Adding a few effects using salt and coal as they are materials with great importance to Mythic Europe but not used often in Ars Magica spells. Salt is ever controversial because it was a luxury commodity and was a historically tightly controlled. Coal was not mined in deep mines rather it was collected or dug from shallow sources. For both coal and salt I’m assuming the base amount is the same as clay, sand and other low magnitude terram materials. I thought to make coal slightly higher due to it being closer to a mined product, but that view is likely influenced by a more modern view of coal, and certainly not as difficult as stone and glass which are the next “rank-up” of terram materials.
To create and modify either with Hermetic magic is simple and low level, and Muto really has a lot going for it. Creo Terram is also very effective, although just as expensive as every other ritual if it was to be a true source of magically created material, and gold is far better if the characters are creating wealth magically.
These salt spells are not about generating income using salt, but instead about destroying crops and fields with it.
Unwanted Distribution of Salt
Creo Terram 20, R: Voice, D: Moon, T: Individual
This spell spreads up to 100 cubic paces of salt across a wide area as desired within range. The caster can opt to create less or fill a vessel if present.
(Base 1, +2 Voice, +3 Moon, +1 Size, +1 flexibility in amount)
Transformation of Soil to Salt
Muto Terram 20, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Part
This spell transforms the top six inches of soil in a large field into salt. This will have a disastrous impact on crops and livestock.
(Base 2, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +1 Part, +1 Size)
Fuel for the Hungry Forge
Creo Terram 15, R: Touch, D: Moon, T: Group
Creates a mass of coal up to an equivalent of 100 cubic paces of material, segregated into fist sized briquettes.
(Base 1, +1 Touch, +3 Moon, +2 Group, flexibility in amount and shapes)
The coal spell is inefficient by design – it could be a CrTe5 effect to create a huge lump of coal, however I wanted a spell which would be used to fill a warehouse or could be easily separated for a variety of uses while the duration lasts.
These spells are part of the free new spells compendium for Ars Magica.