Monday, May 2, 2022

Realms of Magery: a mystic resource

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, magic is prevalent in the Known World, and generations of magic scholars have compiled their observations to create the Magic Codex, a functioning taxonomy of magic.

This post series corresponds with Magic Codex Chapter 0 - Magic Basics.

Within the codex, the term magery is located at (0.1.1) and is defined as:
magery (N) The fields of studying magic, ranging from the history and taxonomy of magic to the practice of wielding magic. Also: realm, annalist, taxonomy, taxonomist, empiricist, arcanist

In my Tales of the Known World saga, the word magery refers to the array of academic pursuits involving magic (as in, This is a school of magery, or, The realms of magery encompass most magics). The branches of magery are known as realms (as in, He studies the historical realm of magery).

The four main realms of magery are historical, taxonomic, practical, and divine.

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Historical magery focuses on the development of magic through the ages, the predominant innovations of magics in different eras, and the impact of magic upon various geopolitical climates and conflicts. A scholar of this realm is known as an annalist (as in, An annalist studies the history of magic).

Taxonomic magery focuses on the orderly classification of magic into assorted categories, known as the taxonomy of magic (as in, The taxonomy of magic divides all known magical effects into groups). Developed by observation over time, magic taxonomy is an organizational system that groups known magics by their ascribed similarities.

As a science, magic taxonomy is subject to change, and magics are sometimes reclassified as new discoveries are made and new connections become clear. A scholar of this realm is known as a taxonomist (as in, The taxonomists revise the magic taxonomy when new evidence arises).

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The Known World is rife with magic. Over time, scholars have compiled all these magics and magical effects into a comprehensive taxonomy. For more about the role and inner workings of magic, check out the complete Magic Codex above.

Practical magery focuses on perfecting the art of wielding magic, advancing the magical talents of individuals, and the innovation of new magical skills and techniques. A scholar of this realm is known as an empiricist (as in, Many empiricists conduct magical experiments).

Divine magery focuses on magics considered beyond the normal realms outlined above. These include arcana, described in Magic Codex Chapter 8, which are unclassified instances of magic that fall outside the standard taxonomy, as well as the magics of deities and other planes of existence, which are typically beyond the reach of mortals.

A scholar of this realm is known as an arcanist (as in, Most arcanists hope to create a major breakthrough in our understanding of magic as a whole).

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