EARTH SPELLS: BONE CRAFTING (LEVEL IV)

SPELL EFFECT - CASTING PROCEDURE - FORMULA - TARGET - REAGENTS
MAGICAL SCHOOL - SPELL CLASS - RANGE - CASTING TIME - DURATION

Often associated with Earthen necromancers, as well as hunters and shamen of many cultures, Bone Crafting, as its name suggests, provides a mage with the ability to alter the structure of a bone. An all encompassing spell for most acts requiring the manipulation of the substance, a mage skilled in this particular spell finds himself able to to create effects ranging from the innocuous carvings of trinkets or totems to the ability to severely warp the underlying structure of another living thing.

Spell Effect. In result Bone Crafting is nearly identical to the Sphere I spell, Sculpt Earth, differing only in the form of the element targeted. Since bone serves as the underlying structure of any living creature, providing the organism with the basic strength needed to maintain its form and move about, the presence of Earth within the substance is understandably high and, as a result, is easily manipulated by magi of the School.

However, in principle, Bone Crafting differs greatly. Rather than functioning through the manipulation of of the cár’áll to create a temporary, compounding effect, Bone Crafting works specificially with the ounía within the targeted bone, re-arranging their structure and links with one another to create the desired final form. Return to the top

Casting Procedure. Though in theory it would be possible for a mage to target the skeletal system as a whole, most magi find it much more efficient to concentrate on smaller segments of bone as it allows for better micromanagement and a more direct focus. Therefore, when attempting to cast the spell, the mage’s first step must be to make contact with the desired section with his mind and preferably with one of his senses. Once this connection has been achieved, the mage must carefully re-arrange the Earth ounía inside of his target to his desired form. It should be noted that when creating effects for decorative value, much as if the mage were whittling the bone by hand, it is often easier and more precise to create each design individually, requiring a succession of castings to achieve an overall effect.

On the other hand, when attempting to use the spell to harm or alter the structure of a living being in a painful and unprecise manner, magi find it much easier to target the creature’s system of bones as a whole. Since no specific outcome is desired simply “scrambling“ the ounía in a random manner produces an equally as severe effect with much less concentration and time required. Return to the top

Magical Formula. Not yet defined. Return to the top

Target. As previously mentioned, the target of this spell is any bone or system of bones. However, it should be noted that the size of said bone or system is limited by the caster’s familiarity with the spell, their skill as a mage and the intricacy of their desired results. Return to the top

Reagents. None are necessary, but many learning magi find it easier to cast the spell while using dirt, stone, bone or an Earth-based mineral, such as quartz. Return to the top

Spell Class.
Physical Representation of Sphere II (Motionlessness or Physical Representation of Inertia). Return to the top

Range. As with any other spell, to be intially cast, Bone Crafting requires that the targeted bone is able to be sensed in some fashion by the caster. Younger magi often need to both see and touch the actual bone in order to successfully cast the spell while more experienced mages are able to cast the spell based simply off an understanding of where the bone is located within the target’s body. Return to the top

Casting Time. Depending upon the complexity of the carving, casting can take anywhere from a few moments until the mage becomes physically exhausted. Return to the top

Duration. Once the spell has been completed, its effects are essentially permanent unless otherwise altered.Return to the top

Counter Measures/Enhancing Measures. Aside from the typical means of forcing a spell fizzle, such as breaking a mage's concentration through distractions or phyiscal pain, it should be noted that this spell's effect can be both reserved and embellished upon through subsequent castings. While once completed the results of Bone Crafting are permanent, as previously mentioned, it does not mean that they are unable to be targeted by the spell again. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 26th Rising Sun 1669 a.S.

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