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Map of Aegialos Sea Region: show
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A Quick History: Aegialos and Its People


The Aegialos Sea is said to have been named after Aegiala, a queen of seafaring peoples who settled in the region in ancient times long lost. The people of Aegialos are said to be her many descendants and the largest, most powerful Empire in the region's history, Lydekia, was said to be her Kingdom's direct successors. 500 years ago the region spanning Empire of Lydekia collapsed and in its wake numerous successors and splinter factions rose...

A tale of Three Realms - Lydekia, Lydecae, and Psara: show
500 years prior the Lydekian society, driven by a highly cosmological legalism and the byzantine bureaucracy that develops from it, fell into ruin precisely because they betrayed the cosmic laws handed down to the emperor and passed on to the people.

In the 500 years dark age that followed, three unique cultural entities appeared in the vacuum: Lydecae, Lidenos, and Psara.

Psara made itself known as Lydekiophiles, who, despite their heritage and society originally being quite the opposite as nomadic horse lords, absorbed much of what they could of Lydekian culture, transforming much of their society, down to the manner in which they dress and interact with one another in the street, according to what knowledge they possessed.
This love for Lydekia led to Psara initiating a conquest of the lands once held by the ancient society, Lydecae and Lidenos to restore the empire. As of writing, they act as a shadow lord, uniting the current Lydecian kingdoms. They have yet to wage war on Lidenos.

Lydecae is perhaps the closest present remnant of the old society, directly appearing in the wake of the collapse of Lydekia. It was first unified by a single king, Lydos,, but when he died it was pieced out to his heirs, who squabbled among one another until Psara conquered them and reunited the kingdom.
Despite their subjugation, no cultural shifts have taken place, and Psara are instead transforming their own society according to the Lydecian models.


Lidenos and the Atriad Lowlands: show
Lidenos is nothing more than a collective of small fiefdoms remaining on the far side of the central mountain range. Due to the lack of effective contact following the collapse of Lydekia, they never reunited with the Lydecae and developed their own society much different than their cultural brethren.
Lidenos has no central government, though it did once have a king, its large size led the king to abdicate in the name of the divine power of the republican senate, believing it as a cohesive entity would rule more effectively than one man.

The Atriad Lowlands (Or just Atriad, or just the Lowlands) though not technically part of Lidenos, is an area inhabited by the people of Lidenos. The lands there are relatively barren, flat, and prone to flooding, but in some places the soil can be worked and successful villages and towns have popped up. These settlements are mostly exposed on open plains and are common targets for raiding by Desert Horselords who hail from the far west. In the past Lidenosean knights defended these villages when they called for aid, but in times of domestic unrest they are largely ignored.


Fylisia: show
Fylisia is an enormous continent that lies to the south of the Aegialos Sea, in the past its northernmost tip was part of the Lydekian Empire and successful trade colonies flourished there until about 80 years before the Empire's collapse. Fylisians are culturally far different than Lydekians and their religions are based on mixes of animism, moon worship, and ancestor worship. Northern Fylisian states and kingdoms tend to heavily exploit the less developed but resource rich south and central areas. Spices, minerals, metals, exotic animals, and slaves are brought north by the kingdoms and eventually they all find their way to the city states where they are sold and traded at a premium.

Akti Makria is the only remaining Lydekian colony in northern Fylisian, though very few that live within the city are culturally Lydekian. The people of the city do not follow the cosmological legalism of the north and instead prefer local traditions, though remnants of the old system can be seen in the city if one looks hard enough. The Prefect, the defacto leader and Oligarch of the city, is generally elected from an elite group of families that can claim heritage to the Lydekian overlords of old.

Mossi is a purely Fylisian city state built atop the ruins of an older colony. It's known for its council of wealthy merchant lords, massive slave trade, and cultural depravity. An old sailor's tale tells of how every corner street in Mossi has at least two brothels.

Agadir is a minor city in comparison to its neighbors, but has amassed great wealth by helping Mossi and Akti Makria compete against each other. Sell Swords and Privateers from far and wide travel to Agadir to be hired by factions from the rival cities and every transaction within the walls nets Agadir an irresistible percentage tax


The Islands of Aegialos: show
over 50 islands exist in the Aegialos sea and though many of them were once claimed by the Lydekian Empire, very few of them are culturally like the Lydekians. The map above only shows a handful of the larger islands, but numerous more islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, are scattered about the sea.



Erimios: show
A large, mostly desert, steppe, and prairie region in the west. Minor civilizations live in this region, though the harsh desert and incursions from neighbors from west, north, and east, have kept the people and villages largely scattered. A few minor cities exist in this region, though they act mostly independent of one another and are concentrated heavily in the south or along the River Valley.




The Magus Order of Aegiala and the Magi Arts

The Magic of the Magi: The Gift


The magics of the magi are split into four major categories. These Categories are, as follow; Spiritual Magic, Essence Magic, Chaos Magic, and The Unknown.

The Ability to control the winds and aura of magic via spirit arts and essence spells is unique to The Order. There are other ways to perform magic, but their methods are largely kept secret by other organizations. Further, The Order wholly believes that Spirit Arts are the greatest way to control magic and so it rarely shows interest in outsider magics and hedge wizards.

