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Magibility

Being able to cast spells, a fundamental ability lacked by too many.
Larsius Brent, Magibility Researcher.
Magibility is the name for the physiological condition allowing specific individuals of the human species to perform and manipulate magic. Humans with the magibility condition are called Magibles, humans without can be called Nonmagibles (common in scientific context) or Mundies (popular term).

Causes


Magibility is primarily determined by genetic factors. Magibility genes are volatile and easily mutate so that mundie parents might have magible children at a 0.5 % chance (known as sparks) or magible parents might have mundie children at a 2 % chance (known as sprouts).   Children of couples in which the mother is magible but the father is nonmagible has an 80 % chance of giving birth to a magible child. Children of couples in which the mother is nonmagible but the father is magible has a 40 % chance of being magible. The reasons for this have been the topic for many decades of research expanded below.   *text book diagram of combination possibilities*

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Social Effects


Depending on the time period in which an individual lives, being born with magibilty can be a blessing or a curse, especially if it is different from the magibility status of the parents.   When magible's and mundies lived together, magibles would typically have an easier time accumulating wealth and prosperity. Many goods and services which mundies had to purchase such as clothes, medical treatment and furniture or do such as chores, were free, easily done using magic or easily obtained for magibles. In addition, farms, production lines and workers were more productive when a magible was involved, so magibles quickly reached the top of the food chain in many career lines.   This made having magibility prestigious and desirable to nonmagibles, as it seemed to fix all problems, and made it a high priority to obtain magibility for the children, much like modern parents of many societies must save up to get their children into college.   Children with parents of the same magibility status as the child, would typically be accepted and guided by the parents, but sparks and sprouts had to find their own way and in some time periods it was with their lives at risk.   *drawing, abandoned child in the woods*
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Sprouts


Within magible families it was in some eras considered shameful to be nonmagible or to give birth to a nonmagible child. The lack of magibility in their offspring would indicate to their surroundings that the magibility of their blood wasn't pure, and it would reflect on siblings and cousins in that they would be less attractive to potential spouses as the purity of their blood was now in question.   In some periods, the birth of a nonmagible child could in extreme cases lead to the abandonment of the child and the separation of the parents, as arguments would rise about who brought the impurity into the relationship.  
Reliable sources report that the latest addition to the ancient family of Pestin is in fact a sprout. The young Alexander Pestin, son of Cornelius and his new wife Karlotta Pestin (of the Curalon family) has yet to show any sign of magibility. We, here at Magible Gossip, have no doubt that the young Karlotta have brought this misfortune into the family. How the Pestins will react to this is unknown, but our reporters will valiantly try to find out for next week's issue of Magible Gossip.Article in Magible Gossip, 1852
 

Sparks


The opposite could be true for nonmagible families, a classical example being the time of witch burnings. In these eras it would be common to attempt hiding a nonbeneficial magibility status.   This entire predicament put pressure on magical researchers to look for the origin and "cure" of nonmagibility and later led to the development of surgical activation procedures.
 

Magibility Research


Magibility has been a central line of study from medieval times and forward, due to magibles wishing to find mundieborn magibles and decrease the risk of creating sprouts or activate the magibility systems within sprouts and other magibles.  
In research of Magibility we have three main questions to answer. How does it work? Where does it come from? and how do we manually mimic that to implement in nonmagibles? Answer this, and we'll be masters of magibility. Larsius Brent, teaching at Stormerki International
 

Physiological Explanation of Magibility


Magibility has been found to have a system similar to and closely connected to the lymph system. This Magibility system has been found to exist within all humans, including Mundies, but only be active within magibles.   Activity can be obtained through an activation caused by genes or through stimulation during fetal development, as described below. Activation of the magibility system has been found to originate from the Thymus (an organ located close to the throat) from where the magical energy flows calmly outwards along the magibility system to the skin when not in use. When a magible is using magic they manipulate this flow of magical energy for different effects.   Damage to this system modifies the ability of an individual to use the damaged part of the system. An example is Uthgaard the Unlucky, who had to relearn spellcasting with his left hand after a Disenchantment spell backfired and disconnected the part of his magibility system residing in his right arm. The removal of thymus leaves the magibility system completely inactive.   *drawing, magible system damage*
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Magibles with no Magibility Genes


