ITM-AF1 Arcanis Focus (bonus variant)

Gift: ITM-AF - Arcanis Focus
Cost: 5
Bonus: a-2
Prerequisites: GP-ARCANIS/5 ARC-BA ARC-EM ARC-SM

An Arcanis adept is able to use a magical focus, crafted through a combination of Alchemy and Arcanis. The focus may take many forms, though all must be obviously carried, and when utilized, are obviously tied to the spell-casting (e.g., glowing, emitting a sound, etc.) in a mundane way. The adept becomes somewhat dependent on the focus, his powers increasing with it, but decreasing without it.

  • If separated from the focus, an Adept will know the general direction and distance to it.
  • A focus is a considerable item of power, and is resistant to breakage by mundane means. Great force or arcane means must be brought to bear to accomplish this.
  • A focus, if made of a controllable element (earth, air, fire, or water), may be granted some minor color effects. For example, an stone staff may balance itself in an upright position, one made of water may be collapsed to a sphere, etc.
  • "Normal" spells take less effort to cast. The difference is mostly a color effect, and only becoming relevant after extreme extended use. If a mage loses his focus, or tries to cast without it, however, the effort is much greater (which is also just a color effect)
  • At the cost of extra effort (though this is also just color), an adept may achieve an enhanced effect, receiving an extra bonus. While its primary target is still a single "significant" character, it may affect a wider area than normal, and such effects on nearby "minor" characters or property may be negotiated, particularly if no "significant" character is the target.
  • With Arcanis Ritual, an adept may prepare a ritual and store it within the focus. This allows the adept to cast the ritual in battlefield situations (though it is not instant), and thus may negotiate its applicability in RP or on the flagpole. However, such usage is dependent on prior preparation, or at least sufficient undisturbed time (no combat, no travel) in order to store the ritual. Therefore, the use of such an ARC-RT token should be inspected to ensure that its creation meets this requirement.