Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Properties of Magic: a mystic resource

The Properties of Magic: inception, study, and limit www.DNFrost.com/magic #TotKW A mystic resource by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part 2 of a series.
This post is Part 2 of a series to augment The Magic of the Known World available for free download. Start with Part 1 here.

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As explained in Part 1 of this series, generations of magic scholars have compiled their observations to create a functioning taxonomy of magic. Within this taxonomy, every magic has a few established properties.

Much like the properties of minerals, such as hardness or color, each property of magic varies based on the specific magic being described. These variances allow scholars to differentiate magics from each other, and to structure the taxonomy that classifies all magics into groups.

Properties of Magic


Any magic can be defined by three unique properties: Inception, Study, and Limit.


The inception of magic deals with how the magic arises and is wielded. If you think of magic as a well, then inception would be how the well came to exist - either from a natural spring or from deliberate construction.
Magic can arise instinctively in young children, or it can arise intentionally in students of magic. It can be wielded unconsciously as a natural reaction to circumstances, or it can be wielded deliberately as when a spell is cast.

Magic can also arise independently of any other abilities, or it can arise within the practice of a related skill. For instance, a young girl might be born able to speak with animals, needing no other abilities to communicate successfully. But an elf might only uncover his metal magic once he apprentices to a blacksmith and learns how to use a forge.

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The study of magic deals with how the magic develops and is mastered. Think of magic as a well, and study is how the well is refined, deepened, and reinforced.
Magic is either developed by feel and mastered through repetition, or it is developed by thought and mastered through technique. For instance, a girl could gain experience speaking with animals and become better at it over time. Conversely, a student of magic must hone his skillset and refine his techniques in order to improve his abilities.

As with inception, a given magic might develop independently, or its development might be dependent on related skills and previously acquired magics.

The limit of magic deals with whether or not the magic has infinite potential. If magic is a well, then limit is how deep the well can go. Some magics can be developed forever, and other magics have limitations on how far an individual can improve.
Limit also deals with how a magic's inception is impeded. In my Tales of the Known World saga, some magics have an inherent limit, after which inception stops entirely. The well can go no deeper, because the water source goes no deeper.

Other magics reach a natural limit, which changes their inception and study. An instinctive magic developed by feel could shift to a learned magic developed by thought. In this case, the well must be deepened in a different direction, because the water source has shifted.

That's it for this post! Up Next: The four types of magic autonomy...

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