Spells from Game of Thrones, part 1 (The Wall)

Here are some of the awesome set pieces and magical effects from A Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones) written up as hermetic spells for Ars Magica. This particular post is all about “The Wall“.

The Wall is a colossal fortification which stretches for 100 leagues (300 miles) along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, defending the realm from the wildlings who live beyond.

The Wall is reported to be over 700 feet tall and is made of solid ice. It was supposedly constructed using both magic and mundane means some eight millennia ago, in the aftermath of the Long Night to defend the realm against the White Walkers who apparently dwell in the far north, though they are now considered myths by most.

Source: Game of Thrones Wiki

Aside – when your GM says “these creatures are thought to be a myth” you should expect to gear up to fight them; its a pen and paper rpg thing.

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Spell to trace the lineage of men and beasts

Here is a few spells of Ars Magica using the Faerie Target: Bloodline. These allow the caster to trace blood relatives for themselves, other humans, and animals. I thought this might be handy for a wizard interested in fertility and the gift, but also to find those members of their extended family they might be unaware of (and of course for dealing with horse traders).

Each effect could probably be made slightly lower level by designing a more specialized spell, but given how niche the effects are that would be wasteful of seasons. A base guideline level 10 is heavy-handed, but allows a lot of breadth and forgiveness.

Blood of My Blood

Intellego Corpus / Imagonem 30, R: Personal, D: Concentration, T: Bloodline. Faerie.

The caster gains an awareness of every blood relative, and by concentrating can focus on specific members to determine their physical health, state in terms of awake or asleep, age, visual appearance, and location. When learned the spell is tailored for the caster’s bloodline to avoid warping.

(Base 10 to know all information about a body, +1 Conc, +3 Bloodline)

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And as a variation, here is the same effect raised to R: Touch, to allow a caster to trace the lineage of a touched person.

The Seed is Strong

Intellego Corpus / Imagonem 35, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Bloodline. Faerie.

The caster gains an awareness of every blood relative of the target touched, and by concentrating can focus on specific members to determine their physical health, state in terms of awake or asleep, age, visual appearance, and location. When learned the spell is tailored for the caster’s bloodline to avoid warping.

(Base 10 to know all information about a body, +1 Touch, +1 Conc, +3 Bloodline)

And lastly a variation to trace the lineage of animals, for the purposes of discerning pure breeding.

The Line Breeds True

Intellego Animal / Imagonem 35, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Bloodline. Faerie.

The caster gains an awareness of every blood relative of the target animal touched, and by concentrating can focus on specific members to determine their physical health, state in terms of awake or asleep, age, visual appearance, and location.

(Base 10 to know all information about a body, +1 Touch, +1 Conc, +3 Bloodline)

I suppose there could also be versions for Herbam too, although I don’t think that would get used often; and probably couldn’t make use of the Bloodline Target either.

For these and other new Ars Magics spells see the list of spells.

Quote for the day – Fairy tales go to Westros to die

GRRM is the anti-romantic. Fairy tales go to Westros to die.

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Over here on IO9 there is a little thread about what will happen to some characters. It has spoilers in it for those folks who are watching the TV show, but have not read all the novels. I really think this captures what A Song of Ice and Fire’s setting is like.

The hate for GRRM’s treatment of characters is there in the comments, as to is the love for the very same cruel, unbalanced, and distasteful setting. I love it.

Picking who will be alive at the end of the next book is a fun game, and I won’t ruin the TV folks day by guessing here. My prediction though is a confrontation between the big two families of Starks vs Lannisters for who gets a solid piece of a Targaren, and then takes the throne. If you think any of those families are out of the running you’re cont considering how sweetly perverted GRRM is.

Art was found via Google search on Deviant Art, by Skworus (tumblr)- and is darn nice.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Promo

I was trying to not get hyped up. Then I watched the new promo. As promo vids goes its not revolutionary, but I guess I’m a fan-boy. Not that I’m expecting Aussies to get the show straight away, we’ll wait for the data to curve around the world, maybe a week later, or even months later to free-to-air (makes me frustrated).

hey distribution companies I have a message from Australians who dislike most of the TV content here – both paid and free-to-air….I’m a fanboy, make it easy…

shut-up-take-my-money

Game of Thrones Cupcakes, Yum

Chefs JB Cada and Stephanie Santos, who run The Regali Kitchen, created a delicious set of Game of Thrones Cupcakes.

via Game of Thrones Opening Sequence House Sigil Cupcakes.

You can buy the Iron Throne

As a Game of Thrones fan, I’m both excited and appalled that we could now buy the Iron Throne. I mean it can’t be purchased with gold alone, can it? Ask a Lanister I guess.

At USD$30,000 they are going to be few and far between, and certainly profitable to produce. I wonder what GRR’s cut is on the merch? At that price I’d want it forged from steel, that or take a huge block from my mortgage. >.> Continue reading

Lands of Ice and Fire Map Pack

Um, wow. A Lands of Ice and Fire map pack, created by one of the best mappers I’ve found – Jon from Fantastic Maps.

Jon’s blog and the Westeros.org site have further info.

Conceptually this is as cool to me as a Tolkien atlas, or years ago when I found a Dragon Riders of Pern atlas for my mother who was a fan of the series. True that you have to be a nerd, but hey. Yup.

“Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us.”