The bridge between Chaos and Order
"The darkness is not our enemy. The fear it provokes is our weapon. The shadows, our friend. Death, our goal."
Undoubtedly feared by most, and the most feared element, Dark magic is widely uncomprehended, often shunned and sometimes even banned. It is to no one's surprise though, as Dark's intent is to be repulsive and create hardships, as these are excellent tools for personal growth.
Concept and PhilosophyDark is the element of Death; it represents conflict, the end of a cycle, fear, truth, and the hardships of life. As the sunset brings the dangers of the night, the whole concept of this element revolves around bringing conflicts to the world. Dark opposes Light - where one seeks to end life, the other seeks to extend it. For an individual without Dark, all in life will turn tasteless. For one who drowns in shadows, there will be nothing resembling a life.
Despite being of the Chaos type and aim to end life, Dark is an element that creates half of the bridge to Balance. At the same time that it works offensively, it creates the necessary fear to strengthen the 3 main elements of Order. Without Dark's dread, Reason, Acceptance and Tradition cannot work towards the ultimate Balance.
To an adept of Dark, everything has an inevitable and necessary end, including life. For that, Dark adepts are often detached, imposing, never avoid or maybe even try to attract problems and conflicts. Ironically, this will to harm it, in due time, strengthens the individual's will to live and face the fears that come with it.
Magic and CombatThe manipulation of the Dark element consists of affronting life in all forms. For that, its martial and magical styles always revolve around ending lives and weaving death. Dark adepts are specialized in murder and necromancy.
Among Dark spells, there are the basic manipulation of shadows and the absorption of vital energy. More powerful adepts can raise the dead and even cripple or kill with a single touch.
The concept of Death gives this type of magic a different style than what is expected from a Chaos-type element. At the same time that Dark fights offensively, it protects allies inspiring dread on their opponents. An adept of Dark is always seeking conflicts and causing them, as they know those are what makes us grow, and it's the fear of them that makes us enjoy what we have.