A few Cloud spells

“When the clouds above the covenant shape themselves into my sigil it is time to strike as the mundane guards will have been subdued.”

While drafting one spell to shape distant clouds a few more came to mind. The shaping spell might be used as a visual call to action which can be seen across a very wide area.

Conjure a Simple Cloud

Creo Auram 15, R: Sight, D: Sun, T: Individual

A cloud gathers high in the air, which will persist for the Spells duration reacting normally to the surrounding weather conditions.

(Base 2, +3 Sight, +2 Sun)

Theatrical Cloak of Black Tendrils

Creo Auram 25, R: Voice, D: Concentration, T: Group

Creates a voluminous and dark cloud of smoke which is filled with intertwining wisps and tendrils that surrounds the caster as they move. The cloud obscures all visibility within its core and then thins toward its edges; forming an opaque radius of 15 paces around the caster and thinning over 25 more paces.

(Base 3, +2 Voice, +1 Concentration, +2 Group, +1 unnatural locale)

An alternate for Rain of Stones (Ars p.127) which uses an acid instead of transformation to stone, with the General guideline for acidic air.

Rain of Viscous Acid

Muto Auram 20, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

Turns rain into a oily acid as it falls, causing +4 damage per round when it strikes an object or person. Continued exposure will cause significant damage.

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

Cloudy Imaginings

Rego Auram 20, R: Sight, D: Concentration, T: Part

A selected cloud mass is reshaped to suit the designs of the caster, such as animal shapes, letters, or three dimensional faces. The shape can be slowly changed but will disburse as normal when the spell expires. A simple Finesse check vs 3 is required.

(Base 2, +3 Sight, +1 Concentration, +1 Part, +1 complexity in shape)

This and over 584 other new spells for Ars Magica can be found on the spells page.

More spells and items for a Magus with a Focus in Bronze

Continuing from the Verditius sample character, and spells for a magus who specialises in bronze; here are a few more spells. The goal is to create several moderate power spells which allow the specialty in bronze to be more widely used. When implemented many will be useful in items rather than spells to be cast.

Thematically I like Verditius who appear to have tools and foci scattered all over them, or carry a set of pristine tools, suitable for their spell casting and crafting. As such these effects have been proposed in lesser enchanted devices, which are exceptionally cheap (in terms of vis) for a Verditius to create.

Scalpel for Bronze (Lesser Enchanted Device) – A thin steel knife with a small one sided dull blade, mounted on a long thin handle.

Invested effect: Destroying Bronze (PeTe 35).

Destroy Bronze

Perdo Terram 25, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Part

This spell utterly destroys up to ten cubic feet of bronze, the amount chosen by the caster. Delicate or fine destruction may require a Finesse check.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +1 Part, +1 size)

(+10 unlimited uses)

Bulbous Shovel Ornament (Lesser Enchanted Device) – a finger sized fat silver shovel with a small leather loop on one end for attaching to belts and equipment.

Invested effect: Change Terram to Bronze (MuTe35, effect with unlimited uses).

Rocks and Rubble of Bronze

Muto Terram 25, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Part

The Terram based material such as metals, rock, or dirt, are transformed to bronze. Up to ten cubic paces of dirt, a cubic pace of stone, or a cubic foot of metal may be affected, and is transformed into a cubic foot of material.

(Base 4, +2 Voice, +2 Sun, +1 Part) (+10 unlimited uses)

A particular use for this effect might be to change part of the ground creating a gap or hole, as the transformation will also reduce the volume of material, changing 10 cubic paces of soil to 1 cubic foot of bronze. Continue reading

Arms at the ready, creating weapons and armour with Muto

These spells transmute the earth into a set of arms and armor. This might suit poorly equipped grogs, or combatants who have changed in size due to another spell. All have the limitations of conjured items attacking opponents with MR, which is also why minor qualities have been included – if the weapon is going to be resisted its no disadvantage to have a further power. Other small variations could replace the examples below.

Draw from Dust a Skin of Steel

Muto Terram 35 / Animal Herbam, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell raises a fully formed set of mail armour sized to the desires of the caster from the ground, which must be donned before use. The full suit of armour is unnaturally light and strong, granting Protection 9 and Load 3. However as the full mail suit is magically created it will be resisted by MR as normal.

To create functional gear the caster must succeed a Finesse check of 9 or higher, and a botched result indicates the equipment is unknowingly sub-standard and will probably fail basic use or at a critical moment.

