Magicians have developed a fairly reliable way to cast spells. They
have learned to draw "runes" from their surroundings, and create
specific spells through the ordering of these runes. **(Note: I
am still at a loss of how to further define/develop the whole rune
Well, I figure that in order to become a spellcaster
it helps to have some instinct for the manipulation of said forces,
but that skill gained through study/practice/expermentation makes
a true magician - one who manipulates magic like a skilled acrobat
or martial artist manipulates gravity to his/her advantage...
Beliefs About Magic
As in times far past, there are many
ideas and theories about the true nature of magic, spells, and power.
Various kingdoms, regions, religions, and cults have their own ideas
about these things. In general, there are three main theories: psychic
origin, faith/deity based, and elemental.
I. Psychic Based
often scholars, believe that magic is a manifestation of psychic
power. Among other things, they claim that the fact that magic can
be resisted by intelligent beings proves it is an illusion. They
literally believe that magic is a manifestation of "mind over matter."
Many believe that almost all people have some latent psychic power
and that spells simply provide a means of tapping into it.
MattDBA's article on The Workings of Magic in Eternia. This is the
type of thing he is going for, I think....)
III. Magic as an Elemental Force
Some scholars hold to the idea that
Magic is a force in its own right, an element like fire (or electricity...).
They believe that vice magic is only the beginning, and by studying
magic in and of itself they may regain the magnificent powers of
Well, that's it. A summation of mechanics,
my take on history, and some seeds for a variety of takes on magic
in the "current" era. Feel free to comment, and, if you wish, plunk
your comments right into a copy of this document (in a different
font/color or something) and send it back to me that way....