More spells and items for lab improvement, p1

For November 2017 Ars Magica writing challenge – I’m doing one spell a day. This set of posts are spells and items for comforts in a magi’s lab which expand on lab protections a few years ago and illusions in last year’s post.

Insulation for the Dedicated Solar

Perdo Imagonem 20, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Room

This effect stops any sounds from entering or leaving the room, granting the “Well Insulated” lab virtue (+1 Safety, +1 Aesthetics).

(Base 3 to remove sound, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 Room)

Device effect total 24 (2 uses per day +1, environmental trigger +3 = constant)

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


Quick spell – Every Face a Thief

As part of the November A-Spell-A-Day challenge here is a spell to garner confusion.

Every Face a Thief

Muto Imagonem 20, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Room

Alters the look and sound of all people in the room to match a chosen subject who must be present.

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

Find this spell and hundreds more for Ars Magica in my grimoire.

Spells for cheating at dice and cards

These are spells which manipulate the outcome of games of chance. Perhaps more suited to grogs and companions, or given as enchanted effects in items, or for the utmost advantage to Gentle gifted Magi.

Gambler’s Favored Dice

Rego Terram 3, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual

The targeted dice, stick, or other random game tool will roll as the caster desires. Game pieces made from other materials require requisites at casting time.

(Base 2, +1 Touch)

It would make rpg games a bit too easy at least.

Gambler’s Favored Throw

Rego Terram 10, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Group

The targeted dice, sticks, or other random game tools will roll as the caster desires. Game pieces made from other materials require requisites at casting time.

(Base 2, +2 Voice, +2 Group)

Then as an item.

Fidget for the Unlucky Gambler – this small stone token is shaped like a knuckle  bone, and threaded with a loop of leather so it can be carried on a belt, wrist, or on the neck. It is enchanted with the Gambler’s Favoured Throw spell above, with unlimited uses (Final device level ReTe20; spell as above ReTe10 and Unlimited uses per day), and actived by rubbing the fidget in a particular way.

These are a few spells I’d like my Merinitia to create and use if the pbp game take off again, as it’s sneaky and suits his more subtle approach.

Gambler’s Desired Card

Muto Imagonem 5, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Individual

The targeted dice, stick, card, or other game piece is altered visibly to suit the desired outcome of the caster while they concentrate. With care this spell could significantly change the outcome in games of chance.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +1 Concentration, +1 detailed image, +1 moving object)

Gambler’s Desired Hand

Muto Imagonem 20, R: Voice, D: Concentration, T: Group

The targeted dice, sticks, cards, or other game materials are altered visibly to suit the desired outcome of the caster while they concentrate. Up to ten discrete things may be affected; with care this spell could significantly change the outcome in games of chance.

(Base 1, +2 Voice, +1 Concentration, +2 Group, +1 detailed image, +1 moving object)

To find hundreds more new spells for Ars Magica check out the iron bound grimoire.

An odd spell to Craft Invisible Illusions

Yep, you read that right. The idea is to create an illusion which is normally not able to be perceived by a human, and then a second spell which then allows the wizard to perceive the special effect. Such as an illusion using ultrasonic sound or ultraviolet light and the caster has a second spell which detects them.

Why? Well I was thinking about how an Ars Magica Magus might create their own heads-up system, or mark allies before battle, or a way to tag people they meet as significant. This way their tags are not readily readable by everyone, and the target need not know. Alternatively the illusion might almost match the true image of the target, which is then highlighted by a special Intellego spell.

The complexity in building a HUD is effect duration and memory. Effect duration can be solved by investing the effect into an enchanted device, which then maintains concentration and can be enhanced with greater penetration. Memory cannot, and this is why the spell creates a marker on the target so they can see the detail.

As a stand alone spell, intended to be used over a longer time period.

Paint with Invisible Brushstrokes

Creo Imagonem / Muto 20, R: Voice, D: Moon, T: Individual

This spell creates a simple visual illusion using tailored species which are not normally perceivable by humans.

(Base 1 to create a visual illusion, +2 Voice, +3 Moon, +1 moves with the target, +1 for complexity)

Paint with Invisible Sigils

Creo Imagonem / Muto 20, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Group

This spell creates a simple visual illusion upon all members of the group touched, using tailored species which are not normally perceivable by humans. The sigil is is a simple coloured marking, up to a pace in any direction. The intent is to mark allied companions and soldiers before battle which allows them to be easily differentiated, but it may also be used to mark any group.