Hypotheses suggest that 9 months in a magible mothers belly surrounded by her magible system increases the chance of a child's magible system initiating spontanously, which is why children of a magible mother has a higher chance of being magible. This is indicated by genetical findings in magible children of nonmagible fathers and magible mothers, showing that some did not have magible genes, even though they had magibility.   Later studies showed that boys with magibilty but without these genes, had the same chance of producing magible offspring as any nonmagible male.   *anatomical drawing, fetus in mothers belly*
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Surgical Activation of Magibility


With this procedure, anyone could begin using magic. This could revolutionize humanity as we know it. Surgeon at Magible Procedures Convention
In 2103 a breakthrough in reasearch lead to the development of a surgical procedure which could activate the magible system by stimulating the thymus with a magical implant.   The procedure in the beginning was mostly popular among magible families wishing to turn their sprouts magible. The procedure was incredibly expensive, and therefore only mundies that were very well off could afford it. As no genetical information was changed, each new family member of a mundie family would need the procedure to maintain the magibility of the family, with the exception of sparks stimulated by the magible system of mothers with implants.   *Magibility implant progression chart*
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  Early implants turned out to slowly deteriorate, resulting in the recipient losing their magical ability and needing a new implant. Each magical implant would have a slight difference in its magical nature, meaning the recipient would need to renew their magical training to get to know the nature of their "new" magible system. This issue was solved in editions released 70 years later.   As the magible system generated by a thymus implant was not the natural magic of the individual, life expectancies of recipients fell drastically compared to normal magibles and even mundies as the generated magic damaged nearby systems.

*anatomical drawing of magibility system here*
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Type
Physiological
Cycle
Chronic, Congenital
Rarity
Uncommon
Affected Species
Thymus Lymph organ located in the chest behind the breast bone (at the base of the throat). It is involved in the education of white blood cells of the human body.   *Drawing - child in mothers arms*
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Sparks The children of nonmagibles who were themselves magibles were in many periods considered miracles, where magic came out of nowhere from two completely mundane parents. Like a spark from 2 rocks, hence the name. Other common names used: Devil-Spawn,   Sprouts The children of magibles who are not themselves magible, many parents over time have considered this return to the mundane shameful. But even without magibility, sprouts have a great if different potential.   *drawing, shaman guiding the tribe*
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Brief History In the ancient times magibles were revered and lived as leaders and spiritual guides for the rest of the people. Some were leading by fear, others by careful spiritual guidance where they avoided too much direct interference, others simply aided their community with healing, improved harvests and the likes.

When cristianity spread during the middle ages magibles were hunted and sought for everywhere. Even though most magibles knew how to protect themselves, many mundies suffered at the hands of their own kin, and so magibles decided to go into hiding, this is know as the Secrecy Initiation.

In modern times mundie society was considered grown enough to be reincluded in magible society. Though it didn't sit well with everyone, this led to Reunification

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(will be blocks)   Larsius Brent -Magibility researchers leading the development of magibility implants   Magibility Activation Surgery -Surgery for activating the magibility system.
Witch Burnings (Magisula)
Plot | Dec 4, 2018

The hunting and burning of magibles which primarily hit mundies but led to the Secrecy Initiation.


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5 Dec, 2018 22:57

It's really nice, this article is. Gives a good definition of what it is, and what it does, how it is viewed. I think that this article could use some quotes

like this
to help set the mood, or maybe some explanation of the rationale behind the percentages, but overall this is a great article :) Looking forward to reading more.

5 Dec, 2018 23:52

You're right it might also break up the text wall some, i'll try to think of some :) like the top one, yea?

11 Dec, 2018 06:52

Later studies showed that boys without these genes but with magibility   I think your sentences got a bit scrambled there! Good article otherwise!   I like that it comes from the thymus. Haven't seen something like that before!

18 Dec, 2018 10:41

Overall solid and detailed article. One question for me was that why do magibles want to decrease the amount of sprouts?

