Magic. Magic is the very essence of Vinadorin; Arcane energy that flows freely through our world. This energy acts as a clay, used to form into a shape that we can comprehend. Typically, it is invisible to mortal eyes, unless invoked through ceremony or spell. Visible, Raw Arcane often ranges from blue to purple swirls of transparent power.
Learning magic is very much like learning a new language. Books, scrolls, teachers, and infusion ceremonies are all ways to bolster one's powers, much in the same way exposure to a different tongue expands your understanding of it. If you start young and diversify yourself, you can easily pick up two or three types of magic by late adolescence.
Even then, there is another layer to that. Five types of magic are to be noted: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Dark. If a person has any ability to produce magic, they will have an affinity for one type in particular. Much of magic is envisioning how to manipulate the Arcane in the form you want, and that’s no easy feat. Even someone as myself, learned in Earth Magic from the school at Delrin’s College of Magic faced difficulty in my studies.
Fatigue is an important concept to understand when utilizing magic. As mortals aren't necessarily predisposed to the use of Arcane, it wears on the mind. This wracking of the senses can cause one to become, what is known as, Fatigued. It becomes harder to breathe, harder to focus, and eventually, the inability to produce magic until rested. Much like a soldier grows tired from fighting, a Mage grows Fatigued from casting spells at their threshold.
Casting a fireball or collecting some of the moisture around you is just the basics. True mastery, giving flame a solid shape or traversing your physical form through the shadows, takes years of mental fortitude and practice. No link has been made between familial relations and magical skill. Even though a parent may be a great Mage, the child could not have any ability for magic at all or vice versa.
Why, I remember Michael Hadiel, and his son, Dedricus. Michael was an astounding Fire Mage, working as a teacher at the local Mage’s school. While his son could produce Fire Magic, he had an affinity for Dark Magic. Maybe to call it an affinity is a stretch.
There are "other types" of magic we may cover in the future.
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