I should start out by admitting I always have issues with Rego Vim. Hell most of the Art of Vim I avoid because somehow I just don't understand it. I perfectly understand the story mechanic of what it does and I grasp what the actual affects are of the magic. What I do not understand is the actual construction of the spells.
Essentially the example spells are useless for trying to explain what the "general" base is supposed to be and what level spells that the effect controls. I admit it is my own failing to take the leap beyond what is shown in the book but here I will explain.
Maintain the Demanding Spell. Seems easy enough. The example says it is base effect, with +1 for Touch, and +1 for Diam. So easily enough you make the base effect 4 and so the resulting spell is 10. So now you have a level 10 Demanding Spell which according to text says it will work on a level 10 spell or less.
So my understanding of this is that no matter what the base effect is, it is the actual finished level of the spell that determines the magnitude of a spell that it can control. So why bother at all with such low level Range and Duration? If they are going to boost the finished affect then why not simply go all out. For example:
Maintain the Demanding spell level 20
base 2, R: Sight, D: Moon
(+3 for Sight +3 for Moon)
So now the spell can affect in general most every 20th level spell in sight range and will maintain it for a moon duration.
So basically you simply get the bumps of extended range and duration by halving the base effect and get double the levels of what spells would be affected? This reading seems to basically not make sense. Why would you ever sacrifice an ideally longer range and duration unless it was absolutely necessary for a specific spell?
I have already come up with various reasons you would want the spell to be voice or touch or diameter, but my point is that the "base effect" has no influence at all except to raise or lower the final spell level?
I guess that is my singular issue which if solved I can then move on from this question which has bugged me for half a decade. Does base effect have ANY influence at all on the spell except to contribute to the final spell level? Making the spell level the ONLY factor that determines which secondary spells that can be affected by the Rego Vim?
If this is convoluted I am sorry, I will try to reword it if I am not being clear.