D&D 5E Is there a spell to control a volcano so that it is permanently active?


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J-H

Hero
It would be in the 8th-9th level range, and would be up to the DM to determine. It may be a ritual, something to recast daily, or something of that nature.

Earthquake would probably work to detonate an existing volcano that's hot but not yet erupting.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Wish these days has a number of set safe uses, of which "control a volcano" is not one. Which means you might get what you want, but there are risks.

There are no other spells we can unequivocally say will have this effect, especially not permanently.

This sounds to me like a thing a PC would need to go on a quest to find the parts of the formulae for a spell that would have the desired effect.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
That sounds like an opportunity to visit some sages who know about rituals and incantations (and geology) and such things. You probably will have to write your own "spell".

Unless you want to walk into Mordor, sneak into the Barad-Dur, and steal Sauron's version out from under his very nose ...
 

aco175

Legend
Earth has volcanoes that have been erupting for years. These are mostly liquid flow, uncool events and not end-of-days eruptions. Places like Hawaii or rift zones bubble lava all day.
 



Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
A single spell to do it is asking a lot.

Getting fire and earth elementals and related creatures to do it for you would be easier and likely within the realm of possibility for an ambitious genie or fire giant noble.

I was thinking that one result of that Wish could be such a creature moving in and expecting tribute from the locals...
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
A single spell to do it is asking a lot.

Getting fire and earth elementals and related creatures to do it for you would be easier and likely within the realm of possibility for an ambitious genie or fire giant noble.
I think that is the "way" to do it. Don't have it be a volcano, have it be a gate to the plane of fire - or maybe hell. In other words, be "magical"
 

I was thinking that one result of that Wish could be such a creature moving in and expecting tribute from the locals...
Alternately, "only I can hold back the force of the volcano! Give me gold and resources so I can continue my efforts to protect you all, my beloved people!"

That lowers the chance some paladin is going to take your head off with a greatsword -- you're one of the good guys.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
Alternately, "only I can hold back the force of the volcano! Give me gold and resources so I can continue my efforts to protect you all, my beloved people!"

That lowers the chance some paladin is going to take your head off with a greatsword -- you're one of the good guys.
Years ago, when my then-5yo asked me what's the worst kind of a villain, my response was "the kind that helps people out," and I stand by this definition. Your description here is a great example.of how and why that definition fits.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Alternately, "only I can hold back the force of the volcano! Give me gold and resources so I can continue my efforts to protect you all, my beloved people!"
That lowers the chance some paladin is going to take your head off with a greatsword -- you're one of the good guys.

Well, the spellcaster who is casting the spell to make the volcano active knows that's a lie, so he's just gonna call a paladin to take that head off with a greatsword....
 

jgsugden

Legend
In a sense, all you need is a fire immune creature with a burrow speed at your beck and call. A Ruin Grinder from Strixhaven, for example, or certain dragons.
 

HaroldTheHobbit

Adventurer
If the case is PCs I would just make a lost McGuffin of Volcano Activeness that require a bunch of rare material stuff to complete a ritual.

If it's for an NPC I would just make stuff up, no need to invent any spells. Imho.
 

I would go about it as;

Contact Other Plane - Who wants to keep a volcano open? Karakatal? You up for it?
Conjure Elemental - Hey, my dude! Uncle Karakatal said you're the... entity... for the job!
Wish - Properly worded, perhaps after visiting a sage with elemental planar knowledge, to seal the deal.

You then have permanently bound a willing elemental that will frolic in the newly renovated Phlogiston Baths and Spa! It may have some friends over, from time to time. Hope that's not an issue.

[May cause prolonged madness or the ire of extraplanar entities. Loss of rubies, rare incense, and material wealth is a known side effect. Please consult your cleric with any curse-related issues that may arise.]
 



One thing we can say is that there clear is a "fantasy precedent" to this - just think about Mount Doom in Mordor - it's definitely something some villains have done.
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So many try to accomplish a task within a single high level casting, but many castings of low-mid level spells combined with geological knowledge (possibly divined through spells as well) might also get the job done.

If one can figure out the natural magma flows, redirection might be possible to produce a permanently active volcano.
 

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