Spiritual Arts and Spells: show
Magical Theory developed by Master Magi for hundreds of years, Spirit Arts refer collectively to two magical disciplines that work together during spellcasting. There are 16 Arts divided into 5 Techniques and 11 Forms. By creating a formula of these arts one is able to cast nearly any spell they can put their mind and resources too.

Techniques: Create, Perceive, Trasmute, Destroy, Control
Forms: Animal, Air, Water, Body, Plant, Fire, Image, Mind, Earth, Space, Power


When one attempts to use Spiritual Spells they always run a risk, the spiritual winds are volatile and the more one attempts to harness and control them the more likely they are to face a rebound. Rebounds are wild and vary heavily depending on what spell was being cast and how much spiritual energy was being pulled from the world to use on the spell, though this is not always the case as even minor spells can result in massive rebounds. A magus who attempts to use Spiritual Magic to conjure a blazing inferno puts himself at an enormous risk of instead being consumed by hellish flame, or a magus who attempts to harness the arts of illusion and turn himself or others invisible risks tearing open holes in reality itself which could permanently alter himself and those around him.
Spiritual Magic is a natural phenomenon of the world and one’s skill with spiritual magic is based entirely on their ability to feel and control the spiritual winds, harness the power, and reshape it into an art, and later a formula. Spiritual winds blow hardest around Ley Lines, also referred to as light veins, which are the constantly changing life sources of nature in the world. Any place where a vein lies, nature thrives, if the natural area where a vein lays is destroyed or warped the vein will move, dry up, or die, and the spiritual magic there will weaken and the spirits that inhabit the area will generally leave(though some negative spirits thrive on the dying remains of a vein).


Essence Spells: show
Essence Magic is a unique form of magic that revolves entirely around one’s mastery of their innate magical energy. Essence spells tend to be the reflection of the user's personality, and while Spiritual Magic comes from the natural world, Essence Magic comes from entirely within.

Essence Spells are generally unique to their user, finding another with the same essence ability is rare and copying another Magus' ability would require the user to have nearly the exact same Spiritual Art expertise. Essence Spells are effectively stronger Spiritual Spells that require less specialized mastery over Arts and do not require formulae. This means that spells that would require numerous spell steps composed of numerous art combinations are much better saved to be learned as an essence ability. Most Magi only have access to one Essence Spell, and though it is possible to forget your spell and learn another, it is, to say the least, a rare occurrence


Chaos Magic: show
Chaos magic is a deep, unbalanced, and dangerous ocean of energy that exists outside of our plane of existence. Generally, Chaos Magic is unreachable from our world but from time to time it spills over from its plane onto ours and becomes a resource that can be used to greatly empower all other magics. Chaos Magic can take many forms and can spill over into our world in many ways. Chaos Magic will almost always enact a harsh toll upon its user or targets and though its energy feels near bottomless it always eventually passes from our world.

In the past Chaos Energy has inhabited: rings, stones, animals, plants, and even spirits. Chaos creatures are quite dangerous, but Chaos Items are heavily sought after and some of the rarest mythological items on earth are actually magic relics empowered by the forces of the Chaos Wind.


The Unknown: show
Any magic spell or item that can not be categorized as the above belongs in this group.


Magical Terms

The Gift and its drawbacks: show
The Gift refers to a Magus' ability to perform magic via the spiritual winds, see spirits and ley lines, sense magic, and so on. The Gift itself is a mixed blessing, and the term itself is tinged with irony. Non-magical creatures and people, known as mundanes, tend to feel fear or anxiety when in close proximity to one who has The Gift. The Aura that surrounds one who has The Gift is what causes these feelings, and learning to conceal your aura or keep it emotionally neutral is the only way to hide oneself when in the midst of mundanes. The Gift also carries another drawback, those who have it naturally attract spirits to them. In small concentrations, spirits have little to no impact on the world around them, but a large congregation of lesser spirits can cause untold damage to people and ecosystems and greater spirits can inhabit bodies and spread like illnesses through villages, causing horrific disease like symptoms. For this reason Magi can almost never stay in one place for long unless that place is protected by Spirit Wards.


Spirits: show
Spirits are creatures that are much like insects or parasites, they exist in large numbers and rely on plant, human, and animal life to survive. Spirits are largely invisible to those without the gift, though under certain circumstances Spirits can take on the appearance of plant life or natural phenomena, like rainbows and rainstorms. The effect Spirits have on living creatures ranges from helpful to harmful to seemingly malicious, but it should be noted that Spirits are not evil or malicious in nature; they are, like plant-life or parasites, simply trying to exist.

In some cases, Mundanes develop the ability to see Spirits or are born with the ability to see them. Some Spirits, when in ingested, can grant permanent or temporary spirit sight. Temporary spirit sight can be incredibly useful for explaining spirit-based illnesses to Mundanes.

Spirits generally gather and live in rural and less developed places. Those who live in major cities are less likely to experience a spirit phenomenon than those who live in a small village or town. It is possible that a person infested by a spirit in the mountains could bring the negative side-effects of that spirit with them when traveling to a city.


