Timing illusions

These spells are illusions which changes image or colour according to the remaining duration – a simple visual clue for lab projects and casters with a poor memory.

Chromatic Timer

Muto Imagonem 10, R: Touch, D: Diameter, T: Part

This illusion washes the target in a hue of colours which changes over the spell’s duration. The caster dictates the time between colour changes and the colours in the sequence. A typical casting moves the hue through quarters of the overall remaining duration using blue, green, yellow, and red. The style of the hues, range of colours, and pace is dictated by the casters preference and hermetic sigil.

The changing of the colours is dependent on the casters knowledge of when the spell will expire rather than an absolute astrological event, so is subject to small deviations, unforeseen factors, and errors. It may be cast on a target or part of a target, and may affect an area equal to the size of a man.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +1 Diameter, +1 changing image, +1 moves with target, +1 flexibility in casting configuration)

The spell was designed for a character named Zharkune of Bonisagus who was seeking a visual indicator of when items needed to be actioned, or when other effects might expire, as many were moon based spells cast throughout the season. His sigil expressed in the visual design as a gradual decay of one colour which reveals another.

Its simple to make variants with different durations, perhaps to time experiments. The spell is a half measure toward having a versatile timer spell which can be set to alert after a specified number of minutes up to a maximum duration. I’ve read that such a timer would be problematic in normal hermetic magic spells, although several nested effects in an enchanted item would be able to simulate a count-down. Assuming these spells are not cast at an obvious point in time (such as dawn) TMRE p 51 provides Intellego Vim spells for detecting the accurate astrological time, which would need to be cast first if accuracy needed to be assured.

Chromatic Timer, Till Moonrise

Muto Imagonem 20, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Part

This illusion washes the target in a hue of colours which changes over the spell’s duration. The caster dictates the time between colour changes and the colours in the sequence. A typical casting moves the hue through quarters of the overall remaining duration using blue, green, yellow, and red. The style of the hues, range of colours, and pace is dictated by the casters preference and hermetic sigil.

The changing of the colours is dependent on the casters knowledge of when the spell will expire rather than an absolute astrological event, so is subject to small deviations, unforeseen factors, and errors. It may be cast on a target or part of a target, and may affect an area equal to the size of a man.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +1 changing image, +1 moves with target, +1 flexibility in casting configuration)

The spell could also be written up as a Creo Imagonem effect which conjures an image of an hourglass. The purpose for the spell was to trigger an informational warning for another effect, so changing the colour of an object affected was more suitable. As a CrIm spell with a simple scope.

Exhibit of Passing Time

Creo Imagonem 10, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Individual

This illusion creates an hourglass which shows the gradual change over the spell’s duration. The timing is dependent on the casters knowledge of when the spell will expire when cast rather than an absolute astrological event, so is subject to small deviations, unforeseen factors, and errors.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +1 changing image)

This and over 390 other new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

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