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Magic

The energy of the world

Written by ninne124

The water of the Olchari shone a bright blue as she stepped into it, power coursed through the air and everyone around her fell into silence. It was as haunting as it was beautiful. Blue lights floated in the air, like magical embers of a long forgotten world. There hadn't been a magical awakening in many years, but here she was. Her eyes opened and they looked like stars, glowing just as bright as the embers around her.
  The magic is generally also known as the power and substance of the world. It is within all living things as well as dead, anything from the smallest bee to the largest mountain.

The power of the world can be manipulated, but only if an individual shows potential and only if the gateway of their own being is opened. This can be done through the Shrines, the most popular spot is the The Shrine of Aralican.   The energy can be harnessed by a person and by intent, generally made clear through words, it can be directed and used for whatever is wanted. However, the intent is not enough as the person also have to actively focus on transferring the magic energy, which takes a lot of training and can be difficult to master, since one is channeling the power of the world through their body. It tends to be easier for individuals with stronger magical potential, as they are able to draw forth more power as well as harness it easier compared to others.

The discovery, destruction and disappearance of the shrines

The first shrine ever built was the The Shrine of Aralican, which has stayed the most important shrine throughout the times. The shrine was built by a group of both humans and Iwachi. The method of building the shrines is said to have been revealed by the magic itself, also referred to as Arkna. Some see it purely as energy, others believe that Arkna is a goddess both blessing them as well as condemning them on their path through life. She is all knowing, all seeing and is usually also called mother earth or simply just the mother.

As times went on and the two groups started to despise one another, the two nations of Edrea and Ildres were founded. The humans and the Iwachi were at war many times, but the two most notable was The First Great War and especially the The Second Great War.

Under the second great war, the armies took to destroying whatever shrine they came across and soon the The Shrine of Aralican hid itself from the world. It was still there, but the forests around it discouraged or tricked people into never making it to the shrine.

The magic never disappeared as such, rather the humans and the Iwachi no longer had a way to unlock the gateway within themselves and get access to the magic. Slowly, all the magic users died out until there were none left. The power remains as it always has been, but the people of Morlea are back to living a life devoid of magic.

 

The Shrine of Aralican

The Shrine of Aralican
by Caroline Robinson Christiansen
 

Manifestation

Beside the obvious effect of the magic itself, another identifying factor is the glowing, blue eyes of the Magicae. A stronger glow characterizes stronger and more competent Magicae Sometimes the energy of the world can be seen seeping out of a random tree or somewhere, where there has been made an opening to the energy. It is the same principle as it is when a person gets acces to magic, but the "gateway" is in a location instead of bound to a specific person. Generally this is seen as dangerous unless the gateway is under observation. It might cause random and violent outbursts of magic that could potentially blast a poor old lady 20 meters back. Once, an entire village was wiped of the map due to an unregulated gateway.  
Can you believe it! Magic was real- wait, is real, whatever - and when people use it their eyes glow, it sounds so weird! Why would they glow?
Carlin
  It is possible to check whether an individual has magic potential, this is done through the Aventing, where the shrine will reveal if the child will be able to unlock the secrets of magic later in life. Magic is usually unlocked around the age of 18 where the mind is said to be evolved enough so that the child is not hurt.    

Zuree magic
by Caroline Robinson

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Zuree is later shown to have magic potential, but due to the fact that it cannot be unlocked, she gets the condition usually called Magic combustion, which ends with the individual exploding and dying due to pent up magic.

 

Spells and Rituals

Though magic is in reality just redirected energy, there are spells and rituals that can be done or said to make sure that whatever is intented, is brought into the real world. One can do almost anything with magic with enough power, knowledge and a tinge of luck. Usually though, it was used either in battle, to heal something or help with difficult tasks like building large structures.

Many learnt the spells back before magic disappeared, but there were individuals who where said to not need spells. Usually when one had practiced a spell enough, they'd know how to draw the power as if it was muscle memory and they wouldn't need to utter the spell anymore. It can take thousands of successful tries of one spell before someone is able to do it without saying it aloud.

During the wars, many of the books on magic were burned in Edrea by the Ildrish Army and books in Ildres were burned by the Edrean army. The reason for this was the same as with the shrines, they wanted to prevent the enemy from gaining more magic users and stop current ones from using magic. That only worked if they were dependant on spells, but over time, all the magic users died out and now none are left.

 

Spell page
by Caroline Robinson

Type
Metaphysical, Arcane

Word explanations

  Shrine
A shrine is a structure built in place with a deeper connection to magic or a location with an abundance of magical energy. It is built in a special way so it can unlock the gateway within a person without someone having to recite a spell.   Articles for more info:
Olchari
The Olchari is the part of the shrine that is enchanted to unlock the gateway within a person.   Articles for more info:
Magic Potential
Magic potential is a way of describing how easy magic will come to an individual and whether they'll be able to even use magic. Not much is known about the phenomenon, but it has often been connected to certain mental traits or mental strength as well as adaptability. If it is not unlocked it can have fatal consequences, depending on how much magic potential an indivual has.   Articles for more info:
Magicae
Magicae is just another word for magic users. Those are the people who have magic potential and have unlocked it.
   

Related Articles

Arkna
Character | Dec 9, 2018

Mother earth, mother magic. Arkna is said to be the goddess of all energy, life, death and balance alike.


 
The Shrine of Aralican
Building / Landmark | Jul 31, 2018

The pure white of the shrine stands out against the dark background of the wild forest around it.


 
Magic combustion
Condition | Dec 4, 2018

A condition brought on by not unlocking the potential of ones magic, may lead to an explosion and death.


