spells for Controlling the Gaze of Another, 30 Days of Magic

Online discussion highlighted that there are two Mentem spells already in Ars for making a target look at the caster (Catching the Eye (CrMe15, from MoH p92), and Look At Me (CrMe15, from A&A p32)), and one Imaginem spell (Fooling the Eye (CrIm10, from HoH:S p68). The Mentem spells look almost identical.

Aside – As some versions were discussed a while back recently on the Ars Magica forums I thought to make a ReCo spell to do the same. It is important to note the difference in the Rego Corpus baselines, of Base 2 to “make a target lose control” and to actually dictate where somebody looks which should be higher (which I commented), and then later it was proven that cannon spells exist doing both.

Well bother! New information means that a Base 2 is plausible.

The ability to make a person look in a particular place is a little less powerful than controlling all their motion, but more powerful than just ruining their gaze, so is roughly a Base 5 by my guess. It is not the same as Base 2 at all.

The first spell here target’s a foe close to the caster, the second far further away. I’ve modified my posted higher level version so that it lasts a longer duration too, as the level 4 version is already very useful.

Look Away Peon

Rego Corpus 4, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Individual

Causes the target to look where the caster dictates, potentially making their movements and interactions very difficult; often used to then cast Range Eye spells.

(Base 2, +2 Voice)

Look At That

Rego Corpus 10, R: Sight, D: Diameter, T: Individual

Causes the target to look where the caster dictates, often used to then cast Range Eye spells.

(Base 2 +3 Sight, +1 Diameter)

Its less subtle than the Mentem or Imagonem versions, as the target will certainly know they have been manipulated.

Also plausible is Rego Mentem as a way to control a target’s actions. A base of 5 will incline the target to respond in a particular way and seems more intended for emotions rather than control. A base 15 will dictate an action for a moment so it is expensive but safe.

Lift Up Thine Eyes

Rego Mentem 30, R: Sight, D: Momentary, T: Individual

Causes the target to look where the caster dictates, often used to then cast Range Eye spells.

(Base 15, +3 Sight)

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2 thoughts on “spells for Controlling the Gaze of Another, 30 Days of Magic

  1. Pingback: Ars Magica – 30 Days of Magic Challenge | The Iron-Bound Tome

  2. I’m unsure if the Base 2 is reliable as allowing the caster control, or if it just makes the target lose control. It’s tricky and there are samples to support both.

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