Q: Dear Sage,
How obvious are the beguiler’s verbal and somatic spell components? Can he cast spells without looking or sounding suspicious?
A: The beguiler’s verbal and somatic spell components are the same as any other caster’s. If your beguiler wants to avoid drawing suspicion, he’d best cast his spells from hiding.
On 2/15/07, the Sage answered the question of whether a character can conceal such components as normal gestures. (Short Answer: No.)
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