I have a though/question regarding enchanted items and voice range, specifically items that can produce sound in and of themselves.
AM5 p.112 states that
whereas in the Mute Flaw (AM5 p. 56)
indicating that sound, not vocalisation is key? Could I use the sound produced by a bell as voice range, rather than requiring a seperate CrIm enchantment?
I would personally consider this acceptable where the range of the item is ~50 paces (typical shouting range) increasing the magnitude of the voice range as per size modifiers for very loud sounds (e.g. bagpipes or church bells).
This does make voice range on lesser enchanted items possible where it would not normally otherwise be.
Hopefully the question is clear and has not been discussed/answered before.
But unless you use some of the Bjornaer sense-magic stuff, I think the targeting of the spells must still use the standard ind/group levels. So, the nearest group who hears the bell is, I think, about the best you can do (allowing additional levels for the size of the group, of course).
Yes, sorry, I was talking in terms of affecting the largest number of people (as per the "any who hear this bell" idea). Of course, any device that is able to make some kind of noise (squeezebox of abysmal flame, anyone?)
A bell of "Earth Split Asunder" would be a incredible and morale devastating defense to most covenants. The sheer immagery of the bell tolling and the earth quivering, shaking and splitting under the attackers gives me the GM-shivers.
(someone PLEASE come up with this one in one of my campaigns? I shall reward stylepoints! )