Spells of Tailored Poisons

Here are a few more poison oriented spells, starting with a lethal dose and then getting into some weirder options, and one very good way to kill a specific wizard.

The Ars Magica spell guidelines tell us that a lethal dose of poison is base 25 with an ease factor of 3 to resist, and each additional magnitude increases the ease factor by 3. Yet an Incapacitating wound is 20 and a Heavy wound is 15. I like that the potency and severity are balanced in the guidelines.

A Sip of Consummate Ruin

Creo Aquam 50, R: Touch, D: Diameter, T: Individual

This spell creates a single dose of a lethal poison, enhanced to be highly potent; which requires a Stamina check against an ease factor of 12 to resist.

(Base 25, +1 Touch, +1 Diam, +3 for an additional 9 to the ease factor to resist)

With a duration so short the caster would have to know it will be used soon, perhaps on a blade or in a drink. And with such a high level spell it is unlikely to penetrate another Magi’s magical resistance.

The alternative to the poison having a duration is to design a spell which conjures an exceptionally virulent poison permanently with vis. As a permanent creation it no longer is resisted by Parma Magica.

A Quaff of Absolute Havok

Creo Aquam 45, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual, Ritual

This spell creates ten doses of a poison which inflicts an Incapacitating wound, enhanced to be highly potent; which requires a Stamina check against an ease factor of 12 to resist.

(Base 20, +1 Touch, +3 for an additional 9 to the ease factor to resist, ritual, +1 size)

On to stranger and more magical poisons. Firstly spells designs for poisons to affect a specific person. A poison spell, which only affects one person, designed as a mild poison so it could be boosted as desired.

As the options get more diverse the complexity increases which really makes these spells very particular.

A Sip for My Oldest Nemesis

Creo Aquam 35, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell creates a single dose of poison with enhanced potency, which will only affect Sir Dion of Alexandria. It requires a Stamina check against an ease factor of 6 to resist. The poison inflicts a medium wound.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 for an additional 3 to the ease factor to resist, +1 for a specific person)

A poison spell, which only affects a Bloodline.

A Sip for That Cursed Family

Creo Aquam 45, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Bloodline, Faerie

This spell creates a single dose of poison with enhanced potency, which will only affect members of Sir Dion of Alexandria’s bloodline. It requires a Stamina check against an ease factor of 6 to resist. The poison inflicts a medium wound.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +3 Bloodline, +1 for an additional 3 to the ease factor to resist, Faerie spell)

A poison spell, which affects the person you have an AC to, or you are touching.

A Sip for My Newest Nemesis

Creo Aquam 40, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell creates a single dose of poison with enhanced potency, which will only affect a person the caster is touching or has an arcane connection to. It requires a Stamina check against an ease factor of 6 to resist. The poison inflicts a medium wound.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 for an additional 3 to the ease factor to resist, +1 for a specific person, +1 for flexibility)

There is no reason that the poison crafted by any of these spells cannot vary in nature, perhaps made into inks to emulate the terrible ink from the novel and film The Name of the Rose. As spell it could be identical, and crafting the poison as an ink is a very insidious way to distribute it. Especially if that ink also affects only a Bloodline or an individual, or the recipient is not protected by magical resistance.

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

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