Spirits generally appear as glowing creatures of many shapes and sizes. The vast majority of creatures appear as small insect-like, plant-like, or fish-like creatures though there are some exceptions, like the Salfidi, a building sized serpent-shaped spirit which during heavy rainstorms and flooding comes ashore to lay its eggs inland in freshly created flooded pools. (An aside on the Salfidi: When this creature comes ashore it leaves behind shallow crevices where it slithers, these crevices eventually flood and create creeks which connect its spawning ground to the sea)


Sage: show
Those who are born, or become extraordinarily sensitive to the Spiritual Winds can become a Sage . Sages are generally capable of wielding magic without fear of rebound, though their deep connection to the natural world tends to prohibit them from doing so. A Sage will generally live on or around light veins and will do everything within their power to protect them and grow them, because of this, Sages generally are not members of the Magical Houses as they find themselves almost fully committed to the well being of light veins over politics and magical research. Some Sages have been known to have markedly longer lifespans, though this age comes with risk. Sages’ lives are tied to light veins and the stress put upon the vein and the nature around it reflects upon the Sage. If a Sage becomes sickly or dies, the vein he once protected will begin to wither until a new Sage takes his place or a creature that lives along the life vein becomes empowered by ‘The Spiritual Force’ of nature itself and becomes a Guardian.

Note: The Magic of the Sages is not considered Hedge Wizardry. The Order considers Sage Magic to be unique in that is capable of feats greater than the Spirit Arts, but only within the Sage's protected Domain


Domains: show
A Domain is area in which a Mystic Being's Aura settles and exists. The Winds of Magic themselves can sometimes form domains when they blow strong enough. A Magus' domain tends to extend in a 1-3 meter radius around them (this bubble of aura is sometimes just referred to the users ambient aura), this domain can be expanded with concentration well over 100 meters. Inside another being's domain you can be sensed and tracked and if the being's domain is strong enough your magic can be weakened. Sages and Guardian Spirits are known to have incredibly large and potent domains. With enough concentration a Guardian Spirit can project a domain which can cause all but the highest magic piercing spells to fizzle and fail.

Chaos Domains are known to have wild effects on Magi. A wise Magus treads carefully in potent Chaos Domains as even a basic fireball spell could be empowered into a nigh unstoppable molten projectile


Mundane: show
Mundane simply refers to any person, place, creature or object that is not under the effect of a supernatural aura. Interestingly enough there is one small exception: Non-gifted members of The Order. Non-magi that are accepted in the order to act as companions or assistants are NOT considered as mundane and are instead referred to as Covenfolk.


Hedge Magics: show
The term "hedge magic" is often applied broadly to any magic that uses different rules than the Spirits Arts. Most Hedge Magics are much weaker than magic that is empowered by the Spirit Arts and generally is a term used for 'petty tricks' like dowsing, temporary spirit sight, speaking to animals, or minor healing. There are some 'hedge' magics that can rival Spirit Arts, though these magics tend to be from far away lands or require the power of magical entities or 'gods'. Just like those who use the Spirit Arts, Hedge Wizards generally suffer from the draw backs of having The Gift.


Mythic Creatures, Beast, and Beings: show
Any animal gifted with aura is considered a mythic creature, what a mythic creature is actually capable of varies wildly on what kind of aura interacted with the creature and whether the creature is inherently mystical or once mundane. For example, Guardian Spirits can sometimes just be animals of the wild empowered by a ley line they exist on, none the less these creatures are considered mythical, and for good reason as their new Spiritual Powers allow them to control the entire ecosystem of a mountain or territory they are charged to oversee.

Mythic Beasts and Creatures include intelligent creatures like Fae-folk/Faeries/Sprites, Dragons, Lamia, Treants, Ghosts, and Satyr, and beasts beholden only to instinct like Drowners, Wendigo, Kraken, and Hydra.

The more magical and powerful a creature is, the less likely the average person is to encounter one, for example: Kraken and Hydra are rare to stumble upon and almost never occupy the Aegialos Sea. They are much more likely to be encountered in deep oceans or desolate islands, but even then the risk is quite small. Or the Fae, intelligent and general peaceful creatures they generally stay secluded in the woods, on island shrouded by their magic, or in small pocket realms which can only be found by the magically keen.


The Magi, The Order, and The Gift


Founding of the Order and the History of the Magi: show
Over a thousand years ago, Magi were considered the stuff of folk lore. Villagers would encounter strange creatures and individuals in the wilds that were capable of amazing feats, but these individuals would stay secluded and actively avoid contact with others. Lay man would refer to the early Magi as Druids or Shamans, and this makes sense, as the early Magi were mostly purely Spiritual Magic users and their connection to the Ley Lines kept them far from most large civilizations. As time passed, tales from far and wide began to spread of magic users living amongst normal men, some would tell of men that could turn ash to living flame, others of women who could invisibly manipulate objects from afar. As populations grew, villages spread, and towns became cities, it became more and more commonplace to hear tales of Magi and their logic defying abilities. People flocked from far and wide to see their skills firsthand. But the people who came to see the Magi soon learned a terrible truth of their magics, no matter how skilled the Magus appeared, his magic always carried a risk. The first recorded fears of magic grew when a Magus experienced a terrible rebound while creating water to combat fires that were burning through a borough. The Magus pushed himself too far and in doing so caused a rebound that turned his blood to near constantly expanding water. The Magus died near instantly as his body exploded from the pressure building up within him and a pillar of water was forthwith released from his remains which crushed and killed 32 villagers and left over 100 injured. In cities and kingdoms where Magi were hired to act as doctors, advisors, or soldiers, people soon found themselves growing sick, or their crops were drying up and dying, or ominous weeds were beginning to grow like wildfire surrounding the city. Some locations were even targeted by magical creatures that had never been seen before by man. Soon the common folk found it impossible to tolerate the magi and the dangers that came with living around them, and so many were cast out, hunted, or killed. Faced with distrust and hunts, the Magi fled and eventually began to form communities. These communities would eventually be forced into hiding as fear of powerful magi gathering together to seek revenge upon the common folk turned to organized attacks and raids against any known location where magi gathered or lived. Today these underground communities are known as The Magi Houses; clans of Magi of differing skill who have gathered together to live, research, find work, and communicate. The Houses are lead by a council of Magi who have proven themselves to be the most powerful, or knowledgeable amongst themselves.

