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Varieties of Magic

In this world magic comes in 4 main forms. These are arcane, divine, primal, and hedge magic.   Arcane Magic: Arcane magic is the study and manipulation of the inherent laws of both the natural and unnatural worlds to create a desired effect. It is typically taught through study at magical institutions or colleges. Effects in this branch can include the summoning or levitation of people or objects, manipulation of gravity, or the ability to imbue objects with magnificent properties. Common peoples who will practise this magic are classic wizards studying eldritch tomes and knight-enchanters that often act as guards using magical chains to restrain or fighters with powerful arcane weapons.   Divine Magic: Divine magic is the art of channelling magical power from a source to perform magic-like effects or miracles. Typically this magical power will come from a deific or otherwise magical creature but it is possible for its origin to be inorganic or insentient. It is often acquired or taught through worship but for some a simple pact or bargain is enough. This all depends on the origin of the magic. For instance if the origin were a magical gemstone just having in your possession may allow its magic to be used. The abilities of this branch are as varied as its potential origins and are often otherworldly or impossible to be copied by other branches. They can include acts such as healing, prophecy and clouding a persons mind. Common people who practise this magic are priests who worship a deity in exchange for aid or a shaman providing prophecy to their tribe through clouds of smoke.   Primal Magic: Primal magic is the manipulation of the natural forces of the world. An understanding of the balance of the world is important to the use of this branch as it is the subtle balance of nature and its cycles that allow for their energies to be studied and utilised. This magic is acquired through careful observation and attunement with the forces of nature. This can result in the ability to manipulate natural forces such as fire, water, earth, wind, lighting, and even flora and fauna. Examples of this magic would include a druid manipulating plant life to create themselves a home or a hermit raising water from a lake to catch fish.   Hedge Magic: In its simplest form Hedge magic is body magic where the inherent energies inside the body will resonate and interact with the intrinsic energies of the surrounding area. Since it uses the innate energy of the body it is technically the most widely used magic and can be attributed to things like a "sixth sense". It is acquired by sharpening and refining the bodies natural magics though practise. It can result in enhanced strength, durability and speed, the ability to "see without eyes" and even sense people who are nearby or even people who you are familiar with over a long distance. Many people just see it as a simple strong body or sharp senses with acknowledging the magical origins behind it, even those who use it. Even though a great many people use it in their day to day life true masters, just like any other discipline, are rare. People that practise it can include monks that strengthen their body through rigorous mountaintop training or a fighter who is able to spar with multiple skilled swordsmen at once while blindfolded.
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