Two simple items for covenant defence

Two small charms, invested as lesser enchanted devices for a play-by-post Ars magica forum game. Both small items will be created using a bulb of iron with a small amount of mercury locked away inside it. Marking on each item will help the holder know which bulb has which power.

Each item is an iron bulb sized as a flat skipping pebble, with a small hole in one end. The hole is intended to allow the bulb to be worn as an ornament on a string of leather, or tied to a belt. Sealed inside each bulb is a heart of mercury. The inventing magus intended the commander to wear the bulbs on a belt so they are readily accessible, but unobtrusive.

The power of each bulb is activated simply by touching the target with one hand and rubbing a finger or thumb across the bulb with the other hand, and each device is crafted with multiple uses per day so that the user can cast the spells on all members of the watch or a unit of soldiers.

Gaze of the Perceptive Watchman – the effect grants the target sharp night-vision of a cat, able to see in all but total darkness.

  • Gaze of the Perceptive Watchman – As per Eyes of the Cat (Ars p.131) (MuCo/An 10), (Base 2, +1 Touch, +2 Sun), with +5 for 24 uses per day.

Strength of the Resilient Gambeson – the effect grants the target a +3 soak bonus.

  • Strength of the Resilient Gambeson – As per Doublet of Impenetrable Silk (Ars p.118) (MuAn 20), (Base 4, +1 Touch, +2 Sun), with +5 for 24 uses per day.

Then some guff-guff stats for the Magus’ stats for crafting…

  • Stats = Int 3 + MT 9 + Aura 6 + Mu 21 + An/Co +11, InventiveG +3, Lab-Muto +1, Lab-Items +1, General Quality +1, Similar spells +1 = LT of 57.
  • However to invest both items in a season the Magus needs a Lab Total 60 … (10+20)*2 = 60.
  • The crafting magus also knows the Eyes of the Cat spell, so grants a +1 LT for one spell, and also knows the Doublet of Impenetrable Silk spell for a +3 LT. Takig the minimum bonus of both is another +1.
  • Crafted with a iron bulb inset with mercury +5 bonus, which applies to both items.
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A spell to find somebody

Update: realised I wrote an identical spell with another name a long time ago, so you won’t see these in the spells list. Ah well.

An RPG-StackExchange question was asked about finding people in huge areas. The problem with the OP’s desired goal is that while a big T: Boundary spell could find people inside the area, it cannot find only that one person. To find all of the men, or women, or just the gifted people – is all ok. But to find only a specific person needs an arcane connection so that all the others are excluded.

Here is a renamed version of spell I posted there as a quick solution, to show that an AC was still needed to find something specific within a wider area. As this spell is only InCo15 it does not need a large amount of optimisation, but it is not plausible for some magi to spont cast this spell.

Heading, As the Man Wanders

Intellego Corpus 15, R: Arc, D: Mom, T: Ind

Caster gains knowledge of the current approximate distance and direction to the target with whom they have an arcane connection.

(Base 3, +4 Arc)

It would also be possible for a magus to complete this task with spontaneous magic using Opening the Intangible Tunnel (at ReVi4) then cast the spell above reduced back to R: Touch which makes a InCo4 spell (as Base 3, +1 Touch); both effects far easier to spont cast.

There is probably also variants for animals, and all sorts of other things like ghosts, magical creatures, etc.

Heading, As the Crow Flies

Intellego Animal 15, R: Arc, D: Mom, T: Ind

Caster gains knowledge of the current approximate distance and direction to the target with whom they have an arcane connection.

(Base 3, +4 Arc)

Lastly as I think of it – far better to have a spell that is used through an Intangible Tunnel and also is D: Concentration based. That way the caster can know what changes.

Heading, As the Crow Flies Onward

Intellego Animal 5, R: Touch, D: Concentration, T: Ind

Caster gains knowledge of the current approximate distance and direction to the target with whom they “touch”, typically used through an intangible tunnel.

(Base 3, +1 Touch, +1 Concentration)

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.

Alternate Rolls for Ars Magica

A surprisingly good idea came from the Atlas official forums by user: Humboldtscott for Ars Magica stress dice rolls, which is worth promoting. As said in the forum there are some quirks in ArM for dice rolls which might be confusing to new players. Continue reading