Spell-Caster Identification Card

Required by all Leaders

The Spell-caster identification card is a legal document which Spell-casters are required to have in many nations. The card is obtained by filling out a long list of legal documents and registration forms. This is the ruling class's way of keeping track of all people who possess a Fae Mark, as they could either be of use to them or be a threat against their rule.  
To all fae marked citizens:   From this date forward, all citizens with a mark are required to be registered at their local town hall and receive a Spell-Caster Identification Card.
The card has been made to guarantee your safety as well as ensure that only people who have a need for magical services have access to them.   This service is free of charge, naturally.   Elken Ministry of Magical Affairs
— From an informational pamphlet in Elken

Importance of the Identification Card

This sort of identification has been around in some way for many years, but the current version was made mandatory a few years after The Week of Terrors. This made many spell-casters wary of getting one, as it seemed like a hostile way to keep track of them. Which to be fair, it mostly was. However, to be able to live their life as they usually would, they needed this specific document.  

Use of the Card

Though many spell-casters tried to avoid getting the card, they were eventually forced to if they wanted to continue using magic. To buy magical items, attend magic schools and even do magic as a profession, an individual needed to be in possession of a Spell-Caster Identification Card, or else they'd risk jail time.  
This meant that spell-casters could either live in hiding, get the card and risk getting tracked down or not get the card and risk being locked up. Which was like choosing between three bad fates.   However, many people opted to get the card, though they were afraid of what consequences it might bring along with it.
The government is trying to convince us that these identification cards are for our safety- hah- we damn well know they're the complete opposite of that.   They mean to track us and control us!
— A member of the Magic Identification Card Opposition

How to get the Card

The Identification Cards can only be issued by the local town hall and can take months to acquire due to the sheer amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out, reviewed and filed. To get the official card, the spell-caster must be more than 16 years of age.  

Under 16 years of Age

If they spell caster is less than 16 years old, they're only able to get a temporary version of the card, which does not allow them to buy magical items, attend schools or use it as their profession. However, this means that they're allowed to use their magic in everyday life, as long as it doesn't harm anyone. A spell-caster under the age of 16 can be removed from their household if they are found to be fae-marked and not registered.
Identification, Civil (Passport/ID Card)

Fae Mark
Condition | May 31, 2021

Fae Marks are bestowed by fae and give a human access to use Primal magic.


Content of the Card

The card needs to contain very specific information for it to be valid. If an error is made and some of the information is wrong or missing, the card is seen as invalid and you can still be arrested for not having a card.   The following information is found on a valid card:
  • Full Name
  • Appearance Description
  • Sketch of Individual
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Current Residence
  • Fae Mark Type
  • Mark Obtainment
  • Name and office of the individual who issued the card.
  • Stamp of the local Town Hall
  • Expiration Date

Cover image: by Ninne124


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14 Jul, 2020 06:24

Interesting! An almost cyberpunk theme in a fantasy world. I like it :)   Small typos in the first paragraph I think. "Spell-caster" link should probably spell "spell-casters", first line.   Fourth line, first paragraph "fae mark mark" seems redundant. "Fae mark" should suffice.

Author of prize-winning RPG settings Dark Shadows and Cinders of the Cataclysm. Designer of the narratively focused Celenia D10 RPG System.
15 Jul, 2020 15:34

Thank you!   and thanks for catching those errors Toblin! I'll fix them right away :D

Grab your hammer and go worldbuild! :3
14 Jul, 2020 10:48

This is kind of sad. I get the purpose of the identification cards, but it's almost dystopian in its implementation.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
15 Jul, 2020 15:35

That's the intention! ^-^   The cards are def dystopian and used to over-police a certain group, but it's disguised as being "necessary" :/

Grab your hammer and go worldbuild! :3
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Caitlin Phillips
14 Jul, 2020 18:39

These definitely seem very sinister! I wonder if they have problems with forgeries? This is a really powerful interpretation of the prompt.

Cait x
15 Jul, 2020 15:37

Thanks! :D   I hadn't exactly thought of the forgery angle yet, but that could definitely bring some interesting plots up! Might work on that after SC ^-^

Grab your hammer and go worldbuild! :3