I'm a little confused about item levels and costs. Could someone correct any errors I might make below?
Let's say we are putting together some amour for a level 5 character under the rules for purchasing magic items (on page 194).
Armour: Reputation cost -10 (but can't reduce the total by more than half)
Lesser Essence: Damage Aura: Reputation cost 6
Greater Charm: Defense Bonus, Greater: Reputation cost 8 per +1
8 per +1 what? Bonus? Level?
I'm assuming Bonus.
According to table 4.37, a greater defense charm gives a bonus of +2 at level 1 and goes to +3 at level 3 (where it remains until level 7).
According to page 197, the creator can make it whatever level he likes. So it could be bought at level 1 and have a bonus of +2 for 16 reputation (making for a total reputation cost of 12 (2x8+6-10)).
Even if the creators level did have a bearing on this somehow, since it is being bought, the buyer's level makes no difference. Correct?
Have I gone wrong anywhere above?
The start of the Charm Descriptions section says:
This ensures that newly found magic items gradually improve over the life of the campaign, and itís the cornerstone for artifact advancement.
I can find the rules for leveling up artifacts, but not for other magic items. Are there any lurking around anywhere?