Art by Dominik Meyer
Magic flows through every inch of Gaizha. Every leaf on every tree, every drop of rain, and every grain of sand possesses at least a little bit of magical power. This power is most obviously seen in Gaizha's signature natural disasters, which, due to the influence of various magical forces, are much more frequent and powerful than they are on other worlds. Through the tutelage of Elementals in times long forgotten, humans have learned to harness the power present in natural disasters and use it to shape the world to their liking. By using magic, humans have conjured great storms to crush armies, constructed beautiful monuments from only their thoughts, and have built vast networks of magical machinery.
"Magic" happens when a human being enters a state known as the Sway. Each kind of natural disaster has a pair of traits associated with it. Storm Magic, for example, has the traits "Dispassionate" and "Relentless", and when a mage enters the Sway, they will have these traits heightened in them. Once a mage is in the Sway, they can use magic. Magic differs based on which disaster's Sway you are in. Storm Magic, for example, gives mages the ability to produce lightning and clouds, control the wind, and summon massive bursts of thunder to dizzy opponents. Earthquake/Tectonic Magic, on the other hand, allows mages to raise up terrain, crack open the earth, and form massive geysers.
Magical ZealotryThe longer one uses magic, the more intense the Sway becomes. Eventually, if pushed hard enough, the Sway will break someone, turning them into a being Betlao mages refer to as a "Zealot". Most Zealots look human, but they embody their traits to an absurd degree and often have something about them that looks slightly off. Maybe their skin is tough like rock, or you can put your hand through certain parts of their body. If a Zealot pushes themselves even further, they'll become a pseudo-elemental monster. This transformation can be reversed, but it is very difficult and requires a specific usage of Voidstone.
- Metaphysical, Elemental
Sway TraitsEach natural disaster's Sway heightens different traits in a person. They are as follows:
- Storm Magic (Dispassionate/Relentless)
- Earthquake Magic (Slothful/Observant)
- Tsunami Magic (Overwhelming/Surprising)
- Wildfire Magic (Gluttonous/Passionate)
- Heat Wave Magic (Avaricious/Controlling)
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