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Countermagic spirit spell:

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This defensive spell protects the target it is cast upon against any other incoming spell, including those such as Detection, Protection, and even Healing spells.

Shield rune spell:

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The effects of this spell are cumulative with either Protection or Countermagic.

If cast on a target already protected by Countermagic, the Countermagic would be Dispelled before the Shield, if possible. 

Does the order of casting of Countermagic and Shield matter?

If I cast Countermagic 1 then Shield 2, does the Countermagic get taken down by the shield? If I cast Countermagic 3 then Shield 2, would the Shield 2 be blocked?

Do I need to cast them in the other order, with the Countermagic powerful enough to get past the Shield? e.g., if I cast Shield 1, do I need to cast Countermagic 4 in order to get them to stack (as a spell lower than 4 points would normally be countered by the Shield's Countermagic 2)?

Or, do Countermagic and Shield always stack regardless of the order and power of the spells?

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1: Pg 167 says that mounts must be trained separately to; accept a rider, remain calm in battle, fight in battle and increase their three attack skills up to 50% below the trainer's ride skill. Training to accept a rider is stated to take a week. How long do the other types of training take? Also, does a war trained mount immediately get 50% below the trainer's skill in attacks or does that have to be trained separately (or separately for each attack)?

2: Is Martial Arts treated like a weapon for special and critical success purposes? That is, does a critical Martial Arts roll do max damage and bypass armor?

 

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Can a Trickster casting Hallucination see a door in a wall for example that nobody else can see, and walk through it? I'm hoping the answer is yes, as that sort of thing was a favorite of my old RQ2 Trickster. I called it "the roadrunner spell."

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Second question. As I read the rules, nobody would ever want to take training, as that means you can't do any adventuring that season, and you even lose the several normal experience rolls you would get otherwise if you don't adventure during a season. And you only get a training check in one skill out of it, besides having to pay for it. Is my read correct and that was intended, or should this be clarified?

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Another shaman related question:

The spirit spell Control [Entity] is one that shamans will find useful. However, I need to know how specific that spell is when applied to spirits. 

I've already told my shaman player that there can't be a single Control Spirit which works on everything but I need to know how far he will have to specialise.

The description implies that there is a separate Control for Elementals. Does this also imply a separate Control Fire Elemental, Control Wind Elemental etc? 

Is a discorporate human spirit a different thing if it's living or dead? Do Wraiths need their own spell? What about nature spirits? Help!
 

 

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How does one set up a new shrine for a Rune cult?

The book talks about this being a thing one might be asked to do by one's cult but only details of how to start a spirit shrine are given.

Help please!

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Hello.

I have a rule question about Melee Round. The rule says "Who goes first and in what order during a melee round is determined by strike ranks". But in phase 2. "Movement of Non-Engaged Characters" in which order the move of unengaged characters and monsters is made ?

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The Spirit Binding spell (pg 265) states;

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Binding spirits into familiars demands the use of special cult-bred animals described in the Spirits chapter.

I couldn't find any information about 'special cult-bred animals' in the Spirits chapter. What is this meant to refer to? The 'allied spirits' gained by rune master sound similar, but those are said to be sent by the god and have different listed abilities than bound spirits. At that, the term 'familiar' appears in the text of this spell and nowhere else in the book. Is a familiar the same thing as a spirit bound animal as described on page 250, or something else?

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