The term "Magic" is a comprehensive name given to all the kinds of arts which produce demonstrable effects in shifting the balance of the universal aura (or "Cár'áll", Styrásh cár'áll). These effects may result in someone's advantage or harm but don't necessarily have to. Such a shift of universal energy/aura can either be attained through the efforts of a trained mind, through the wanted or unwanted assistance of supernatural forces or even of departed spirits, by an intentional or arbitrary mastery of secret forces in nature by any being. Magic can be cast intentionally or not by almost anyone who can establish contact with the aura in a direct way, regardless of race, sex or other factors.

The Xeuátan Khaelvan III.

View picture in full size Picture description. The Xeuátan Khaelvan III., an expert on Xeuá Magic, who taught at the Ximaxian Academy in the 9th century a.S. Image by Eratinalinfalah.

Many ways of magic are still unexplained, especially those kinds which happen accidentally or regularly in natural processes or e.g. in situations of life and death when people who have never been known to cast spells manage to survive through seemingly supernatural assistance they have somehow "produced" on their own. The second example may be already explainable by our assumption that the essence of magic is mainly manifestion of will - and it is this principle on which all other magical theories are based. The truth of the "Sentences of Will" are the first sections apprentices at the Mages' Academy of Ximax will learn, so if you plan a magical career, make sure that you can master your own will. - And back to the first example: There exist many theories explaining natural magical phenomenons, but the most likely seems to be that the Sentences of Will are not only applicable to individuals but also to nature itself (whether you relate this will to a deity or not is just a matter of personal preference). Though this thesis is heavily disputed among Santharian scholars, it seems at least the most probable, which is why we mentioned it here in this introduction.

The Power of Will. One of the main implications of the Sentences of Will is the fact that the might of magic is directly related to the will-power and thus the imagination of the caster, which determines the amount and intensity of magic one can cast. People with lack of concentration won't become mages at all, mages with lack of imagination won't be capable of casting powerful spells. It also has to be noted that the most intelligent magicians often are also those who won't use extremely destructive spells or spells with chaotic energies as this contradicts their focussing of will for which they've trained so hard. There exist several examples throughout history when extraordinary mighty archmages retreated from their studies at the peak of their fame and withdrew to live their further lives in solitude. Obviously many of them were convinced that the mastery of will can only be achieved if the will itself is not instrumentalized more than necessary and that casting magic for the magic's sake is not their primary goal.

But not many people who try to cast magic have the necessary will-power to cast without much training and practice. Therefore certain means have been used since magic existed in order to add form, energy, stability etc. to someone's will. Appearance and usage of these tools vary concerning race, culture and the kinds of magic, but always serve the same purpose: to enhance the caster's ability to focus his mental energies to transform aura(s) to the desired effect. The following tools are the most commonly used:

Note: All these tools indeed are only optional in order to cast magic - they only make it easier and more efficient, but nevertheless are required by nearly all spellcasters existing in the one way or the other. The more the mage can rely on his own will-power the fewer tools he/she will need to cast. Return to the top

Spell Book

The Three Ways of Magic. For many people in our world magic is a mystery. And it still remains a mystery in many ways for those who have knowledge of it, who are gifted with magical abilities from birth on or are learned spellcasters. Not everybody is capable of spellcasting, and those who can have to be aware of their responsibility when changing the way of nature when they try to shift the aura of things existing. Magic is a world of its own, a miraculous world however, which has its laws, but nevertheless different faces. It is important to discern these faces and to extract the basics of all magic actions to be able to understand magic - at least as far as this is possible for us humble servants of a greater cosmological cause, of which we don't know the intentions for sure.

There are three main kinds of magic, which have to be cast completely differently and therefore make it very difficult for one person to master two kinds. All kinds of magic affect the aura of all things exsisting, only in different ways.

The Basics of Magic. The basics of magic can be described in four steps according to the Xeuátan Khaelvan III., an expert on Xeuá Magic, who teached at the Ximaxian Academy in the 9th century of our time. For this purpose Khaelvan III. also wrote a lengthy introduction in the way of magics especially for newcomers in this field of science, where he tries to integrate elven ideas in human concepts of magic. Upon this introduction the following summary is mainly based on.

History. Many legends tell us that magic once was the most important power in the world and that there were great warlords who were endowed from the Gods themselves with otherworldly magical abilities: They are said to have been capable of making mountains crumble, rivers drain instantly - and they accumulated many followers, only to fight each other for dominance and bring havoc over the lands. This dark time is known as the War of the Chosen (9500-9000 b.S.) and it brought death and destruction upon the continent of Sarvonia, where the cradle of world lay.

View picture in full size Picture description. An archmage casting a powerful lightning bolt spell. Image by Quellion.

After this time magic was banned from the world. Though there were indeed many rulers of various tribes who explicitely prohibited the use of magic and punished those severely who offended against these laws, it was mainly the hate of the people themselves who took care that the use of magic wouldn't thrive anymore. Too many deaths had been caused by the art of magic and too few had been able to deal with these enormous powers, so that the wrath of those who survived led to many persecutions of mages and people who were said to have abilities nobody else had. Even healers, "witches", whose extraordinary talents could not be explained, were often hunted to their death for many centuries to follow as people were convinced that they belonged to the progeny of the Chosen, those who were responsible for so many horrors at the Dark Era of Sorcery. Especially elves were often seen as a seed of evil by the humans race as they bore the talents of spellcasting within themselves from birth on, and many wars against the elves were fought, nurtured by this general suspicion. There are many rumours and confirmed reports about secret orders of magicians being formed during these times.

In the course of time, however, the general opinion concerning the use of magic has changed again. The three huge Sarvonian Wars brought sufferings and lamentations upon the people and healers were accepted again to soothe the pains. Magic was also re-discovered as a science of the spirit and the Magical Academy at Ximax was founded in order to give magical research direction and purpose. Since then magic was analyzed, categorized and its possible roots and effects described. This new approach on the matter of magic in many ways has to be interpreted as a positive development, but on the other hand the dark side has also come to surface again and it shouldn't be concealed that magic was also used as means of warfare in this new era. Therefore we have to remind the reader of these lines once more that especially in our times it is essential that magic and its consequences have to be kept at bay by the other forces of our spirit, the part of ourselves, which tells us that life has to be heeded and stands above everything else.
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