Variations of Magics

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Variations of Magics

Post  Admin on Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:15 am

The magics that are used in the Damned Lands are best divided into four categories based on their sources. These are Holy Magics, Common Magics, Dark magics and Demonic Magics. It is possible for someone to be practiced in the use of more than one type, although generally one would stick to learning mostly one type.


Holy  Magics

    Holy magic is derived from a connection to the holy forces of the previously present Seraphim race. Although they are no longer around, the imprint of their power was left on the land and in the people and is able to be harnessed by those with Seraph blood. Those that have this ability are commonly known as Faithful, although it is possible to harness this power without knowledgeable connection to their 'Faith'.
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Common Magics

    Common magics are the magics generally harnessed by the average human. It comes from the natural magic energies of the land and those who are able to use such power have generally had some sort of Demonic influence in their ancestry. The common magics are divided into three separate schools. Generally anyone with ability can learn this, including Faithful, although it is generally frowned upon.

    Light Magics

      Light magics are similar to holy magics although significantly weaker. This includes basic seals and charms as well as some healing magics. Demons generally find no use for this type, and although they can learn to use it it is rare and generally weak.
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    Elemental Magics

      Elemental magics, as they sound, include harnessing elemental forces to one's will. This can include creating autonomous beings out of said element (such as 'golems). This is the most common of all magics and can be used by anyone.
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    Illusionary Magics

      Illusionary magics are, as would be obvious, the power to create illusions. It doesn't quite stop there, also including barrier type and even limited teleportation to extremely advanced practitioners of this school of magic. It is the least common type of common magic.
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Dark Magics

    When a damned is killed by any means other than a cleansing or advanced holy/light magic, their soul is imprinted onto the ground where they die. There are those who can harness this momentarily to bring forth a shadow being with those traits of the one who died OR are capable of harnessing this power to fuel themselves if they have none of their own. It is also possible to force possession from these spirits. It is a learned skill that anyone risking corruption of themselves (i-e, being taken over by the spirit they are raising and being taken over by it permanently) can use. Can be learned by Damned and Humans.
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Demonic Magics

    Demons and Damned will often have a special set of abilities that is drawn from their own demonic energies. This can vary greatly from individual to individual. Some of the more common abilities can include but are not definitely not limited to possession and hypnotism type skills
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H o l y M a g i c s

Post  Admin on Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:19 am



      H o l y M a g i c s


Source

    The source of Holy magic comes from one of two things: First and foremost, it comes from the connection one has to the Holy energies left behind in the people and places. This Holy energy is the only remaining influence left behind from the now long gone Seraphim. It is reinforced by meditation and faith in the Seraphim, thus the calling of its users 'Faithful'.

    The connection to this source can be severed forcefully through corruption from Demonic energies, a failed Cleansing, or through weakened faith and lack of proper meditation which allows the always present corruption of the damned lands to seep in.

    Generally, it is taught only by those of the Order of the Faithful and only to those who swear to take on their role in clearing the corruption from the world. There are some who stumble across figuring out this power on their own, but generally they are weaker and more prone to losing this connection than those who have been trained.



Formal Training
    Formal training for use in Holy magics is offered only by the Order of the Faithful. Generally this is taught through a one-on-one apprentice manner, with a more experienced Faithful taking on someone who shows skill and dedication. Depending on the discipline of the one learning, the basics can be mastered in just a few years, although proper use and the ability to perform cleansings, strong seals and more advanced holy magic can take decades of training and meditation.


Holy Healing

    A branch of practice in Holy magic is geared towards healing. It is effective only on Humans and Faithful, will cause quite a bit of discomfort to a damned, and will injure a Demon. It works by speeding up the healing of wounds, although the more complex the would the harder it would be to heal. Generally still leaves behind scars unless the user is very skilled. Holy healing magic can take the edge off of some poisons and illnesses, although this is generally only the case if the source is partially magical in nature (i.e. sickness caused by food corrupted by Demonic energy).


Cleansing

    The Faithful, if of strong enough will or if a Damned is weakened, are able to perform what they refer to as a 'cleansing'. This will remove the demonic energies from a Damned, which effectively involves them being vaporized from the inside out by a holy light and it kills them. If the Damned is able to over power the Faithful performing the act, however, it can result in one of a few things. At minimum it would fail. It's possible that it might cause a sort of whiplash of magical energies that may stun the Faithful. This whiplash might temporarily weaken their connection to the Holy energies around them or at worst, sever it completely.


Holy Flames

    Faithful are able to form their Holy energies into forms such as holy white flames or imbue the energy into their weapons. This deals damages to Demons and Damned that is very hard to heal. A Damned or Demon killed with this power is significantly less likely to leave behind any magical corruption on the area where they die, although it is generally preferred that they be cleansed.

    A cleansing can also be performed on a certain location, removing the corruption and allowing holy energy to be more readily available. This area can, of course, become corrupted again.


Seals

    Holy magic is able to create seals that temporarily close off access to any kind of magical energies. It is easiest to break one while it is being set in place, although it is possible to wear one down or remove it afterwards as well depending on the strength of the one who cast it and the one it is placed on. It can be cast on anyone at all, and multiple people can be called upon to perform the same seal to increase its strength.




