Magic of Valahn
It has been said over many aeons that the occult arts is a fickle mistress. many will come to caress her feet but few attain to kiss her lips.
Magic is not subjective concept in the realms of Valahn. Though many things said to be accomplished with magic often comes under scrutiny. Magic is not something the average city dweller sees everyday. Though it is said that some species (such as the elves of Valahn) have an innate affinity towards the arts.
Magic is said to be the ever flowing energy emanating from creation. As creation is considered to be never ending thus this energies flow is said to constantly pour forth from the source and permeate all things animate and inanimate alike. This energy in the common tongue is called Mana (gift). The older species of Valahn each have a different word for Mana. The savage elves call it Tiama (Silken thread), the dwarves call it Fenfir (fallen dew). What ever the word, the meaning is the same.
It is believed that as this Mana flowed from the source. As it cooled or manifested, it divided into the various forms of matter that make up the physical realm. The hidden arts of Magic are said to manipulate either the underlying nature of this Mana within mater to bring about effects that benefit the practitioners desires. Or redirect the constant flow of mana to alter the nature of mater. The elves say that the very nature of the source is reflected in every silken thread of creation, so by expending the Mana within oneself and enacting it upon either the Mana within mater or directly upon the flow from the source the results of magic come to fruition.
Some forms of mater are said to contain the raw essence of mana in its pure state as came from the source. This phenomena is most found to occur in crystalline stones of varying colors and degrees of potency. They are rare to find and thus expensive to purchase but they can be drawn from as a source to expend when casting magic.
There are two basic schools of thought within the realms of Valahn that teach the arts of magic. One is the Thalmata teachings and the other is the Kuthalic teachings.
The Thalmatic teachings say that the universe desires the ever ebb and flow of Mana and that any being with an affinity towards the use of magic is free to use these energies to bring about the desired effects as long as he or she has the supply of energy to expend. Gods and Goddesses are metaphors and symbols arch-typing the various natures of the flow of Mana.
The Kuthalic teachings say that all magic is bestowed by the gods and service unto them is how one receives the gifts of magic. And the highest forms of magic come through understanding all the gods and goddesses each in turn and gaining the knowledge each has to give.
Both teach the same curriculum but the way one progresses through their order is different . The Thalmata believe that the goal in magic is to understand the universe by understanding oneself first and thus allows its students to choose their own path through the colleges of the hidden arts. While the Kuthalics believe that to understand the universe one must understand their place among the gods. Their progression through the colleges of magic is a bit more regimented starting with the elements in their order in nature from the bottom up (Earth, Air, Water, Fire etc.)
The Thalmata see the Kuthalics as con artists milking the arts for more coin. The Kathalics view the Thalmata as a school of abominations and demonic in nature.
Both schools; though however one views the other. Maintain their presence in the realms by upholding the laws of the kingdom which local chapters reside. Thus the art of Necromancy is forbidden. The law throughout the many realms of Valahn view the art of Necromancy as vile and an abomination to all things true and right in the universe. Even the worship of the gods associated with its practice are shunned. Though neither of the schools of thought teach necromancy that does not stop higher mages from discovering cults and groups dedicated to this dark art. In Rhodec the practice of Necromancy can be punishable by death.
Though both schools of thought uphold the laws, in private the Thalmatic school believes that denial of the darker principles and arts only denies an aspect of creation itself.
Here is the collegese arranged in the order as taught by the Kuthalic School of the arcane. The study of the Thalamtic order is not set by degrees and set path curriculum but is bound by prerequisites in each college.
1=0 degree magery 0
Body control college
Protection and warning college
Illusion & creation college
magery 1 initiation
Light and darkness college
Creation and destruction college (making and breaking)
magery 2 initiation
Mind control college
Communication & Empathy college
Understanding Necromancy (Knowledge lectures)
Each college contains a plethora of spells, rituals etc. Together numbering almost 1,000. each school almost contains secret rituals and initiations that can not be stated here as they can only be known by members and are guarded under grave oaths of secrecy.