I have been looking at A Guide to Aegis of the Hearth and I am wondering a few things.
- What do you have to do to "participate" in the casting of AotH?
- How many tokens can be created/designated?
Basically, one of my players is trying to get rid of the Covenant hook - Monster in the Covenant. Essentially a Bjornaer mage from the previous NPC covenant on this site turned Great Beast and his using his former sanctum as a lair. My player's beef is that right after the transformation to Great Beast, it slaughtered a dozen of so covenfolk it thought was threatening its lair, and the PC mage wants to avenge the dead.
Since the Great Beast has been using effects in its (former) Talisman to do most of the killing, the player wants to cast an AotH and blunt this threat. He has voiced concerns about Enchanted items working in the Aegis, allowing an enemy strikeforce with magic kill wands to enter an Aegis and slaughter all the covenfolk.
So I am intending ruling that the AotH would do the following:
a) the Penetration of the Talisman or other enchanted item effect is reduced by the normal Aegis modifier.
b) Tokens used as part of the Aegis ritual, when officially handed to a mundane person in the Aegis will grant that mundane an effective Magic Resistance of zero while in that particular Aegis.
c) I am claiming there is a limit to how many tokens can be designated in the Aegis ritual. Still working out how many. Perhaps each participant who contributes to the Aegis Ritual can designate a number of tokens equal to the magnitude of the Aegis ritual. Participants in the ritual do not need a token.
At this point, I have to define what "participate" in the ritual means. I am thinking there is 3 classes:
- The Ritual Master, the mage actually casting the spell.
- Magi using the Wizard's Communion to help empower the ritual.
- Other celebrants who perform the correct ceremonial actions under the command of the Ritual Master.
The first two classes can designate a limited number of tokens.
The 3rd class simply get the benefits of the Aegis (including MR 0 whilst in the Aegis).
Now, to avoid too many optional rules, I have limited this Saga to using the Main book, the 2 House books, and the 4 Realm books, and the Tribunal book they are in.
Hence, it is Wizard's Communion that boosts the Ritual - its casting is extended for the full length of the spell or Ritual being empowered, just like Circle spells can be be extended for the drawing of the circle. Otherwise what is the point of the Mercurian Magic virtue? None of these WC variants from other books. YMMV.
Presumably all Magi know how to perform the ceremonial actions required by the Ritual Master, it should be a side-effect of learning enough Magic Theory. I am thinking Latin 3 and Magic Theory 3 should be enough to participate in the Ritual and gain the Aegis protections.