but you must still wait the minimum amount of time before gaining their benefits.

Alternatively, you can use this spell to determine which books, from a large bookcase or pile of books containing up to 10 books/level, are the ones you will need or be interested in. This can greatly speed up the process of making knowledge checks in a library, reducing the time required by 1 hour per ten books searched via this spell.

A spell that covers something that drives me crazy! Having to search through a mad wizard’s library, or tediously working through a golem manual–there needed to be a spell to help speed that process up. Enjoy!
-Max Porter Zasada

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