Wish it Away!
1) Is there a less “risky” spell which would cure insanity? Greater Restoration, perhaps? (Suppose I could look that up myself…) If so, I think our best bet might be to wish for “exactly the effects of a spell of [foo] simultaneously and immediately for each member of the party” or something along those lines.
2) We absolutely do not want to accidentally cure the Beholder’s insanity!!!
Greater restoration is listed in PHB 211 as “It also removes all forms of insanity, confusion, and similar mental effects.” It is also 7th level cleric, so somewhat beyond the power of a wish as wish lists “Duplicate any other 6th level or lower spell.” However, in the description of wish (PHB 273) “Remove injuries and afflictions. A single wish can aid one creature per caster level and all subjects must be cured of the same type of affliction.” the example is then cure all damage or cure all poison effects but not both.
So it seems as long as we wish for a cure (aid/removal?) of our (specific listing) mental afflictions regarding insanity we actually shouldn’t be asking for more than what is specified as “okay” for wish powers.
Dangometer in the green for those who’ve seen Cloudy with a chance of meatballs.
ok, so lets start with this:
wish that Zeeboo, Oskar, Emmet, Sophia, and Thorbin would have the affliction of insanity removed from them leaving them in their normal whole state and not changing their location, while not altering time or space and not altering the positions or states of any other beings, planes, or realities.
I think we need to include all of our names, as I’m pretty sure that I’m fine, but I know most of you guys aren’t. So it’s not like any one of us should opt ourselves out. It’s possible we could be insane without even knowing about it. I’m not crazy, I’m just from the future. Still I’m willing to throw my name in just incase I’m not really on a quest in some crazy far realm to kill a way way more powerful mage/lich guy. That sounds crazy.
Also, none of us can really be sure we don’t have multiple personalities or which personality is the proper owner of the body it is in. So we will need to include all of them as well.
The phrase normal whole state may be interpreted as healings and restorations of our physical bodies, which pushes the wish limit into danger…
wish that (names) were restored of their mental faculties from any and all insanities afflicting them, and that they alone should be the target to receive the effect from this spell.
DM@Group-Just post here what you want to happen over the next 5 minutes game time when you come to a consensus.
Should we wish for a rod/scroll of greater restoration with enough charges for all of us? would that have lower chance of backfiring on us?
15,000 gp is the suggested limit on item creation. Scrolls are 4,775 each. 28,650 for 6. A bit out of the normal range. I think the spell has a better chance if it’s instantaneous, because that gives us less ability in how we use it, which I translate into less backfiring. We could get a rod that requires a spellcasting barbarian in order to use it… or that is invisible with 2 buttons, one for restore and one for kill…
“wish that (names) were restored of their mental faculties from any and all insanities afflicting them, and that they alone should be the target to receive the effect from this spell.”
If, as you suggest, some of us have more than one personality, the wording that (name) alone is the target could mean that other personalities remain, and that those personalities could still be insane.
How about: “Wish that all insanity is removed from (names), restoring sole and fully cognizant physical and non-physical function to (names), and that this wish effects only (names).”
I fear that may lead to a body swap unless we use some language to prevent that. I don’t want Emmet in my body!! And, no offense, being a male dwarf would be bad for business.
How about this, then, trying to keep it simple and as close to the language in the PHB as possible: “I wish that we six, namely Sophia, Illeah, Zeeboo Nandell, Oskar Broadshield, Thorbin Copperlode, and myself, Emerald Tenspell, be immediately cured of all forms of insanity, specifically including the removal of any personalities other than those named.”
I think, in character, everyone but the “afflicted” themselves should be able to agree on what the “proper” personalities are for each of us, so it should be possible (and safest) for Emmet to list them and only them. The only part I’m a little worried about is the word “removal” in regards to the undesired personalities; I’m looking to see if I can find a reference with a more “canonical” term.