Lost Spells (part 14) Destroying the Gift

It is questionable if it is possible and within the Ars Magica setting the loss of the Gift is a story based event (read forums discussions here, here, and here). As there is no spell guideline to match to this effect or any real reference in the material for how this is done in-play – these spells are pure conjecture. So what would a spell designed to mangle or destroy a person’s gift look like?

Some factors to consider are:

  • For a Magus removing the Gift is equivalent to death, so has to have a high base, say similar to Perdo Corpus 30 to kill a person. There is no related Vim guideline to draw from.
  • It is very powerful but perhaps does not need to be a Ritual. Although I could see an argument that killing somebody with magic is removing their life, which might be less complex than removing their magical essence. I decided to make the spell a ritual so it would have a long casting time and to reflect the meta-power it should have in the setting. So while it is not exceedingly high level it will cost vis to cast.
  • If the spell is allowed in-game it can be set wherever the troupe like. A level 35 or 65 version isn’t going to stop a major NPC threatening to use it, or make it beyond casting for a player.

Suggested spells:

Shattering the Gift of the Magus

Perdo Vim 35, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual, Ritual

Destroys the Gift of magic within the target irrevocably. The target is unable to use any aspect of magic but retains their theoretical knowledge.

(Base 30, +1 Touch)

Handicapping the Gift of the Magus

Perdo Vim 35, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual, Ritual

Damages beyond repair the gift of magic within the target irrevocably. The target is still able to perform some rudimentary service to a gifted Magus (such as assisting in a lab) but is otherwise unable to directly use any aspect of magic. They retain their theoretical knowledge.

(Base 30, +1 Touch)

These spells were based upon an older French resource, so these spells are not at all RAW. Over 650+ of my new spells for Ars Magica can be found here.

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MuVi spells to change the spell recipient (3 of 3)

Continued from Wizard’s Misdirection to Return Home and Wizard’s Misdirection to Receive Blessings, a variation to pass a spell to a target touched.

Wizard’s Misdirection to My Friend

Muto Vim General, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Individual

This spell changes the intended target of another spell, to target a person the caster of this spell is touching. If the new target is invalid then this spell has no effect. This spell must be one magnitude higher than the spell to be altered.

(Base Gen for a significant change, +2 Voice)

MuVi spells to change the spell recipient (2 of 3)

Continued from Wizard’s Misdirection to Return Home, a variation to force the spell to affect the caster of this MuVi spell.

Wizard’s Misdirection to Receive Blessings

Muto Vim General, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Individual

This spell changes the intended target of another spell, to target the caster of this spell. If the new target is invalid then this spell has no effect. This spell must be one magnitude higher than the spell to be altered.

(Base Gen for a significant change, +2 Voice)

 

MuVi spells to change the spell recipient (1 of 3)

I’m pondering the chaos of Muto Vim spells again, and all sorts of silly stuff is fluttering by my mind’s eye. As MuVi effect must have a very specific intent and effect, I’ve written three variants on the theme for changing the intended specific target, but not the Hermetic Target type. I did especially so that the three variants are (hopefully) clearly written and ready to use. Although doubtful, it is possible for a Vim specialist to cast these effects spontaneously instead of fast-cast-formulaic, to affect another magi’s casting so a quick reference is handy.

Wizard’s Misdirection to Return Home

Muto Vim General, R: Voice, D: Momentary, T: Individual

This spell changes the intended target of another spell, to target the caster of that other spell. If the new target is invalid then this spell has no effect. This spell must be one magnitude higher than the spell to be altered.

(Base Gen for a significant change, +2 Voice)

Ritual for Conjuring a Magical Wyrm

And then a mystical wyrm to demonstrate what other types of beasties might be possible.

Conjure the Mythical Wyrm

Creo Animal / Mentem Auram Vim 75, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual, Ritual

A magical drake is created with 11 Magic Might, +7 size, and a selection of powers such as fire-breathing, fire-immunity, and supernatural toughness. The magical beast is permanent and intelligent. The creature will have a personality and traits of its own and will initially serve the caster in a loyal manner.

(Base 50, +1 Touch, Mentem for intellect, Ignem / Auram for powers and resistance to fire, +2 size increase, +1 Rego for loyalty to caster, +1 Might increase)

Find this spell and hundreds more for Ars Magica in my grimoire.

Ritual for Conjuring a Magical Wolf

These next are two spells which indicate the complexity required for Hermetic magic in Ars Magica to create permanent magical creatures, as proposed through a discussion. This is not based upon a RAW guideline, rather some very logical forum discussions.

It’s worth noting that creating a normal wolf permanently is far easier; both these spells create creatures which could exist in the setting. If used in a saga I suggest that each spell become far more specific in terms of beast description, demeanor, and powers. A creature of the magic realm they should be closer to the idealised forms of their animal types.

