We are just in the beginning of a 5th ed saga. I missed 4th completely, and played a few sessions of 3rd. Back then I did suggest to my group that magic resistance should work the way it does now, and with the new rules it feels like Ars Magica is actually worth playing. Anyway; we have started on our first adventure, and I am currently running around with a companion that I start to like. My mage is still in the making though...
And then i found Voice of the lake (InAq 25) (p. 122).
Hmm, how about speaking with the mediterranean?
First try: base individual is 5 paces across. Add 5 magnitudes/zeroes and we have enough (I think). InAq 50.
WRONG! Size increase is by mass, not by radius. Crap...
Second try: base depth is two paces. We probably need 3 magnitudes for depth. And 5 + 6 for length, width. So 19 magnitudes. InAq 95. Ok. Reasonable level. I can sort of fix 65 from start with a focus, so it will take me a couple of years, but it's a worthy goal to be able to speak with the mediterrenean.
BZZZT! Above level 50 and thus a ritual. Not fun. A lvl 95 ritual and a duration of Conc. Not good.
Third try: Aha! Magic items don't have the level limit. Let's make a verditius.
And then I suddenly see this:
p113: INTELLEGO SPELLS: Not affected by Target size
Uh? Please help.
Right now I am thinking about a verditius with Focus in "speaking with the elements" and really good at In and Aq. Later he will add the rest of the elements. He should be able to reach lvl 95 kind of soon, and with an added level for part he could at least talk to the waters around greece or something. (btw is that a minor or a major focus?)
But it's the part about intellego spells and target size that really gets me.
Please explain this to me. Preferably without resorting to house ruling.