Magic is the act of changing the laws of physics, reality, and sometimes time, in the world of Aloria by drawing on essences from another realm, the Gods, or Dragons, to change the way things work. Magic means a great many things for different people, some Elves might consider it part of their very being, while some Ailor consider it something alien or superstitious, while some Sihndar consider it evil itself. Magic allows great feats like the defiance of gravity and solving hunger for a whole city, but also great evil like the destruction of whole forests or carnage on the battlefield.
OOC Note: This Page explains Dimensional Alignment, and Magical Morality as well as the logic behind Magic in the Alorian universe. If you are reading this Page to decide on Proficiencies and Point Buy Packs, only reading Dimensional Alignment and Morality of Magic is required.
- If you want to learn more about different major locations one can learn how to use Magic, click HERE.
Magic has a long and storied history with much anecdotal and common experiences that it is hard to ascribe a single correct analysis of it. Magic was once inherent to the world known as Life Magic, however as the Seraph Civilization hungered for more power, they courted the powers of ruin by drawing energy from other dimensions. They could not control this Magic, and it destroyed their civilization, creating a cycle of so-called Void Invasions that would periodically wipe sentient species from the world of Aloria. As time passed, Dragons and Gods came into being that would weaponize their own type of Life Magic against the ruinous powers, thus creating their own Dragon and God Magic. Life Magic is effectively gone from the world now, with the remnants divided between the extradimensional Void, Exist and Ordial, and the Alorian native God and Dragon Magics. Magic has permeated far in nearly every society but also continues to evoke an emotional and sometimes violent debate on its right to exist in the world, whether for fear of the unknown, or jealousy over powers that the mundane cannot wield.
All Magic requires fuel, and each Mage must be aligned with one of the Dimensions from which Magic comes. When Point Buying any Packs from Enchant Point Buy, Radiant Point Buy, or Sinistral Point Buy, your Character must be aligned to a specific Dimension, and there are certain rules associated with each Dimension. A Character can only ever have one Alignment, and this cannot be changed later on, so the choice should be carefully made (some exceptions may apply, like for example the Narim or Suvial Races).
- Exist Magic was the first extradimensional Magic that was created in the world when the Seraph dragged Exist essence into the world. The Exist is an incomprehensible dimension of everything all at once, meaning all sense and all material and all manners of time and space, often depicted with themes of cleanliness, order, symmetry, discipline, structure, function over form, and evil deeds done for good intentions. Exist Magic can be chosen as an Alignment for Magic.
- Void Magic was the second extradimensional Magic that was spontaneously manifested in the world because it was a mirror dimension of the Exist. The Void is an incomprehensible dimension of nothing that never was, meaning none of the senses, nothingness, and no concept of time and space, often depicted with themes of corruption, anarchy, selfishness, desire, beauty over function, and good deeds done for evil intentions. Void Magic can be chosen as an Alignment for Magic.
- Ordial Magic was the third extradimensional Magic that is barely understood and nobody knows for sure when it first appeared. The Ordial Realm is a mirror dimension of Aloria, where everything is dead, inhabited by eldritch horrors and monsters who hunger for the souls of the living and create dead things to steal souls in Aloria. Ordial Magic is also often called Death Magic, because of its associations with Necromancy. Ordial Magic can be chosen as an Alignment for Magic.
- Dragon Magic was created by the Dragons who are native to Aloria to fight the corruption and destruction brought about by the extradimensional Magics (Void, Exist, Ordial). Dragon Magic cannot be chosen as an Alignment for Magic, as it follows specific rules. To create a Dragon Magic Character, it will be required to create an Archon Character (see rules on that Page).
- God Magic was created when the Gods of the various religions of Aloria blessed their faithful with powers to defend their spiritual realm and the afterlife. God Magic isn't strictly anti-extradimensional Magic and sometimes is even anti-Dragons. God Magic cannot be chosen as an Alignment for Magic, as it follows specific Rules. God Magic can only be found in the Faith Proficiency Category.
Morality of Magic
The Morality of Magic is complicated in Aloria. While originally when Void and Exist Magic entered the world, they were purely corrosive Magics that damaged the fabric of reality and the world around where they were used, making them obliquely evil in all applications. However, over the tens of thousands of years, many Mages figured out ways to use Magic without harming the natural world, even Magic from the extradimensional planes like the Void and Exist. As such, over time, categories formed around the usage of Magic, with harmless Magic being called Radiant Magic, evil Magic being called Sinistral Magic, and gray morality Magic being called Enchant Magic. Whether someone is Void Aligned or Exist Aligned has no impact on their Morality. A Void Mage can have only Radiant Point Buy Spells, and an Ordial Mage can have a mix of both. Each spell in itself has a moral statement, rather than a universal label.
