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« on: 30 June 2002, 20:40:00 »

Introducing the first non-elemental/Essence spell, and one that every mage learns. (Essence spells are learnable by any mage, at a constant 1.5 TLR. [TLR: Transference Loss Ratio])

Level Four Essence Spell: Aura Sight

Spell Effect
When cast, this spell grants the caster the ability to see the Auras of other beings as a tinted formless form around them. The two most dominant elements of a being are seen; a rock is tinted the brown-black of earth, an elf has a diffuse whirling yellow-white cloud around him, a human fire mage has alternating bands of blue and red, and so on. The spell is canceled out by any Aura-masking spells, but is extremely useful in determining magic (if any), race, or some such.

Casting Procedure
The caster should touch his forefingers to his forehead, make a sweeping motion down and around, and touch his forehead again. Then he should recite the magical formula while moving his hands outward.

Magical Formula
Car'all (see? sight? Need help, Arti...), or Aura Sight.

Target
Caster.

Reagents
None used; the spell is simple enough that none are needed.

Magical School
Essence or Pure Magic.

Range
Caster

Time Needed
Approximately fifteen seconds.

Duration
The spell will last until canceled or for two hours.

Countermeasures
The effects of this spell can be canceled by any aura-cloaking spells; those in turn may be pierced by higher levels of the spell, and those in turn may be decieved by higher-level cloaking spells, and so on.

Side Notes
This spell is the core spell for most of the various aura interpretation and manipulation spells, and as such is in the repretoire of most wizards.

This is similar to Aura Sense, but is at once more versatile and less useful... Aura Sense is an outgrowth of this spell, as are the vast majority of sensing spells.

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« Reply #1 on: 30 June 2002, 23:34:00 »

One that every mage learns? Does this mean that they just get the idea out of thin air and suddenly know how to cast this spell? Or are all mages taught this spell when they have achieved this level?

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« Reply #2 on: 01 July 2002, 01:58:00 »

Wouldn't this be less an actual spell but more an ability all people gifted with magical powers have and just have to be trained to? Afterall this sounds essential for a mage to be able to cast his spells on something.

Even worse maybe powerful elemental mages, who are great in one element might see this predominant in most auras and get blinded and don't see the other elements in an aura?

Don't know but as an ability this would maybe explain why elemental mages start to lose the ability to learn other elemental fields because their field just starts to become so dominant in their view that they cannot recognize the others.

Just a weird thought. :)  

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« Reply #3 on: 01 July 2002, 02:39:00 »

Xarl:  just a little tidbit to add into your spell for the fun of it...



Reagents:
None used; the spell is simple enough that none are needed.  However, as beginning mages often feel a certain reliance on reagents to assist them, an older mage student often volunteers to 'help' the spell out with a drop of 'verjuice'.  Verjuice, as most Sorren food preparers would know, and most young mages wouldn't, is simple soured wine, or vinegar.  Professors look the other way as as the senior student lets a drop of the sour substance trickle into one eye of the novice, rather painfully.

Of course, the verjuice is completely unimportant; it simply serves as a placebo for the nervous magickal beginner, and a sort of initiation ritual at the same time.

For many wizards and sorcerers wise in the ways of the Xeua and the wielding of magic, the scent of vinegar can still bring a smile as they recall how they began their rise to power.



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« Reply #4 on: 01 July 2002, 10:00:00 »

To Koldar: Everyone learns this one as part of their initiation; it isn't exactly a tricky spell to learn. The outgrowth spells from this one allow a mage to detect certain car'alls from far away, detect more meaningful detail in the car'all (concentrated=magical discipline, method of movement=race, so on), detect the amount and usage of a certain element in an Aura, and so on.

To the Bard: Several Initiates are often heard to wonder on the way to their Initiation why their sponsor/sibling/some good samaritan gave them a vial of Verjuice 'just in case.' Nice lil' add-on, that.

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« Reply #5 on: 01 July 2002, 11:02:00 »

I thought about it only as a good sign of magical skills so even without the spell actually mages have this ability which opens for them the way to manipulate the aura of objects with their powers.

Think about self-taught shamans and similar stuff here who could need this "view" to be able to figure out spells for themselves.

Also Bard's herb suggestion would fit well here as a way to enhance ones way to view the world with the eyes of a magi.

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« Reply #6 on: 01 July 2002, 22:34:00 »

Whoops.. fell into an old trap of mine, assuming that everyone's a Ximaxian mage. Whoops. Anyhoo.
This spell is one of the more common 'eruptions,' but the term hardly fits. The spell, when not taught after a certain amount of magical prowess is acheived, almost forces itself on a potential wizard.

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« Reply #7 on: 01 July 2002, 22:50:00 »

Lol.... so it does just pop out of thin air and the mage suddenly knows it.... kewl ^_~

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« Reply #8 on: 02 July 2002, 19:39:00 »

Well... not exactly. What it roughly works like is that suddenly they start seeing flashes of auras. Gradually, they learn to control it via the proper method of thought, slipping the mental filter off to see the auras, and putting it back on when they're done.

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