The Houses mostly act independent of one another, and in some cases, are hostile towards each other as they may have opposing goals, tenets, or philosophies that drive them apart. At the top of the Houses, above the power of the Councils, there is a governing, unifying body that exists to settle disputes, share knowledge, and ask for aid, The Conclave. The Conclave oversees Houses that exist within a fixed region and is made up of 1 representative from each House. The Conclave meets once every five years at a hidden location, though emergency meetings can be called in the event of disasters or wars between houses.


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As seen above the Magus Hierarchy follows a simple route of The Conclave and its members governing loosely over The Houses, which are controlled by their Council Members who each govern over an unspecified number of Magi, usually 3 to 15 magi, these groups of Magi are known as a Covenant and a Covenant tends to be named for its leading Council member or an important magical text, item, or concept. The Council’s of each House grow and shrink depending on the number of Magi. Not all Magi are part of Covenants, some Magi choose to pursue purely individual studies or join and leave Covenants whenever it suits them. Some Houses do not follow this hierarchy, this is just the most common one. The player House will be run by this system. The Entirety of the Hierarchy is referred to by Magi as the The Order, all houses, whether major or minor are part of the Order, there are some rouge Magi who do not participate in the order and may attempt to form groups of their own. These ex-Magi are considered the HIGHEST of threats to the Order and as of the Convent's command are to be exterminated. No one outside the Order is permitted to know Spirit Arts or Essence Magic.


TL;DR: The Order was created to protect magic users who were rejected by society due to the fact that they are essentially walking calamities and ticking time bombs rolled into one. The Gift attracts dangerous creatures to its user and rebounds can be violent and cause untold damage and death. The Houses of the Order don't all necessarily get along but they are kept in check by a governing body that attempts to mediate issues between Houses.

Houses themselves are much like the Order as a whole, fairly decentralized, covens don't always get along with other covens and some houses have covens that barely interact with one another




House Astrai


Named for a mythical Thunderbird of Lydekian descent, House Astrai is one of the oldest Houses of the Magus Order and has a decent reputation amongst the mundanes who choose to do business with them. House Astrai is headquartered on the border between Psara and Lidenos and as such does business with both the Empire and the Feudal State respectively. The covenants of Astrai are known for many things among The Order and are far less focused on certain aspects of Magic than other houses. Astraian Magi have explored far away lands, hunted mythical beasts on contracts from mundane nobles, protected lowborn mundanes from dangerous spirits, and seized and controlled numerous dangerous artifacts for their own benefit.

House Astrai currently has six council members, three council members are remarkable for their accomplishments.

The Council of Astrai: show
Eol of Yarwick of the Vim Vitae/Life Force Covenant: an elderly magus who represents House Astrai on the Conclave. He's believed to be well over 120 years old, an impressive feat, even for most Magi, as age extending rituals tend to eventually lead to horrific rebounds, warping, and death. His old age clearly shows and many in House Astrai and even his own Coven wonder when he will eventually pass. In his youth he was known to have slain a legendary dragon alone and to have explored the Chaos Realm and returned to tell about it. His true love in life has and will always be research though and in his old age he has written hundreds of tomes on magic theory, items, ingredients and potions. In fact, many rumor that the true reason Eol hunted such an imposing dragon alone in his youth was that he feared other Magi would discover that he was slaying the beast for rare materials to use in potions and rituals and believed companions would only attempt to claim the materials for themselves. Interestingly, Eol has been given dozens of nicknames and titles over the years but none have ever stuck.

Euphemia Alwyne 'the Young' of the Kanae Limni/Golden Lake Covenant: As her name might suggest, Euphemia is the youngest council member in House Astrai history. Four years ago, at the age of 29, she ascended to the Council after a series of unfortunate events struck her covenant and left many of its members dead or in poor health. The Council begrudgingly allowed her to lead Kanae Limni after its sickly leader begged the Council to acknowledge her as his chosen successor.
Euphemia is a Pure Mythic Blood Magi, her lineage is descended of one of house Astrai's founders(Mythic Blood) and her family tree is filled with Magi who have bred in attempts to spread The Gift (Pure Blood). She gained great praise as an apprentice and as a member of Kanae Limni earned renown for protecting her fellow Magi and for her mystic research. She was intended to be groomed for decades to be Kanae Limni's next leader but unfortunate events lead its leader to fall ill and believing her to be the only option to save his Covenant he pleaded with the Council to allow her to succeed him immediately under supervision.

