Noble Mages Teaser Post 1: Magic and Mana
I thought I would kick start my teaser posts with a series of posts about my magic system. Today we will be talking about magic and mana as a whole before getting into the different types of magic. Magic flows through everything. Every living creature has a limited mana pool that they draw from just from living their lives. For most creatures, when their mana runs out, they cannot restore their mana so they die. Humans are the exception.
Humans restore mana over time by drawing mana in from their surroundings. A human in nature will draw mana in faster than humans in the center of a large city, so those who use a lot of magic may wish to take a trip out into nature. But because magic flows through everything, it is possible to restore mana even in places where there is little to no life to draw it from.
Plants are a natural conduit for mana, they absorb magic from the sun and transform it into mana that is released into the ground around them, essentially creating mana that can be absorbed by humans in the area. That's why many mages will have a garden of some kind they can relax in after a difficult day.
Magic in the Noble Mages verse is akin to science in the real world. That is not to say that science does not exist in the Noble Mages verse, but rather that magic is a branch of science. While this is not explained in detail in The Life Mage Trilogy Book 1: Twin Mages, humans use their mana to manipulate the base elements in ways that those elements could be manipulated through science in the real world, though in ways that are far more precise. An example would be using earth magic to separate periodic elements in the ground to obtain a specific element (iron for example). This can be done through scientific methods, but magic makes it simpler and more precise.
Because magic is a branch of science, the amount of mana required to perform a task is dependent on the caster's knowledge of science. If you use enough mana, you can transform earth into a bone that can then be transplanted into a patient with a shattered bone. But if you know the exact elemental composition of a bone, and the exact elemental composition of the earth being transformed, you can perform the spell with much less mana.
Magic is divided into 6 base types. Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Spirit, and Death. At the time of The Life Mage Trilogy, Death is a little known branch of magic and even then it was forbidden. It is the only branch of magic that is not an elemental magic and there are not natural death mages. For most, there are only 5 known elements. Each of the 5 elements is divided into three sub-branches of magic.
There are three types of humans: natural mages, self-taught mages, and jixi. Natural mages are born with a natural ability to use one or two elements of magic. They are the only ones capable of mastering an entire element. Self-taught mages are capable of learning only one sub-branch of magic. They are naturally attuned to a single element and when they cast their first incantation they are bound to that sub-branch of magic for the rest of their lives. Jixi are a genetic anomaly. As with all living creatures, they are born with a mana pool of their own, but they are incapable of using magic or restoring mana. If their mana were to ever run out, they would die. For this reason, jixi often live short lives.
Keep an eye out for more teaser posts and for the release of The Life Mage Trilogy Book 1: Twin Mages on February 8th 2020