Metamagic provides its users with an innate feeling of magic at work, and an uncanny understanding of how it operates within the fabrics of reality. While all Naturally Attuned and Naturally Unattuned creatures have a subconscious feeling of their connection to the magical fields, only those naturally attuned to metamagic can expand upon their magical senses, and only within the branch of metamagic to which they are attuned. Metamagic is the magic of magic, in its truest form.
Metamagic allows its users a deeper understanding and sense of magic at work, allowing them to sense different aspects of magic itself. Those who practice metalmancy were born with a natural attunement to the art. It is classified into three separate categories. Practicioners may learn to perfect their skills within their class of metamagic, but cannot learn skills from classifications where they were not gifted with attunement. It is rare for an individual to possess skills in even one of these categories. Possessing skill in multiple classifications is extremely unlikely.
Detect MagicThe detection of magic remains the most common of all metamagic abilities, allowing its users to feel local magic. Practice to strengthen these abilities allows the caster to expand their sphere of detection or even help them identify the source of magical power, whether it be a runed object or an actively casting mage. Expertise in this field will permits a master to identify the spell itself, or even the manner in which multiple intertwining active effects will resolve.
Sense Magical FieldsThose gifted with the ability to sense the magical fields can feel their ebb and flow within a localized area. Practice and training can expand these senses and even allow the caster to essentially see the fields and their effects upon the world. Mastery will allow an expert to manipulate these fields to a limited degree, strengthening them in some areas while simultaneously weakening them in others.
Feel ImperiumThose who can feel Imperium itself are the rarest of all metamagic practicioners. Casters gifted with perception of Imperium can feel the Imperium level within all living things, aside from those cursed with Unattunable Disorder. Practice expands the range of this sense and even allows the caster to slightly increase or decrease their own Imperium production. Experts in this classification can also alter the Imperium production of others in limited degrees.
Access & Availability
Metamagic is rare and only available to those born with an innate attunement to one of its sub-classifications. It is impossible to learn metamagics without an innate attunement to that skill, although individuals may learn to improve upon their existing metamagic skills.
Practicioners of metamagic were born understanding the basics within their field, and as such many of the simple spells require nothing more than instinct to cast. As with most skills the more advanced spells of metamagic do require study and practice to perfect, with much of the most advanced spellwork requiring deep concentration or careful casting.