Magic and Reagents

My author told me the other day that there’s lots of books written about magic and wizards just waving their wands to cast powerful spells. That makes me laugh. Magic is tough stuff. It requires a dedication, mental focus. It’s not like a fairy just going “poof” and having things happen.

More important, though, is the use of reagents. Like I’ve said before, magic runs through the entire universe. You can’t see it, but it’s weaved into everything: from people to sticks and rocks to the sky above. And each physical object in the world has different magical properties. Some things, like diamonds, really channel magic well (one of the reagents for the invisibility spell which is why not many people can cast it). Others, like an ordinary rock, don’t channel magic well although certain rocks, like limestone, can be used for certain spells. Wizards have, throughout history, experimented with millions of ordinary (and unique) objects to determine what combination of thing and word can create a spell.

Sometimes you just have to touch your wand to the object. Other times you have to crush or burn it. Whatever, magic is more than just words and wand waving. It’s about the wizards connection to the universe and harnessing the magic that’s there.

Boy, my teachers would be so proud. Feel like I actually listened in class!

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Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Magical Relationships

I remember my dad telling me stories about some of the great wizards in history like Merlin. The stories they always told were about these wizards casting spells or waving their wands and unleashing powerful magic. But that’s not how it works.

There is a relationship between the real world and the magical one. Many spells require the wizard to connect his wand to some aspect of his world. For example, in the Shacael spell, the wizard must first tap a shadow as that is an element of the magic. There are others too.

My dad always taught me that magic was a part of the universe. Like a soul. In order shape it and control it, the wizard must first connect with it. That’s most often through his wand.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 5:23 am  Leave a Comment  

The Immutable Laws of Magic

Every wizard, in their first year of school, learns that there are a number of immutable laws of magic. I mean immutable because they can’t be changed, can’t be ignored, and can’t be avoided. Every wizard, ever person who practices magic, is subject to them. There are three of these laws:

1. The power of a spell is directly proportional to the power of the wizard. This law is pretty simple. It means that a spell has a different power depending upon the wizard casting it.

2. A wizard is most powerful in his home. Not sure what this one really means, although I saw it in action when I happened back to my apartment the day I accidentally killed that senior wizard, the Lady’s bodyguard. I guess it has to do with magic being most powerful at home, where a wizard means to protect his family or his property. My dad used it to seal the door to the apartment to keep the Lady and her entourage from getting to me. I guess I’ll understand this law more when I have my own home 😉

3. A wizard’s energy and the magic he uses are bound together. What this means is that when a wizard casts a spell, it draws not only upon the magic that is part of the universe but also from the energy of the wizard itself. None of my teachers, or my dad, could explain why some wizards have more energy than others but everyone agreed that if a wizard without enough energy tried to cast a powerful spell it could kill him. Regardless, it weakens him. Dad told me he’d seen some wizards actually faint.

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment