Six more Lava spells for Ars Magica, 30 Days of Magic

Continuing from the first few lava spells, here are 6x more based upon transforming other things into lava. It’s notable that lava is a high base difficulty, so spells quickly become high level. Toying with tricky lava spells is also easier for magi with either a suitable focus or the Elemental Mastery virtue.

Molten Instability

Muto Terram 30, R: Voice, D: Concentration, T: Part

Transforms an area of stone or rock up to 10 cubic feet into lava.

(Base 5 “to affect lava”, +2 Voice, +1 Concentration, +1 Part, +1 size)

Stability Across the Molten Floor

Muto Terram 30, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Part

Transforms an area of lava into rock and magically sustains the change, transforming up to 10 cubic feet into lava, which when arranged can create a large pathway across the otherwise dangerous material.

(Base 5 “to affect lava”, +2 Voice, +1 Concentration, +1 Part, +1 size)

This lava spell is akin to turning a room into a solid metal cube, as metals and lava are equivalent difficulty.

Chamber Plunged into the Inferno

Muto Auram / Terram 30, R: Touch, D: Diameter, T: Room

Transforms the air within the target room into lava, submerging all inhabitants and likely causing significant damage to all unprotected materials; which inflicts +60 damage.

(Base 4, +2 lava, +1 Touch, +1 Diameter, +2 Room)

And while its easy to create, a similar spell to encase the inside of a room in iron.

Chamber Encased in Iron

Muto Auram / Terram 35, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Room

Transforms the air within the target room into iron, encasing all inhabitants and objects.

(Base 4, +2 metal, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 Room)

Then two laval pools of slightly different styles.

Pit of Lava

Muto Terram 35, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Part

Transforms the earth in the shape of cube 10 feet per side into lava. People or objects will slowly sink into the lava, suffering +15 damage per round, and then compounding into greater damage as they become partially covered (see Hermetic Projects p.14).

(Base 5 “to affect lava”, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter, +1 Part, +2 size)

This second version of a lava pit viciously drops the unfortunate victim into a watery lava pool.

Pit of Fluid Lava

Muto Terram / Aquam 40, R: Voice, D: Concentration, T: Part

Transforms the earth in the shape of cube 10 feet per side into very fluid lava. People or objects will quickly drop into the lava, suffering +15 damage per round, and then compounding into greater damage as they become partially covered (see Hermetic Projects p.14). Victims will also sink without a successful swim check.

(Base 5 “to affect lava”, +2 Voice, +1 Concentration, +1 Part, +2 size, Aquam requisite)

This spell is interesting as the same spell turning an area from earth to mud can target a much larger area cheaply, but does not inflict the intense damage of lava on the target when they drop within it.

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

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Changing Wolves to Rabbits, or Lions to Lambs

Previously wrote a transformation spell called “Transformation of the Vicious Beast to the Floundering Fish” to make a beast into a fish, as an attack to quickly kill a beast or allow it to swim, and I was thinking of casting against normal animals and moderately powerful magical beasts. However one of my Magi in a play-by-post game is fighting a magical beast and doesn’t want to outright kill it. Here is an alterative which is designed to be lower level, and also shorter duration – more as an intimidation tool.

Transformation of the Vicious Beast to the Humble Hare

Muto Animal 20, R: Touch, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The targeted animal up to size +3 is turned into a rabbit. A rabbit pelt may be held by the target and dropped to end the spell prematurely.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +1 Diameter, +1 additional size in target)

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

Enchanted Device: Paper Armour (stolen)

A neat idea lifted from Sea of Stars is a Paper Charm that gives the target better armour (that’s armor for you North American folks) by Sean Holland. In the example the AC is improved moderately, which implies the effect is overall shielding the target from harm; a form of damage reduction in non-DND speak.

The priestess walked slowly down the line of nervous villagers, each clutching a simple tool that they hoped to use as an effective weapon. Stopping in front of each, she placed a charm against each villagers chest and in a second, they were clad in white paper armor.  While the protection the charms gave was limited, it gave the villagers hope that they would be able to stand against those who would harm their homes and families.

These paper charm are marked with the symbols for protection and safety.  When the command words (or prayers) are spoken and the charm is placed on a person, it unfolds into a suit of paper armor to protect them for a short time.

The armor has no weight and causes no penalties, it lasts for three hours and then dissolves into a handful of shredded paper.

Here is the same effect written up as a device with charges (in effect a temporary magic device) for Ars Magica. Paper warrior from Kubo and the Two Strings
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Hermetic Recycling of Covenant Scrap, a sample magic items for Ars Magica

Goal in this blog post was to make an item which processes and separates substances into like types, and then allows them to reform as usable segments. Proposed as several “machine-like processes”, the first which separates different forms from one another, the second which separates substances within a form, and the third which removes a sub-type.