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Light Magics

Post  Admin on Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:20 am



      Light Magic



Source

    Like other Common magics, Light magic takes its source from the natural energy of the land and people. It is accessible to Humans who have some sort of Demonic or Damned blood in their ancestry (which is a little more than half the population), as well as Demons and Damned although the latter of the two are stronger in its use. The connection to this magic can be temporarily blocked or sealed indefinitely, although it can never be completely severed. It can be learned by Humans, Damned and Faithful (although it is frowned upon for a Faithful to use the common magics)



Formal Training

    Some formal training is offered in Light magic, generally on a teacher/apprentice basis and is most often geared towards it's main use: healing. Generally all larger towns will have at least one person who is well versed in Light magic and takes a position of local healer in aide of physical doctors and alchemists.


Healing Magic

    Healing through Light magic rather than Holy magic is generally stronger and more effective, if just because it is more often practiced.  It is effective on Humans and Faithful, less effective on Damned, and will be more or less useless on a Demon. It works by speeding up the healing of wounds, although the more complex the would the harder it would be to heal. Generally still leaves behind scars unless the user is very skilled. Healing magic can take the edge off of some poisons and illnesses, although this is generally only the case if the source is partially magical in nature (i.e. sickness caused by food corrupted by Demonic energy).



Area Cleansing

    Although Light magic cannot be used to perform an actual cleansing, a weaker form of area cleansing can be used to banish corruption from land which allows plants to grow better.



Seals

    Light magic is able to create seals that temporarily close off access to any kind of magical energies. It is easiest to break one while it is being set in place, although it is possible to wear one down or remove it afterwards as well depending on the strength of the one who cast it and the one it is placed on. It can be cast on anyone at all, and multiple people can be called upon to perform the same seal to increase its strength.


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Elemental Magic

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      Elemental Magics


Source
    Like other Common magics, Elemental magic takes its source from the natural energy of the land and people. It is accessible to Humans who have some sort of Demonic or Damned blood in their ancestry (which is a little more than half the population), as well as Demons and Damned although the latter of the two are stronger in its use. The connection to this magic can be temporarily blocked or sealed indefinitely, although it can never be completely severed. It can be learned by Humans, Damned and Faithful (although it is frowned upon for a Faithful to use the common magics)



Formal Teaching
    Teaching of Elemental magics is most often it is taught in a teacher/apprentice type manner. Seen as generally being more destructive, any formal schools in its study are often kept on the down low by the demon masters of the area, although some places where human/demon relations are better will have some sort of formal schooling in its use set up. Most schooling only goes as far as "this is how to easily start a fire but not burn down your house", however, most people not really don't go past this level unless necessary.

    Apart from this, due to the simplicity of concept and readily available surroundings of elemental objects (durr) this is the most common type of magic for someone to figure out by accident and self teach through trial and error.



The elements
    The elements that may be manipulated are under the following generalized categories: fire (and heat), water (and ice and cold), air, stone, plant, and lightning. What these elements can be capable of is completely dependent on the amount of time spent practicing in their use. 
    Most people are attuned strongly to just one or two elements, although they may with practice pick up others as well. 
    Weaker elemental magic is able to only manipulate what is already there whereas stronger magic can create it entirely. 



Golems
    Skilled users of elemental magic can create autonomous beings out of an element to fight for them/defend them/perform tasks. These are generally referred to as golems and do require a constant supply of magical energy to function. They can be as large as a stone giant or as small as little fairies made of flowers, depending on the strength and skill of the caster as well as the need.


Enchantments
    It is possible to imbue an object (such as a weapon or tool) to temporarily hold the qualities of an element in order to increase effectiveness.


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Illusionary Magics

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      Ilusionary Magics


Source
    Like other Common magics, Illusionary magic takes its source from the natural energy of the land and people. It is accessible to Humans who have some sort of Demonic or Damned blood in their ancestry (which is a little more than half the population), as well as Demons and Damned although the latter of the two are stronger in its use. The connection to this magic can be temporarily blocked or sealed indefinitely, although it can never be completely severed. It can be learned by Humans, Damned and Faithful (although it is frowned upon for a Faithful to use the common magics)



Formal Teaching
    Teaching of Illusionary magics is most often it is taught in a teacher/apprentice type manner. It is the least common of the common magics and although completely possible for humans to learn, it is often only taught by demons or damned is rarely seen in day to say life. 

    It is possible for some skill in it to be self learned, although due to its abstract nature this is less likely than any other magic.



Illusions 
    Illusions come in two varieties: large scale illusions that affect everyone who comes into contact with the cast and targeted illusions which affect just the target. The illusions themselves are able to affect anywhere from one of the senses to all of them. The illusions themselves can be anything from invisibility to loud noises to wild hallucinations to even forcing someone to experience pain.



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Re: Variations of Magics

Post  Admin on Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:20 am


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      When a damned dies, their soul is imprinted onto the ground where they die. There are those who can harness this momentarily to bring forth a shadow being with those traits of the one who died OR are capable of harnessing this power to fuel themselves if they have none of their own. It is also possible to force possession from these spirits. It is a learned skill that anyone risking corruption of themselves (i-e, being taken over by the spirit they are raising and being taken over by it permanently) can use. Can be learned by Damned and Humans.


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Re: Variations of Magics

Post  Admin on Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:21 am


    D e m o n i c M a g i c s


      Demons and Damned will often have a special set of abilities that is drawn from their own demonic energies. This can vary greatly from individual to individual. Some of the more common abilities can include but are not deeeeefinitely not limited to possession and hypnotism type skills



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