Arcane genres are essentially matters of preference in how one uses magic. Their philosophies on magic as well as how they manifest and power their spells are usually influenced by the genres they know.
While genres often seem restrictive in What spells can be cast, this is not the case. Almost any spell a mage of illusions can cast can be cast by say a pyromancer, but that pyromancer will need creativity and practice to do so and the illusion produced will manifest quite differently.
There are far too many genres to list in a single space, even listing those that are most popular would be quite a task. For this reason genres are contained in their own articles so that they can be fully explored.
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The Anatomy of GenresArcane genres are made of several distinct elements. All genres will have some combination of these elements.
Ideologymany genres were created by a religious or philosophical ideology as their primary component. An example of this would be Arcana Primum. Used prominently by elementalists, the genre demands a respect of the natural world. Due to the nature of magic and the arcane laws, not all those who use the genre will share the philosophy. Many pick and choose the elements of a genre they want to use.
Rotes/Manifestationsspells and talents that are standard in the genre as opposed to creative uses for the genre. To continue using Arcana Primum as an example, there are several spells on rote in the genre both in what elements to use as well as how to use them. The element of fire can be cast as a projectile or channeled into a burst of flame that funnels out in front of the caster. Almost any practitioner will know rote spells. Rotes are often referrd to as Manifestations. Mages actually list the manifestations and study them. Click here for more on The Arcane Manifestations
Formsimilar to fighting styles and stances. Forms are broad ways one can use the genre or small tips and tricks to enhance the efficiency of the caster. Many forms are advanced tactics that most learn later on in their practice. An example of form would be The Drunkard's Waltz. This form is practiced by those who learn Arcana Discordia and involves entering a meditative state that makes one receptive to change and in many ways able to cause that change. A side effect as the name suggests causes one to act as if intoxicated.
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