So I was reading up on monster summoning spells... for no reason (ahem)... and just noticed this in the sidebar:
If a success, one being appears per spell, 2d10 game minutes after the chant concludes.
2d10 game minutes. Not "immediately". I'm pretty sure it's been immediate in most of the games I've heard feature summoning spells, because summoning things in combat seems cool. But no, you can't summon a byakhee during a fight, even by blowing a magic whistle.
Am I unusually dense? Do other Keepers handwave this because they like the idea of rapid monster summoning? Has everyone else also missed this?
- it's much easier to summon a dimensional shambler, dark young or hunting horror (or even a Brother of Chaugnar Faugn) than a nightgaunt, because Elder Signs are super rare, whereas knives and sentient beings are practically ten a penny.
- I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but I suspect nobody actually checks before ruling whether a byakhee or fire vampire can be summoned. I wonder whether the ones in Orient Express are legit?
- similarly, I wonder whether anyone checks before having Dark Young appear.