A magus is experimenting with Creo, trying to overcome the limit of creating without Vis (a Hermetic Breakthrough IMO). I'm coming up with a variety of experiments that a medeival mindset magus might try. The magus will only be using the standard Range, Durations and Targets (alternate ones would be ideal, but would require special virtues or breakthroughs). My question is what will the results be?
- A magus fills a barrel of water with magically created water with a duration of Sun. He puts a fish in the water and lets it stay there for the duration (for the experiment's purpose he casts the spell just after dawn). At Sunset the water disapears and the wizard quickly transfers the fish to a barrel of normal water. Assuming there was nothing else wrong to harm the fish (and it was a normal fish), is the fish dead and/or dying at Sunset? It subsisted on magical water the entire day and now it's disapeared from the barrel and its own body. Or would it possibly survive to be transferred to the barrel of normal water?
This experiment is done because it is easier than trying to make a chamber or container that is air tight and supplied with only magically created air and putting an animal in it. It could still be done though, just requires more magic, the first experiment requires a typical barrel and just a spell to create water and a normal fish.
A magus invents an item with unlimited uses per day. Every time it is triggered it creates a small amount of grain that lasts for a Diameter. The magus puts it into a sealed container and puts a mouse in there that has been trained on a similar device to push a trigger and receive food. The hungry mouse triggers the item, gets the grain and eats it. A Diameter later the food is gone and he triggers it again. Will the mouse eventually starve? The food keeps disapearing, but it always has a steady source that it can immediately eat. My assumption is yes it will starve eventually (perhaps if it falls asleep). Even if it gorges itself, it will not gain any weight nor get the chance to receive energy and nutrition, nor will it excrete, or if it does the scat will disapear as well.
Similar experiment. A magus feeds a mouse magically created grain with a duration of Moon for three straight weeks at the start of the Moon. The magus makes sure that during the first three weeks it only eats magically created food. The last week the magus ensures that the mouse is well fed on only natural food. The Moon duration comes up, does the Mouse die (I assume a mouse will starve if it goes 3 weeks without food)? The food is already through its system, so its scat will disapear. But will the sudden disapearance of 3 weeks of eaten, processed, and excreted food kill it?
This I don't know. If it doesn't kill it, then there might be a way to reduce the grocery bill, at the likely cost of Warping the eaters.
What are some ideas?