Spells for wrecking wooden items

A two quick spells for destroying items made from dead plant based materials. Very handy spells in the medieval setting due to how many items have wooden parts.

Curse of Holed Oak

Perdo Herbam 15, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Part

This spell destroys a whole or part of a non-living wood based item, with a volume equivalent to one standard plant. The spell may affect composite items which have wood within them due to the Target: Part.

(Base 4, +2 Voice, +1 Part)

Curse of Holed Wall and Bow Afar

Perdo Herbam 25, R: Sight, D: Momentary, T: Part

This spell destroys a whole or part of a non-living wood based item, with a volume equivalent to the volume of ten standard plants. The spell may affect composite items which have wood within them due to the Target: Part.

(Base 4, +3 Sight, +1 Part, +1 size)

The second spell affects a volume that is more than enough to make a massive hole in a ship’s hull, ruin a cart, remove a wooden door, or wreck reinforcements. The first spell might need to be cast many times to truly wreck a large item, but would hamper a ship or cart straight away.

Affecting living wood is slightly harder, but is seldom needed at voice range so can still be made a low level spell. The effect below is intended to cut smoothly into or through the base of a tree to allow it to be felled effortlessly.

The Efficient Woodsman

Perdo Herbam 15, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Part

This spell destroys a part of a living tree or plant, with a volume up to equal to the standard Herbam volume (a plant one pace in each direction). The shape and place is chosen by the caster’s touch.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +1 Part)

The Efficient Harvest

Perdo Herbam 25, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Group

This spell destroys the same part or spot on a set of living trees or plants, with a volume up to equal to the standard Herbam volume (a plant one pace in each direction). The shape and place is chosen by the caster. Target: Part is incorporated into the spell, within the Group target.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 Group)

Then within an item, for harvesting trees in bulk, and could also be used on many types of crops. An alternative would be to use the single action harvest spell with Touch trigger & Unlimited uses (which allows for a level 25 item); final levels are very similar.

A Wondrous Harvester (Lesser enchanted device – PeHe 28) – a small bronze axe trinket set on a chain, which is worn around the user’s neck. To activate the user hold the axe blade with their fingertips, and makes a scythe motion with their other arm. Effect as per The Efficient Harvest

Perdo Herbam 25, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Group

This spell destroys the same part or spot on a set of living trees or plants, with a volume up to equal to the standard Herbam volume (a plant one pace in each direction). The shape and place is chosen by the caster. Target: Part is incorporated into the spell, within the Group target.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 Group) (+3 six uses per day)

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

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