Interesting Comic – Lake of Fire

I’m reading a new comic at present specifically because it has an Ars Magica feel – Lake of Fire. I’ve waiting for the trade paperback version because reading the smaller issues is really irritating, I prefer to binge on comic and TV stories.

The story synopsis is:

It is 1220 AD, and the gears of the Albigensian Crusade grind on. When an alien spacecraft infested with a horde of bloodthirsty predators crash-lands in the remote wilderness of the French Pyrenees, a small band of crusaders and a Cathar heretic are all that stand between God’s Kingdom and Hell on Earth.

Yeah you read that right; Aliens and Crusaders. It’s awesome so far.

cover of Lake of Fire issue, with crusaders



Portrait generator by Losing Games

This Portrait generator by Isaac Williams will create a simple portrait. Could also be useful as an avatar creator. Nice work sir.

30 Days of Magic for November completed

Well that’s the November challenge completed – the blog has added 80 spells over the 30 days through the month. I’ll be updating these into the main grimoire shortly.

Found via a reddit thread on imaginary behemoths

Leg of the Newborn Lamb, 30 Days of Magic

As a quick and effective spell usable against animals, this effect might have a chance to have a decent Penetration against a magical beast.

Leg of the Newborn Lamb

Muto Animal 15, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Part

Momentarily Shrinks an animal’s limb to the size of a newborn. A stress roll of Dexterity + Athletics vs. a difficulty of 12 must be made to stay upright if the animal is moving quickly or in combat. As T: Part is used the overall size of the best is less of a consideration for large animals.

(Base 3 to change an animal limb, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter, +1 Part)

As justification and discussion on the Ars Magica forums, and the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.

Iron manacles, 30 days of Magic

These two spells combined make manacles which are impossible to unlock.

Conjure Bands of Iron

Creo Terram 25, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Individual

Creates a set of interlocked thick iron bands similar in size and style to manacles, although designed to be heavier and with no opening mechanism.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +3 Moon)

Iron as Viscid Clay

Muto Terram 20, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Part

Alters an iron object touched so it may be reshaped like clay while the spell is in effect. Initially desired to reshape iron bands for captured foes, the Magus also found this spell useful to create impromptu tools or devices of iron.

(Base 3, +2 metal, +1 Touch, +1 Concentration, +1 Part)

These spells are part of the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.

Squaring a Circle of magic, 30 Days of Magic

This Muto Vim spell outlines an infrequently handy and superficial change to other spells, so that their area of effect becomes cubic. It is plausible to have many versions of this spell altering other spells to other geometric shapes such as spheres, pyramids, walls, or domes.

Thaumaturgical Adjustment of the Cube

Muto Vim General, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual

This spell modifies the shape of the effect of another Hermetic spell so that its area of effect is a cube, orientated to the caster desires. To be a valid, the targeted spell must create, change, or destroy something in a three dimensional area, and altering the area to the new shape and orientation must be plausible.

This effect may change a spell of equal to or less than twice the level of this spell.

(Base Gen “as a superficial change”, +1 Touch)

This spell is part of the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.

Profound Magnification of the Beasts, 30 Days of Magic

Another transformation spell, this time designed to give a significant change to the caster but reducing the utility from the higher level variation. This is to allow better Penetration for the caster fighting in the enhanced form against supernatural creatures and other Magi. In a pbp forum game Magus Fray of Bonisagus first transforms into a lion, then becomes a fearsome in size.

Profound Magnification of the Beasts

Muto Animal 20. R: Personal, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The caster’s animal form increases in size by up to 7 size ranks, and can target base creatures of up to size 4.

(Base 4 for increasing a creatures size by 1x size rank, +1 Diameter, +1 mag to affect creatures of up to size 4, +2 for an additional 6 size ranks)

Ps. This is absolutely another spell very similar to a barrage of other Animal and Corpus spells I’ve written over the years, so it’s cheeky to include it as “new” for the 30 Days of Magic series, but phooey sir or madam! It’s hard to ponder new spells these days. To make up for this gross misconduct I’ve added a few other spells today to make up for this one based on coal and salt. This spell is part of the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.