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Sunday, April 06, 2014

E is for: Elements (#AtoZchallenge)

The classical elements—Earth, Air, Fire, and Water—are the basis of sorcery. Sorcerers perform magic by manipulating (or rather, harnessing) the chosen element or elements. Intermediate (usually third-year or later) apprentices and full sorcerers can combine two (or more) elements for more powerful effects:



The illustration depicts important truths about sorcery:
  • Fire and Water don’t mix, at least by themselves. As described in my flash story Apotheosis, though, Earth and Air can act as moderating influences for the most complex spells.
  • Chaos magic is outside the realm of sorcery altogether. As is its legendary opposite, Making.
We’ll talk a little more about magic in Sorcery.

Next: F is for: Fables

4 comments:

  1. Although "Making" and "Chaos" are two distinct magics in that diagram, I like reading it as one: making chaos. Nice sorcery lesson.

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  2. I liked the post about elements it reminded me of the elements in tarot:
    Strengthening/interactive/ synergetic:
    Fire and Air
    Water and Earth
    Fire and Fire
    Water and Water
    Air and Air
    Earth and Earth
    Neutral:
    Fire and Earth
    Air and Water
    Weakening/incompatible/antagonistic:
    Fire and Water
    Air and Earth

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  3. A nice primer. I like the way Bailar, Mik and Sura use water and fire alternately to avoid overkill. :)

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