THE PROCEDURE OF SUMMONING
The ability to summon someone or something from its natural habitat to its new master has been one of the most revered powers the magi wield. This Spell Class is not only difficult to master but has also to be used with extreme care in order to achieve the desired results. Be it a summoned beast, a spirit, or being, there is a certain procedure that is always followed:
Step 1: Research
The summoner must learn all that they can about the summoned. Knowledge of its habitat will teach the summoner whether it will be willing to go where you wish, knowledge of its behavior will teach the summoner how best to control it, and knowledge of its powers, of course, will tell the summoner whether they should go to the effort of summoning it or not.
Picture description. The procedure of the joining of wills in order to summon a Netherwyrm. Image by Eratinalinfalah.
Step 3: Execution
The preparations are made, the summoned is researched, and the time has come to call it. This is the basic outline of a standard Summoning:
Here, the summoner places the proper arcane symbols out, in the basic pattern of placing one of the arcane circles on the ground, with the highest elemental symbol of the summoned placed to the North, with the rest placed in the appropriate spots around the Circle.
The only true reagents, in the typical sense of the word, are placed in the center of the circle, for the purposes of luring the summoned to the summoner. Can vary from a small fire to lure a Fire Spirit, to even a dead body to lure a netherbeast.
Incantations are mandatory for all summonings, typically to activate the Circle. The key word is typically "Ahmdalán" (rise/respond).
The glorious finale. The very fabric of the Dream twists, the summoned is called, and the wills of the two lock. If the will of the summoner is stronger, the summoned comes to him. If the will of the two is equal, the connection is broken, and only the reagent is lost. If the will of the summoned is stronger, the roles of the two are cruelly reversed, with the summoner becoming the mindless slave of the summoned.
Information provided by Xarl