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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:08 am    Post subject: Wizard Locking double doors Reply with quote

Wondering if double doors are treated as a single door for casting purposes, IF their combined total area does not exceed the area of effect,


if you have to cast it twice, regardless if there combined total area is less than is required?

DM's call, ultimately, I realize, but wondering collective thoughts on this matter. It might become pertinent in one of my games in the near future.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I'd allow a double door to be affected by a single wizard lock. If you think about a mechanical lock, a double door still only needs one lock rather than a lock for each door involved so I'd apply the same logic to the spell.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it's been a minute since you asked ...
But, I would treat them as a single door.
Just as it is a pair of pants, I would say that this is a pair of doors.
It's a single vestibule in a single frame. There's only a single lock in the middle holding them together.

I think that any DM that said it takes two is being a little overly pedantic. There's no reason that it would be ... once one door is open, that doorway is open. I might suggest that in a strict reading, the intent of "a door, a chest, or portal" is to make it clear that it's one opening that is being locked.
There is nothing in the description that would lead one to believe that it's for only a single object that resembles a flat, upright, or hinged mechanism, or that it even has to have a locking mechanism. It could just be a rock pile thrust into a cave opening, within given size parameters.
Because it's the portal being sealed magically, not the object closing it.

I would even go further that the reading of "portal" should use a definition meaning "doorway" to make it even more clear, so that it's synonymous with "portal".
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