A tent was chosen to be portable and allow the magical effect to utilise Target: Room, and charms were used so they could be portable between tents and rooms – perhaps used in the same room or materials might be moved between them.

Effect: Charm of Separation of Four Types (Re Te / Mu He An Aq 40)

The small silver charm shaped as one pointed cross set within a circle, is pinned into place on the inside of the targeted room, and activated to separate materials into their art type. Some uses will see the charm displayed along side its brethren on handing strips. If present, the materials are sorted into barrels or shelves in each location.

Separation of Stone, Stakes, Solvent and Sinew

Rego Terram / Muto Herbam Animal Aquam 30, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Room

This effect alters the physical properties of all the affected materials to become malleable, allowing the base type of elements to be separated from each other toward the edges of the room. All materials in the room are separated according to their Hermetic Art type to the cardinal points in the room, with the remaining materials left in the centre.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +2 Room, +1 Muto sub-effect, +2 affect processed and crafted materials, reqs free) 

(+10 Unlimited uses)

Then a charm for sub-division by Art type is needed. For simplicity, only one is presented here, assuming a similar level is needed with different requisites.

Effect: Charm of Separation of Within Terram (Re Te / Mu 40)

The small silver charm shaped as two pointed crosses overlapping at 45 degrees to make a starburst. If present, the materials are sorted into barrels or shelves in each location.

Separation of Steel, Stone, and Sand

Rego Terram / Muto 30, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Room

This effect alters the physical properties of all the affected materials to become malleable, allowing the base type of elements to be separated from each other toward the edge of the room. All Terram based materials in the room are separated according to the sub-type Hermetic Art type such as stone, steel, sand or clay, with any remaining materials aside.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +2 Room, +1 Muto sub-effect, +2 affect processed and crafted materials, reqs free) 

(+10 Unlimited uses)

Then a clean-up spell to dispose of the unwanted matter.

Effect: Charm of Clean-up (PeTe/AnAqHeCo 35)

A small silver charm shaped as a circle with an x across its diamater, with a small hollow within the corss point of the X.

Disposal of the Unsorted Remains

Perdo Terram / Animal, Aquam, Auram, Herbam, Corpus 25, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Room

The non-living material placed in the centre of the targeted room are destroyed.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 general materials)

(+10 Unlimited uses)

Ice Spells (part thirteen) Turn people to ice

When I first thought about this spell I was considering the part in the movie Frozen when Anna is turned to ice, and then considered making it a killing spell – which would be fair given a base level of 25 is very close to the Perdo Corpus instant death of base 30. Instead, an opponent frozen for two minutes is likely to be at the mercy of the caster till they magically unthaw.

Curse of the Frozen Heart

Muto Corpus / Aquam 40, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The target human is turned to solid ice, reverting to normal after the spell expires.

(Base 25, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter)

And a variant for animals, which is far easier due to the different baseline level for turning an animal into an inanimate object.

Curse of the Frozen Hoof

Muto Animal / Aquam 30, R: Voice, D: Diameter, T: Individual

The target animal is turned to solid ice, reverting to normal after the spell expires.

(Base 15, +2 Voice, +1 Diameter)

This and many other new spells for Ars Magica can be found on the Ars Magica New Spell Grimoire.

Spell for an improved signal fire, with Fae duration

I was excited with the idea of creating an animated sentient fire until I discovered a similar spell already existed in the Magi of Hermes Ars Magica book – can’t be helped.

Instead here is a fire utility spell – perhaps useful to cast upon a signal fire, to create a diversion, or to fill a chamber with mundane smoke. The Faerie Fire Duration is handy here as the signal fires can remain effective for as long as needed, controlled by fuel rather than magic.

Smoking Fire

Muto Ignem 10, R: Voice, D: Fire, T: Individual, Faerie

Smoke from the targeted fire is always rich and potent, producing strikingly obvious smoke.

(Base 1, +2 Voice, +3 Fire)


Ice Spells (part ten) More strange ice spells

As part of a November 2017 Ars Magica writing challenge – I’m doing one spell a day. Here is a spell which a Magus might need when they travel in icy climates; which extends on previous parts.

Sense the Feet that Tread the Ice

Intellego Aquam 30, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

You touch an expanse of snow and ice and feel what is moving within a mile of where you stand.  You can discern the same useful information as Sense the Feet which Treat the Earth (InTe30, Ars p154).

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +1 Concentration, +1 part, +3 size)

All the 650+ new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.