The Arcane Arts
The air shimmered, warped, and gave a tremendous shudder as the Glow took hold of the world. With a mere thought and a flick of the wrist, the Spellweaver, whose hands began to radiate a haunting light, called forth emerald fire into the world. Luminous mist spilled from his lips as he opened his mouth and uttered a strange word in an archaic tongue, and the emerald flames leaped to his command and swallowed all that laid before him in a searing embrace. A marvelous sight equal parts beauty and horror as the fire consumed all that laid before him.
The Magic of the Glow
The Glow is the collective term used to refer to all magics derived from manipulating the Cosmos' most fundamental forces. It is the magic of Spellweavers and Magi, known colloquially as Arcane magic by the common folk. Like a muscle, the Glow grows with time and strengthens with continued use; likewise, it will degrade and wither like the legs of a cripple if left unutilized. Its power is one of careful manipulation, weaving the echoes of creation to enforce an Arcanist's will upon the world. Like gods onto themselves, these powerful mortals can change the very world around them to suit their whims and wills at a tremendous and taxing cost. Unlike the nearly limitless fonts of power drawn upon by Chantors and Thaumaturgists, Spellweavers alone bear the burden of their magical exploits. Their magic will inevitably exact its toll on a Caster, whether it takes the form of physical exhaustion, mental incapacitation, or a drain on their very spirit.
It is the most recognizable of all forms of magic due to the striking and apparent mist that emanates from its users, a glowing fog that drifts through the air like ink through clear water. This pearlescent haze is the ever-present companion of a Spellweaver and gives this branch of magic its unique name. Glow manifests itself in all aspects of its magic, whether through arcane words or elaborate gestures used from the simplest spells to the most intricate Arcane Weaves. Even items infused or enchanted with the Glow continue to radiate a strange aura, wrapped in a shimmering, otherworldly sheen like oil on the sea. Yet the Glow is a fickle thing, and its effects fade far faster than any other form of magic, requiring dutiful care or skillful execution to enact enduring effects. All Magi know that the Glow requires constant reinforcement and an active force of will to bend and bind the infinite powers of the Cosmos continually. Though Weavers are capable of staggering feats of arcane prowess, they are still but mortals and lack the sheer, unimaginable power required to change that which binds the universe permanently. The Glow's potential is limited only by a Weaver's imagination, and when left unbridled, Arcane Magic has boundless possibilities.
Weaving, also known as Arcane Spellcasting, is a subtle art requiring a keen intelligence, an open mind, and a will of hardened steel. The echoes of creation exist in all corners of the Cosmos and in countless forms, but all Spellweavers must learn to observe and interpret these echoes long before they learn to manipulate them. Like weaving a grand tapestry, Magi pull at the threads of the Cosmos and entwine them together, fueled by their intent and an iron will to enact their desires on the world around them. It is a feat of knowledge as much as it is a sheer force of unwavering determination and an ironclad belief in one's own ability to change the world.
Manifestations of Glow
Like Primal Magic, Glow occurs naturally in the world and is rooted in the fundamental laws that govern the Realms. It can manifest in many ways, from liquid rivers of arcane power to gaseous clouds of condensed Glow and even as infused supernatural plant-life. How Glow manifests in a given Realm is always unique and creates a distinctive culture among Arcanists in both their treatment and use of their magic. It is rare to find Spellcasters from different Realms holding to the same Arcane teachings or methods, but the underlying principles remain the same across all Realms in the Cosmos.