Leg of the Newborn Lamb, 30 Days of Magic

As a quick and effective spell usable against animals, this effect might have a chance to have a decent Penetration against a magical beast.

Leg of the Newborn Lamb

Muto Animal 15, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Part

Momentarily Shrinks an animal’s limb to the size of a newborn. A stress roll of Dexterity + Athletics vs. a difficulty of 12 must be made to stay upright if the animal is moving quickly or in combat. As T: Part is used the overall size of the best is less of a consideration for large animals.

(Base 3 to change an animal limb, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter, +1 Part)

As justification and discussion on the Ars Magica forums, and the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.

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Sample crafting spells, 30 Days of Magic

Spell to create impromptu weapons, improving the abilities of families and animals, and helping villages. Making weapons and tools available is a significant way to improve the quality of life for struggling communities, these spells offer the caster some ability to assist.

Barbarian’s Lost Tools

Rego Animal 10, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Group

The targeted animal bone and hides are shaped into a narrow variety of weapons or tools, such as pins, knives, pegs, frames, spools or sheaths. Caster must succeed a Int + Finesse 6+ check to create serviceable tools, and have enough raw materials at hand. Weapon statistics should be slightly worse than their normal counterparts, and optionally may be considered weaker than a standard weapon.

(Base 3, +1 Touch, +2 Group)

Barbarian’s Welcome Shelter

Rego Animal / Herbam 10, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Group

The targeted wood and hides are shaped into their choice of a narrow variety of covers, blinds, lean-tos, tents, and shelters. Caster must succeed a 9+ Finesse check, and have enough raw materials at hand.

(Base 3, +1 Touch, +2 Group)

These spells are part of the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.

Hounds of Wood and Stone, 30 Days of Magic

I made an Ice Hound spell a while ago, and then a set of spells for Statues of Man – so these are to expand the set of conjured assistance across a variety of materials.

Shape the Clay Hound

Creo Terram / Rego Animal 25, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Individual

This spell creates a large (size +0) dog shaped from clay, and animates it under the caster’s control so it can follow simple commands. The Animal requisite grants the animation the behaviours and habits instinctive to a trained sled dog.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +1 detailed shape, +1 Rego)

I first thought to make the hound from stone or steel but clay has a lower base – a doubt I have is that the base for Rego Animal an object as an animal is now lower than the creation spell, so this might be invalid.

Shape the Wooden Wolf

Creo Herbam / Rego Animal 25, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Individual

This spell creates a large (size +0) wolf shaped from wood, and animates it under the caster’s control so it can follow simple commands. The Animal requisite grants the animation the behaviours and habits instinctive to wild wolves.

(Base 3, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +1 detailed shape, +1 Rego)

I’ve seen it argued that the extra mag for detailed shape is not needed, which I disagree with as this is a created item.

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

Changing Wolves to Rabbits, or Lions to Lambs

Previously wrote a transformation spell called “Transformation of the Vicious Beast to the Floundering Fish” to make a beast into a fish, as an attack to quickly kill a beast or allow it to swim, and I was thinking of casting against normal animals and moderately powerful magical beasts. However one of my Magi in a play-by-post game is fighting a magical beast and doesn’t want to outright kill it. Here is an alterative which is designed to be lower level, and also shorter duration – more as an intimidation tool.

Transformation of the Vicious Beast to the Humble Hare

Muto Animal 20, R: Touch, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The targeted animal up to size +3 is turned into a rabbit. A rabbit pelt may be held by the target and dropped to end the spell prematurely.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +1 Diameter, +1 additional size in target)

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

Hermetic Recycling of Covenant Scrap, a sample magic items for Ars Magica

Goal in this blog post was to make an item which processes and separates substances into like types, and then allows them to reform as usable segments. Proposed as several “machine-like processes”, the first which separates different forms from one another, the second which separates substances within a form, and the third which removes a sub-type.

A tent was chosen to be portable and allow the magical effect to utilise Target: Room, and charms were used so they could be portable between tents and rooms – perhaps used in the same room or materials might be moved between them.

Effect: Charm of Separation of Four Types (Re Te / Mu He An Aq 40)

The small silver charm shaped as one pointed cross set within a circle, is pinned into place on the inside of the targeted room, and activated to separate materials into their art type. Some uses will see the charm displayed along side its brethren on handing strips. If present, the materials are sorted into barrels or shelves in each location.

Separation of Stone, Stakes, Solvent and Sinew

Rego Terram / Muto Herbam Animal Aquam 30, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Room

This effect alters the physical properties of all the affected materials to become malleable, allowing the base type of elements to be separated from each other toward the edges of the room. All materials in the room are separated according to their Hermetic Art type to the cardinal points in the room, with the remaining materials left in the centre.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +2 Room, +1 Muto sub-effect, +2 affect processed and crafted materials, reqs free) 

(+10 Unlimited uses)

Then a charm for sub-division by Art type is needed. For simplicity, only one is presented here, assuming a similar level is needed with different requisites. Continue reading

Ice Spells (part thirteen) Turn people to ice

When I first thought about this spell I was considering the part in the movie Frozen when Anna is turned to ice, and then considered making it a killing spell – which would be fair given a base level of 25 is very close to the Perdo Corpus instant death of base 30. Instead, an opponent frozen for two minutes is likely to be at the mercy of the caster till they magically unthaw.

Curse of the Frozen Heart

Muto Corpus / Aquam 40, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The target human is turned to solid ice, reverting to normal after the spell expires.

(Base 25, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter)

And a variant for animals, which is far easier due to the different baseline level for turning an animal into an inanimate object.

Curse of the Frozen Hoof

Muto Animal / Aquam 30, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The target animal is turned to solid ice, reverting to normal after the spell expires.

(Base 15, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter)

This and many other new spells for Ars Magica can be found on the Ars Magica New Spell Grimoire.

A floating book, all a wizard needs

An item of fancy and indulgence for those Magi who insist on looking the part and being most prepared. It might also make a good justification for a lab improvement item with a focus on texts or reading. This is a similar function to the Bookstand of Hespera (Covenants, pg 121) except it affects just a book rather than a place to write and work. More purposeful for reference and study instead of creation. It will also cause warping in the target books over a long period.

Bookmark for a Text at Hand  (ReHeAn 25) is a small plate which is touched to the desired text and allows the text to float as the caster desires.

Ready an Attentive Tome

Rego Herbam / Animal 15, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Individual

The targeted book, scroll, or text floats next to the caster and can be set in position via concentration.

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

(+5 Device maintains concentration, +5 for 24 uses per day)

With a final device level of ReHeAn 25 the devices are still cheap enough to be crafted by more junior magi, and may well be used as lab texts for an inexpensive boost to labs. The bookstand from covenants “adds two points to a specialisation in texts“, and has a slightly higher baseline although lower final level. This device is designed to that it can be used to direct many books at once, each sustained by the bookmark and controlled by the user’s concentration. It makes sense that it would offer a similar bonus and also have a more diverse application than a singular bookstand.