A Ward Against Bronze

As experiments and spells for magi tend to go haywire irregularly, I thought it might serve a prudent wizard to have some magical protection. The current Ars Magica Verditius wizard I’ve been writing has a specialisation in bronze, and many bronze based spells, so a bronze ward seems appropriate. A side benefit of this spell if it was enchanted into a device for use in a lab might be to either affect the specialisation bonus or the safety score (or both) for a magi’s lab.

Ward Against Bronze

Rego Terram 30, R: Touch, D: Ring, T: Circle

This spell creates a circle that no object with a bronze component may enter or leave. These objects may exist within the circle as long as they were there when the spell was cast.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +2 Ring, +2 affect metals)

(As item +5 for 24 uses per day, for final enchantment effect level of ReTe 35)

Find more spells for Ars Magica in my grimoire of spells.

A forced doppelgänger in Ars Magica?

Reading through some of the linked sites from Project Redcap reminded me of a spell from a few Ars editions ago – the Exchange Between Prison Bars (was it in the 3e Grimoire?). This spell switched the images of two people. From 3rd edition days the targets were a lot more fluid and debatable. In 5th edition the spells tend to have a single target or “pay” for a group target, although it is certainly possible to have non-standard targets too.

Here is a variant for 5th edition Ars Magica.

Exchange Between Bars

Muto Imaginem 25, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Special

 All four sensations of the person targeted and the caster are switched.

(Base 4, +2 Voice, +2 Sun, +1 additional special target)

Nice, but a Rego spell is really doing the switch properly, although it’s probably superfluous to actually switch positions. Maybe handy in some combat circumstances or to capture an enemy.

Teleport Between Bars

Rego Corpus 20, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Special

The target and the caster exchange placed via teleportation as long as they are within 50 paces of each other. Requisites may be required

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +1 additional special target)

Find over 513 other new spells for Ars Magica can be found on the spells page.

Spells for Arcance Connections

In Ars Magica an Arcane connections is a link between the spell caster and a specific object or thing, that exists regardless of the distance between the two – to channel magic. In game they are a double edged sword, which can be used powerfully by magi, but also used against them.

This post contains a number of new spells which demonstrate some of the new spell guidelines for arcane connections, and also introduces some variations on how these might be used in game.

Craft the Mystical Anchor

Creo Vim 15, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The spell creates a temporary arcane connection between the object touched and the caster, and holds that connection in place for the duration. For the purpose of power and maintenance the initial arcane connection power is considered to be equivalent to “Hours”, but is them maintained by being placed within the duration.

This also means that the Perdo Vim effects that destroy arcane connections can affect this spell easily (level 5 base effect for Hours).

The arcane connection may then be used by the caster to target the object at range: Arc.

(Base: 4, +1 Touch, +2 Sun)

The arcane connection strength is very important when considering how difficult it may be to remove the connection. A “hours” connection is the weakest possible, and a base effect 5 spell will render this level ineffective.

An alternate version might be created with a duration of ring, with the specific use of forming a connection that is maintained by the Ring, rather than needing an investment of Vis. Initially this might sound overtly powerful, until the ramifications of a Ring duration are understood – which basically means that the Magus has a connection back to an object, but that object must always remain present within the ring. If the object is moved from within the ring, the ring is marred, or the object destroyed, then the arcane connection is lost.

An important note in creating these effects is that the duration of the spell and the strength of the arcane connection will need to share a purpose. A spell may be able to create a connection that will last “hours”, but that is only useful for as long as the spell is also present. I.e. a spell with Duration: Conc and a “hours” connection still only lasts for as long as the caster concentrates.

The power of the Creo Vim effect must sustain both the duration of the hermetic spell and the connection itself. The longer the connection, the connection the more magical power needed.

The core point of debate for this spell is what the base effect level would be. In the ArM5 Creo Vim guidelines a level 3 creates a taint, and each 5 levels can inflict a point of warping. In relative terms of power a permanent arcane connection normally requires the expenditure of Vis, and a fair effort of activity to construct; however that is to create connections which are indefinite and permanent. A connection in magic is probably similar in power to a warping effect but has no permanent negative effect by its existence, so level 4 is chosen. This is in line with the base guidelines in Realms of Power: the Infernal (RoP:I sourcebook p.121), which allow creation of arcane connections between magi and demons with a base effect level 4.

