It is worth noting that few, if any magi would use such a ward - bloody annoying when your silver goes flying away from you... (ward against any and all metal, remember) - not to mention that having raw vis in the form of rings, etc usually means magi likes to open for some metal getting near them. So usually, you'd find a ward against non-magical steel/iron and the like... (magical steel/iron can be warded against with the parma - it is nice to be able to wear that ring of vis on your finger...)
why should it need to be of a higher level?
The standard version of ward against wood doesn't affect magical wood (probably due to a magus carrying a staff...), and it definatly doesn't affect all other vegitable material...
Because, imo, wood and "vegetable material" are as different as metal and stone. Ward against wood would not stop a tomato, but it would stop balsa as well as ebony.
The guideline reads:Level 5: Ward a target against dirt.That, for this effect, gets bumped up by 2 mags to "against metal", and we have our basic ward. "Metal" is all metal - not just iron, not just steel, not just steel and iron and any bronze in the shape of a weapon - "metal". Lead, gold, pewter tableware and the brass buttons on your vest and that ring in your ear - away.
By countless examples in canon, when a spell gets "tricky" it adds a magnitude (or more) "for complexity".
(And I'm not sure where you're getting that bit about Ward Against Wood - in the core book it's all wood, no "magical wood" exceptions.)
(The thing is, I actually took the time to specifically re-read that very spell before posting the first response - the spell description is only like 5 lines long - and I completely missed the word "non-enchanted". Completely! Like it wasn't there.
My one ex is from Poland, Kracow specifically. Told me all about the cool dragon that used to live there. But anyway, she insists that Poland has had tomatoes and potatoes all along. She simply cannot imagine these things not growing native in her home soil.
She's the kind of girl that you eventually get tired of telling her that she is wrong, and you just give up. Tried explaining that peanuts weren't really nuts once. Very frustrating.
LOL, I guess that the Polish word for Peanut translates as "ground nuts", as in nuts that come from the ground as opposed to trees. That just made the debate even more pointless.
And I have a child with this woman!
The boy is already proving to be more agressive and quick witted than she expected. She is actually pretty intelligent. It is just that the education she recieved in cold war Poland was somewhat lacking.
Is this why she's your ex? rimshot
It always baffles me how some people can be so thoroughly blind about history; I met someone who thought the Americas had been colonized in the early middle ages! I asked him whether Charlemagne was involved and he just gave me a blank look.
, it is cool. It was a combination of factors. As I said, her disadvantage was a lackluster education system as she was growing up. Cold war Poland was a pretty messed up place. She is actually very smart when it comes to pragmatic matters, such as finances and life management skills.
The tangential point is that ignorace of history is not limited to just Americans