P 366 says
Next paragraph saysThe spirit will perform one service for the summoner during this time.
So as RAW, I take it you're never going to get more than one service from a summon? The negotiation is to get the spirit to use many of its powers for the one service you asked for?After calling the spirit, the summoner must negotiate with the spirit using the Spirit Talk or Elemental Tongues talent (as appropriate) against the spirit’s Social Defense. For every success scored on the test, the spirit agrees to use one of its powers to perform the desired service.
As a Shadowrun player I was expecting to be able to get a few services out of the summon. Is that breaking the system for 4th? Is shortening/changing the summon time of 30 mins breaking the system?
Question 2: Combat
Can a service be loosely called "Aid us in defeating the band of slavers in that cave"? And if so, would the spirit be inclined to use all it's negotiated powers for such.
If the answer is yes, how do I get the spirit to change targets or follow tactics? Contest of wills or simply ask it? Would that be a Free/simple/standard
Question 3: Powers
So does this mean I summon an Air elemental (2 successes), merge with it and for 2 hours get +1 to every talent test?This power allows a spirit to increase its summoner’s magical abilities for the duration of a summoning.
So as RAW, I take it that it's strain every time the adept uses the bonus?When using this bonus, the summoner takes strain equal to the spirit’s Strength Rating to reflect the
difficulty inherent in channeling the spirit’s energy. If multiple uses are available, each bonus may be applied to a different test, but only one test per round.
Soothe: I take it one service is for one person, not the group or multiple targets?
Poison: Does the spirit have to wound the target to apply the poison? I'm assuming you can only apply the poison 1 time, each new application just resets the duration. Speaking of duration, does it last in SR rounds?
Find: Does the spirit have to return to inform the summoner of the results? If so, I'm assuming it can get there fairly quick
Insubstantial: It specifically calls out weapons and bows, are unarmed not affected by this power?
Talents: Can you assign talents to a spirit in the summons? +2 to DN per talent you want
Karma: In Shadowrun, the spirits refused to use their karma for the benefit of the summoner. Are ED spirits that picky or will use karma on the task at hand? For example, defeat the monster in the cave.