Me and my friends just started a Saga of Ars Magica. We are pretty experienced gamers, but that the first time we are playing Ars Magica.
I am not the Story Guide, but I have a lot of free time on my hands so I became pretty much responsible to understanding the "fine print" of the system.
The Maga I play is a Bjornaer with an Eagle heartbeast, and she prefer to fight in her beast form.
Now here is my question - As a bird she has a huge potential for Fast Casting - that is a big bonus to Quickness.
The thing is that Fast Casting is described to require the mandatory use of Bold Gestures (And firm voice - but that's not an issue with Voice of the Bjornaer Magus spell)
Obviously - in beast form she can't use any gestures - bold or otherwise.
She has the Subtle Casting virtue to negate the penalty for regular spell casting - the question if the Virtue help her here as well?
So what do you think?
- You can't fast cast spells in beast form under any conditions
- You can't normally fast cast spell in beast form but the subtle casting virtue negate it (thou you still dont get the +1 bonus)
- If you are incapable of motions this restriction does not apply to you, the idea is to use the boldest gestures you CAN, and in your case its none.