A spell to throw swimmers to shore

Our wizards in a campaign might be about to face off against mermen, sea monsters, and all sorts of aquatic nasties. I’m pondering spells to defeat them. Given many aquatic creatures don’t do well on land I thought to throw them into the beach.

Strand the Whale Upon the Shore

Rego Aquam 40, R: Voice, D: Concentration, T: Group

This spell creates powerful many currents and jets of water under the control of the caster, which allow them to move waterborne creatures and objects against their will, including ejecting them from the ocean upon the beach. The spell can affect a very large part of a greater water source.

(Base 5 for controlling in a violent way, +2 Voice, +1 Conc, +2 Group, +2 size)

Many other new spells for Ars Magica can be found in my grimoire.

Spells to strengthen the mind and resist other Mentem spells?

Can a spell make a mind more resistant to coercion? Or more resistant to magical manipulation? I’d say yes, so this post is a discussion of the points to why, and a few spells to demonstrate potential approaches.

A Perdo Mentem spell can dramatically increase the chance of manipulating somebody, then a Rego effect could allow them to not change their mind, or perhaps a Creo effect could make the mind more resilient or logical. A spell can probably artificially strengthen a target’s resolve and willpower.

This might come into play mechanically by altering the target’s personality traits, or describing a change in behaviour in a more abstract manner just like the cannon spell from the Ars Magica main rulebook Trust of the Childlike Faith (a PeMe spell where the target will believe almost any passable lie).

The Dogged Will

Rego Mentem 25, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

The target finds it impossible to change their opinions and beliefs for the duration of the spell. Only the intervention of a more powerful supernatural effect will allow the target’s views to be changed.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 Sun)

But will that add more defence against another spell when the second effect is active at the same time as the first, and is lower level, and also has a similar effect? Yes, but it wouldn’t protect against manipulation of memories or state of mind, potentially leading to a person understanding an alternative point of view but unable to change their specific opinions or core beliefs.

It is perhaps similar to when two similar spells wish to perform directly contradictory actions, such as to change a targets shape. Assuming equal penetration; transforming a human into a cat at level 25 or a bird at level 30. The level 30 effect will be dominant, but the cat effect is still there underneath. If the bird effect is prematurely ended then the target becomes a cat. What fun!

I think there is also a difference between improving the mind’s capacity for reasoning, enhancing the mind’s capability to resist being changed, and forcing the mind to stay the same; Creo vs Rego in terms of Arts. That presents an alternate Creo spell.

Enhancement of Logic and Reason

Creo Mentem 25, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

The target’s mind is better able to operate logically, reason more soundly, and ignore some of its emotional preconceived notions. This may grant bonuses to ability rolls, willpower checks, or alter personality traits favourably in those circumstances.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 Sun)

And aversion for a council chamber or meeting hall, because that is where logic is needed.

Solar of Enhanced Logic and Reason

Creo Mentem 35, R: Voice, D: Sun, T: Individual

All targets in the affected room are better able to operate logically, reason more soundly, and ignore some of their emotional preconceived notions. This may grant bonuses to ability rolls, willpower checks, or alter personality traits favourably in those circumstances.

(Base 5, +2 Voice, +2 Sun, +2 Room)

Perhaps these effects haven’t been considered all that useful for magi due to Parma Magica resisting the effects, andthe laws of casting upon others? Perhaps useful as an invested device for a mundane sheriff or knight. There are Rego Vim spells to prohibit teleportation spells, scrying spells, or intangible tunnel spells, so it’s just as plausible to ward against mental spells. The effect being resisted will need to be specific.

Impede the Dominating Will

Perdo Mentem Gen, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

The target’s mind is protected against Mentem spells or supernatural effects seeking to issue instructions and commands, or directly alter the target’s behaviour; requiring any opposing spell to exceed (level of this spell +5 + stress dice (no botch)). It has no effect on other spells, or similar Mentem spells which alter memories in the target.

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

This could be useful for a Magus and/or Familiar if enchanted into a familiar link, to allow for constant protection with no ongoing warping. Then for others, as:

Impede the Dominating Will, Encircled

Perdo Mentem Gen, R: Touch, D: Ring, T: Circle

The target’s mind is protected against Mentem spells or supernatural effects seeking to issue instructions and commands, or directly alter the target’s behaviour; requiring any opposing spell to exceed (level of this spell +5 + stress dice (no botch)). It has no effect on other spells, or similar Mentem spells which alter memories in the target.

