Magic is an important part of the culture, industry, and lifestyle of Rosinaire and the world of Faehunter, but it isn’t always an easy matter.
Magic for mortals is incredibly difficult and cumbersome, usually requiring long preparations or very involved rituals for anything but the most simple of tasks.
At the very least, a spell requires a catalyst, some kind of stone or cut piece of glass with many facets to multiply weak magical powers. The average person can light a candle or cigarette with a small piece of glass, but the more geologically complex the stone the more powerful the potential for magic. Diamonds are highly sought after for this reason.
Those who regularly draw on magical powers will often wear a number of rings with inset stones to have spells ready on-hand (so to speak). Bars and inns will have small bowls of cut glass for lighting smokes, and jewelry among the rich usually serve some magical purpose.
Furthermore, stones can be carved with runes and symbols to “tie” a spell to it. Instead of constantly concentrating on one action, one can focus that energy into the stone where it will last until the spell or catalyst is broken.
Herbs are an important part of any major ritual, from purifying sage to banishing nettle and rosemary.
Herbs will often be burned as a part of the ritual, the smoke permeating a space with its magical effects.
Symbols and Runes
Symbols, runes, and other powerful imagery and writing can help guide energy as well as focus it to certain places, objects, people, or intentions.
Runes are most commonly used although the Shard Islanders of the North use Ogham lines and the Challissani to the West are famous for the symbols of dots and lines.
Mortal magic is extremely limited, only certain people are able to harness it, and even then there is only so much that can be done.
While there is no true ceiling on the possible, the common person can really only light a candle, generate a small breeze, freeze a small amount of water into ice, or change the color of a small object.
When one reaches the limit of their powers, they feel weak and fatigued. Often, food or drink – especially the variety high in sugar content – will remedy the physical affects, but continuing on will only worsen these feelings.
If one pushes their limits too hard, the results may even turn fatal.
Faery magic is different in mortal magic in that they do not need catalysts or symbols or really any other focus on their energy.
The main component of faery magic is concentration as well as intention; so long as the faery wants something strongly enough, it is done.
That being said, should that attention divert or their concentration break, so does the spell.
The fae are also capable of powerful transformation magic, called a glamour. They can transform any object into another, change their own appearances, and even generate new matter so long as they concentrate, focus, and remember the changes that were made. The spell will break, however, as soon as the object leaves the faery’s line of sight. Transforming a copper coin into gold may serve its purpose only up until it is placed in a pocket.