Gang, some heavy Real Life hit me recently and I'm still trying to get my head back into role-playing in general (my games, your games, all of the five games I'm in). I'll try to post something tomorrow.
While this is high praise, it is also spot-on - while I think I get the gist of Cap'n's post, both the Meadowsweets and Stewart and even Beatrice would heartily disagree with that interpretation. As for their reasons? You'd have to ask them, of course!
Seeing as we're leaving you poor and empty-handed, do ask Ben about Gori "Mithrilfist" Brightforge if you want a boon companion to take our place? He's a dwarf our family has counted on for years and as good as they come, plus he knows a thing or two about maintenance and dwarf-makings. Tell him we sent you!
Ooh, we can haz a Gori? That gets my vote! I don't think I've ever met him in Sharseya, but I'm quite fond of him elsewhere.
You see, Gori is a character of Dann's that I met first in LOTRO, where he and my elf loremaster got along very well, to say nothing of the dwarven lass I created later on, who is his granddaughter. (To my knowledge, Khered is not in Sharseya -- but Dann, if you want her there, I'm fine with it!)
For those interested, you can see (and hear) Gori in this video. Also my elf Qiredis (standing next to Gori at the very start), and I think Khered's in there somewhere too -- singing if nothing else!
Kaerri wants to roll Linguistics to see if she can decipher the message. Pathfinder 2 (which is where we're getting skill descriptions, last I recall?) doesn't have Linguistics as a skill, and instead files Decipher Writing under Society, which Kaerri has 5 ranks in. Will that help?
Flipping a few pages, she comes to the listing of her cantrip spell Detect Magic. "Oreleth, hold the scroll so I can read off of my book to cast the spell." Luna then begins to read out of the book, casting her Detect Magic spell to see what comes apparent from the scroll.
1. Does Luna not have Detect Magic as a cantrip on her own? Why use it out of the book?
2. I don't remember if it works the same in Pathfinder, but as I recall, in D&D, casting a spell directly from a wizard's spellbook would remove it from the spellbook, and the wizard would have to re-inscribe it once she had acquired something to inscribe it from. I therefore tended to think of it as a last-ditch, desperate sort of option, which, since there's several spellcasters present, isn't really the case here. Detect Magic is so basic that somebody's got to have it memorized even if Luna doesn't.
Cantrips: Wizards can prepare a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Wizard under “Spells per Day.” These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again. A wizard can prepare a cantrip from a prohibited school, but it uses up two of his available slots (see below).
Spellbooks: A wizard must study his spellbook each day to prepare his spells. He cannot prepare any spell not recorded in his spellbook, except for read magic, which all wizards can prepare from memory.
Kaerri is correct here. Casting a spell straight out of the spellbook acts the same way as casting a scroll (the spell vanishes). If Luna casts her Detect Magic cantrip this way instead of memorizing it first, it's gone.
Read Magic does not apply since the language is Braille (and not the language of Magic).
Oh. And Luna knows this without fail (this being a very basic thing among Wizards) so you don't need to roll anything to know it. I'm betting this is a case of knowing so many gaming systems that their information mixes things up? I know it happens to me! =)
Whatever the case, I don't want Luna to do something that causes her to lose even a cantrip out of her beloved spellbook. =)
No. Never cast from the spellbook unless you're willing to lose the spell. =) As for your memorized spells, folks go with what they last declared until stated otherwise (as that seems to work best on Play-by-Post games). What did Luna last have memorized? Mind, if she doesn't have it in her head, there are plenty of other casters in the party that probably do.