(Base Gen, +1 Touch, +2 Ring)

The PeVi baseline is from Ars Magica core rules, as demonstrated in the anti-teleportation spells from TME p109. These and many more new spells for Ars Magica in my grimoire of spells.

The Crucible of Wonder, an enchanted device

Magi in Ars Magica have the potential to create wondrous magical items all around them, to better enhance their magic. Initially a player’s mind might go to items like a Wand of Fire, however the real power in Ars is the long game, and the lab is where the long game shines for a character. With that as a basis – here is the Crucible of Wonder, an enhancement to a lab which is also nominally a forge and workshop.

The Crucible of Wonder is a massive stone bowl, with a matching cap roughly over three paces in diameter and height. It is held in an insulated frame of stone and metal, to allow the materials to be poured, and the crucible to be moved safely.

Within the crucible are many enchantments detailed below (there are not specifically designed as lab enchanted devices from the Covenants source-book, but may be useful as such). A magical crucible does not need to do much more than heat something efficiently and well, so this item has three effects – to heat, to be unbreakable, and to be moved safely. None of these effects are terrifically high level, meaning that crafting a similar device is probably viable for a player-character wizard.


Firstly, the crucible is enchanted to resist damage and breakage, based upon the Hardness of Adamantine (MuTe25, HoH:S p.37) spell reworked with reduced power to protect stone instead of metal.

Unbreakable Vessel of Stone (MuTe 24)

Muto Terram 20, R: Personal, D: Sun, T: Individual

A stone object is instilled with supernatural strength and hardness, becoming essentially unbreakable.

(Base 4, +1 affect stone, +2 Sun, +1 size)

(Enchantment effect: Muto Terram 24 (Enchantment mods: Constant +3 Env trigger sunrise/set, +1 for 2 uses/day))

Written as a stand alone spell for use on other large stone objects this would be:

Hardness of Bedrock

Muto Terram 25, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

A stone object of up to ten cubic paces is instilled with supernatural strength and hardness, becoming essentially unbreakable for the duration.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +1 affect stone, +2 Sun, +1 size)

Then, to ensure it can operate as intended in the lab efficiently, a heating enchantment is invested (CrIg/Re 30) on the inside of the crucible so it can be set to a temperature desired by the user, beyond the temperature to melt any metal.

Heat of the Conflagrant Forge (CrIg/Re 35)

Creo Ignem / Rego 25, R: Personal, D: Concentration, T: Individual

An area of the target up to three paces in each dimension can be set to a temperature chosen by the user, up to hot enough to melt any metal. Rego requisite is required to optionally keep the outside of the object cool while the inside is heated.

(Base 10 to melt lead, +1 increase heat to include melting any metals, +1 Conc, +1 size)

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

Lastly an effect to facilitate movement of the crucible. A buoyant bowl of molten metal isn’t a wise idea in a lab, so care is still needed (final effect as ReTe 19).

Pleasant Alleviation of the Weighty Burden

Rego Terram 10, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Individual

This spell allows a large primarily stone object to be moved easily. It will not move or float by itself but can be moved more easily, as if almost weightless due to the spell assisting the manual effort. The object can only be lifted a few paces of the ground and may only move at walking speed; exceeding these limitations ends the effect.

(Base 2, +1 Touch, +1 affect stone, +1 Concentration, +1 size)

(As constant effect +9 as: +1 mag for D:Sun, and +4 for two uses per day and an environmental trigger)

Happy smelting – see the other magical items and spells created for Ars Magica.

Sample enchanted items for automatic doors

Automatic doors are a little silly as an enchanted device in Ars Magica, mainly due to the cost of time and vis it would take, however they would also add a certain majesty to a covenant (its also saves two servants standing just off-stage pulling them open while making a subtle “swish” noise).

The effect is basically the same as a spell previously written – The Subservient Lumber, reworked within an enchanted device. I chose to create the effect slightly higher using Range: Touch in the device so that the enchanted device could be moved from door to door as needed, rather than enchanting the door itself.