Varamyr 'Hedge Sage' of the Epith Aimatos/Mystic Blood Covenant: Varamyr is known far and wide as one of the most powerful Magi alive. His magical talent and lack of ethics has lead him to a be leader in mystic research and his travels to other continents and mystic realms have given him insight into magics that few men alive hold. In his youth he spent no time in sworn Covenants, he had little interest in House affairs or the companionship of other Magi, Varamyr simply wanted knowledge of the unknown and he saw no advancement in his ambitions from within The Order. Varamyr would spend years away from Aegialos, and when he was in the region he spent his time with hedge wizards, alchemists, foreigners, charlatans, drunks, and harlots. Oddly, after vanishing for 15 years, Varamyr returned to Aegialos just as a position on the Council became available. By the time of his return Varamyr had already gained great fame for his incredible power and rare relic collection and though part of the Council had reservations about allowing someone so independent and unscrupulous to join them, they eventually relented and unanimously approved Varamyr's seat. Under Varamyr the Epith Aimatos Covenant has become known for extreme mystic research and rather shady science and rituals. Varamyr has attempted to breed pure blood magi within his covenant, kidnapped children who had The Gift to raise as apprentices, and has induced permanent mystic mutations and bestial transformations in Mundanes and Covenfolk. His efforts in eugenics, mutations, and fertility rituals are believed to have resulted in the birth of extremely gifted twin children who many in his Covenant seemingly treat like divine beings. These twins are still young and their purpose to Varamyr is unknown, but rumors of possible sacrifices and body possessions have spread through House Astrai.


The players belong to a freshly formed Covenant ran by newly minted Council Member Reiner 'Rustcloak' Stenn, or simply Rustcloak, for his signature off-colour orange cloak.

Reiner has chosen to build his Covenant a new home location, as many Covenants do not maintain their labs or living quarters at the House itself. This new home, referred to as a Coven, is currently fairly spartan but in time will grow to be a central hub for the players.

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Leveling Arts, Characteristics, : show
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What are Virtues and Flaws: show
Essentially they're stat blocks, special abilities or prerequisites to abilities you'll be given based on your back story and appearance. They'll upgrade, or degrade your stats, so try and be thorough with your character to get Virtues and Flaws that properly fit you. Virtues and Flaws can be lost or gained through the story and if during character creation you have an issue with a flaw or virtue assigned to you we can look into tweaking it or removing it to fit you better. You may have to go back and rewrite part of your bio to accommodate a virtue or flaw, as some flaws and virtues can come with extra baggage, like Pure Blood, which sometimes can afflict you with egomania or excess pride

Some examples of Virtues are:
Pure Blood:Through controlled breeding and trial and error you are the offspring of a line of Pure Blood Magi. Gain 1 level in your preferred Art, 1 level of Int, and 1 level of either stamina, perception, or presence

Skin Changer:Through either ownership of a magic item, or through a deep connection to an animal, you can transform into a single animal species at will.

Berserker: In combat you're known to lose control. Gain +2 strength during character creation. In battle gain near unlimited Stamina, but after combat feel heavy fatigue.

Weapon Master: You're a jack of all trades with weapons, be it bows, swords, pikes, or boomerangs, you can use them all with great proficiency and are confident in your ability to know how others fight when using just about any weapon

Polearm Master: You're one of the greatest polearm Fighters around, in a duel between polearm users you're certain you'll never lose and when witnessing polearm combat you know exactly what your opponent will do, and can near flawlessly copy unknown polearm styles.

Healing Touch: You have an affinity for all things healing, your CrBo spells are more potent and your CrBo spell levels are rounded down.

Some examples of Flaws are:

Clumsy:You fall over yourself quite often and could barely be trusted to hold the most indestructible object in the universe.

Frail:Your muscles are underdeveloped and you've always had to work harder than others to keep up when casting spells. -1 Stamina -1 Strength

Coward:When the going gets tough, you were already gone as even the slightest idea of tough made you think twice. Your character should actively avoid getting involved in combat if he can help it and when in contact with dangerous aura will almost always choose to flee


Character Sheet With Guidelines: show
Character Name:
Effects of Rebounds: (leave blank unless you wish for character to have experienced a rebound prior to the story)
Appearance:
Age: (Anywhere between 23 and 30. 23 is the bare minimum age for a Magus. Magi under 23 are all apprentices or novices)
Gender:
Place of Origin: (Give a region and a town/village/city. Feel free to make up the location as you see fit)
Height:
Weight:
Hair - description and color:
Eyes:
Image: (This is anything not covered in the above, if you're missing an arm, covered in scars, or growing an extra arm let it be known here)

background and personality are important, these are how your character is going to be assigned stat changing flaws and virtues.
Background:

Personality:

Casting Sigil: this is, essentially, your magus' magical finger print. Every time you cast a spell an effect unique to your magus occurs. The more powerful the spell the greater the effect. The effect can range from the sound of drums beating, to flowers growing around you, to blood pouring from your hands, to odd runic markings being left behind anywhere your magic was present. Your sigil is a quirk of your control of the spirit arts, you can't stop your sigil from manifesting, though your sigil may manifest differently through different arts. If my sigil creates flowers on cast, perhaps when I use create body to replace a man's missing eye, his new pupil and iris are shaped like a flower.

