|Origins||Great Loong Dragon|
One of the five elemental forms of magic, Water Magic is used almost purely for utility or entertainment. This quality often allows its users to progress through the Azure Order and receive their collar with minimal problems. Water Magic knows the single subform of Aqueous Flow which grants the user the ability to directly affect the flow and movement of water. It’s most common today among the Maiar, Qadir, and Ch’ien-Ji cultures, though other races have been known to practice it as well.
Water Magic was originally taught to the Ch’ien-ji by the Great Loong Dragon around 700 BC. In an effort to preserve her own life, the Great Loong taught ancient Ch’ien-ji various forms of elemental magic, and water was among those they first discovered. In its early years, it was used as a means of helping the citizens of Yang-Tzu travel easily between islands. As time progressed, Ch’ien-ji found more utility uses for Water Magic. They would use it to transfer water between containers or put out fires in their flammable water-villages. Around 650 BC, Qadir traders began to notice the magic and insisted on learning. Through them, water magic rapidly spread about Aloria as one of the simpler and more straightforward magical forms in the world. To this day, water is very commonly used alone, or in combination with other magics to create powerful effects for utility, entertainment, or combat.
The Etymology of Water Magic is not one altogether too hard to piece together. The first to practice it called it Water Magic, and the simple name stayed with the craft. Aqueous Flow acquired its name through miscommunication between an Ailor of Daendroc; the word water in Daendroque, “agua,” was misinterpreted as “aqua.” When people spoke of magic that could control the flow of “aqua,” it stuck. Multiple adaptations came forth from it, eventually leading to it being named after the change of flow happening with the use of the magic.
Aqueous Flow involves the actual manipulation of water without touching it. Though many people, upon first hearing of the magic, assume a user can conjure water from the air around them, this is not the case. The water must already be physically present near the caster. With more training, a mage becomes more adept at refined movement. The water can be moved more intricately, with thin rivulets of it being moved in specific ways rather than large volumes in vague directions. No matter how trained a mage may be, they can never drown a person with this magic—this includes sending water into a person’s mouth or nose and even holding it over their face. This is because the amount of precision that doing so requires is impossible for even the masters of this form to accomplish.
When the mage moves water, it becomes essentially weightless. It can be lifted and moved through the air, and even flung at others. Training mages are often taught to imagine themselves casting out a mental net to loop the water in. This allows them to better visualize and concentrate on their magic, as well as create boundaries. Using this magic on water that contains other liquids or debris allows the mage a very minute form of “purification.” If a mage were to try to move muddy water, for example, a small amount would be left behind—technically making the water cleaner, though not by much. With liquids that are mostly water, the mage can never fully separate the water from it, but it has detrimental effects. While it’s possible to move wine or a related beverage, for example, it usually ruins the drink and its taste.
The original influences of both the Qadir and the Ch’ien-Ji are exhibited within the modern practices of Water Magic. Though the uses of these two races for the magic were somewhat different, they coexist within what is commonly taught. Elaborate and whimsical displays are still entirely possible, though mages that intend to perform them aren’t solely taught aesthetics.
There is a distinct visual difference in the spells of mages with different levels of study and practice. One with little study or practice would move water clumsily—it often sloshes, with drops falling from the body of water as it moves. A mage with more study and practice, however, typically has more refined movements. It looks as though water has been contained when it moves, with ripples rather than erratic shaking.
When a mage is casting, it is uncommon for them to not use an incantation. It can also be performed with hand gestures alone, though a hand gesture and spoken words is a more common combination. Water is controlled mentally, though some mages move one or both hands to help them concentrate on where the water is going, especially for quick, sharp movements. If a hand gesture is used, it does not have to be continued for the duration of the spell, only to begin it. Active concentration is imperative, however.
Usually the drawback that is most doted upon, Water Magic is a purely utility magic, with offensive and defensive properties within it almost entirely absent. Though a relatively obscure method, the only use of the magic that could be considered defensive would likely be flinging water in an opponent’s face—though, this requires there to be water nearby. The most that could be considered offense is attempting to send water into someone’s mouth or nose, though this generally fails as people tend to move when this happens.
The more dangerous possibilities of Water Magic include overuse. Because of how passive the magic seems, it’s quite easy to overuse it. Even though a high level of concentration is required, as with every other magic, mages often overexert themselves, either through moving too much water, or trying to cast for too long. Dizziness is the first sign of this, though passing out isn’t uncommon. This is often a problem, especially when casting near large bodies of water.
- Water Magic is the most efficient way to remove every drop of water from a container, especially if an expert is performing the cast.
- Breaking the concentration of a Qadir Water Mage performer was viewed as a great taboo—with some higher profile performances, the interruption could result in the offender’s execution.
- Ironically, the number one cause of death for most Water Mages is drowning.
- An expert water mage is once rumored to have spitefully ruined a man's entire collection of wine by moving it around in the bottles.