Will cover manage of the concepts surrounding magic use, origin, and the Magic Order itself.
Mana is a unpredictable, volatile force that permeates the entire world. An invisible energy that’s constantly in flux, hence why some believe the wind itself is some kind of magical power.
Different cultures view magic in a number of ways, some openly fearing it and others seeing it as a gift from their god(s).
That said, magic is rarely practised freely in advanced civilisations, the only exceptions being the Wildwood of the Green Elves, the Realm of Elves, and the human city of Shara Dauv. Some tribal societies such as the Stygos, Yungors, and wilder clans also the open use of magic.
Many in the Heartlands worship The Saviour. He and his brethren, the godlike creators, were lured by an ethereal being, offering them a power beyond godhood. Some took this new blessing without question, others more reluctant. After the ritual, the being informed them of the cost – they must destroy all that they had built. The Saviour had built such a strong bond with the first humans that he turned against his brothers. He accepted the being’s power – drank from its accursed chalice – and slew his own kin. Enraged at his deception, the daemon stripped every power the The Saviour had, reducing him to a mortal man.
This explains why there is such hostility towards magic users in some parts of the world. That, and the fact that elves – sworn enemies to a number of human factions – have a remarkable affinity for magic.
The faith therefore has numerous sects: the clergy, the witch hunters, and the faith militant.
Their orders have continued to lose influence in the Heartland as magic has become more widely understood and embraced. The current dynasties strengthening bonds with the elves is also responsible, a college having been established to shelter and train magic users that would have been ostracised, cast out, or killed in centuries past. Another motive for the college is to stop rogue magi from practising the dark arts or creating their own cults like that seen in Shara Dauv.
Although Shara celebrates magic (it’s tri-archs are three of the most powerful magi in the world), the realm lacks order. Non-magi are often seen as a lower caste instead of being treated as equals and rival covens will unleashed maelstroms upon one another to gain influence and power.
The college is there to create order, it’s presence within the kingdom a beacon of acceptance. In serving the once downtrodden, the king hopes they will serve the realm in return.
Chapters set within the order’s institution need to be told from the perspective of a number student. The lessons they are taught will help readers understand how magic manifests in this world and how factions view it differently.
The main characters here will mostly be young misfits and outcasts with contrasting origins and backgrounds. While some magi are recruited or come seeking shelter, others are banished here and kept as prisoners.
Notable groups include the students themselves, the instructors that teach them, and the stewards that tend to the college and their needs.
The duty of monitoring students and protecting them belongs to the tower guard, some of whom are magi themselves.
Novice students are strictly forbidden from entering the nearby city, guard quarters, prison wing, or the woodland beyond the institution.
- Grand Mage
- Guard Master
- Steward Master
- Wizard instructors – incantations, sigils, glyph, study of mana
- Alchemists – gatherers/growers/distillers/surveyors
- Battle Master
- Curators – study ancient artefacts
- Artificers – makers of staves and other mage apparel
- Human and elf envoys
- Human student with high mana potency who becomes of particular interest
- Human with low potency who becomes a wizard instead
- An elf that believes magic to be a gift that the humans stole. Sympathises with the Scions.
- A dwarf beardling (dwarfs rarely ever have mana potency)
- Students that want to escape to Shara Dauv
- A wild girl from the north who is brought in chains
- An ambitious mage who slowly becomes obsessed with blood magic
- There are people who come to the order falsely proclaiming to have magic talents.
- Some students
Lords are summoned to honour the passing of their emperor who had battled illness for the past couple of years. While many lords come and go from the imperial city frequently, for Bei it is his second time visiting the capital.
- Set in Grand Archive
Chapters outlines for Sybor’s story arc.