I'm just futzing around with Mutants and Masterminds 3e again and had an idea for a magic user. my thought was that they'd carry around a spellbook that they would reference to prepare their casts for the day (as Pathfinder or Dungeons and Dragons), resulting in a device that had a variable array focused on creating triggered powers. If they didn't prepare beforehand, or they left some free "slots" for flexibility, they'd have to burn a round or two (depending on the reading) to reference the power in-field before doing anything else.
My issue revolves around Variable Summon powers; there are a number of things that I am not sure about concerning how expensive that would be, as well as some other particulars.
Firstly, is this even possible? the Triggered extra states that it needs to be an Instant duration effect and I'm not sure if there was some way to modify Summon to have it fit or if this was something I needed GM approval for.
And secondly, are there any drawbacks that I'm missing? The thing about Variable is that it's a sustained effect, which may mean that the powers I'm stacking on top of myself are under the same limitations. Would this mean that I'd lose all my prepared spells if I couldn't take a free action?