One of my players wants a way to reproduce books quickly in an Ars Magica (5th edition) setting.
What spells exist (preferably without using vis) to accomplish this goal?
Without Vis means that instead of magically creating the paper/parchment and ink, you need to supply it yourself.
As for the spell, there is a spell in the True Lineages book we can use as basis: Exactly to scale
True Lineages, Page 139:
So, for a magical photocopier, we need not the magus ideas as source, but the writing on a page. I would say, changing the requisite to Intellego would suffice, but if you want to make it a little bit harder you could add Terram as requisite, since most inks where metal based.
So for Copy a single page we have:
You want to copy a 100 page book?
We need to go for group target + one size increment:
Now, since it is easier to make errors if you have more text to copy, I would say, that the finesse roll should be way higher or maybe a concentration roll is for required for each 5/10 or so pages copied.
An alternative solution would be to add to the spell magnitude for lower finesse / concentration. Maybe +2/+3 for exact design (similar to the +3 elaborate design in Conjouring the mystics tower).
And: Errors could be painful.
A corrupted magical book could lead to some unpleasant encounters in the lab!