|“|| Priste ir Essen. Essen ir Priste.|
Power in Balance. Balance in Power.
—Cardinal rule of magic
Magic, also known by its Antari name Vitari, is a supernatural force.
Magic is not inherently good or evil. It represents power, and the way people use the power shapes how the power uses them. Balance is a key element of magic use; if one loses control of their magic the magic may overtake them and burn them up, leaving them empty.
Elemental magic does not require specific spoken spells or a specific language. The elements can be spoken to in any tongue, as the purpose of the words is not for their meaning, rather the focus that they provide the magic user. Furthermore, the strength of a spell depends on the strength of its caster.
In addition to the five elements, some magic users are specifically gifted with metal. Maxim Maresh is an example of this.
Each of the different worlds has a distinct relationship with magic: In Black London, magic took over and destroyed the world. In White London, the desire for magic and power has turned the world cruel and bleak. Red London stands perfectly in balance, many of its citizens can use magic, yet it does not overpower them. And in Grey London, the magic has been forgotten. Kell Maresh compares the worlds to a fire, with each London farther from the center of the fire, representing the epicenter of magic.
Sources and fixed pointsEdit
The Fixed RiverEdit
The Fixed TavernEdit
- Main article: The Fixed Tavern
Of the five usual elements, air, earth, and water are the easiest to will.
Fire is often represented by oil, which lights easily and serves as fuel. It is more difficult to will than air, earth, or water.
Water is one of the easiest element to will of the five, along with air and earth. Many people are capable of bending it due to its simplicity. Magicians who bend water are capable of changing it to ice to form ice spikes, daggers and walls.
Air magic is often made visible and represented by colored dust or sand. These mediums are manipulated by the air controlled by a magic user. Magicians who prioritise Air magic can use it to create powerful gusts of wind, as well as being able to restrain people with wind
Earth magic is another easy magic to bend, being represented by dirt and stone. Earth is normally used as a defensive purpose, but can used to launch rocks and spikes.
Metal magic is a very rare form of magic that not many Magicians are capable of using.
Bone is the most difficult of the five elements to will. Those who are able to control bone can control bodies, making it a powerful magic even in Red London where it is forbidden.
Black magic is dark magic from Black London. There, this type of magic took over the people and inherently destroyed the world.
|“||He was, after all, Antari. And Antari could speak to blood. To life. To magic itself. The first and final element, the one that lived in all and was of none.||”|
Blood magic, which can only be used by Antari, requires spoken spells in the Antari language.
- Main article: Antari
- ↑ A Darker Shade of Magic, I: The Traveler, III