Enchanted Door Plate  (ReHe29)

This small brass plate is mounted upon a door and causes the door to open and close automatically as people approach and exit.

Effect: An Animated Wooden Object

Rego Herbam 25, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Individual

This effect animates a wooden object so performs a single simple task, such as opening and closing whenever a person approaches.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun)

(Constant effect: +1 for two uses a day, +3 environmental trigger)

Or a slightly more efficient build for a room with multiple doors, as long as they are high volume areas.

Enchanted Sign of Welcome (ReHe39)

This small brass panel is mounted on the wall of a chamber and causes each door to open and close as needed when a person approaches.

Effect: A Room of Animated Wood

Rego Herbam 35, R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Room

This effect animates all the chosen wooden objects in a room of the same type to performs a single simple task, such as opening and closing whenever a person approaches.

(Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 Room)

(Constant effect: +1 for two uses a day, +3 environmental trigger)

Many other new spells for Ars Magica can be found in my grimoire, or other new magical devices.

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New spells to Prevent Rain

Here are some inconsequential weather related spells for Ars Magica. Often small or innocuous spells will have additional subtle applications or ways to bend them circumstantially, however I enjoyed writing these are they are what they say they are. A weather wizard might have one or two of these in their grimoire.

Perhaps these were invented by a powerful and particular Auram specialist who disliked the whinging and procession of excuses the grogs used during rainstorms and showers at his home in the highlands. These spells gave temporary relief to the covenfolk, and would make simple useful enchanted items.

Strike Dry the Rainclouds

Perdo Auram 30, R: Sight, D: Momentary, T: Group

This spell stops rain from a set of clouds within sight. The clouds move and intermix in the sky as normal after the spell is cast.

(Base 5, +2 Group, +3 Sight)

It has the specific advantage of not warping the recipients when used to ensure covenant chores are unhindered.

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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.

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Necromancy spells, part 10

I couldn’t resist adding more spells involving physical necromancy. This post started as one spell specifically to assist a magus clean up a skeleton, and came about due to a story thread where the players need to find a skeleton to use in an enchanted device. Obviously the characters could create the skeletons they need, however skeletons in Mythic Europe can’t be impossible to find.

In Ars Magica there is more than one way to skin a cat:

Extirpate Dead Flesh Through Attrition 

Perdo Corpus 15, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Part

This spell destroys everything in the targeted human corpse except the skeleton.

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

Extirpate Dead Flesh Through Butchery

Rego Corpus 4, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual

This spell performs the work of striping the flesh away from a human corpse, leaving only the skeleton. The stripped materials are placed aside according to the caster’s desires; often into a container for disposal. A Finesse check vs 9+ is required to properly perform the work properly, and a botch may ruin the bones beneath.

(Base 3, +1 Touch)

Separation of Gore by Texture and Type

Rego Corpus 15, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Group

This spell separates corpus material according to the casters desire, such as all bones from flesh, all blood from other materials, etc. The spell affects up to a standard amount of dead corpus material (size +1 human).

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +2 Group)

Extirpate Dead Flesh Through Vermin

Creo Animal 30, R: Touch, D: Ring, T: Group

This spell creates hundreds of thousands of tiny insects of a type which consume the flesh of any dead animal, plant, or human remains they find. Insects (typically beetles) will scavenge to find whatever food they can and will disappear if they move outside the ring.

(Base 5, +1 Touch, +2 Ring, +2 Group)

Similar spells are needed to directly affect animal corpses.

Extirpate Dead Beasts Through Butchery

Rego Animal 2, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual

This spell performs the work of striping the flesh away from an animal corpse, leaving only the skeleton. The stripped materials are placed aside according to the caster’s desires; often into a container for disposal. A Finesse check vs 9+ is required to properly perform the work properly, and a botch may ruin the bones beneath.

(Base 1, +1 Touch)

Extirpate Dead Beasts Through Attrition 

Perdo Animal 10, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Part

This spell destroys everything in the targeted animal corpse except the skeleton.

(Base 4, +1 Touch, +1 Part)

These and many more new and creepy spells for Ars Magica in my grimoire of spells, and several other pages of Necromancy themed spells (parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine), and a “Zharkune” a sample Magus Necromancer.