Spells for Perceiving People as Music

Adding new supernatural senses through hermetic magic is not low level, and is also often very effective. Spell effects have to be specific and purposeful. Here are two spells which perceive dead and then living humans as musical tones and notes.

Music for the Earthly Remains

Intellego Corpus / Terram 25, R: Personal, D: Concentration, T: Hearing

Caster gains an additional hearing sense for dead humans and is able to hear when they are close by through musical notes and chords. The corpses appear to speak and sing to the caster, with their style and manner reflecting the casters sigil.

(Base 4 for general information about a body, +1 Concentration, +3 Hearing, +1 hearing through solid earth)

Music for the Sneaking Assassin

Intellego Corpus 25, R: Personal, D: Sun, T: Hearing

Caster gains an additional magical sense for living humans, and is able to hear their presence when they are close by through musical notes and chords. Targets appear to speak and sing to the caster, with their style and manner reflecting the casters sigil.

(Base 4 for general information about a body, +2 Sun, +3 Hearing)

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A few Ars Magica cantations

The Apprentices source book introduces a type of spell specifically for beginning wizards known as Cantations. These are low level spell effects. A few occurred to me while I considered effects useful in daily life.

Discover the Peace of Thunder, Wind, and Rain

Creo Imagonem 4, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell creates the sound of thunder, wind, and rain at the location touched, equivalent volume to a speaking person.

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

Discover the Melody of the Absent Minstrel

Creo Imagonem 5, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell creates the sound of music, equivalent volume to a speaking person. The style and instruments are chosen when cast, and quality is dependent on a finesse check.

(Base 1, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 clear music)

And a simple prank which I could see an apprentice using.

Discover the Disquiet of the Obtrusive Tone

Creo Imagonem 4, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell creates a simple sound infrequently over the spell’s duration. The caster determines the sound to be created (dripping water, chirp of a bird, a cat’s meow, a cough) and the interval between the occurrences when the spell is cast. In typical use a drip of water sounds every diameter for the spell’s duration.

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

Further unsurprisingly many useful effects are already in the core rules. This effect is a re-work of Calm the Motion of the Heart (Ars p150) to only affect the caster.

Calm the Motion of My Heart

Perdo Mentem 5, R: Personal, D: Mom, T: Individual

Removes one emotion from the caster until it reoccurs again naturally.

(Base 5)

It seems the type of effect that could be cheaply added to an item to allow somebody to artificially deal with an anger problem, or many other issues which arise from misplaced or forlorn passion.

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