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« on: 28 December 2002, 10:10:00 »

As I've been a believer in the school of hard knocks, how's this for a base... I provide a starter, then I get to bang it into the shape provided me!


The Archmagic is more lore than spell; more rumor than fact. Yet all tales must have their kernel of truth...

The Archmagic may be the single most legendary spell in Ximax. Greater than the Hands of the Chosen, the Dragon's Call, or the Demon's Mask. Certainly an infinite amount more versatile. And most definitely a great deal more real.

The Archmagic is the spell by which an Archmage is made. There's truth in names, you see. To be more specific, it is the highest Xeua spell learnable without having benefited from its effects.

What it does is simple enough... and at the same time, infinitely complex. Imagine that a wizard, usually, is tied to one piece of a giant piece of paper, just beneath the world. That is the tiny portion of his magical plane that he can control and sense. Imagine that every other wizard who shares his arcanum (Xeua, Fire, Ecua, so on) has their own tiny portion of their arcanum's plane.

The Archmagic links a wizard to every single part of his magical plane.

His magical power increases exponentially. His awareness of all things to do with his arcanum is not so much increased as reborn. He becomes something not quite... of this world.

Of course, the spell is not only guarded with an unsurpassed paranoia in the vaults of Ximax, it is also incredibly hard to perform. Theoretically, a Xeua mage who had reached the level of the Chosen could perform it without help, but none of those are available. The first recorded time it was cast, (it is guessed that the Chosen must have had access to this spell at some time, but it is unknown when they used it) by the Founders of Ximax, all of whom were on the threshold of Archmagedom as it was, it nearly killed Ximan's teacher, Agon, and the rest of the group fared little better. Even now, when casting the spell is something of an art form among the Archmagi and Regents, it is not unknown for an aspiring Archmage to die, as the spell's sheer power not only connects him to his chosen plane, but turns him into it.

The assistance of the other Archmagi (or Regents, if the Archmage is unavailable) is critical in this spell. The simple act of opening a link to the entire magical plane takes most of the energy out of the Xeuan and Elemental wizards. Ecua and Metamagic have their hands full trying to keep that connection the only one made. Mind's job is generally to keep the cast-ee from going completely insane, while Life and Summons do their best to keep the entire cast of characters in place. And, of course, the Archmagus has to try to ensure that the casting location is still there when the spell has run its course.

Even when the spell has run its course, a few things are unavoidable. The connection takes a great deal out of the aspiring Archmage... body mass, muscle tissue, and year-long comas frequently among them. Recovery is difficult if at all possible.
 

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« Reply #1 on: 28 December 2002, 10:29:00 »

What kind of spell is that? I mean a Xeuá mage is supposed to learn that from start... connecting all elements freely without the bonds of elemental magic...

Youu miht work a ritual about ascending to archmage´but I wouldn't make this a spell. It messes up the principles of the magic classes in my eyes.

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« Reply #2 on: 28 December 2002, 11:31:00 »

Stop, Xarl! Please
Can we maybe standardize the categories like they are doing with air and wind currently before we add another thing at the edges of the current structure?


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« Reply #3 on: 28 December 2002, 13:41:00 »

Dang. The point behind my disappearance was to come back when the system was established... yer tellin' me it isn't yet?
*grumps in a tired+sickly way*

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« Reply #4 on: 28 December 2002, 22:25:00 »

Look at the revisions threads....its coming along nicely......


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Edited by: Greybark at: 12/28/02 4:25:50 am
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« Reply #5 on: 04 January 2003, 21:39:00 »

Yes. Schpleeg. Anyway... is it done yet? Huh, huh, is it?

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« Reply #6 on: 05 January 2003, 00:11:00 »

No, Xarl. Not yet.

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"There is much misjudgment in the world. Now, I knew you for a unicorn when I first saw you, and I know that I am your friend. Yet you take me for a clown, or a clod, or a betrayer, and so I must be if you see me so. The magic on you is only magic and will vanish as soon as you are free, but the enchantment of error that you put on me I must wear forever in your eyes. We are not always what we seem..." -Schmendrick the Magician, The Last Unicorn
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« Reply #7 on: 06 February 2003, 23:17:00 »

Now?

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« Reply #8 on: 06 February 2003, 23:33:00 »

The Wind entry is up, and fire is being worked on. I'm sorry that things are moving so slowly, Xarl. ::offers him a pretty little cerubell::

Edited by: Rayne Avalotus  at: 2/6/03 5:33:44 am
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"There is much misjudgment in the world. Now, I knew you for a unicorn when I first saw you, and I know that I am your friend. Yet you take me for a clown, or a clod, or a betrayer, and so I must be if you see me so. The magic on you is only magic and will vanish as soon as you are free, but the enchantment of error that you put on me I must wear forever in your eyes. We are not always what we seem..." -Schmendrick the Magician, The Last Unicorn
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« Reply #9 on: 07 February 2003, 23:08:00 »

Thanks, Rayne!
*quickly spirits the Cerubell away to a small lab of his, magically mutates it, then sacrifices it to summon the Patron Demon of Florists, Eff T-Di*
T'Di?
"Grargggghhhh!"
Revise the magic system.
"Grargh!"
*watches and laughs*

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« Reply #10 on: 07 February 2003, 23:36:00 »

::smiles happily, then hears the sounds of monsterous growls and grunts and her ex[pression changes into one of innocent confusion. She blinks a few times, hearing the "Revise the Magic System" among the hideous noises.::

We're working on it, Xarl. ::she smiles kindly, then hugs him and puts another cerubell in his hair:: Be patient, my dear Fire Archmage.

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"There is much misjudgment in the world. Now, I knew you for a unicorn when I first saw you, and I know that I am your friend. Yet you take me for a clown, or a clod, or a betrayer, and so I must be if you see me so. The magic on you is only magic and will vanish as soon as you are free, but the enchantment of error that you put on me I must wear forever in your eyes. We are not always what we seem..." -Schmendrick the Magician, The Last Unicorn
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