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After a hiatus while I dropped some travel and training news on you, the inimitable Methuselah Jackson is hustling for a return! In the following excerpt, he talks more about the rules of magic, more specifically, the categories that magic can fall into. Enjoy!

“Methuselah ran a hand down the length of his beard, stroking it absent-mindedly. Today, he wore a pair of dark slacks, polished brown brogue lace ups, and a boxy white Tee-shirt with a portrait sketch of Gandalf the Grey on it. Beneath the sketch, the caption: Caster not a fighter, followed by a small heart.

Shifting in his chair, it was surprising the agility with which the old mage still moved with, and if you mistook him for slightly younger than his real age, you could be excused for your error.
He smiled, sheepishly at the camera.
“Hi – Please pardon my informal attire, the shirt was a gift, and I am proud to wear it!”

He reached over to the small table next to the dark green wingback he sat in, and pulled across a thin, red, leather-covered volume.

“I realised that I have been remiss in my instruction; We have talked about the first principle of magic (Sinking the cost of time) and the map showing the REAL history of the world. I had planned to embark with you on a journey through the wondrous ages of man, however if you didn’t know the types of magic, I think that some of what we encounter together, may be lost on you.

So, please forgive me if I borrow from an ancient and wonderful text – one of my very first textbooks, in fact, on my path in magic – the delightful and every useful Primem Lumen – the First Illumination! He opened the book carefully and with some reverence, and ran a thick finger down a page, flipping through the dog eared, worn leaves, until he stopped.

“Aah, here we go.” He began to read;

“The practice of magic can be classed into two broad categories, namely High Magic, and Low magic.

Low magic is most common and requires less studious pursuit, and because of this, the majority of magic users fall into this category. There are two types within the category of low magic; Innatus and Combinare.

Whilst low magic can be very powerful, the magic ultimately used by most of the ancient gods were the highest in human magical pursuit – this is the practice of High Volumen or High Caerimonium magic.

To fully grasp this, you would need some clarification on these four categories.

For the Low magic types:

Innatus – This is when individuals have magical powers and abilities that are innate to what they are. Good examples are a giant, or a troll. Their magically enhanced size and strength is innate to what they are and is not the result of a spell or devised formulae. Elves, Seelie and Unseelie are also innate users of magic, although they can also use other types of magic as well.

This also refers to the innate common magical power that resides in the basic homo-sapien, that allows for magical events like childbirth, deja-vu, precognition, Serendipitous events etc.

Combinare – These are users of magic whose magic comprises a combination of innate capability and a certain amount of formulae and/or ritual to complete their magical process. These have historically been called witches, hedge witches, low magic, Shaman, druids, Sorcerers, and also includes priests and clerics. At least 80% of all magic users fall into this category, where their power is realised through the combination of their innate power, combined with some low-level spell formulae.

The High Magic Types:

Volumen – This is the pinnacle of human magical prowess. Exceptionally precise formulae, intricate casting methodologies, and tortuously difficult physical, mental and verbal contortions often times requiring material components as well. Even if an individual has abundant innate power, there is no guarantee that they will ever reach the heights of a fully-fledged Volumen mage – known as a Wizard. Less than one in a thousand magic users will end up becoming a Volumen mage.

Caerimonium – This is a slightly different type of magic, as it is most accessible, and also most powerful. This is the magical art of ritual, or ceremony. In effect, a ritual/ceremony can range from a complex, longer and more powerful version of a spell formulae as used by the Volumen mage – this is in effect, the highest magic of all the art. A long run ceremony invested with power over a long time by powerful and highly trained wizards can invoke unbelievable power and can result in world changing events.

A ceremony can also be something smaller and more subtle, but still powerful – such as weddings, baptisms, birthdays and funerals.

Most who can wield the power of magic perform some form of Caerimonium, although the most powerful of Wizards have been known to forsake Volumen spells all together, and to focus entirely on Caerimonium, although these Wizards are very rare, even amongst trained Volumen mages. These individuals are known as High-wizards, or Arch-mages.”

He closed the book, and looked up at the camera.

“In case you were wondering, I am a wizard, in the order of Merlin. There are some other societies and institutions that practice High Magic out there, but even though there is a proliferation of mages not seen since the fall of the gods, there are increasingly less Volumen mages than there were before. Sadly, it seems that we are a diminishing breed!”
He leant forward, and switched off the camera.

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