Looking for some advice regarding magic items and concentration. I am playing Curse of Strahd at the moment and a player has the holy symbol of Ravenkind which can do the following:
Hold Vampires. As an action, you can expend 1charge and present the holy symbol to make it flare with holy power. Vampires and vampire spawn within 30 feet of the holy symbol when it flares must make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, a target is paralyzed for 1 minute. It can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns to end the effect on itself.
Turn Undead. If you have the-Turn Undead or the Turn the Unholy feature, you can expend 3 charges when you present the holy symbol while using that feature. When you do so, undead have disadvantage on their saving throws against the effect.
Sunlight. As an action, you can expend 5 charges while presenting the holy symbol to make it shed bright light in a 30-foot radius and dim light for an additional 30 feet. The light is sunlight and lasts for 10 minutes or until you end the effect (no action required).
I am assuming hold vampire is a setting style version of hold person or hold monster, these would normally be concentration spells, if someone was to attack the user would they need to make a constitution saving throw? Also was looking for a ruling with the same situation but for Sunlight, I can't find info if that is concentration or not. Thank you in advance for the help, Mightymkins
To the best of my knowledge, if the item itself doesn't mention concentration, the item's action doesn't require it. It would be different if the item told you that you cast the spells Sunlight or Hold Person/Vampire, because then you'd have to stick to that spell's specific ruling. As it is, the magic item is only telling you that you do something, so I'd say it doesn't require concentration.
That's what I'd say, though I might be wrong. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the reply Rudolph. That does make a lot of sense since I have seen staffs before that give the ability to "cast" spells like you were saying. Really appreciate the help, although these items are now even more intimidating to Strahd 😂 I am sure he will find a way to keep troubling the party even though they have these items.