*Stop here and wait for your Virtues and Flaws to be assigned*

Characteristics - 6 points, follow leveling guide.
Intelligence: Your ability to increase the power of your spells by exerting force
Perception: your ability to feel sources of magic, detect abnormalities,
Strength: your physical strength
Stamina: your ability to carry out physical activity and magical activity without becoming tired
Presence: Your ability to control your magical aura, expand it, contract it, or completely hide it
Dexterity: Your reaction speed, how quickly you can cast, how quickly you can dodge/run

*In character creation, characteristics can be taken to negative to free points for other Characteristics, note that 0 is an average for a untrained wizard in a magical sense, in a non-magical sense like with dex,str, and sta, 0 is what an average human being is capable of. Going beneath zero results in some wacky stuff, like being a weakling, being unable to cast more than one or two basic spells before feeling tired, or being so slow that you shouldn't be able to dodge a telegraphed attack.

*Bonuses from Virtues and Flaws are added at the END of character creation unless otherwise noted by the Virtue or Flaw assigned*
Virtues
These will be assigned to you based on your backstory and personality

Flaws
These will be assigned to you based on your backstory and personality




Spirit Arts




Character Sheet Without Guidelines: show
Character Name:
Effects of Rebounds:
Appearance:
Age:
Gender:
Place of Origin:
Height:
Weight:
Hair - description and color:
Eyes:
Image:

Background:

Personality:

Casting Sigil:

*Stop here and wait for your Virtues and Flaws to be assigned*

Characteristics -
Intelligence:
Perception:
Strength:
Stamina:
Presence:
Dexterity:


Virtues

Flaws



Spirit Arts



Spirit Spells: show
Spell Name:
Spell Level:
Range(R) Duration(D) Target(T):
Spell Explanation:


Essence Spell: show
Spell Name:
Explanation:

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Explaining Spell Creation: When creating a spell there is one number you need to keep in mind, spell level.

Spell Level is the spirit art level requirement of the spell. For example, a CrFi(create fire) spell that exists to just warm your magus up would be level 5, and so it would require 5 levels of Create or Fire, whichever is your lowest stat. Spell level is calculated based on the spell's intended usage, range, duration, target, and restrictions. The spell level is also the cost of the spell, so a level 5 spell would require 5 free points to learn the spell.



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Ritual Cast - Spells can be casted via ritual. Rituals are generally an elaborate spell that takes more time and resources to cast than a Formulaic Spirit Spell. Ritual spells are generally more powerful than Formula spells, their minimum level is always 20. Your ritual spells are your big guns, if you wanted to create a fort on the spot or summon a massive tidal wave those would generally be rituals. Certain spells can only be cast via ritual, any spell that last longer than a day is generally a ritual spell


The Range of your spell can greatly increase the spell's level. Smaller ranges, or specific ranges can act to decrease the number of levels needed to cast a spell. Here are some simple Range examples. Other, more or less specific ranges can be selected, these are only examples.

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Personal : Affects the caster and what he is currently wearing.
Touch : Affects a touched Target (spell).
Eye : Affects a Target that the caster can see eye to eye.
General Distances: Meters/Feet
Voice : Affects a Target that the caster's voice carries to.
Sight : Affects a Target that the caster can see.(ritual only)
Arcane Connection : Affects a Target (spell) that the caster has got an Arcane Connection to.
Symbol : Affects a target that has a symbol drawn on it (available only to a select few Magi who have revealed the Mystery of Symbols


Durations can wildly impact your spell point total. longer isn't always better, specific isn't always better. Some durations can be tied to very specific items, like the wick of a burning candle or sunset or sunrise. Sometimes the duration of the spell can be determined by an action taken by the caster, like concentrating to cast/channel or having the duration of a cast only be considered when a target is inside a drawn ring.
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Momentary: The spell effect occurs, then ends.
Concentration/Diameter: Most Magi can concentration while casting without fatigue for 15 minutes. Diameter is roughly 2 minutes
Sun: The spell lasts until the next sunrise or set
Days: The spell lasts for days or weeks. Generally reserved for ritual spells


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Individual/Circle: The spell effects a single target/the spell effects everything within a small drawn circle. The cast ends if the circle is broken.
Part- A part of a discrete thing, such as their arm or a part of the ground. These are spatial parts, things that could physically be removed from the object in some sense. A persons mind or senses is not a part of them, their heart is however. Once a part is no longer part of something it is considered an individual.
Group/Room :A group of people. They must be close together and must be seperated from other things of its type. You could not effect 5 people in a crowed of 30 unless those 5 people were all close to one another. Room- Everything within a chamber. This room can be very large, such as a cave, but must be enclosed and have definite boundaries. This spell is useless if there is no boundaries, such as with a valley.
Boundary: Reserved usually for rituals, targets anything within a well defined boundary like a city wall or fences enclosing a field.


Working Spell Examples to inform the unwashed

Ease of Lifes Pains - Create Body - CrBo 25 levels: show
Ease of Life's Pains
R:Touch
D:Concentration
T:Individual

Revert light, non-magical injury and fatigue that has affected a target's soul and body. Allows the target to feel refreshed. Damage repaired and fatigue removed is based on cast time. Major wounds take hours, life threatening wounds could take over a day.



Seven Step Stride - Control Body - CoBo Level 10: show
Seven Step Stride
R: Seven Steps
D: Momentary
T: Individual

Instantly teleport within seven steps of yourself



Deadly Gift - Transmute Image - TrIm Level 5: show
Deadly Gift

R:Touch(holding in one hand)
D: Concentration
T: Individual

The caster changes the visual sensation of a single object to be that of a different object. A dagger could be disguised as a rose.