 
Gateway
Item | Dec 4, 2018

A connection to the magic of the world. Can be placed at a location or in a person, the latter is done at a shrine.


 
Zuree
Character | Nov 30, 2018

Princess of Edrea and the most powerful teenager in Morlea


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Author's Notes

08.12.18: added word explanations


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4 Dec, 2018 22:24

I really like the header! I like how it fades out and back into the theme of the page. Very nice. I didn't notice any spelling errors, though truthfully that's not my specialty.   I like that the magic seems grounded, or almost like a self-defense system for nature. I assume there's no way to cover up how the eyes glow? Is that something people are persecuted for?

5 Dec, 2018 09:26

Thank you so much for the comment, I'm glad you like the header :D   There is no way to hide the glow, but people aren't persecuted for having magic, they are (were) an important part of the society. Though people who used their magic for bad did get a harder punishement than others.

4 Dec, 2018 22:39

Wow, this is really nice! No spelling errors that I can see right now (besides "many" instead of "man), the header is amazing, and the presentation is nice as well! Really a joy to read Ninne! The magic seems quite grounded, and very well explained :)

5 Dec, 2018 09:27

Thank you so much! It's the first time I use photoshop so I'm happy it is a success!!

5 Dec, 2018 02:10

You have a good balance of text to art (and I love that you make your own!). I like how the shrine hides itself, and how history has shaped modern access to magic.   You may want to edit the spelling of the word disappearance in your subheading. ;) Also, you have a minor typo: "Sometimes the energy if the world" I think you meant of (under Manifestation).   I like your header! It has a lightness about it, which I think matches the tone of your story, as best as I can discern (this isn't a heavily sad/dark fantasy, right?). I think your header feels magical and hopeful.   Thanks for sharing!

5 Dec, 2018 09:29

Thank you so much! I'll edit the text through soon, there seems to have slipped a handfull of mistakes in there >.<   And you're correct, it isn't dark fantasy in regards to the magic at least. The conflict lies between the two main races, that may be a bit dark tho...

5 Dec, 2018 16:19

Any story is going to have some conflict in it in some form, and with that, darkness. Darkness in a story helps to illuminate the light. I think two stories can both exhibit conflict and the associated darkness but have very different moods overall. This doesn't strike me as a hopeless, moody sort of a story. :)

5 Dec, 2018 05:38

Sorry if I seem rude, I'm tired and have to type all this again. Read articles again for typos because you had afew. Reading slowly, out loud. or having a program read it aloud can help you find errors. Everyone has typos, but practicing these helps me find mine....most of the time.   There are 2 under 'Manifestation', and 3 under 'Spells & Rituals'. three to tree? , acces to access, dissapear to disappear, succesful to successful, man to many   Nice overall layout, and the header image is nice as is blends to the background in a nice way. At times it seems repetitive, but that might just be me. Nice artwork of the close up face. Whats going on with the books after the war? Why did the armies burn the books? Are there schools of magic?

5 Dec, 2018 09:45

I'm sorry >.< I just noticed all of the mistakes, but thank you so much for the help! I have a hard time with words double s, p or l (I seem to do the same in Danish :( ) I hope you feel better :)   The armies burnt the books and ruined the shrines so that there wouldn't be more magical people to fight against in the future, but they managed to ruin them all except one, and the last one disappeared (spelled it right!) so people can't unlock nor use magic anymore.   and thank you for taking the time to read the article and thank you for complimenting the drawing! I worked pretty hard on that :D

5 Dec, 2018 11:49

My first thought when Is aw this was "What an amazing header!" as well ;D in general your art is beautiful and well-incorporated to enhance the article rather than overwhelming it. lfawless presentation here :)   You also have a great way with words, the opening quote really evokes the feeling of the scene quite beautifully, and captures the wonder of a moment that was thought lost.   Really good, keep it up! :D

5 Dec, 2018 13:54

Thank you so much Kat :D I'm happy you like it! <3

6 Dec, 2018 16:56

the header is really nice! it fades into the background color nicely and overall this is a wonderful article! the text to image ratio is nice and i love the theme of it!

6 Dec, 2018 17:00

Thank you! I put a bit of work into the header and images so I'm glad you like it :D

6 Dec, 2018 17:01

Only found a single spelling error, being "builting".   I'm not sure you ever explained why magic disappeared. You mentioned that it did but as far as I can tell, you never went into how and why. Does it mean that magic can no longer be used?

6 Dec, 2018 17:04

I forgot to write that in there! That's a pretty important part, thanks Tobias!   The magic disappeared around the same time as the shrines were ruined and destroyed, the last shrine dissapeared as well. That meant that no one but the ones who already unlocked magic had access to it, so when they died, no one else could tap into magic. The energy is still there, but the people of Morlea can't get access to it atm.   Thanks for the comment!

6 Dec, 2018 19:28

Makes perfect sense! Glad I could help. I like the article overall, and while the whole "glowing eyes" thing is a bit clich├ęd, it's also HELLA cool, so I'll let it slide just for sake of coolness. :)

6 Dec, 2018 21:41

Ahahaha I know! But I'm such a sucker for glowing eyes :D

7 Dec, 2018 16:27

This is really great, and a good foundation for your world. There isn't much more needed for an adventure or a novel to start honestly. Is distribution of magic different throughout the species? Or are humans just as likely to have magical potential as Iwachi?

8 Dec, 2018 11:29

I imagined it so that more Iwachi had potential (but generally pretty low) whereas the humans had fewer with potential but more potential. Which was why the Iwachi destroyed the shrines in the human areas (the humans retaliated)   Thank you for the comment :D