Spell Effect. Though the true workings of the spell are unknown, many magi have theorized that, when Extended Life is cast, the user’s spiritual life force seems to imbue some of its essence upon the user’s physical body, thus decreasing the mage’s growth rate. Some argue that this spell decreases the immortality of one’s spiritual essence, as it takes one’s immortality in the afterlife and adds it to the body’s own natural life span, but very few believe this to be true.

It is supposed that the mage’s natural life span increases for approximately 20 to 25 more cycles in the casting of this spell, not taking into consideration current diseases and other life threatening factors. Extended Life is the only spell that a mage not trained in the field of Life Magic can use that makes changes to an individual’s life span, however, it can not be used on others. Though not as permanent as a spell from Life Magic, it serves its purpose adequately. Once the spell wears off, either on its own, due to cancelization, or dispelling, the mage dies instantly. The side effects of this spell are believed to be decreased agility, decreased strength, weaker immune system, and lower physical tolerance. Also, if the mage fails in casting the spell, due to various factors such as fizzeling, interuption, etc., he will die immediately. Another possible side effect is a mortal afterlife, but this is all of very hypothetical nature.
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Casting Procedure. Extended Life is a very difficult spell to cast and requires several steps to turn out successful:

Upon completing the fourth step, the mage will burst into a ball of flame for a few seconds, then will return to his former shape feeling cold, stiff, weak, exhausted, and emotionally calm. Return to the top

Magical Formula. The four steps (see above) also require four different formulas:

Target. This spell can only be used upon the caster. Return to the top

Reagents. The four steps (see above) require different reagents:

Magical School. Elemental Magic, Fire School. Return to the top

Spell Class. Imbuing Magic/Transformation. Return to the top

Range. None. Return to the top

Casting Time. As long as it takes to complete all of the steps. The mage works at his own speed in the casting of this spell. Some mages have been known to wait as long as a month in-between each step to prepare themselves thoroughly. Return to the top

Duration. Spell will last until either the caster dies of non-aging means, cancels the spell, or exceeds the extension time span. Return to the top

Counter Measures/Enhancing Measures. Extended Life can be countered by the use of strong dispell spells. Some believe that by repeating the steps, one can add even more lives to the natural life span, but none has as of yet attempted this endeavor and survived. It is also said that the cár'áll of the mage is not in balance anymore after the successful casting of the spell, so that it is likely that mages lose their magical abilities partly, sometimes even completely, after Extended Life is applied. Return to the top

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