All is One
''Yes, Shorty's right, there is much more to magic than you people know about. For starters, Aura is not a thing of legends, it is real. Problem is, it's so hard to weave that you rarely see anyone able to – like Shorty's father. You need to be... 'something better', you could say.''
Magic is fueled by Aether, and it can be used in the form of the 8 elements. But if enough mastery is achieved on the art, if enough understanding is reached, one may begin to learn to use magic in its rawest form: Aura.
Concept and PhilosophyAura is magic at its rawest and represents Existence, all that is, what was and what will ever be. It cannot exist without the Whole, and the Whole cannot exist without it. All of existence, time and space, form Aura and are formed by it. Even though it can be seen as the most basic form of magic, it is far from just that - as it is the foundation of reality itself, mastering this primal form of magic is directly linked to the full comprehension of existence, making it a truly rare kind of magic even among the most trained. While it's not impossible to see it in very small scales in mundane situations, only a few are ever able to close its mastery.
An Aura adept needs to obtain an understanding of the Whole. They are capable of seeing the machinations of existence and work in alignment with them. For that, Aura adepts are mostly enigmatic, wise and, above all, comprehensive.
Magic and CombatThe manipulation of Aura consists of comprehending existence and being one with the Whole. This connection gives the adept the ability to bend and warp reality itself, and this is why Aura martial and magical styles are unpredictable, as they break all expectations the vast majority of people have. Aura adepts are capable of the most varied and unbelievable deeds.
Among Aura spells, there is the manipulation of the form and composition of bodies. More powerful adepts can even slow time and bend space to create rifts. Beyond that, it is expected that those who can use this raw magic, can also manipulate all the other 8 elements with the same mastery.
The concept of Existence gives this type of magic a varied combat style, as it can take on any role in a battlefield. An Aura adept often avoids meddling in mundane matters, and would rather let the world follow its natural course.