Okay, just so I understand where we're starting from on this whole cockamamie might-stripper thing.
Under the rules as written, being with Might do not have any soak against spells such as Demon's Eternal Oblivion and Lay to Rest the Unruly Spirit. So, any spell that gets past their Magic Resistance (which equals their Might Score) reduces their Might Pool until it reaches zero, then their Might Score until it reaches zero, at which point the being is destroyed. Is this right? (I'm not trying to be stupid, but this has never come up in any game I've ever played in beyond the theoretical).
The problem with this method, as I understand it, is that it makes beings too weak, too vulnerable. Too wimpy.
If we take the example of the demon Michael (ArM5, p. 196), who has an Infernal Might of 10. Halia has a Level 5 DEO (she's the only one so far who has it, as near as I can tell), with a Casting Total of Pe 5 + Vi 12 + Sta 1 = 18 + stress die (I'm not going to worry about Aura for this example). On a die roll of 5, her DEO score is 23. She exceeds her Spell Level by 18, and has a Penetration of 1, so she has a Penetration Total of 19.
Michael has Magic Resistance of 10, which is less than Halia's Penetration, so Michael takes 5 points of obliviation from the spell, reducing his Might Pool to 5.
Next round (yes, Michael is jobbing for this example), Halia rolls an 8 for a CT of 26, Penetration 22, so Michael takes five more points of "Damage," reducing his Might Pool to 0.
Third round: Halia rolls another 8, blah blah blah, Michael has no Might Pool, so his Might Score is reduced by 5 to 5.
Fourth round: Halia rolls 1*4, but Michael's Might Score is currently 5. He only has 5 MR, and winds up being utterly destroyed without a trace.
Granted, Halia's DEO is about the lowest level you can have, but still.
If we go with the Might Soak equal to (Might Score)/2 that I threw out, then it would look something like this, if I understand correctly:
- Round 1: Halia hits with her DEO. Michael has a Soak of 10÷2 = 5. He blows off Halia's DEO, makes some cheesy taunt and proceeds to totally scupper her up.
This is with the weakest demon in the core book, which is the one I happen to have on my desk atm.
So, am I understanding how this whole might-stripping thing works?