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Magic in Pagan works quite different than on Britannia; the presence of the four Titans sees to that. Magic on Pagan is divided into five different schools, each with its own rules, spells, reagents and differences. This document will give a deeper insight into the mechanics of magic on this world.

The Five Schools of Magic Edit

This is only a short explanation of the five schools of magic in Pagan. For each school there is a special page, with more information about how the magic works, who practices it, which rituals are needed, and which spells are available for each school.

Necromancy Edit

Main article: Necromancy

Necromancy is the magic of Earth and the Titan Lithos, and deals also exclusively with spells the Dead.

Tempestry Edit

Main article: Tempestry

Tempestry is the magic of Water and the Titan Hydros, and deals also exclusively with weather effects.

Theurgy Edit

Main article: Theurgy

Theurgy is the magic of Air and the Titan Stratos, and deals with spells of knowledge and healing.

Sorcery Edit

Main article: Sorcery

Sorcery is the magic of Fire and the Titan Pyros, and its spells are almost all dedicated to destruction.

Thaumaturgy Edit

Main article: Thaumaturgy

Thaumaturgy is the magic of the Ether itself. Its spells are the most difficult to describe, since they are in no category exclusively.

Reagents Edit

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Three of the schools of magic in Pagan need to use reagents to access their magic. These are Necromancy, Sorcery and Thaumaturgy. The first two schools only use the reagents of their own school, while the third use beside its own reagents also the ones from the other two schools. This is a overview over the reagents.

The Reagents of Necromancy Edit

(Note: These Reagents can be found in the Catacombs, Carthax Lake and Stone Cove.)

  • Executioner's Hood: The fungus is black in hue, dark in purpose and shaped like the head-covering of its namesake.
  • Wood: Almost ageless, a time-aided tree can be stronger than the hardest rock.
  • Dirt: The plant grows from the womb of the land, its roots deeply embedded in the safety of soil.
  • Blackmoor: This is an odd mixture of the element of Earth and the mysterious Blackrock.
  • Bone: The source of blood is also, strangely enough, the source of the will, and remembers the life it once embraced.
  • Blood: The essence of life, fresh from the body, serves as a reminder of mortality.

The Reagents of Sorcery Edit

(Note: These Reagents can only be found in the Daemon's Crag.)

  • Volcanic Ash: The refuse of the volcano has the property of creating the initial spark of Fire.
  • Brimstone: This is the rock that burns or, more to the point in Sorcery, explodes. A virtually limitless source of power dwells within its etheric composition.
  • Demon Bones: Having taken a hint from the Necromancers, the Cabal found that bone does, indeed, retain its tie to life. It is even useful in the ritual of binding when enough power is at hand. Daemonic forces are summoned and controlled by use of this reagent.
  • Pumice: This rock, cast highest and farthest from the volcano, retains the etheric impetus built up in the flight.
  • Obsidian: While seeming to be a fragile, easily broken substance, it endures the heat of the volcano.
  • Pig Iron: iron's hard yet versatile nature works in protective Sorcery as no other reagent can.

The Reagents of Thaumaturgy Edit

(Note: Only Mythran sells these reagents.)

  • Eye of Newt: This aids the mage in focusing the inner eye within the mind.
  • Dragon Blood: So powerful is this creature that the blood burns as if aflame. Precise measurements of this are wise, for too much and the magic will go dangerously awry.
  • Serpent Scales: The poison in the mouth of this beast seeps into the flesh and corrupts the scales, giving them the magical ability to act as a destructor of bonds.
  • Bat Wing: The flesh, bone, and blood found in this structure serves as an excellent lodestone to the essence of life.

The Words of Power Edit

As in Britannia and Serpent Isle, these Words of Power have to be used to activate a spell. They are needed for every school, except Tempestry, and are therefore universal. They are:

Syllable Meaning Spelling
An negate ah n
Bet small b eh t
Corp death k oar p
Des down d eh ss
Ex freedom x
Flam flame fl ah m
Grav energy gr ah v
Hur wind h oo r
In create ih n
Kal invoke k ah l
Lor light l oar
Mani life m ah n ee
Nox poison n ah ks
Por movement p oar
Quas illusion kw ah ss
Rel change r eh l
Sanct protection s aa ng kt
Tym time t ih m
Uus up oo ss
Vas great v ah ss
Wis knowledge w ee ss
Xen creature z eh n
Ylem matter aye l eh m
Zu sleep z oo

Lore Edit

My years of research in the field of magic have led me to the conclusion that all magic is simply the manifestation of a being's will, superimposed upon reality, through the means of etheric emanations. Furthermore, I propose that such emanations are truly limited only by the imagination and willpower of the entity in question.

Certain rituals and words can assist the caster in visualizing the desired effect, just as certain physical objects can lend power, stability and shape to the caster's will. These props are not always necessary for beings of considerable power or intellect, but are useful for most spellcasters.

Following is a detailed analysis of the styles of spellcrafting that I have been able to observe in this world - Necromancy, the rituals of death; Tempestry, the power of the Water and storms; Theurgy, the discipline of attuning the spirit; Sorcery, the craft of destruction; and what I call Thaumaturgy, my personal study of magic.

- from The Chronicle of Pagan (Ultima VIII)

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