Water Cannon Pet Frog - Transmute Animal Water -TrAnWa level 15: show
Requires Requisite:Water
R: Touch
D: 2 Minutes
T: Individual (A frog)

Enhances a frog with the ability to fire a water cannon which can bruise and break skin from its mouth for two minutes




Questions and Answers




What type of game is this? Will stats and rolls be a part of the system?
No, your stats are used to determine your strengths and weaknesses so I can run the game without having to stop things to perform rolls. Your fatigue, status, and overall ability will be tracked to determine what hooks are and aren't available to you and what enemies are and aren't a threat to you.

Why is the world so vague?
To avoid forcing players to read blocks of text.

What if I don't want to be a wizard
Your spells can do anything, if you're not into casting fireball you could always just cast fist instead.

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Important/Encountered Non-Player Characters

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Rasiel: show
Character Name: Rasiel 'Ras'
Effects of Rebounds:
First Rebound: Right eyeball missing, small veins protruding around eye socket, light scarring around missing eye leading up unto the right side of his head. Greying hair. Poor memory
Appearance -
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Place of Origin: Lydecae, a fishing village called Achladi on the Aegialos sea
Height: 6'
Weight: 160 lbs
Hair - description and color: Light brown hair that has mostly turned an aged grey. Hair is kept short but bangs are kept long in an attempt hide missing eye, veins, and light scarring on the right side of his face.
Eyes: Blue
Image: Oval shaped face with a defined jaw, pale skin, commonly described as looking quite bored.

Background: Rasiel was born in a small fishing village to a sea trader and seamstress, he had one sister, no brothers and few friends. At a young age Ras' Gift manifested itself weakly, and so for awhile he was able to live amongst the mundanes with little problem. But as Ras aged his Gift grew stronger and soon the people in the village began to grow weary and fearful of the boy. Ras' father, having traveled the sea for most of his life, had encountered a wizard or two in his travels and swiftly recognized after a few incidences that his son was born with their cursed, and so, he moved his family away from the village and into the mountains where his son would be safe. What Ras' father didn't realize was that in protecting his son, he was essentially insulating his wife and daughter with Ras' horrific aura. Stress and sleepless nights would begin to haunt Ras' family and as his aura continued to grow, his mother began to weaken. Before long Ras himself began to take notice that his presence was causing problems at home and so to spare his mother and sister his illness he began to spend most of his time in the forests on the mountain. In the wilds Ras watched animals, collected plants, and studied the behavior of the odd glowing creatures, the spirits, that only he could see. Before long though, the spirits that he encountered on the mountain began to follow him and congregate around his home, and in doing so they began to negatively effect the family further. Ras' mother took ill, and once more Ras' father chalked it up to his son's curse and begrudgingly he built him a small home further up the mountain and then left his family in search of anyone who could cure his son and tend to his wife. While his father was gone, Ras was mostly alone. His mother was too weak to visit him and his sister was too preoccupied taking care of their mother. The only time Ras ever saw his family was when his sister brought him food, and stayed a short while to play with him. In his seclusion, Ras began to wander greater distances across the mountain, and by complete chance on day he ran into a group of nomadic, druid-like wizards known as the Dyli. The Dyli took immediate notice of Ras' Gift and poor living conditions and after informing him of the risk he would eventually pose to not just his family, but the entire mountain ecosystem, they took him into their care and away from home at age six. Ras would spend the next six years wandering with the Dyli, learning their hedge magic, studying spirits and medicine, and eventually becoming a member of their group. Through the Dyli, Ras found a new home and family, but deep down he wished only to return to his true home and family as a master medicine man who could take care of his mother and make his father proud, this was never meant to be. While traveling to a

Personality:


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Characteristics - 6 points, follow leveling guide.
Intelligence: exactly how powerful your spells can become when exerting force, how quickly you can learn new spirit arts
Perception: your ability to feel sources of magic and detect abnormalities
Strength: your physical strength
Stamina: your ability to carry out physical activity and magical activity without becoming tired
Presence: Your ability to control your magical aura, expand it, contract it, or completely hide it
Dexterity: Your reaction speed, how quickly you can cast

Virtues


Flaws



Spirit Arts

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Character Name: Basileios
Effects of Rebounds:
Appearance -
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Place of Origin: Lydecae
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 147 lbs
Hair - description and color: dark hair, somewhat tussled about is if it was once waxed in place is but coming loose
Eyes: dark brown
Image: defined jawline, sunken eyes, heavy bags under the eyelids, light van dyke, various formulae tattooed on his arms

Background:
Basileios comes from the capital city of Lydecae, in which he first began his studies when his gift was discovered with the old magus Yosserian. He first began as a copyist and amanuensis as the old master's eyesight was horrendous and he could not write down his own studies, but as time went on the old man starting teaching him how to properly use his gift. Of course, owing to his temperament, he never committed any formal studies to memory and simply wrote formulae on his arms when he was tested; instead, he spent much his free time developing his own spells, testing them on servants and children, though they weren't anything malicious. he never kept these studies for long, as he had the habit of destroying spellbooks every few years, seeing them as obsolete and not worth keeping around, including those of his master. If he confined a spell to a book and not memory, then it was to disappear with the book as naturally memory disappears with the mind or ink washes from the arm, and he thought it best that the magus carries his own secrets. Thus, what was of actual interest to him was the notion of essence, a spell that is the body and will disappear with the body, and by the later half of his studies he had totally focused his time on creating his own that would be able to alter him in any way that he saw fit.

