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Player > Spells > Dominate Person
Level Mystic 5
School enchantment (compulsion, mind-affecting)
Casting Time 1 round
Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Targets one humanoid
Duration 1 day/level; see text
Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes
You fire a bright purple ray at your target, making a ranged attack against your targetâ€™s EAC, but you can add your key ability score bonus to this attack instead of your Dexterity modifier if it is higher.
If you hit and your target fails its Will saving throw, you establish a telepathic link with the targetâ€™s mind and can control its actions. If you and the target have a common language, you can generally force the target to perform as you desire, within the limits of its abilities. If no common language exists, you can communicate only basic commands, such as â€œCome here,â€ â€œGo there,â€ â€œFight,â€ and â€œStand still.â€ You know what the target is experiencing, but you donâ€™t receive direct sensory input from it, nor can it communicate with you telepathically. Once you have given a dominated creature a command, it continues to attempt to carry out that command to the exclusion of all other activities except those necessary for day-to-day survival (such as sleeping, eating, and so forth). Changing your orders or giving a dominated creature a new command is a move action.
By concentrating fully on the spell (a standard action), you can receive full sensory input as interpreted by the mind of the target, though it still canâ€™t communicate with you. You donâ€™t actually see through the targetâ€™s eyes, but you still get a good idea of whatâ€™s going on.
The target resists this control, and any target forced to take actions against its nature can attempt a new saving throw with a +2 bonus. Obviously self-destructive orders are not carried out. Once control is established, the range at which it can be exercised is unlimited as long as you and the target are on the same plane. You donâ€™t need to see the target to control it.
If you donâ€™t spend at least 1 round concentrating on the spell each following day, the target can attempt a new saving throw to throw off the domination. You can be prevented from exercising control or using the telepathic link while the target is under the effects of some spells, but such effects donâ€™t automatically dispel the domination.