My magus character was previously captured and with his hands shackled he had little possibilities of casting a spell and escaping. To prevent this in the future, I was thinking about a way i could escape while being bound, or grappled even. I was thinking that a spell like gaseous form would be suitable for escape, but this spell contains the S component, making casting while properly bound difficult/impossible. I sadly found no other third level or lower spells that did not use the S component that would allow me to escape the shackles. If I could use the still magic arcana, my problem would be solved if I had the spell prepared. Since gaseous form is more of an utility spell, I don't want to keep it prepared at all time, but rather make a spell scar, so that to can't be taken away. Here is what I want to find out: can I use the still spell arcana on a spell scar, and if so do I use it when I scribe the scar, or at casting. Also will this do anything for the spell level?
From the item creation chapter:
A material component is consumed when she begins writing, but a focus is not. (A focus used in scribing a scroll can be reused.)
Another part from the item creation states:
The act of writing triggers the prepared spell, making it unavailable for casting until the character has rested and regained spells.
There are four possibilities here.
I can use the still magic arcana the moment I use the spell scar. The gaseous form spell is scribed as a normally with no special adjustments.
- I can scribe the gaseous form spell adjusted with the still magic arcana, and not need to supply somatic components at the time when i cast the spell. The still spell arcana states that the spell level is not increased, so I'm left with a gaseous form spell scar with that does not require somatic components to use.
- I can scribe the gaseous form spell with an increased spell level appropriate for the meta magic feat.
- Its not possible to combine metamagic arcanas with spell scars, since there is no adjustment for level for the spells, making this feature overpowered.
I would think option 2 is realistic, but it might create a power imbalance. option 3 would be more fair.
Any ideas? thoughts?
EDIT: option one is no longer relevant since spellcasters can't use a metamagic feat to alter a spell being cast from a scroll as ShadowKras stated