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Conjuration Mana Structure
Forest Lavender Magic")
- Creation: For organic substance, a dual-stranded spiraling mana flow is most effective, though other spiral forms function. For inorganic substance, a series of regular polyhedrons (that is, a crystal lattice) is preferred, with variation in arrangement according to the material.
- Destruction: For organic substance, a variety of multi-pronged ball-like structures ('sunburst') or capped shafts ('spider-spike') are highly effective against common matter. For inorganic substances, a pairing of right angles with configurable nodes ('caltrop') functions against everyday minerals and metals.
- Transformation: Organic and inorganic structures are produced with a weave of mana flows ('threads') that attach to the substance and 'pull' the magic into place. An organic spell requires greater flexion and an open design while inorganic ones require a tight, rigid weave.
- Transmutation: Unlike other conjuration disciplines, transmutation rarely holds to any one pattern, but must 'wrap' and 'suffuse' the substance with appropriately tuned mana. Enchantments, as this type of spell is called, are nearly universally applied to inorganic materials to avoid the irregularity of organisms interfering with the magic (and causing unintended harm).
Conjuration Verbal ComponentAll spells require a verbal component and, as many professors state: 'elocution counts.' While a spell need not be elocuted perfectly, the quality of the output is proportional to the quality of the input. For conjuration, the structure is far more critical in the formation of a successful spell than the verbal component, which effectively 'sets the bounds' for the edge of the spell. Specifically, destructors would prefer not to destroy their allies in a combat engagement and set the bounds of the spell to envelop only the target. Conjuration spells have relatively short verbal components, but are repeated consistently throughout a spellcast in accordance with how much substance is being created, destroyed, or changed. In practice, the more complex the substance, the more complex the spell, and the longer the phrase. Verbal components within a conjuration spell control two or three specific aspects:
- Duration of the Effect: How long will the magic persist.
- Shape of the Effect: What volume does the magic affect and/or what boundaries can it not exceed.
- Triggers for the Effect (optional): What, if any, event(s) will activate the magic and in what ways.
The Transmutation ExceptionTransmutation requires another discipline to attain any sort of practicality. Without a second, transmutation can merely suffuse a substance with mana, which has little usefulness on its own. However, when suffused, a secondary spell can be cast upon it to provide the intended effect. Self-chilling cream is a joint effort between a transmuter and a cryomancer (and also an example of organic, and financially lucrative, transmutation). The transmuter suffuses the cream with mana, perhaps with assistance from a creator who understands organic structure. Once suffused, a cryomancer casts a basic chilling spell. A more concentrated stream of mana provides a colder treat while a longer, continuous stream produces a long-lasting refrigeration effect. The time and mana investment, and the demand for chilled treats in remote locations or on journeys, sets the price of the product quite high (with practitioners turning a significant profit).
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