Basically, everyone in the Slayers world has the ability to cast spells, but in order to cast spells successfully, a number of components is necessary. With shamanism, spirit magic, and black magic, the spell's chant and occasionally some collection of gestures are necessary. To cast high level white magic, it is necessary to serve one of the gods as a priest or priestess.
The main organization where the use of spells is taught is at the various Mage Guilds (madoushi-kyoukai). At the guilds, the results of experiments with shamanist and black magic have been gathered, making it possible to learn almost anything, from the basics and history of magic to the most recent magical theories. Many youths at the Mage Guilds are working hard to become full-fledged sorcerers and sorceresses.
To learn white magic, though, it is necessary to go to the temples to become a priest or priestess. There, it is possible to learn spells, through much training.
By combining the power of two or more spirits, it is possible to create a new spell which has the power of both spirits.
To change the effects of black magic, a full understanding of chaos words is necessary. By understanding the true meaning of the spell, it is possbile to construct an entirely new spell.
Casting spells requires the channeling of magical energy. Each time spells are cast, the amount of magical energy available to the mage decreases. When no more magical energy is left, spells can no longer be cast. Lost magical energy can be recovered by resting (If it helps, this can be compared to MP (Magic Power) of Final Fantasy fame).
Each person has a maximum capacity of magical energy which they can utilize; this maximum capacity differs from person to person. For example, Rina's maximum capacity is high enough to allow her to cast the Dragon Slave spell repeatedly, but lesser mages might not be able to do so. However, Rina cannot cast spells such as Blast Bomb because she cannot channel enough magical energy by herself. The Demon's Blood Talismans are useful items that temporarily increases a person's magical energy beyond its normally maximum capacity.
Magical energy also depends on the physical condition of the sorcerer/sorceress. The most common example is the decrease in a sorceress' magical energy a few days before and after "that time of the month." During this time, a sorceress' maximum magical energy decreases, as does the effect of her spells. Sometimes, she cannot cast spells at all. Another more common example would be when the mage is spent or tired.
Mazoku have both far superior maximum capacities than humans. To defeat a Mazoku using magic alone has proven extremely difficult.
Mages with important positions in a Mage Guild have a title of color. The color a mage has is unrelated to skill or rank (relative to other colored mages); it is simply an honorific.
The two general types are adventuring mages, like Rina, and research mages, who stay at the guilds. Which type a person becomes depends on the individual's taste.
The purpose of Mage Guilds is to serve as research centers for mages and communication centers between mages. Here there are various items necessary for research.Back to Rina's Page | Continue to Magic and Spells