Conjure the Majestic Wolf

Creo Animal 55, R: Touch, D: Momentary, T: Individual, Ritual

An adult wolf is created with 10 Magic Might and a small selection of powers, such as supernatural stealth and resilience. The magical beast is permanent and may have  Cunning or Intelligence. The creature will have a personality and traits of its own and is under no obligation to serve the caster.

(Base 50, +1 Touch)

This idea came from the Atlas Ars Magica forums thread:

If we look at the ‘Conjure the Walking Dead’ Ritual Spell from Hermetic Projects (Pg 117), it explains that the base level for creating a magical human is level 45; coincidentally the magical might of the revenant (pg 116) is 9; a simple ruling could be made that the magnitude of the spell is the amount of Magical Might that the creature would have.

Base level 50 for magical animal would make a magical might 10 creature, with +1 magnitude for +1 Magical Might

i.e a magical might 15 lion would be: Creo-Animal 80 ritual
(base 50, +1 Touch, +5 for higher might) with requisites for the powers that the lion has, Imaginum/Aurum for a super loud roar etc.

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What do I want from magic? I want to see magic burn. MuVi on Spont effects…

As the hail of steel rained down upon the hillside the shrieks of war peaked and drained away to whimpers. The hill was now empty of moving figures where seconds before they swarmed viciously upon each other. A lone grey-hooded woman picked her way down the hillside, stepping through the haphazard remains soldiers and weapons. She walked with purpose toward a clutch of armoured figures collapsed together on the ground.

In their centre a similarly robed old man half reclined with a spear through his midsection and open cuts peppered across his body. Blood pooled around him, soaking the earth beneath.

“Neutral you said. Neutral” he gurgled.

“Your sworn-men came for me yesterday assisted by magic. You broke our peace,” she replied sharply. “This is the outcome,” gesturing to the ring of dead soldiers around him, and the carnage beyond.

The old man’s pain permitted a half smile with sad eyes, but he couldn’t laugh.”Let’s be done then,” he groaned, looking through her and away down the hill.

The young woman bent to her knee and reached to touch her opponent with a final gesture. She drew a deep breath as her other arm began moving in inelegant gestures, their tempo different to her gobbledygook words. A moment later the old man also rasped a quick phrases of his own, one hand forming a bridge on his chest, the other touching her. He thumped his other hand to the ground. The woman screamed in surprise and frustration, her spell gone awry. His perfectly.

The old man looked on as her conjured array of short steel spines instantly surrounded her and struck home across all quarters of her body. Her body ruined with holes sunk sideways to the ground as the spines disappeared. Lifeless.

The old man smiled again and exhaled hard. A shimmer washed him head to foot as his illusion dissipated, his skin and clothes actually unmarried; except for the long spear which still sunk deep into his side and the ground behind. He reached out for her body once and missed with a grimace of pain, then again successfully touching the woman’s body which dissipated into dust.

Looking across the field he knew he had a long evening ahead to remove all the evidence of their battle.

In the blurb above the wounded Magus uses a Muto Vim spell to retarget the spell on another – changing the range to Personal. I took a license with the concept just to have a story introduction to meta-magic post.

A fair and reasonable game balance rule in Ars Magica is for a MuVi spell to not be able to affect a Spont spell, which is why in the story blurb above the young woman casts her spell longer than the old man – hers is a formulaic spell, and his a spontaneous one. In Ars Magica’s RAW her spell could only be formulaic as spontaneous effects can’t be altered.

In-game it’s dangerous, “too chaotic and the caster will loose control“. Out-of-game the limitation is there so that Spont magic does not get trivialised (boosted, sustained, or empowered) by assistance from a Muto Vim expert.

There is also an out-of-game consideration that altering a spontaneous spell with Muto Vim is terribly inefficient way to scale up a spontaneous spell, unless the caster of the MuVi is a specialist and also cooperating with the other caster.

However in-game what if it was allowed via a breakthrough? If we take the spell guidelines as written what would happen when a Magus starts working on a magical breakthrough to find a Muto Vim discovery for spontaneous magic?

  • The SG might say the breakthrough theme just isn’t going to work, which is totally reasonable.
  • It might not work as intended but be a great story thread for the game; as it’s a great theme for an NPC wizard in Ars Magica.
  • Or perhaps it allows a MuVi based chaos effect which deliberately hooks into the randomness of Spontaneous magic. Similar to deliberately ruining a magical experiment to see what happens, it ruins both spells.
  • Or an additional rule-set is created for Muto Vim in these circumstances? And/Or it’s allowed but the penalties for botching are horrific?
  • Or allow it. Yes, it took the wizard some 30+ in-game years to develop, but they’ve cracked part of the Hermetic puzzle. It’s a huge thing for game balance, but has legs for high powered sagas.
  • Perhaps this is what all the House Diedne brouhaha was about?
  • Perhaps the breakthrough does not allow Muto Vim to alter the target spell in a predictable way, but does force the Spont spell to be chaotic – it might have an effect which is undesirable for both the caster of the Spont and the caster of the suCcessful MuVi effect?

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