A floating book, all a wizard needs

An item of fancy and indulgence for those Magi who insist on looking the part and being most prepared. It might also make a good justification for a lab improvement item with a focus on texts or reading. This is a similar function to the Bookstand of Hespera (Covenants, pg 121) except it affects just a book rather than a place to write and work. More purposeful for reference and study instead of creation. It will also cause warping in the target books over a long period.

Bookmark for a Text at Hand  (ReHeAn 25) is a small plate which is touched to the desired text and allows the text to float as the caster desires.

Ready an Attentive Tome

Rego Herbam / Animal 15, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Individual

The targeted book, scroll, or text floats next to the caster and can be set in position via concentration.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +1 Concentration)

(+5 Device maintains concentration, +5 for 24 uses per day)

With a final device level of ReHeAn 25 the devices are still cheap enough to be crafted by more junior magi, and may well be used as lab texts for an inexpensive boost to labs. The bookstand from covenants “adds two points to a specialisation in texts“, and has a slightly higher baseline although lower final level. This device is designed to that it can be used to direct many books at once, each sustained by the bookmark and controlled by the user’s concentration. It makes sense that it would offer a similar bonus and also have a more diverse application than a singular bookstand.

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Maintenance and Cleaning spells

Replacing the work based activities of servants and grogs with magic is interesting. It can be argued that it helps keep covenant costs or staff numbers down, but also that the vis spent is really wasted as it could be used for so much more (spend silver instead of vis). Simple work replacement devices can turn menial life of the Middle Ages into something akin to our lives in modern times.

These are work replacement spell effects, and some parts are based upon the enchanted devices such as the Abluere Magica (presented in Covenants sourcebook p 52), with parameters changed to affect larger volumes, add extra materials, or to provide more efficiency.

The spells also demonstrate changing the normal spell Target from Individual to Circle or Room.

Work of the Wooden Tub

Rego Herbam / Animal Terram 5, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Circle

Clothes and equipment within the circle are cleaned and laundered, as if cleaned by a skilled servant. A very simple Finesse check is required to ensure success (3+), otherwise damage maybe done, items missed, or remain soiled.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +0 Circle)

Tidy Room of the Pedantic Servant 

Rego Herbam / Animal Terram 20, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Room

The room and all its contents are ordered, squared away, and stacked neatly, as if performed by a skilled servant. A basic Finesse check is required to ensure success (3+ to 6+), otherwise damage maybe done, items missed, or remain unordered.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +2 Room, +1 complex materials)

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A necromancy spell to animate a Graveyard

Here is a doozy of a spell for a necromancer – to raise an entire bound area such as a graveyard as servants of the caster.

Raise Their Ancestors to Haunt Them 

Rego Corpus / Mentem 45, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Boundary, Ritual

Each human corpse in the bound area is animated under the command of the caster. The corpses can obey simple instructions and perform rudimentary work without supervision. 

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +4 Boundary, Mentem req free)

Spells using the Faerie Duration: Fire, p2

As part of the November A-Spell-A-Day challenge here is a few Duration: Fire Spells. The intent is a spell which splits its light away from the fire and places it over another thing. A lantern to light around somebody, or a brazier lighting a doorway. 

Fire of St Elmo

Rego Ignem 25, R: Voice, D: Fire, T: Individual, Faerie

The light from a fire source is spread upon an object within range, surrounding it with a halo equivalent to the size of the fire. The fire continues to consume its original fuel and heats normally.

(Base 4, +2 Voice, +3 Fire)

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Spells using the Faerie Duration: Fire, p1

As part of the November A-Spell-A-Day challenge here is a few Duration: Fire Spells. This one may be useful for craftsmen or to direct the flow of a normal fire.

Direct the Heat of Fire

Rego Ignem 20, R: Voice, D: Fire, T: Individual, Faerie

The caster dictates an exact direction to focus the heat of the targeted fire. The fire itself does not move unless it is able to also expand by burning materials in the dictated direction. The caster may change the direction by concentrating.

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

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Lost Spells (part 11b) Protecting a ship

As part of a November 2017 Ars Magica writing challenge – I’m doing one spell a day.

Another spell to assist or hinder a ship at sea.

Eye of the Hurricane

Rego Auram 40, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Group

The caster directs the winds and rain surrounding a precise location, such as surrounding a ship within range, regardless of the prevailing conditions around it. This is useful to guide a ship through very severe weather as it can ignore the surrounding conditions.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 Sun, +2 Group, +1 precise location)

Over 645+ new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

Lost Spells (part 11a) Protecting a ship

As part of a November 2017 Ars Magica writing challenge – I’m doing one spell a day.

A spell to assist or hinder a ship at sea.

Stealing of the Wind from the Sails

Perdo Auram 45, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Group

The winds and rain surrounding a precise location are neutralised, such as a ship within range become calm and still regardless of the prevailing conditions around it. This is useful to becalm a ship or protect it during a vicious storm.

(Base 10, +2 Voice, +2 Sun, +2 Group, +1 precise location)

Over 645+ new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.