Dominate Calls

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Dominate Calls

A dominate call is a special command call with a few additional rules as explained here. Like command, a dominate call lasts for ten minutes.

Unlike command, dominate is never limited to a type of creature. It will work on any creature that is not immune to its effects.

Living creatures who are dominated are allowed to deal themselves a killing blow at any time to represent their final act of defiance to their controller, or to avoid taking an action they cannot morally accept, such as murdering someone.

The dominate call never inflicts damage.

Unless modified by another call (such as poison) dominate is a compulsion spell effect.

Related Rules

Command Calls

A command call causes its victim to follow one of four orders from the command's source. A command call lasts for ten minutes. Most command calls have limits on what type of creature it can affect. If the call includes a creature type after the word command, only that type of creature is affected. For example if you are hit by a "command lesser undead" attack you will only be affected if you are playing a lesser undead.

The four basic orders that can be issued to the controlled being are: “attack”, “defend”, “move”, or "stop". A character affected by a command effect doesn't know in-character that they are being controlled and must role-play to the best of their ability following orders as if the order were their own idea.

When orders other than the four basic orders are issued, the person being commanded should exercise reasonable judgement on how to comply. If the spontaneous order is something the player is uncomfortable doing they are not required to carry out that command. This should not be seen as an excuse to avoid doing something you don't want to do in-character, but rather is specifically related to doing things you don't want to do out-of-character.

Attack: The attack order allows the command's source to point at a target and compels the controlled creature to attack at once. The controlled creature will attack the target without question or concern for its own preservation and will use every available power and ability to carry out the attack. It is possible to word the attack order in a fashion that will compel the controlled creature to attack multiple targets. For example the source could order the creature to “attack all humans”.

Defend: A defend order allows the command's source to point at a target, such as a person, and compels the controlled creature to defend that target. In this case the controlled creature will attack anything that comes near the object or person it was ordered to defend, and may never move more than five feet from the object it was ordered to defend. Like an attack order, it is possible to word the defend order in a fashion that will compel the controlled being to defend multiple targets or large areas. For example, the command's source could order the controlled creature to, “defend all living things in the town”.

Move: A move order simply compels the controlled creature to move in a direction of the command source’s choice for the duration of the effect. The controlled creature will move at any speed the source desires that it is physically able to do and will only walk/run/float when under orders to move. It is legal for the command's source to order the controlled being to follow them or walk in front of them. The creature will not perform even the simplest of actions such as the opening of a door or dropping of weapons, but will move into a situation that might cause it harm or injury, such as ordering a waspoid to walk into an open pit?.

Stop: The stop order compels the controlled creature to halt a particular action, as demanded by the command's source. Some examples include: "stop talking", "stop moving", "stop killing my friends", and so on.

The controlled creature will not attack the source of the command that controls it, unless for some reason the command's source orders it to do so.

The command call never inflicts damage.

Unless modified by another call (such as poison) command is a spell effect.

Poison Attacks Are Not Spells

When the poison call is added to any attack even a spell effect such as pin or stun that attack no longer counts as a spell. This means that immunities to spell or compulsion effects no longer apply. The attack is now a poison effect.

Source of Call Description Call

Dominate Forces a target to follow 'Dominate'

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