Magic

Magic

The magical world of Alyria is a complex one; the same underlying forces that create the effects known as magic can be tapped in varied ways, producing many different disciplines of the occult and spellcasting.

For instance, Wizards will call upon the ethereal forces using combinations of reagents (ingredients designed to fuel a spell), speech (words and inflection), and/or somatic movements (hand and arm movements, as well as body stances). Druids, on the other hand, can call upon elemental forces present in the physical plane and channel them through their bodies by using will power alone, although they cannot produce as complicated and specific an effect as the Wizard.

Magical Reagents

Magical Reagents

The magical disciplines usually have several things in common, however. One very important similarity is the use of reagents. Reagents are the ingredients that make up most powerful magics; they are substances capable of producing reactions when combined with other reagents and the binding forces of the ethereal plane. Reagents are required for many spells, as they provide additional power and definition in a spell's outcome. Magic users can attempt to cast some spells without reagents, and in cases where the will and power of the caster is strong enough, may succeed.

There are seven different types of magical reagents:

Reagent Air AIR REAGENT Used in spells that require an air component, such as 'lightning' (for to make lightning you must mix fire with air). A typical air reagent would be a roc's feather.
Reagent Water WATER REAGENT Used in spells that require a water component, such as 'control weather'. A typical water reagent would be a fish's scale.
Reagent Fire FIRE REAGENT Used in spells requiring a fire component, such as 'fireball' or 'summon elemental'. A typical fire reagent would be a pinch of sulfur or a lava rock.
Reagent Earth EARTH REAGENT Used in spells requiring an earth component, such as 'blindness'. A typical earth reagent would be a leaf from a mandrake plant.
Reagent Astral ASTRAL REAGENT Used in powerful spells requiring additional magic and astral material, such as 'nexus' or 'plane travel'. Typical reagents of this kind are not known, as they are very hard to find and expensive to produce.
reagent Ethereal ETHEREAL REAGENT With the discovery of ethereal reagents, magical transportation is now possible, as well as casting spells that require the powers of the ethereal plane in order to be successful. A typical ethereal reagent would be a sunstone.
Reagent Gems GEM REAGENT Used in all spells that require either a greater concentration of power than the magic user can store in his/her body (such as 'circle of fire') or in spells utilizing the art of fascination (such as 'charm'). A typical gem reagent would be a silver runestone or a faceted gem of some kind.

Most reagents can be purchased at magic supply shops around the land, such as Grimaldi Magick in the Towne of Rune, with the exception of astral reagents, which are magical themselves and are therefore either quite expensive or difficult to locate.

Spellbooks

Spellbooks

Spells may be MEMORIZED or inscribed into specially-prepared books, known as spellbooks. As it is well known that a written spell has its own inherent power, the book must be specially designed to hold words in the language of magic. When a mage comes across a scroll in his or her journey, it may then be SCRIBED into the book by magic and from there, memorized for later casting, or cast directly.

There are ten basic spellbooks, each being a different color and able to contain a maximum number of spells and a maximum total complexity. The spellbook must be held by the player in order for them to cast a spell that is scribed within. Spells that have been scribed within a spellbook do not vanish when the spell has been cast as a scroll does.

The most common spellbooks are:

Color # of Spells Max Complexity Level Cost
White Spellbook White 7 70 1 1,000 gp
Red Spellbook Red 10 110 15 2,000 gp
Orange Spellbook Orange 13 150 25 3,000 gp
Yellow Spellbook Yellow 15 180 35 5,000 gp
Green Spellbook Green 18 200 45 7,500 gp
Blue Spellbook Blue 20 250 55 10,000 gp
Indigo Spellbook Indigo 23 300 70 20,000 gp
Violet Spellbook Violet 26 360 90 50,000 gp
Octarine Spellbook Octarine 29 450 120 95,000 gp
Black Spellbook Black 31 600 150 150,000 gp

Some special spellbooks are also available, although there are not as many of these available as the basic spellbooks. Like the basic spellbooks there are different types of special books, each one being a different color. The special spellbooks also have a maximum number of spells and a maximum complexity rating that they may contain. Special spellbooks have some special features, and may not be moved from their location. Spells may be copied from them by using the scribe spell and an astral reagent.

Spells may also be memorized from spellbooks, and cast without use of the book, using the memorizecommand.

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Spell Schools

Spells are split up into groups, called "schools". Each spellcasting class has one main school in which it is most proficient. Depending on one's master school, you have decreased efficiency in the schools as they get more and more different from the first school.

Spell schools are as follows:

Abjuration Abjuration
Spells that banish or send away
Alteration Alteration
Spells that change the state of an item or being
Chaos Chaos
Spells that deal with chaos and the nature of chaos magic
Conjuration Conjuration
Spells that mold astral energy into a physical force
Divination Divination
Spells that reveal details about items or beings
Enchantment Enchantment
Spells that enhance the nature of an item or being
Evocation Evocation
Spells that cause a physical manifestation of a force
Fundamental Fundamental
Basic spells not requiring reagents or memorization
Illusion Illusion
Spells that confuse and mislead
Invocation Invocation
Spells that bring an outside force to bear on the caster
Necromancy Necromancy
Spells that deal with the dead or with a being's life force
Summoning Summoning
Spells that summon an item or a being to the caster
Thought Thought
Spells that require no spoken words and few reagents