Creating a charged item: Ink to make circular wards that will bar people.
Base 15 for warding humans, +1 Touch, +2 Ring, +0 Circle. level 30.
Expiry 1 year, increases excess lab total by a multiple of 10.
Penetration 30, +15 to effect level.
Environmental Trigger: +3 to spell level. Current thought is "if someone not wearing a mark defined by the wizard in the lab during enchantment", though the idea of "magic password" was bandied about. I'm unsure if those can work, given that casting the spell is what the trigger relates to, and the spell casting also involves the circle being traced. This seems to butt into Watching Ward territory and does not do what the player thinks it does. Am I wrong or right?
Anyhow, total effect level of 48.
Wizard's lab total:
16 Rego, 10 Form, 3 intelligence, 7 magic theory, 7 aura, 10 from a Focus in Magical Wards, 2 from Lab, and 2 from Familiar, plus 6 for knowing Ward against the Curious Scullion and +5 for shape/form (amber+ink, which I gave a total of 5 for).
So, lab total 68.
His excess lab total is 20. That would normally mean 4 charges of ink.
The expiry multiplies this by 10, so 40 charges of magic ink that creates year long Wards against Human Beings, with a penetration of 30.
So, mathwise, this seems right? I've never dealt with Expiry before.
As for the environmental trigger, in my conception of casting circular wards, the spell is cast as you trace it. An environmental trigger would necessitate the circle being retraced every time, and the spell does not do that. It activates upon completion. Is my mental space not processing this correctly?
The player has a wizard with a focus in wards, but who also wants to be a hoplite. I think he wants to make his wards more useful in combat, but I think he's approaching his talents from a FPS mentality, as opposed to a tool that requires strategy and preparation.
Also, finally: Arcane Connections and Circular Wards... is how they interact mentioned anywhere? The Columbae section of Societates makes it seem that Hermetic Magic can't use AC with Circular Wards. I may be misreading, as the book is not currently open on my lap...