Imric gives the question a lot of thought and comes up with a very good answer to it.[sup]1[/sup] Unfortunately, prior to coming to the school, he'd never had to do any writing, so that's not one of his strong skills. As a result, while his reasoning is sound, the explanation is just shy of what Professor Fabricus was expecting.[sup]2[/sup]
Turning to the practical examination, Imric has mixed results. He describes a spell for making a pile of sand appear that seems quite practical.[sup]3[/sup] But when it comes to destroying something - in this case, the dirt that's gathered in the corner of the room - he seems to have a little more trouble. Clearly he has some kind of mental block with Perdo magic. His spell starts out sound, but quickly falls apart. Something about Perdo magic seems to be lost on Imric. [sup]4[/sup]
The young English boy does much better with the extra credit part of the test. He describes a spell that would transform a pile of sand into a piece of slate, and shows each aspect of it individually. It's a crude spell, but a functional one.[sup]3[/sup]
[sup]1[/sup] Int + MT Roll: 1 (Int) + 1 (MT) + 1d10 = 1d10+2 = 1d10+2=9
He comes up with a solid answer.
[sup]2[/sup] Com + AL Roll" -2 (Com) + 1 (AL) + 1d10 = 1d10-1 = 1d10-1=5
Close, but not quite. His answer is solid, but he hasn't the practice in writing to phrase it properly. Darn that -2 to characteristics for age.
Are the only options A and C? No chance for a B? Imric had a cracking good answer and only missed the writing part by 1.
[sup]3[/sup] Spell to create sand: Base 1, Voice +2, Concentration +1 = 4
CrTe4 Roll: [1d10 + 1 (Mu) + 2 (Te) + 1 (Sta) + 4 (Aura)]/2 = 1d10+8=15/2 = 8
[sup]4[/sup] Spell to destroy dirt: Base 3, Voice +2 = 5
PeTe5 Roll: [1d10 + 0 (Pe) + 2 (Te) + 1 (Sta) + 4 (Aura)]/4 = 1d10+7=15/4 = 3.75, rounded to 4
CT is halved because of Perdo deficiency.
[sup]5[/sup] MuTe5 Roll: [1 (Mu) + 2 (Te) + 1 (Sta) + 1d10]/2 = (1d10+4)/2 = 1d10+4=11/2 = 5.5 (rounded to 6)
The spell would have worked. (My understanding is that we were not actually casting the spells, since the chance of botching would have been extreme at our low skill level.
ETA: Forgot Aura for the extra credit. It would have been (1d10+8)/2 = 15/2 = 8