Magic in the World of Mythandar© is defined as a mystical energy, referred to as Power, that permeates all of creation. As with the other Primal Elements (air, earth, fire and water), which are governed by natural physical laws, Power conforms to certain magical laws which limit its use and effects.
SECOND: All sources of Power radiate magic at a distance commensurate with Power level, and this energy is detectable by those creatures able to Sense Power (mages, priests, elves, and other magical creatures).
THIRD: Power can be untainted or bear the taint of either a good or evil source. Power can be sensed as such by those able to detect it ... The Power of a divine artifact is clearly discernible from that of a summoned demon.
FOURTH: The amount of Power that may be controlled is limited by the ability of the creature attempting to do so.
SOURCES OF POWER
POWER LEVEL Range
Spells are magical formulas which provide a means of tapping into and manipulating Power. Spells combine spoken power words, gestures and alchemical reactions. Spell-casting is only available to those who study the magic arts - mages, sorcerers and witches. Its secrets are closely guarded and taught only to chosen apprentices.
Spells may be memorized or formulated "on the spot," based upon the mage's knowledge and experience. They may also be cast from written text recorded in tomes, scrolls, carvings and inscriptions. Only a mage with formal training as an apprentice has the ability to read the arcane language of spells.
RITES & RITUALS
The Seven Rituals are formulaic methods of drawing upon divine Power, available only to members of the priesthood. Through the use of chanted words and the addition of certain physical elements (from burning incense to blood sacrifice), the god's favor is invoked. Rituals may be memorized or read. In either case, performing a ritual can be a lengthy process, depending on the amount of Power involved.
Some creatures have natural magical abilities that do not require learning or training to use. These powers simply operate at will or are uncontroled. In either case, all magical abilities conform to the Laws of Magic.
POWER LEVEL AND RANK
Level Mages Priests Others
Weak Apprentice Acolyte
Typical to Superior Adept Monk (Priest)
* Incredible to Fantastic Archmage High Priest Elder Dragons
* Monstrous Wizard Patriarch Demon Lords
** Unearthly Gods
* Player Characters of Incredible or greater Power require the approval of Room Staff.
** No way.