It is however slightly different to the guidelines introduced in Magi of Hermes (MoH sourcebook p. 113), which indicates that Creo Vim level 5 is needed to slow the decay of a connection. I’m comfortable with a base effect of 4 for hours, with an understanding that extending the strength of a connection by one step adds a magnitude as demonstrated by the MoH guidelines.

A more powerful version of this spell could be crafted to make the base effect more resilient to Perdo Vim magic. To do this increase the magnitude of the spell for each step up the arcane connection duration (ArM p. 84).

  • Hours – the base strength for an effect base 4.
  • Days – +1 mag strength.
  • Weeks – +2 mags
  • Months – +3 mags
  • Year – +4 mags
  • Decades – +5 mags
  • Indefinite, not possible with this effect.

This will make the effect more resilient to Perdo Vim effects which seek to destroy the Arcane Connection, whereby the magnitude of the PeVi spell must consider the strength of the link.

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A Curse of Bliss

Mentem effect granting absolute bliss on a person for the duration, used as an alternative to Weight of a Thousand Hells (Ars p148); very dilapidating but the target may like it.

Fleeting Distraction of Heavenly Bliss

Creo Mentem 20, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

Makes the target experience a sense of happiness and pleasure about someone or something of your choice, which is so powerful that all their other considerations are irrelevant – all they can feel is their own pleasure. Appropriate personality trait rolls suffer a -5 modifier, and a general -2 modifier on rolls that require thought and concentration.

(Base 4, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter, +1 extreme joy)

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

A Lightning Shield

Magi of Tom has created a sample Flambeau who is focused in lightning. That’s a great character concept. It reminded me of a love for lightning spells, especially thematic ones – like the ball lightning which surrounds Shaman characters in WoW. So extending on the two other lightning based blog posts with spells (a ward and improved lightning bolt spells) – here is a lightning shield.

Shield of Crackling Lightning 

Creo Auram / Rego 35, R: Personal, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The caster is surrounded by webs of interlaced lightning which will not harm them but will damage anything directly interacting with their body. The lightning inflicts +30 damage.

(Base 5, +1 Diameter, +4 unnatural, +1 Rego protection)

This and over 551 other new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

Arms at the ready, creating weapons and armour with Muto

These spells transmute the earth into a set of arms and armor. This might suit poorly equipped grogs, or combatants who have changed in size due to another spell. All have the limitations of conjured items attacking opponents with MR, which is also why minor qualities have been included – if the weapon is going to be resisted its no disadvantage to have a further power. Other small variations could replace the examples below.

Draw from Dust a Skin of Steel

Muto Terram 35 / Animal Herbam, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell raises a fully formed set of mail armour sized to the desires of the caster from the ground, which must be donned before use. The full suit of armour is unnaturally light and strong, granting Protection 9 and Load 3. However as the full mail suit is magically created it will be resisted by MR as normal.

To create functional gear the caster must succeed a Finesse check of 9 or higher, and a botched result indicates the equipment is unknowingly sub-standard and will probably fail basic use or at a critical moment.

(Base 4 for dirt to stone, +1 for metal, +1 unnatural qualities, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 complexity of material form, Herbam and Animal requisites free)

Draw from Dust a Blade of Steel and Fire

Muto Terram 30, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell raises a fully formed sword sized to the desires of the caster from the ground. The blade is unnaturally resistant to fire and heat, allowing it to be used with other common weapon enhancing magic. However as the weapon is magically created it will be resisted by MR as normal.

To create functional weapon the caster must succeed a Finesse check of 9 or higher, and a botched result indicates the item is unknowingly sub-standard and will probably fail basic use or at a critical moment.

(Base 4 for dirt to stone, +1 for metal, +1 unnatural qualities, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 complexity of material form)

All the 550+ new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

Jack’s Beanstalk in Ars Magica

With all the Game of Thrones, Frozen, and Snow White I thought to give Jack and the Beanstalk a try too. First among the fantastic elements in Jack and the Beanstalk is the beanstalk itself.

Conjure a Beanstalk to the Clouds

Creo Herbam 45, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The beanstalk created by this spell is enormous, as wide as several oak trees at its base and reaches far into the clouds. The beanstalk must be rooted into solid earth for the spell to work.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +8 size, +1 unnaturally strong)

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