Arachné initially frowns at the interruption, but, when she understands what this is about, she quickly relaxes
You are welcome. It is a pleasure to see some young magi consider their duties, and our covenant's well-being, to heart. Too often, divided magi fall together.
Now, it is difficult for me to ascertain all the good you might do for Andorra, but I've thought a little about it, so here are some ideas.
As it is, one of our most obvious needs is counter-intrusion. We have experimented soldiers, some magical defenses, as well as a few experimented combat magi. Yet, we can be spied upon by invisible intruders, or ones clothed in illusions. More mundanely, some of our covenfolks may be suborned, or plants for an ennemy.
Thus, I've thought of the following items as possible solutions to these problems:
- Something that detects those cloaked in illusions
- Something that detects invisible intruders. There's an effect I use to spont for this, called the Discerning Eye. It is very efficient at spotting invisible things, especially as it requires no penetration for this.
- Something to detect hostile thoughts. Say, an Intellego Mentem effect which targets hearing might allow its wearer to detect those around him that are spying on us.
Now, there's the issue of Penetration and Scrying. You might want to check with Solomon, but I believe anyone who uses magic to spy on us has forfeited his or her immunity, thus in turn allowing us to use magic to detects the scrying. But we may want to be cautious, and use forceless effects. This is not as great a problem as we might think, though: This won't impede the Discerning Eye, and we're targeting mundane spies and assassins here, anyway, assisted by magic as they may be.
Of course, that is only one of the many ways your talents may prove useful to Andorra. The fabled ability of verditius to open much more powerful items may be useful to any of your sodales, even if, for these purposes, it'd probably be a waste of your abilities, in my opinion.
Hum... Thinking along your lines...
Yes. Should we be attacked by armed men, I agree that a Mentem effect like Dissolving the Wall of Shields should be both within your abilities and tremendously useful.
And I'm thinking that a horn that inspire your grogs to be both brave and loyal could come in handy. Conversely, you might seek to inspire fear with the heart of our ennemies.
Now... When Insidiae was attacked, some of our enemies were magically resistant. And when Andorra fell, in 1230, it was, as far as we know, to a team of magi. Intellego Mentem is seldom suited to this, but, depending on your Rego Mentem, you might be able to craft an item with a single casting per day of a Diameter Duration Call to Slumber with sufficient penetration to disable all but the most resistant magi, should it really come to that.
She pauses, thinking
Now, I'm wondering, how is your Imaginem?