Personality:
Basileios, despite his appearance, stands with some aura of authority, he holds his head high over others and shifts his eyes to make it seem as if he is peering down on them. He has a nasty habit of overstepping his boundaries, and when questioned why he burned the spellbooks from his former master, he quipped: "there does not exist a single spell not devised in the last 40 years that is regarded by the learned as worth casting."

Casting Sigil:
A little, hollow sounding beep pops and Basileios' body emits a circular aura that grows and dissipates quickly over 5 seconds.



Characteristics - 6 points, follow leveling guide.
Intelligence: 3 (+1)
Perception: 1 (+1)
Strength: -1
Stamina: 1
Presence: -1 (-1)
Dexterity: 0

Virtues
Essence Obsessed: To you essence magic isn't just superior, it might as well be the only form of magic. Your Essence Spell is able to be created at a higher level than what a Magus of your skill is capable of without requiring vows or limitations.

Self-Assured: There's no doubts in your mind of your ability, you know what you can and can't do, even if you don't always show it. +1 level to perception.

Self-Taught: Your master's teaching's weren't exactly taken to heart, or perhaps you lacked a master entirely. Because of this you lack the focus of other Magi, but in return you've gained insight into exactly what you wanted to do with your free time. +1 of any characteristic or Art

Interests in Transmutation: Your interest in the shape and form of living creatures has lead you to gain extra mastery of the Transmutation Art. +1 to Transmutation Art level

Flaws
Essence Obsessed: Your tragic disinterest in the spirit arts has left your skills a bit, underdeveloped, you start with 100 points for spirit art leveling instead of 120.

Blunt: To call you direct is an understatement, your personal feelings towards others is always known and the term 'subtle' might as well be the name of a foreign land to you. Your aura reflect this attitude as well. -1 Presence

Weapon Novice: In melee combat you lack finesse with all weapons


Spirit Arts
Transmute - 10 (+1)
Control - 11
Power - 15

Learning total (Technique + Form + Intelligence)
TrPo - 30 (11 + 15 + 4)
CoPo - 30 (11 + 15 + 4)

Casting total (Technique + Form + Stamina)
TrPo - 27 (11 + 15 + 1)
CoPo - 27 (11 + 15 + 1)

Spirit Spells

γυαλιστερό πέπλο (shimmering veil)
Control Power - CoPo 15
R: Personal
D: Momentary
T: Group (around caster)

For a short moment, those who would otherwise feel the harsh, uncomfortable sensation of the aura instead find a wave of inexplicable pleasure.

άμεση αντανάκλαση (direct reflection)
Control Power - CoPo 30
R: Near
D: Momentary
T: individual (spell)

Cast on another spell when that spell is cast, this spell causes the target spell to be cast on its caster, rather than the intended target. Only spells up to the Level of this spell can be "Mirrored". This spell will not work on a spell which has already taken effect on a target.

ταφικό ταβάνι (burial shroud)
Transmute Power - TrPo 15
R: Touch (body)
D: Concentration
T: Individual

A body with the gift touched by the caster will, as long as the caster remains contact, feel as if their own aura is smothering them.

στραβά αντανάκλαση (crooked reflection)
Transmute Power - TrPo 30
R: Near
D: Momentary
T: Individual (spell)

Cast on another spell while being cast, causes the targeted spell to have the exact opposite of its normal effect. Works on spells up to half the Level. May be cast on another maga's spell, but must overcome the Penetration total of the other spell to take effect. The target of the inverted spell remains the same as that of the original spell.

συνεχής (interminability)
Transmute Power - TrPo 30
R: Near
D: Momentary
T: Individual (spell)
Ritual

Makes a spell permanent. The spell to be affected can be at most half the Level of the ritual, and cannot be momentary.

Essence Spell
μετατόπιση ουσία (substance shift)

The caster may reassign any number or all of their characteristic points permanently, but they must always retain the same number of total points they possessed prior to cast, e.g. if the initial series is [3, 1, -1, 1, -1, 0], then the total number of points the caster is allowed to spend is 6; likewise, if the initial series is [2, 2, 0, 0, 3, 0], then the total number of points the caster is allowed to spend is 12. The caster may also reassign passive bonuses from virtues, flaws, effects, etc. as long as they are initially permanent. The cooldown period is [N/A].

Essence Obsessed bonus: If touching another individual the caster may draw points from or endow points to that target as long as they are in contact. If contact is broken then those points are immediately lost. The caster may not reassign the points of the target, they are added directly to the current point distribution.

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I have a lot of stuff to wrap up but I have a character in mind!



You'll have to wait a bit still to make a character, still ironing things out and waiting for whim to finish his character so I can track what stat allocation will look like.

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Kiki wrote:
Just saw this was open.

I have a lot of stuff to wrap up but I have a character in mind!



You'll have to wait a bit still to make a character, still ironing things out and waiting for whim to finish his character so I can track what stat allocation will look like.


Ah, ok good!

Just didn't want you to think there was no express interest. Waiting patiently ^.^

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