(Base 4 for dirt to stone, +1 for metal, +1 unnatural qualities, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 complexity of material form, Herbam and Animal requisites free)

Draw from Dust a Blade of Steel and Fire

Muto Terram 30, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This spell raises a fully formed sword sized to the desires of the caster from the ground. The blade is unnaturally resistant to fire and heat, allowing it to be used with other common weapon enhancing magic. However as the weapon is magically created it will be resisted by MR as normal.

To create functional weapon the caster must succeed a Finesse check of 9 or higher, and a botched result indicates the item is unknowingly sub-standard and will probably fail basic use or at a critical moment.

(Base 4 for dirt to stone, +1 for metal, +1 unnatural qualities, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +1 complexity of material form)

All the 550+ new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

A Minuscule Immovable Lab

Edit: this should be called “Minuscule Movable Lab”, clearly I missed the title. 

A quick post with an odd purpose – to shrink a room or lab down to a tiny size so it is easier to transport. For this to work the lab or building would need to be constructed specifically as a container, so that once it is very small it can be picked up like a storage box. Another spell then follows to ensure the room’s contents stay intact as it is carried.

What I really love about using a Target of Structure or Room is that the complexity of all the content is in-built in the effect. There is no additional scaling needed to target everything within the room. My reservation is that these spells are very high level, which means only more advanced PCs might be able to have them.

Chamber as Ornament

Muto Terram 40, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Room

The target room and all its non-living contents is shrunk to a tiny size; a standard room is shrunk to a thumbnail, with the content also reducing proportionally. The caster can opt to affect only the room’s contents. Requisites are required when cast on non-Terram materials.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +2 Room, +2 incredibly small)

For the design of Chamber as Ornament picking the base level was normally for a doubling of each dimension, or an increase of mass by eight times. In Ars Magica it is also generally easier to shrink a thing than to enlarge a thing. When reducing a 16x reduction is reasonable at the base, and for a room that turns a chamber into a chest. A further reduction by adding another magnitude makes that chest into a cup, then another for a cup to a thumbnail.

Another design consideration was the Duration of Moon which is how I see the spell being effective, however both these spells are better as enchanted devices which can be turned on and off.

Then to keep the items in place when the room is shrunk this spell is needed. It might also serve to ensure a lab is slightly harder to break into and ransack. The caster must also have a way to remove it if they need to – which is where the power is probably best as a complex enchanted item.

Keep Everything in Place

Rego Terram 40, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Room

The target room and all its contents is fixed in place so that nothing can move. Objects stay as placed, doors are held, and pots of water will stay full even if disoriented.

This spell does not affect living targets such as trees, animals, or people. Requisites are required when cast on non-Terram materials.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +2 Room)

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Experimenting with Unusual Qualities of Sand

I’m not sure when or why these spells would be handy, or why sand was chosen. Perhaps as base components of a lab with an experimental specialisation. Or a Magus with a minor magical focus in sand, akin to a focus in bronze, stone, or ice – as sand is not quite as versatile as other focuses but still has many applications.

Remarkably Magnetic Sand

Muto Terram 10, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The targeted sand is made magnetic, gathering together and allowing moulding into unusual shapes.

(Base 3 for slightly unnatural, +1 Touch, +2 Sun)

Remarkably Bright Sand

Muto Terram / Ignem 15, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The targeted sand glows with an eerie luminescence, while noticeable it is not bright enough to replace a useful source of light.

(Base 4 for highly unnatural, +1 Touch, +2 Sun)

Transmutation Between Oil and Sand

Muto Terram / Aquam 10, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The targeted sand is changed to oil, and oil to sand.

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

All the 544+ new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

Wizard Life Hack – Use casting tablets with your memory palace

A life hack for hermetic Magi with a few good virtues (source on Ars forums). In short – the idea is that a memory palace has a certain number of “rooms” which can contain a single document, and as a casting tablet is a single document – it can be memorised.
While I’ve no strong feelings on casting tablets, ever since I came up with the idea I’ve wanted to play a character with a personal vis source in mentem and the memory palace skill. the character would frequently use the Creo Mentem “add a room to your memory palace ritual” (I forgot the name) to memorize casting tablets thereby effectively learning (but not really learning) a whole mess of spells. – Erik Tyrrell

 

I love this. Its broken, but its great.

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.