19 Dec, 2018 02:49

Pretty good article. There are a lot of blocks of texts blah blah quotes blah blah this has been said lol but getting to the content id say you have a pretty concise way of determining who magical and who is not. I also find the terms sparks and sprouts interesting. Why these terms? Can the magic manifest at all in sprouts or is it simply a name meaning something like stunted growth? Another thing is how can someone have magic without the genes. I don't think i missed it and didn't read how that was a thing. If magic comes from genetics how does it pass from mother to child without genes being involved? I'm not trying to be critical in genuinely curious as it caught me off guard and wondering how that could work. It almost indicates that there is more to be said but wasn't like a secret lol

19 Dec, 2018 09:41

I tried to explain it in the text but i'll go back see if can make it clearer. Basically everybody is born with a magibility system. That mean everybody has the potential for magic. The difference between magibles and nonmagibles is whether the thymus has activated the system or not. In most magibles, the thymus is activated due to a specific gene being activated, BUT spending 9 months in a magible mothers belly close to her activated magibility system can also stimulate the developing thymus to active the developing magibility system. I'll try to explain this better in the article. Regarding the terms Sparks and Sprouts, Sparks was the easiest to come up with because it is light and warmth made from two normal mundane rocks, but the term for a nonmagible child of magibles was really difficult. I wanted it to maybe be negative for the parents, but not for the combined society as a whole. In the end i went with sprouts because for the parents it would be returning to the boring soil/ the mundane, but even though sprouts are vulnerable and start out with little specialization and skill they can still grow up to be many different things and even something great (though their possibilities are more limited), and they also are a lot easier to understand for nonmagibles. I'm sure angry disappointed family members had more negative names for it though, i just didn't come up with them yet. I wasn't overly happy about the sprout term in the beginning but it's growing on me for the symbolism.

19 Dec, 2018 10:40

Yesss the symbolism works very well. As for the activation i understand now and i kind of had a different impression going into it. It's not the genes, its the thalamus that matters. Effectively the thalamus needs the activation command not the genes. That makes sense. Its kind of cool. You don't see magic being related to physical elements like this often. The idea of organs abd genes being the source is very creative.

19 Dec, 2018 05:56

So I really like the concept of Magibility. Though as others said, ya really gotta break up the text. Quotes work great, so do columns. Some of the info would be better suited in your sidebar as well. You can put little facts like the ones you have in social on the bar.   Basically, you want to make it so that no matter where you scroll on the article, it's not all plain text. Things like the implants would do wonders if they were explained on the side. I felt like that part kind of came out of no wheee.   How does fit into your world? Is being a Mundie that bad? It seems like an awful lot of time and/or money to turn your whole family magible if they're not.

19 Dec, 2018 13:10

I've been working on splitting it up some today, though i don't have time to do the actual artwork right away. I also moved the social part up front because i realized, knowing about how being magible affects your opportunities and the opportunities of your children not least, might help understand why magibility research in general is considered so important. I hope it is better now.

19 Dec, 2018 06:35

The article read like a short story, which I particularly enjoy since I am a writer. You have the basis for a very dynamic and racist story on your hands. I would introduce more factions in this article to flesh out your world.   My question would be, was there a time where mundies were wrecking magibles? If so, I want to learn about that.

19 Dec, 2018 13:13

Magibles had a hard time during the witch burnings when christianity spread. But i intent to do an actual article on that and just have it linked here. I sort of added a brief explanation of the historical effects of magibility, but i think these probably warrant complete articles for themselves.

19 Dec, 2018 06:43

I like the idea of mundane parents/magical parents genetically altering their children, or just some mundanes modifying themselves to make them magical. It brings magic and science together in a way that you don't often see.   Also, this is a bit nit-picky, but the terms "magible" and "mundie" do not flow off the tongue well. I know you're probably trying to come up with a Harry Potter-esque slang to differentiate between magical people and non-magical people, but it just feels... weird. I have actually seen IRL witches who try to get the word "mundie" going, and it's still awkward. However, this just bothers me, so take my advice with a grain of salt.   All in all, I liked this article :)

19 Dec, 2018 13:18

I'm not that good at making up in new names, but as a dane they work well in my tongue so i think i'll keep them. I understand and appreciate you telling me though, it's just that this has been their names for more than 5 years and my brain isn't ready for a refactoring. (i did actually go ask if i could use "muggle" but alas. I could've used witch and wizard but i like that magible is completely gender neutral, so it stuck) Thank you for your feedback though, as an engineer i find the play between magic and science really interesting, so i would like to play more with that.