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Lloydface



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So the end wont make much sense cause it relates back to the story but i found that i mention alot of different magic types in my book and though i might as well explain them...
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Now the thing about magic is, thereís a hell of a lot of it. And since it effects various people in different ways, there are hundreds of different monikers for practitioners of the stuff.

A sorcerer is in someway connected with the ebb and flow of the Weave, a descendant of a truly magical being. Their magic flows from within them, and flows around them. A sorcerer is beyond the power of any wizard or priest could ever be, but only if he can learn to harness his own power. They do not limit their magic to spells, merely unleash it in a form they wish. It is a terrifying thing to witness. A sneeze has, once or twice, led to some serious fires.

A wizard, you see, is in fact not necessarily magical. Any man can pick up the books of wizardry and learn magic. Obviously those of a scholarly nature are more suited to the profession, but anyone can do it. A wizard must incant the spells, must learn the words and the movements and somatic components to each spell. It is a difficult thing to master, but the average wizard knows more spells than a sorcerer. Wizardry, mostly because thereís so much of it flying around, was divided into schools. Most wizards specialise in a school. These involve concentrating on one element of magic, such as summoning things and monsters, which is the forte of the Conjurerís Cabal of the Red Star.

Then there are warlocks, who use the dark side of magic to their advantage. Rather than getting the Weave to bend to them, they use evil and guttural spells to use the powers of demons and devils to call curses and hexes upon their foes. Warlocks are those evil men who get those terrible names, such as Rancoth the Toeslicer. They tend to be tall and dark, but rarely handsome.

A mage is a wizard who is self-taught. He is a man (or woman of course, magic is an equal opportunity employer) who has found something magical and taught themselves how to use it. From this initial discovery they have gone down the path of the wizard, but without the conventions and restrictions of a school or college of magic, they are not limited in their study. These occur mostly in barbaric peoples and are looked down upon by everyone else who does magic. Mages tend to be like sorcerers, a bit wild and cool, only they donít have glowing eyes and donít go around magicking the bejesus out of everything.

Druidism and shamanism are the arts of the nature buff. These magical entities are linked with nature and use the Weave in a subtle way. A sorcerer grabs it and flings it at the baddies, a wizard haggles with it, bringing it down to an acceptable price, while these guys pretty much convince it that maybe it might want to go over there and kick the bad guys in the shin. Their magic ranges from subtle aromas in the air and shape shifting to earthquakes and changing the weather.

Then there were the shady practitioners in the corner, the evil ones. There were Summoners, who used live sacrifices to summon and chain demons into the material world, there were liches, the undead sorcerer, a source of magic so powerful that no more than a handful exist. Mostly because if there were many more, magic would be flying around corners, and speeding on roads, pushing old ladies over and scaring children. Magic is like a bully. Good in groups. Enough magic develops a personality. Usually an unfriendly one.

Finally there were the priesthoods, who tampered with the Weave by contacting their Gods, who gave them spells in return for their service. Dagusí priests were also wizards, rightly feared for their magic.

How this effects the story is that Melakh, Scourge of the World, was a master of all of these arts of magic. He was a sorcerer, a powerful wizard in all of the colleges, a mage in wild magic, a master warlock, a powerful druid, a sagely shaman and a high priest. There wasnít much magical stuff that he couldnít do. Except, of course, tell the difference between butter and ĎI cant believe its not butter.í That was truly impossible. Except for that blasted oni.
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KT



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How this effects the story is that Melakh, Scourge of the World, was a master of all of these arts of magic. He was a sorcerer, a powerful wizard in all of the colleges, a mage in wild magic, a master warlock, a powerful druid, a sagely shaman and a high priest.

How can you be all of them, Lloyd? And why would you want to become a magician if you were already a sorcerer???

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As you know, little one, Melakh is a bit powermad. He went through the trouble of learning every magical art so that no matter what situation he was faced with, he would be able to deal with it. I suppose him being a mage doesnt really make much sense though.
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Lloydface wrote:
...Melakh is a bit powermad...

yes, just a tad

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