Mentem Gestalts (part one)

These effects are based upon the premise that combative actions are partially instinctive and partially planned. As such an InMe effect which warns of hostile intent could allow the caster to better anticipate the actions of those around them.

It is basically scanning the minds of targets to gain advantage. These spells allow for a range so that the SG can decide, or an additional +1d3 might be added to the 1d10 rolls. In game these might be used by a magus to train the target as much as defeat them.

Precognition of the Magical Duelist

Intellego Mentem 30, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The caster instinctively understands the immediate tactics and intent of the target during a Certamen duel, granting them potential foresight into the targets actions. This grants a circumstantial Initiative and Defense bonus to the caster of +1 to +3, subject to the veracity of the information matches the targets actions and the degree of advance warning. It should be impossible for the target to catch the caster by surprise.

As normal, affecting another Magus with magic may be a breach of the Code, and caution is advised. The spell ignores thoughts and intent unrelated to Certamen, and has no capability to discern emotions or memories.

(Base 15 – akin to reading the surface thoughts, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter)

Precognition of the Masterful Duelist

Intellego Mentem 30, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The caster instinctively understands the immediate tactics and martial intent of the target, granting them potential foresight into the targets actions. This grants a circumstantial Initiative and Defense bonus to the caster of +1 to +3, subject to the veracity of the information matches the targets actions and the degree of advance warning. It should be impossible for the target to catch the caster by surprise.

The spell ignores thoughts and intent unrelated to hostile actions, and has no capability to discern emotions or memories.

(Base 15 – akin to reading the surface thoughts, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter)

Then created as sense to be used amid a battle or fray.

Precognition of the Alert Commander

Intellego Mentem 40, R: Personal, D: Sun, T: Hearing

The caster gains an additional magical sense so they instinctively understand the immediate tactics and martial intent of people encountered, granting them potential foresight into their actions. This grants a circumstantial Initiative and Defense bonus to the caster of +1 to +3, subject to the veracity of the information matches the targets actions and the degree of advance warning. It should be impossible for the target to catch the caster by surprise.

(Base 15, +2 Sun, +3 Hearing)

To what degree the bonus applies is the contentious point. I was thinking of a similar spell using both Cr and In amongst a group which allows for a “sixth sense” to others in terms of combat situational awareness.

All the new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

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