(Base 1 to create a visual illusion, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 moves with the target, +1 for complexity, +2 Group)

Then the spell to perceive the typically invisible illusions.

Perceive the Brushstrokes of Invisible Paint

Intellego Imagonem 15, R: Personal, D: Concentration, T: Vision

Allows the caster to perceive any normally invisible illusion or “brushstrokes” created with the associated spell.

(Base 1, +1 Concentration, +4 Vision, +1 for complexity)

Ref: A discussion thread on the topic in the official Ars Magica forums. This and other spells can be found in the Grimoire of New Spells for Ars Magica.

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.


Simple spells for Glaring Sunlight

While walking through the city many months ago I was caught off guard by how bright the sun was; reminding me of how poor it would be to fight while looking into bright sunlight. So, lacking a hat, what would a wizard do? They’d spontaneously cast a spell to handle the problem of course!

A basic idea is to create a very small floating disk which blocks the direct spot in your field of vision where the sun is, and have the spot move to always stay between the person and the sun. It does not remove the vulnerability of an attack from the angle of the sun, but would assist with the blinding effect.

Then the second spell is probably a better solution, removing the need for an obstruction and reducing the effect of extreme light. The third is a variation using control magic instead of destruction magic for light. So three ways of achieving the same kind of result.

The design of the second effect uses a Voice range as it is destroying the light as it approached the target, which is different from the third effect which is acting as a ward against bright light. I’m not sure if the spell really needs to be Voice range or not, so defaulted to making it slightly higher level.

These spells are probably useful in harsh environments to avoid sunburn too, and demonstrate again how the magic system can do a similar thing in many ways.

Blessing of the Floating Dark Sun

Creo Imagonem 10, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell creates a small dark disc which constantly floats close to the target, between the target’s eyes and the sun, thereby greatly reducing the chance they will be blinded by looking into direct sunlight.

(Base 1, +2 Voice, +2 Sun, +1 moves with target) 

A Less Radiant Glare

Perdo Ignem 10, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

Causes bright or harsh light falling upon the target to be reduced so that all glare and blinding levels of light are lowered to a comfortable level. The subject is unaffected by any extremely bright light, and may choose the degree of reduction when the spell is cast.

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

Ward Against Light and Glare

Rego Ignem 10, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The person or object touched is warded against extreme light and glare, reducing each down to a comfortable level. The subject is unaffected by any extremely bright light, and may choose the degree of reduction when the spell is cast.

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

These and others effects I’ve pondered over the past few years are part of the free new spells grimoire for Ars Magica.

Using Imagonem to alter vision impairment

Macrotextures (as defined in Ars Magica sourcebook HoH:S p64) allow species to be manipulated to interact with the sensory organs in different ways, and allows for correcting vision impairment. That said I haven’t seen a spell to do so yet, and can imagine that it would be common enough once ageing starts to irrevocably alter the Magi of the Order. Interesting that eyeglasses are a period feature in some regions, and there is a quite famous Book of Optics written in the mid 11th century.

A reasonable goal is to design a spell which can be used all the time in an item and avoid warping the target, perhaps through a low level effect and enchanting into a familiar bond.

Eyes of the Exuberant Youth

Rego Imagonem 4, R: Personal, D: Concentration, T: Individual

This spell alters the visual species which will strike the caster’s eyes so that they are adjusted to correct for any visual impairment apart from blindness. The effect might have to be tuned when first cast to maximize clarity and assign the correct focus.

(Base 3, +1 Concentration)

If placed into a familiar bond or a tailored magical device there should be a selection made for many uses, or for constant effect (YSMV).

When created as an item:

Eyeglasses for the Wizened Sage – sturdy silver set of eyeglasses set with clear crystal lenses. The glasses are enchanted with the the Eyes of Exuberant Youth above. The user can refocus and change the style and mixture of macrotexture by concentrating, so that the eyeglasses might be handed down between Magi.

Effect mods = Final effect level Rego Imagonem 17 – Device is constant, as it is designed with a Sun duration (+1 mag more), uses an environmental trigger (+3), two uses per day (+4), and targets the species at the wearer’s eyes. The effect is designed at Range Touch (+1 mag more) so it can affect the species travelling through the lenses of the glasses.