Spells to ignore wounds and pain in battle

How more effective is a combatant when they cannot feel pain, and what would that mean mechanically in rpg combat?

There are canonical spells and guideline for Ars Magica which address pain, wounds, and exhaustion directly, and they have a potential contradiction. Assuming that the wound penalties are from both due decreased functionality and pain, a spell which removes pain should also decrease would penalties. They are:

  1. Creo Corpus Base 1, which improves the penalties from wounds by one category.
  2. Blissful Sensations (MoH p.20), which removes pain up to and including a light wound; using Creo Corpus Base 15.
  3. Rego Corpus Base 10, to ignore wound and fatigue penalties (as used in Endurance of the Berserkers, Ars Magica p.134).

Rego Corpus is an odd choice for assisting with ignoring wounds, and would be very effective if applied to a group of combatants.

Suppress the Harvest of War, Encircled

Rego Corpus 25, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Circle

The human targets of this spell will feel only the dullest sensations in place of pain, wounds, and fatigue. It has no effect on sensations which are not painful. Multiple castings beyond the target’s Size +2 have no effect.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +0 Circle)

Suppress the Harvest of War for Beasts, Encircled

Rego Animal 25, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Circle

The animal targets of this spell will feel only the dullest sensations in place of pain, wounds, and fatigue. It has no effect on sensations which are not painful. Multiple castings beyond the target’s Size +2 have no effect.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +0 Circle)

This last version is designed for a warband containing mounted troops. While the spell’s level is raised significantly by having a Sun duration and a group target, it means a group of mounted combatants can be prepared by casting a single spell. It might also be useful to have the spell with a target of Room, which would allows for different usage, and the same level.

Suppress the Harvest of the Warband

Rego Corpus / Animal 40, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Group

The human and animal targets of this spell will feel only the dullest sensations in place of pain, wounds, and fatigue. It has no effect on sensations which are not painful. Multiple castings beyond the target’s Size +2 have no effect.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 Group, +1 Animal)

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

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