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Ars Magica is the main magical mod of Scourgecraft, and is quite expansive. The land of Ars Magica is filled with strange, abandoned structures, fantastic and powerful spells, dangerous machines if used incorrectly, and other powerful Mages!
The first, and probably most fun thing, about Ars Magica is the large numbers of spells there are to use for personal gain. From growing plants, to teleporting, to various attack magics, there is a lot a beginning Mage can do! Before a person can begin firing off magical tools of destrucion, a starting Mage must first acquire an Arcane Empowerment Table. Find two iron ingots, some wood planks, wool, and make three Runes Vestis from some cobblestone. Then place them into a crafting table like so:
And voila! To use this, simply right click to enter the GUI. You should see a center blue button (red if you have an insufficient amount of levels). To turn this XP into mana, click the blue button, and you are level one! Remember, your Mage level corresponds to how many levels are required to level up. For example, if you are a level 15 Mage, and you want to level up, you must have 15 XP levels to level up.
Spells are cast from scrolls. In order to create spell scrolls, you will need an Inscription Table, a Spell Parchment and some Runes. By putting runes in the middle slots and a parchment in the bottom right slot, you may create spell scrolls. You can experiment to try to find recipes which can create some AMAZING spells, or you can find Spell Recipes in the world in houses that ramdomly spawn in the world and dungeons. They can be found in Mage Archives and Mage Towers, and they drop sometimes from killing mobs. They can also be acquired by trading with an NPC Villager Mage.
If you have a lot of spells in your inventory and you are having trouble managing your inventory space, it might be a good idea to make a Spell Book.
Your mana will regenerate overtime. Higher level characters will regain mana faster than lower level characters. There are three ways to regain mana faster than normal.
2. You can also gain a bonus to mana regeneration by standing near a Nexus that is more than 10% full.
3. By eating a Mana Cake (which also restores a bit of hunger!)
Essences and Abilities
Throughout your travels you will find several relics left behind by powerful Magi. Some are Essences, which serve as powerful conduits for your magic, and are required as reagents for certain powerful spells. Others are Affinity Tomes, which once read will teach you how to bind to one specific aspect of magic and become much more powerful when casting spells under the same affinity. There is a price though, as all affinities do have an opposite. This means hat if you read an Affinity Tome for Water, you will become weaker at Fire spells.