Ars Magica is one of the very few games where magic is not only a tool of power and destruction/domination, but also a true Art and useful tool. In Ars Magica, one player can very likely create a spell which will have very minor (if not at all) impact on the saga, just for fun. And i come up with such project. My magus, who is somewhat perverted, would like to create a spell that allow him to see through clothes (he didn't realise yet it might be double edged ability ).
But now, i find myself confronted with rules. I guess it would be a Herbam/Animal spell (since clothes are made of these stuffs), and probably something with Intellego. And also some kind of "enchant vision". But now, i cannot find any guideline for such effect among Herbam or Animal. So, i wonder if it can be within hermetic possibility. My guess is "yes", since it violate no magic law, but i dont know how to do such effect, since i cannot find spell guideline.
Any suggestion? Thank you
I guess that would be Muto or Perdo Imaginem (either changing the clothes' vision species into transparent ones or destroying their ability to be seen) with an Animal or Herbam requisite (perhaps both).
Another cool thing would be to have the clothes lose their ability to be felt. Imagine what that would result in.
Intellego Imaginem (Animal, Herbam) (Base 3, Enhance one of your senses in one way (See through material), +0 personal, +1 diameter, +0 individual, free requisites Animal, Herbam): Casting this spell allows, for around two minutes, the magus to see through clothing made of animal or herbam materials.
This would allow only the magus to see, rather than leave clothing to become transparent (and thus make everyone see them!)
I'm basically in agreement with this interpretation. HoH:TL's chapter on House Guernicus has am InCo spell which allows one to see what someone looks like (presumably naked) from an arcane connection, so an InCo at shorter range should probably get the same effect.
For the "x-ray vision" effect, it really has to be an In(An/He/Co/Te) with target Vision.
I think InCo is basically the only way to go. The species that the body forms are arrested by the cloths, and besides they have nothing to do with An or He. Vision target would work well. Note that you better cast it with zero penetration, less you end up casting a spell on a magus.
Making the medium transparent is... weird. It doesn't change the medium, only your perception of it, so I guess it should be InAn/He. But it isn't like it's telling you something about the medium, either. An option is an InAn/He/Im spell that detects the species that hit the medium; I'd put that at high level and probalby require Finesse as well.
A spell that shows the body is not as good as one that makes the clothes invisible. Seeing the body doesn't help with concealed weapons (or would Herbam weapons also become invisible?).
On the other hand you could see the body from all sides (including behind) with InCo and it is not a group spell because there only is one body.
I wonder: Is there a temporary (diameter or concentration or so) Perdo spell that destroys the clothes for only a few seconds (they become whole again after the durations ends)? You could use it with saddlestraps for cheating at tournaments.
Attacking somebody's clothes might be a great idea anyway: It's a low level spell, so penetration is high and in a crowded area (a court or so) the effect could be, well...