Can a Monk use Stillness of Mind to remove the effects of a Dominate Person?

3 thoughts on “Can a Monk use Stillness of Mind to remove the effects of a Dominate Person?

  1. Peter Vogel says:

    This seems problematic to me. So if this is the case, any dominator with a working knowledge of this or similar abilities can simply make his first command “do not use any ability that would break my hold.” This a) encourages a legalistic approach to charming spells, and b) renders Stillness of Mind largely useless, unless the DM is kind enough to assume that his spellcasters are blithely careless.

  2. Krosse says:

    The problem is, that would be the only command it could give. The way the Dominate Creature spell is worded, it isn’t a long line of commands. It’s a very simple one sentence command.

    “Attack that.”
    “Run from that.”

    These are the examples. It’s left up to the character how to do those things.

    The wording of the spell means the control is very loose unless you SPEND AN ACTION to take complete control of the creature. Which means, you forfeit your own ability to take actions as the controller to specifically make sure it does not break your grasp during that turn.

  3. Codi Lee Pippenger says:

    How the dominate spell is worded: You can specify a simple and general course of action, such as Attack that creature, Run over there, or Fetch that object. It’s up to the character making actions on how to carry out that command. It doesn’t allow the controller to take precise and complete control unless the controller spends an ACTION to do so.

    Therefore, if the command has been completed; the character is free to defend and preserve itself until it is ordered another command. It can be argued that ‘breaking the condition’ is defending and preserving itself. And unless the controller is in complete control or has specifically said, “Do not do this action”, remember this is a very simplistic and general command; it isn’t a long list.

    You can’t do a whole line of if then statements. It’s literally just single line commands, one after the other, with the newest overwriting the previous.

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