Monday, November 20, 2006

Experimenting from Stories in Ars Magica

Thanks to our Storyguide, Sertorius' Chaotic Magic has led to some interesting results which he is now planning to start seeking to understand through experimentation in his lab. One led to a Priest having his mind reduced to that of a child (thankfully the Priest appears to have been murdered by the investigating Quaesitor). The second an accidental chat with the trees of a magical forest.

Spells to invent for the purpose of Experimental Studies:

TO BE A TREE

MuHe15

R: Touch, D: Sun, T: Ind

Requisite: Mentem

This spell awakens the consciousness of the plant that is touched by the caster.

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

CONVERSE WITH PLANT AND TREE

InHe25

R: Touch, D: Conc, T: Ind

You can speak with a plant for one conversation. The level of conversation depends on the type of plants; longer-lived and more noble plants have more to say. A single question and response takes ten to thirty minutes, with slower-growing plants speaking more slowly. Typically, plants can talk about the soil and about other plants around them, but have limited awareness of more momentary events, such as the passing of animals or people, unless that passing has a direct bearing on the plant (for example, a person cut its trunk). News can spread quickly through a forest when it has to, called from tree to tree on the wind. Bystanders cannot understand your conversation. You can speak with a plant for one conversation. The level of conversation depends on the type of plants; longer-lived and more noble plants have more to say. A single question and response takes ten to thirty minutes, with slower-growing plants speaking more slowly. Typically, plants can talk about the soil and about other plants around them, but have limited awareness of more momentary events, such as the passing of animals or people, unless that passing has a direct bearing on the plant (for example, a person cut its trunk). News can spread quickly through a forest when it has to, called from tree to tree on the wind. Bystanders cannot understand your conversation.

(Base 15, +1 Touch, +1 Conc)

THE EXPERIMENTAL MIND OF THE BABY

MuMe20

R: Touch, D: Mom, T: Ind

You turn the mind of the target into that of a baby. The victim acts and thinks like a baby as much as possible.

(Base 15, +1 Touch)

THE EXPERIMENTAL MIND OF THE BEAST

MuMe20

R: Touch, D: Mom, T: Ind

Requisite: Animal

You turn the mind of the target into that of an animal of your choice. The victim acts and thinks like that animal as much as possible; a person who thinks he is a bird will try to fly, but will not be able to. This can be dangerous for the target.

(Base 15, +1 Touch)

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