Using Mentem spells to detect invisible hidden or foes

Initially wanted a spell which would be used by a Mentem expert to assist in finding hidden or invisible opponents; then I started to ponder the fact hat those opponents might be animals just as likely as humaniod in Ars Magica’s quasi-fantasy setting. As all creatures have either intelligence (mentem based) or cunning (animal based) two effects are needed. For intelligent creatures:

Hear the Chattering of Man and Manes

Intellego Mentem 15, R: Personal, D: Diameter, T: Hearing

Detect minds of all creatures around the caster as sounds of chattering for men and whispers for spirits. The more active the creatures mind is, the louder the noise of their mind will be.

(Base 3 to detect a mind, +1 Diameter, +3 Hearing)

An then for animals:

Hear the Chirping of Beast and Bird

Intellego Animal 15, R: Personal, D: Diameter, T: Hearing

Detect minds of all creatures around the caster as sounds of chirping for avian, growls for beasts, hisses for reptiles, and whistles for fish. The more active the creature’s mind is, the louder the noise of their mind will be.

(Base 3 to detect a mind, +1 Diameter, +3 Hearing)

I also thought that a version using vision instead of hearing may be useful as well, although each increase in power means it is far more difficult to perceive those creatures with high magical resistance.

See the Ramblings of Man and Manes

Intellego Mentem 20, R: Personal, D: Diameter, T: Vision

Detect minds of all creatures around the caster as squalls of thick blue smoke for men and purple tendrils for spirits. The more active the creatures mind is, the louder the noise of their mind will be.

(Base 3 to detect a mind, +1 Diameter, +4 Vision)

Having an effect using T: Vision might have a secondary use of identifying targets which have magical resistance if cast forcelessly.

These and other new spells for Ars magica can be found gathered together here.

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