Of Kings and Men
How The Schools of Magic are Viewed
“There are many schools of magic and understanding how they work and how they’re viewed may prove helpful. "
“To begin, let us speak of the types of magic:”
Divine Magic – The most common practiced form of Magic, Divine magic is used to invoke the power of a God to accomplish tasks an ordinary human may not be able to perform. It is considered a holy form of magic and divine casters are often the most respected of all. To be able to cast Divine Magic, a person must have a God’s favour.
The centers for studying Divine Magic are the Theological universities of Tahleria, Gerhoff, Vorfield, Lavia, Provost, Vorineum and Amazar; and the Schola Theologica in Conwyfjorde, the Collegiate of Divinity in Saranos, Saint Helia’s University of Theological Studies in Dunmoor, the Academy of Holy Studies in Berstadt and, the first school to be established, The Holy Seminary of Saint Agatha the Maimed in Kesav.
Arcane Magic – The second type of Magic, Arcane magic is about altering the fabric of reality by alternating the currents of magic that lie underneath the magical tapestry of the universe.
Due to the Gods’ not taking kindly to reality being altered at will, Arcane Mages must be patrons of a certain Deity or an ancestor who is capable of drawing attention away from reality being altered.
The Centers for studying general Arcane Magic are The University of Arcane Studies in Kesav, The Collegiate of Wizardry (only open to Wizards) in Penrok, the Academy of Magical Arts (Open to all arcane casters) in Penrok, and the Academia Arcana in Conwyfjorde.
Blood Magic – The third type of magic, Blood Magic is a school almost entirely made of rituals that use blood slaves, living creatures and people who meet certain conditions, to empower it’s magical abilities. Blood Magic is often practiced by exiles, outcasts and apostates who yearn for great power. Blood Magic offers great power at a great cost, however.
There are no known locations to study Blood Magic. The practice of Blood Magic is forbidden.
Binding – The fourth type of magic, Binding revolves around summoning and binding vestiges, otherworldly spirits, to empower the caster and grant him supernatural abilities. Binding is risky, as a Vestige may prove to be strong-willed and exert strong influence over the caster.
The only known location where binding is studied is the Circle of Binders in Penrok.
“Let us now move on to the eight primary schools:”
Abjuration – One of the more common and celebrated forms of magic, Abjuration is about protecting yourself and others through the creation of barriers, both physical and magical. It is considered to be one of the better schools for magicians and abjurers are often respected, particularly if they work on the battlefield.
The central school for Abjuration is the Collegiate of Abjurer Studies in Penrok.
Conjuration – A broad school, conjuration is used to heal, summon creatures, teleport objects and people, and create objects. Conjuration is widely regarded as the finest school, due to it’s focus on healing and creation.
The central school for Conjuration is the University of Sacred Thaumaturgy and in Penrok.
Divination – A controversial school, Divination is one of the more practical schools, used to find out hidden secrets, objects and locations, see the future and see through deceptions. It is controversial due to the ability of mages to find out sensitive and private information.
The central school for divination is the Seminary of Diviners and Prophets in Penrok.
Enchantment – One of the least favoured schools, Enchantment controls and influences others. Normally banned in usage throughout most cities, Enchantment nonetheless proves to be occasionally useful. Most people are highly wary of enchanters.
The central school for Enchantment is the Academy of Magical Enchanters in Penrok.
Evocation – For all intents and purposes, Evocation is a school about creating something from nothing by manipulating the currents of magic for a precise end. This most often comes in the form of destructive magical spells and combat magic. Evokers are the most common form of magicians, and, while normally avoided, they have a tendency of being useful on the battlefield.
The central school for Evocation is the Collegiate of Arcane Evoking in Penrok.
Illusion – Another controversial school, Illusion is about deceiving senses and mind. While often useful, Illusion tends to be used by the less reputable wizards for their own gain, earning it a grim reputation.
The central school for Illusion is the Circle of Illusionist Mages, somewhere within Penrok. (The actual location is shrouded by the most powerful Illusion spells.)
Necromancy – Known as the Forbidden or the Banned School, Necromancy is considered to be the most dangerous and most harmful school of magic. Necromancy deals with manipulating the forces of life and death, as well as the life force. Even the most positive Necromancy is looked upon with suspicion and only the few redeemable spells are taught officially. Necromancy is also used to create undead, thus earning it the greatest ire of all, for creating undead results in trapping souls within a mortal carcass for perhaps decades or hundreds of years.
A common necromantic ritual requirement is the so-called Hand of Glory, a hand cut from an executed criminal.
The central school for Necromancy is rumored to be located somewhere within the Mountains of Terror, it’s name reportedly being the Arcane Necropolis of Brother Necromancers.
Transmutation – Another controversial school, Transmutation is about changing the properties of creatures, conditions and things. While useful, some have questioned the lengths that transmutation can go to, often citing examples of people who disobeyed or argued with wizards and were turned into ants, ducks and other creatures.
The central school for Transmutation is the Academy of Magical Alteration and Arcane Change.
Finally, these are just some of the sub-schools that fall under the above categories of magic:
Elemental – Elemental magic is all about controlling one of the elements that make up the universe, be it air, fire, earth or water, or something else. These schools are considered to be relatively decent and useful by many, thus earning Elementalists a good reputation.
The basic central schools for Elemental studies are Saint Werner’s Academy of Aerial Magic in Dunmoor (Aeroarcanists); Collegiate of the Holy Flame in Berstadt (Pyroarcanists); University of Arcane Sailing and Sea Magic (Hydroarcanists) in Kesav; and the Schola Geomancia (Geoarcanists) in Conwyfjorde. Other schools for other elements may be available.
Chaotic and Lawful – Two controversial sub-schools, Chaos Mages and Law Mages often use spells to alter people, locations and reality itself to be either supremely chaotic or supremely lawful. Either of these is regarded as disrupting the natural balance of things.
The central school for learning Lawful magic is the Arcane University of Natural Order in Penrok. The central school for learning Chaotic Magic is the Society of Chaosmancy in Saranos.
There are simply too many others sub-schools to speak of, so for now we shall remain with these two basic types.