Scroll Infusion (714)
Scroll Infusion allows a sorcerer to utilize magical runestones to fully harness the magic found within scrolls. Sorcerers able to successfully utilize this spell will be able to increase the incantations found on a scroll many times over, granting the scrolls a much longer life than is normally expected. There are two aspects of scroll infusion: the unlocking of a scroll using unlocking runestones, and the charging of the scroll using both the spell, a charging runestone, and the INFUSE verb.
A scroll must be unlocked prior to charging, and scrolls that have been used even once cannot be unlocked (i.e., scrolls must be fresh). An unlocked scroll will continue to accept mana infusions until it has been worn out or locked (from failure). Experience is gained at 10 xp per charge infused, with a 500 xp cap per hour.
Success in unlocking a spell is dependent on training in Magic Item Use and Arcane Symbols, Aura and Wisdom bonuses, knowledge of the spell or sphere, spell level, and rune difficulty. Magic Item Use is more important than Arcane Symbols for purposes of unlocking. Unlocking is also used to increase the base window on a self knowledge scroll to around 60 minutes maximum for buffs, and 120 minutes for offensive spells.
Success in charging is dependent on Arcane Symbols skill, knowledge of the spell or spell sphere being charged, training in the relevant spell spheres (i.e. Minor Elemental for elemental sphere spells, and Minor Spirit for spirit sphere spells), sorcerer spell ranks, quality of the unlocking rune used, and the number of charges the attempted spell already has.
Mana Control training does not help infusion succeed, but does reduce the mana cost necessary for a given spell (see below). Infusing in a magical workshop garners a bonus to success.
A player should not attempt Scroll Infusion without first reading the Scroll Infusion Extended Documentation. This document remains separate from the spell description because it was written by Mekthros as Official Simutronics Documentation. Otherwise this page would be similar in length to Ensorcell (735).
While this is a level 14 spell, sorcerers should not expect to be proficient at all with Scroll Infusion at level 14. This is an advanced utility spell and attempting to work on high level spells from Mental and Arcane circles before being properly trained will lead to expensive scroll losses and sorcerer death. When a character has about 30 ranks each of Arcane Symbols and Magic Item Use, he/she should be effective with low level out of circle and Sorcerer Base spells.
In order to understand how Scroll Infusion works, one must understand how a scroll works, and how the spell affects a scroll:
- Scrolls have intrinsic silver value, as roughly shown by appraising them at the pawnshop.
- Invoking a scroll reduces the value, for every 1 mana invoked, about 10 silvers of bard-sung value is lost, which is about 2.9 silver of pawn value for a character with no trading/influence/racial modifier.
- Invocations of the last remaining charge of a spell appear not to reduce scroll value
- Infusing a scroll with near 0 value will almost certainly lock the scroll.
- Scrolls with high cost spells start with a higher intrinsic value.
- Infusing a scroll reduces its intrinsic value.
From the Extended Documentation:
Mana Control Benefit
The amount of mana drained for a given spell on an infusion attempt is largely based on the spell's level and sphere. Magic that sorcerers do not have knowledge of, such as mental magic, require more mana to charge. High levels of Mana Control training (Spiritual and Elemental) will reduce the mana required.
Scroll Infusion Runes
The following player research shows the reduction to pawn value of a scroll for a character with 0 trading/influence bonus and 0 racial modifier. It assumes a 2.83 silver per mana invoked reduction, which is an approximation but pretty close. To approximate the number of charges of a single spell a scroll will accept, divide its pawn value by the infuse+invoke cost in the table below. If you have any trading modifiers affecting the pawn shop's offer, you will have to account for them before using this chart.
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