The Origins of Sorcery
The ability for mortals to have and wield magic goes back to the very first child born of a union between god and mortal. When the Great Gods Epofsuk and Luttuv realized that their children could not have children together, they created mortals as they had created the animals of the lands. The first child born between a mortal and a child of the Great Gods was born with powers passed on from the parents. These children also lived twice as long as the children of two mortals.
These children had powers that required only a thought to use, and the magic often presented itself with a black aura. One son of Epofsuk by the name of Savjuvi took it upon himself to teach these children to use their powers. He also gave them the name of sorcerers, and the women were called sorceresses.
As generations passed and the sorcerers reproduced among themselves and other mortals, the magic changed. Life spans were shortened to that of all other mortals, and more colors emerged. Eventually, very few sorcerers were born with black powers. With the change in magic came the need for spells and words of power.
It eventually became clear that certain colors of magic held more power than others. Sorcerers also became well-respected by other mortals, and soon became members of court in all the kingdoms. Sorcerers came together to share knowledge, and even power, as well.
Colors of Magic
From the most common and least powerful, to the most rare and powerful:
Brown –> Gray –> Pale Blue –> Dark Blue –> Pale Green –> Dark Green –> Red –> Violet
At any one time only twelve with the Red power and only one Wielder of the Violet Power. All other levels of magic can be held by hundreds of people at any one time.
List of Known Wielders of the Violet Power
- Aidan, Destroyer of the Fire Mountain
Those with the lower level magics are known as sorcerers “of the colored power.” For example, A Sorcerer of the Brown Power.
Sorcerers with red or violet magic are known as “wielders of the violet power.” For example, A Sorcerer, Wielder of the Violet Power. This is due to the rarity of these levels of magic.
Sorcerers with arcane powers have no need for spells or words of power, as they are able to control and channel their magic with only a thought. The title of “arcane” comes from the idea that this very type of magic used to be common when magic first appeared in the world. The only difference is that arcane sorcerers do not live any longer than others, unlike the original sorcerers. Arcane magic is not very common, with less than one hundred such sorcerers said to exist at any one time.
The rarest abilities for sorcerers are related to the idea of complete uniqueness of the mortal mind and body. Sorcerers cannot make another person feel any emotion – though their actions can create natural emotional reactions, a sorcerer cannot use a spell to create that emotion itself inside another person. Only a small number of arcane sorcerers have the ability to plant emotions.
It is also very rare for a sorcerer to read minds. Nearly all arcane sorcerers, and some violet sorcerers, can determine the intentions of a person, whether ill or good, but almost none can directly read thoughts.
Very few sorcerers can change their forms into that of another, unless as an illusion. Only the Shifters of Algoma are known to have such ability.
Along with seemingly mundane activities such as lighting fires and cleaning, magic has many other uses. Listed here are only a few of the many uses for magic.
Healing: Those who have healing magic may use it to reinforce the potency of herbs to improve healing. If a healer has more power, he or she may be able to magically mend flesh and bone to speed the healing process. Some healers may also be able to coax the patient’s own body to heal more quickly by strengthening the life force itself.
Entertainment: Some of those with magic enjoy using it for entertainment purposes. Most of these individuals hire themselves out to do illusions and other magic tricks at parties and celebrations, or they simply work as traveling street performers. Others have more serious uses for their magic, but enjoy entertaining children or friends from time to time.
Building: Magic is useful during construction, and its uses are far too many to list. While magic cannot be used in place of solid building materials in construction, it can be used to aid in the construction process. Magic can add strength and stability to structures that may otherwise be too large to be safely utilized without it, and spells can help to slow the inevitable weathering of all sorts of materials.
Security: Magic can be used to keep locations, people, and information safe from possible harm. Depending on the sorcerer’s level of power, he can create wards that can have any number of effects on intruders. Protective shields can also be used during combat or other attacks. Warning spells alert the user to danger, and some spells can even be used to keep information from being heard by the wrong ears.
War: Sorcerers who use their magic for combat during acts of war are known as mages. Magic may be used to slow the advance of enemies by non-lethal means, or it may be used to kill. A mage may use magic to enhance forged weapons such as swords, or to improve the accuracy of arrows. Spells used to directly kill or injure enemies can take many forms, though the most common is the use of fire.
Communication: There are many types of spells that allow sorcerers to communicate over long distances with each other or with those who have no magic. These most often require enchanted items to be carried by each person, and can also be used to locate each other.
Weather: Some sorcerers can change the weather, either by creating storms or sending them away. Many believe that weather should not be meddled with, but in desperate times many have been known to do some magic on the weather, but only just enough to cause some relief or prevent complete destruction.
Sorcerers have the ability to pass on magic to others who have the means to use it. There are two methods to accomplish this.
The first, and most difficult, is to infuse an object with power. This works best with flawless gems that can be worn as jewelry. The sorcerer who is granted the power can easily draw the magic from the gem while wearing it, with no more effort than he would use to channel his own power. This is especially common among women who want to share power with each other or with men.
Men can share power between each other and with women through intimate encounters. Through this method, the body absorbs the magic and can use it in the same way as the sorcerer’s own power. Women cannot transfer magic to men in this way, and must rely on magically infused gems.
It is also possible for a sorcerer to channel magic into another by simply touching the hand, wrist, or throat, but this magic cannot be stored by the body and must be used immediately. This is often used to cast powerful spells that require several sources of power, or to aid in healing.
Many sorcerers are taken as apprentices to more skilled sorcerers in most countries. A few small schools exist to teach groups of young sorcerers, and these are most common in Berk, Mahlon, and Orma.