Coin of the Wolf, a simple stolen enchanted device

From the excellent Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog, comes an interesting item which I decided to refit into Ars Magica.

The Coin of the Wolf – by Ancient Vaults (on May 10th 2017) writes the item as a D&D magical  item:

‘Are you going to lose that thing?’ Chalk asked Valance as the two adventurers strolled down the uneven cobblestones of Ird.

‘I intended to lose this coin and a few others if indeed Jarks is going into the deep woods in a few days,’ the priest of the Spider God said with a smile.

‘It isn’t like you to willingly lose, can’t you just drop it on his person?’ the wizard asked.

‘Too risky with all of his goons around, besides, spiders will lead us to the bodies to fetch the coins,’ Valance replied.

Chalk nodded as he saw a trio of chickens skitter nervously out of their path.

Forged by a dwarven forge-master at the request of a mischievous druid the Coin of the Wolf has lead to some interesting and sometimes unfortunate situations, almost all of which have been totally unexpected, except for that one strange fellow that defiantly carried one of these everywhere….

Benefit: This magical coin causes the one bearing it to give off the scent of an alpha wolf to all animals around. Domestic animals will panic when within 30′ of the bearer of the strange coin, attempting to flee whenever possible. Creatures of Animal to Semi- Intelligence (1-4) with 4HD or more that have aggressive natures will attack the one with the cursed coin 80% of the time. Even after getting rid of this dread item the effects last for one hour afterward.

For Ars magica it can be created as a basic MuIm device & effect.

Coin of the Wolf (Muto Imagonem 10, as CrIm base 1 to modify one sense, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 moving image. Then device mods: +5 for 24x uses per day). Changes the target’s scent of an alpha male wolf. Device requires a pawn of vis to create.

 

Lost Spells (part 3) Crossing rivers

Continuing the series of converting old spells… In Christs Footsteps (ReCo5) was introduced to 5th edition in Guardians of the Forest (P96), however that does not assist with companions and familiars, and is dangerous when the caster gets distracted or in a crisis.

Footsteps Across the Sweeping River

Rego Corpus 15, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

Allows the targeted person to move across any surface that otherwise could not support them for the duration. Invented for travel in regions where the ground is unstable or where many rivers and lakes would impede a direct route.

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

Hoofbeats Across the Turbulent Sea

Rego Animal 15, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

Allows the targeted animal to move across any surface that otherwise could not support them for the duration. Invented for travel in regions where the ground is unstable or where many rivers and lakes would impede a direct route.

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

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Lost Spells (part 2) Unnatural Fire

A strange and dangerous spell, although there are times when having a fire which burns while wet might be very handy. The original lasted for as long as the caster concentrated which makes sense as a demonstration of the transformation, but not as a true device of dangerous and unnatural fire. The spell is more dangerous than converting water to oil, as so many other water sources may be present which are uncontrolled.

Unquenched Flame

Muto Ignem / Aquam 20, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell changes a fire of a size up to bonfire so it unnaturally consumes water as fuel, as though it were oil or wood. The fire would be particularly dangerous in a wet forest, or on a marsh, and could be used to actually burn a river.

(Base 4, +2 Voice, +2 Sun)

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Lost Spells (part 1) Extending Injuries

I’ve found an old site full of Ars Magica spells which appear to be from the third edition of the game (it’s French and looks like 3e … ?), and while many are now in some book or other – spells remain which are darn great so I’ve revamped them for 5th edition Ars Magica. This is the first of many post based upon these “lost spells”.

Firstly a spell stop natural healing for the duration, which makes more sense as a reworking of the Creo Corpus guidelines for wound recovery. In 5e it is easier to inflict a light wound than heal one (base 10 vs 15), so using similar stepping difficulties with Perdo Corpus base 1 causes a -3 to rolls, which scales by additional magnitude to base 10 to cause a -18 modifier. And further to base 15 to stop all wounds from improving for the duration.

Curse of Chronic Injury

Perdo Corpus 15, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Individual

The target suffers a -9 to all wound recovery rolls for the duration.

(Base 3, +1 Touch, +3 Moon)

The Stagnant Flesh

Perdo Corpus 35, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Individual

The target cannot heal naturally from any wounds or infliction for the duration. All recovery rolls which indicate an improvement are ignored, and negative side effects of rolls are retained.

(Base 15, +1 Touch, +3 Moon)

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A simple enchanted device – Fixed Bookplate

Bookplate of the Watchful Librarian – A matched set of a silver bookplate and a reed sized silver token, which are enchanted as a fixed arcane connections to each other. This allows the bookplate to be attached to a tome and lent out, and the token can be used to find the book should it become lost. A simple device which costs a pawn of vis to fix as a permanent AC in one season. Perfect as an apprentice level lab activity.

Complexity in Muto based Materials Manipulation

This post is more meta-magic system thoughts for ars magica –  on the complexity in Muto based materials creation and manipulation, raised from a forum discussion…

Switching one form to another should include a degree of flexibility in the final shape, as this is the declared purpose of the spell. As long as the spell is creating a specific object or thing. Surrounding air to a natural plant is fine and declaring the type and shape of the plant is reasonable in the Formulaic formula at base.

Then modifying for complexity in shape seems appropriate, as:

  • I see the complexity as quasi- geometric shapes (+0 mags) like lines, cubes, boxes, or walls. Exploiting a feature of the new material should be free too – like using a plant to create a natural shelter.
  • The allowing sub-shapes in the main shape (1) like windows, basic stairs, spikes.
  • Then almost any other ordinary detail (2).
  • Then finally very ornate details as (3) like artwork.

Having the additional mags should allow forgiveness in the Finesse check but not remove a basic “fit for purpose” check. A serviceable but ugly level for a simple item is vs 6 (a sword), and a more complex item is vs 9 (a suit of armor). Less than this and the finesse check might still be needed (vs 3) , but is really at the “don’t botch” level (a cube of stone).

So a basic sword is +1, and a full suit of armour might be +2. Then add mags for moderate flexibility in choice of form when casting. Making a spell which can pick when cast from a dagger, knife, or sword should cost something, whereas two different styles of swords which are serviceable seems plausible as a spell without too much added complexity. Sword vs axe should definetly need complexity modifiers, if not be allowed at all.

Ref: Atlas Games – Ars Magica forums.

And perhaps interrelated is the Creo vs Muto discussion here, or replacing Finesse with magnitudes of difficulty

Fire to bubbles

Sharing control of an Ars Magica spell – Sharing the Reigns

Sharing the Reigns of (Form) is similar to the Passing the Reigns (Muto Vim, Hermetic Project, p.97) spell except both caster and target can alter the direction of the altered spell. This style of meta-magic effect was an afterthought in a story where a master wishes to give an apprentice some degree of control on a levitation spell, however for safety’s sake they also wish to still have control. Then considering the idea that a meta-magic effect could steal control of another spell is very interesting.

Sharing the Reigns of (Form)

Muto Vim General, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual

Ongoing control of another of the caster’s spells is shared between the caster and a creature touched. The spell to be shared must be equal to or lower than the level of this spell + 5 levels, and the spell to be shared must have a duration longer than Momentary. In the event of a conflict in instruction a contested Finesse check might be appropriate, or the spell tries to fulfil both instructions chaotically.

(Base General, +1 Touch)

Stealing the Reigns of (Form)

Muto Vim General, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Individual

Ongoing control of another spell is passed to either the caster of this spell, or a third party within range they choose. The spell to be stolen must be equal to or lower than the level of this spell, and the spell to be shared must have a duration longer than Momentary.

(Base General, +2 Voice)

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