The Buoyant Grog – marching an army across rivers

A long while ago I played in a story where the grogs and mundanes needed to cross a moderate body of water. It was a simple challenge, but the Magi present couldn’t use a magical-brute-force spontaneous effect to solve the issue. When moving across a stable body of water vertical changes were not an issue, however when inventing a spell for future use the Base 5 was chosen to allow the caster to move the target in any direction they choose and to concentrate to alter that movement. This allows for a far greater variety in application.

The same story also had a supernatural creature swimming in the water, so it was far better to have our grogs float above the surface of the water rather than swim.

The Buoyant Grog

Rego Corpus 20, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The target is moved slowly in any direction the caster desires horizontally or vertically, as fast as smoke rises. The spell affects targets up to size +1 and the caster must concentrate to alter the movement. Heavier targets move more slowly.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +2 Sun)

The spell has a range of potential uses, not just to move grogs across untraversable gaps or waterways. If the effect was to be used on a hostile target the Range: Touch is a factor to consider and if successful the target could be moved well away from combat or dangerously high into the air.

A variant for a squad of targets, for the times when the Magus perhaps does not have the time to cast this spell many times; such as falling or while being chased.

The Buoyant Squad

Rego Corpus 25, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Group

The target is moved slowly in any direction the caster desires horizontally or vertically, as fast as smoke rises. The spell affects targets up to size +1 and the caster must concentrate to alter the movement. Heavier targets move more slowly.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +1 Concentration, +2 Group)

And lastly a version for the caster to use upon themselves. If the caster knows either of the versions above then this is almost superfluous, although a lower level effect allows for better fast-casting. This version is also

The Buoyant Magus

Rego Corpus 10, R: Personal, D: Concentration, T: Individual

The caster is moved slowly in any direction they desire, horizontally or vertically as fast as smoke rises. The spell affects targets up to size +1 and the caster must concentrate to alter the movement. Heavier targets move more slowly.

(Base 5, +1 Concentration)

See further custom spells for Ars Magica can be found in the summary spells page.

crossing water

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