The Aether is the resource used to perform magic. It's not a substance as we know it. It's got no chemical composition and it has no place in the periodic table. It simply is. In order to use the aether for magic it first needs to be channeled and then woven.
What is required in order to perform magic.
Rules and limitations that govern and restrict what can be done with aether-based magic.
Non-aether based magicEdit
Not all magic is based around manipulating the aether. Some elves have abilities that do not require channeling or weaving but which can't be explained as anything but magic. Priests and paladins, as well as other individuals devoted to serving a god, may on occasion be able to wield divine magic. These forms of magic will be described in more detail elsewhere.
One does not need to wield magic to be a shaman. Shamanism is about interacting with the spirit of the land which does not require either channeling or weaving the aether. It's still possible for a shaman to invoke powerful magic but in that case the magic is wielded by the spirit and not the actual shaman.
Attempting to predict the future doesn't necessarily have to involve magic.That doesn't mean it's a non-magical process or that using magic to do it isn't possible.
All elves are able to manipulate the aether to a certain extent. Some elves are also able to perform magical feats that far surpass what they would normally be able to given their ability to weave and channel the aether.
Bullet point summaryEdit
- The Aether is the resource used for wielding magic.
- To work magic the Aether must first be channelled and then woven.
- Only a few people are able to channel aether or weave magic.
- Being able to weabe does not guarante being able to channel and the other way around.
- All aether-based non-divine magic will eventually expire.
- Magical energy cannot be stored.
- Magic cannot be wielded mechanically.
From the blogEdit
These are the articles on this topic that were copied from the blog:
- A note on magic - This is the main article about how magic works in the world.
- Magic, targeting and travelling as a mage - More details on how magic works and some of the consequences it has for wielders.
- Cryptography and wizardry - The effects of magic on secure communication.
- Magic and materia - Going into a bit more detail about how magic can be applied in crafting or healing.
- Diets and costmetic surgery - Comments about the use of magic to look good.
- The rejuvenating effects of magic - How channeling the aether makes you live longer.