- Radiant Magic is Magic that heals, repairs, restores, protects and defends. It is Magic purely designed to have no negative impact on the magical fabric of the world and thus can be cast guilt-free of damaging the world. No Spirits are ever attracted to Radiant Magic, and it also does not taint the world where it lingers. It is Magic used by those who want to help and be conscientious and a force for good.
- Sinistral Magic is Magic that damages, corrupts, breaks, and mutilates. It is Magic purely designed to not care about the collateral damage to the magical fabric of the world and thus is always cast with the foreknowledge that it is a selfish act. Spirits are attracted to Sinistral Magic and feed on it, while nature around the use of Sinistral Magic is corrupted. It is used by those who see Magic only as a source of power and control.
- Enchant Magic is Magic that is neither obliquely Good or Evil. It is Magic that provides utility and enables a user, but the morality of their use of Magic is entirely up to how they use it. Do they use Enchant to help and support others? then it is Good, do they use it to harm and destroy others? then it is Evil. Spirits are only attracted to Enchant Magic, and the world is only damaged when it is used for selfish and destructive reasons.
- God Magic and Dragon Magic are never classified as any of these types of Magic, as they never damage the world, and never attract Spirits, being native to Aloria. It should however be stressed that this does not mean that they are always morally just. There are plenty of Dragon and God Magic users who perform great acts of Evil, many magnitudes more depraved than even the worst Sinistral Magic user.
Magic in Regalia
Magic in Regalia has always had a very dubious reputation, and many Mages have gotten used to what they call “The Magical Pendulum”. The idea is that Regalia never quite settles permanently on its stance on Magic, and frequently changes direction from a more progressive understanding to a more repressive one. This is largely due to the nature of the Empire, where the whims and needs of individual political actors influence how the Imperial Court reacts to the existence of Magic overall. To be Magical is not considered a crime, but to use Magic in public without the necessary legal documentation or approval is. Many things related to Magic are outlawed, like Death Magic or Necromancy (the act of meddling with corpses or causing death with Magic). Still, Magic has found its way into various sectors of authority also, with Magic being commonly used in the State Metropolitan (the guard) and even in the Emperor’s personal circle. Whether a Magic user succeeds in Regalia is usually related to their connections and their social caste as well as how they use their Magic, as opposed to what type of Mage they are.
How Magic Works
Every Mage is unique, to explain how Magic works, let us examine the case of the Apple. In Aloria, an apple is red, it is round(ish), and it falls down from the tree. This establishes three laws of reality of the Alorian world: color, shape, and gravity. When a Mage is born (or learns to use Magic), their Magic never strictly does a specific thing, but seeks to use the Mage’s imagination to bring about change in the laws of reality of Aloria. As such, if the Mage wishes to have the apple, instead of it falling from the tree it floats towards them, thus interfering with the gravity law of reality. If the Mage wishes the apple to be black, they might summon a flame around it to burn it to a crisp and blacken it, thus interfering with the law of temperature. If the Mage wishes the apple to be dried, they might evaporate all water in an instant, thus interfering with the law of liquids and gasification. Magic is a means to an end, to use Magical energies to change the laws of reality, of physics, of time, and of perception, and how that is done is entirely up to the imagination of the Mage themselves. Technically in lore, all Mages are thus unique, however, due to the gamified needs of D&D style combat, our Proficiency System only has categorical Abilities, with free aesthetics around them. This is part of the suspense of disbelief when reviewing Magic as a whole.
How a Mage is Made
Magic can be acquired in three ways. The first manner is to be born with it, those who are born with Magic are called Mageborn. The second manner is to learn it from another Mage, those who learn are called Magewise. The last manner is to have Magic given by a higher entity, those who have Magic given to them are called Magegiven. There is no inherent superiority in any of these categories, there are Mages who were born that were known to be less skillful than Mages who were taught, or those who were given Magic by a higher entity. Learning, or being able to use Magic, often comes down to the individual imagination or mental compatibility of the Mage, and so some Mages eventually reach a glass ceiling that they are unable to reach beyond, while others soar much further. In history, some Mages have been known to be exceptionally skilled beyond all mortal comprehension, such as the Allorn Empress Vinnalea, who could destroy whole mountains with a faint gesture. These Mages are called Archmages, and how they manifest is not well understood. Finally, it is important that for Mageborn, Magic can be inherited. While being born a child of a Mage is not a guarantee, it does slightly increase chances. This particularly led to mage breeding programs in the Allorn Empire before its collapse, with prestigious families planning magical pairings ahead of time to ensure Mageborn status in their children. It is supposed that for every 5,000 born individuals, one is Mageborn, though the actual number is probably higher since this estimation is based on an extrapolation of the reported Mageborn in the Regalian Empire.