Granting Corporeal Forms to Spirits and Ghosts

Ars Magica (HoH;TL, p.140) has three spells to make parts of a ghost’s equipment corporeal, but I couldn’t find a spell for the ghost itself. I feel compelled to point out that the Vision of Haunting Spirits (MuMe/Im 40, Ars p.150) is far better for making a ghost visible, which might be all that is needed. Also the Penetration total needed to cast these spells on even a mid-power ghost is very significant, so these transformation spells are not spells for junior Magi.

Blessing the Incorporeal Host with Earthly Form

Muto Mentem / Corpus 40, R: Eye, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell grants an incorporeal spirit or ghost a corporeal human form.

(Base 25, +1 Eye, +2 Sun)

Blessing the Incorporeal Council with Earthly Form

Muto Mentem / Corpus 50, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Room

This spell grants all the incorporeal spirit or ghosts within the targeted chamber a corporeal human form.

(Base 25, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 Room)

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A creepy effect for persuading ghosts

This is a quick rework of a previous Mentem spell Torture the Restless Dead with the duration extended to Ring and the auditory element removed. This spell answers the question of what a necromancer could threaten a ghost with to get them to fully cooperate – eternal pain.

Perpetual Torture of the Dead

Perdo Mentem 30, R: Arc, D: Conc, T: Individual

This spell connects the caster to ghost of a dead person for whom they possess the arcane connection (or body), and inflicts pain upon the ghost.

(Base 4, +4 Arc, +2 Ring)

A spell for Interrogating Ghosts

Ghosts are tricky and maddening, especially those who insist on not being helpful no matter how close or far they are from the afterlife. In a recent rpg session the characters where trying to commune with a ghost who proved to be rather uncooperative.

The players used “Whispers Through The Black Gate”, an iconic spell in Ars Magica used for talking to ghosts. The spell is powerful but relies on the skill of the questioner, and wizards are typically poor orators and not overly sensitive to the needs of the dead.

Instead of whispers, the magi could have used force – mentally reading the ghost’s remaining mind, or even forcing it to answer using spells designed to strip truth from the unliving.

Here is a rough outline of how that spell would be presented in Ars Magica Continue reading