By choosing to delay, you take no action and then act normally on whatever initiative
count you decide to act. When you delay, you voluntarily reduce your own initiative
result for the rest of the combat. When your new, lower initiative
count comes up later in the same round, you can act normally. You can specify this new initiative
result or just wait until some time later in the round and act then, thus fixing your new initiative
count at that point.
You never get back the time you spend waiting to see what's going to happen. You can't, however, interrupt anyone else's action (as you can with a readied action).
Initiative Consequences of Delaying:
result becomes the count on which you took the delayed action. If you come to your next action and have not yet performed an action, you don't get to take a delayed action (though you can delay again).
If you take a delayed action in the next round, before your regular turn comes up, your initiative
count rises to that new point in the order of battle, and you do not get your regular action that round.
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