I'm currently working on new idea for one of my items, but seem to be having trouble working out guidelines for something.
Basically, I want to be able to give the item made of stone the ability to potentially see and hear for itself, as noted in the Target Sight guidelines, that independent items can infact possess their own sight. It suggests using InIm for this.. but there aren't any real guidelines on it.
Currently I'm thinking along the lines of Base 3, Enhancing one of your senses (as in, enhancing it from not being able to see, to being able to)
Which would end up along the lines of
Sight without Eyes
Range: Personal, Duration: Sun, Target: Vision
Base 3, +2 Sun, +4 Vision
+4 Constant Effect
That makes it a level 29 effect, which seems about fair for being able to see when you normally can't. However I dislike having to chuck in extra expensive effects funnily enough, so any idea how you might in theory give an object all 5 senses at once?
Note, one ironic thing I've noticed in Ars, is that in theory, a rock already -does- possess senses.. you can use InTe to talk to rocks, and they'll tell you things. Which tends to lead the question of just what kind of senses inanimate objects -do- possess. While they don't seem to possess sight, many of the examples in Ars seem to prove that ordinary objects do indeed possess the sense of both touch, and hearing, such as rock being able to sense people treading on it etc, and items and such clearly have hearing, as they can -hear- command words or phrases.
Indeed, the InHe examples of speaking to trees suggest they might even be able to see, how else do they know that someone hit them with an axe, or that it was indeed a person?
So, with that in mind, I think enhancing their senses should work fine.. as they seem to already possess senses... but it's their general sense of perception which is what gets enhanced by the effect, as normally they only sense things which directly affect them, such as the aforementioned tree getting cut etc.
(Sorry, I ramble a bit ^^)
Just interested in thoughts and theories really.