Blood Magic and Magic Density

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Blood Magic and Magic Density

Post by Tentacle Therapist on Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:34 am

Attributed to Chaoswizkid:

Blood magic is a unique form of magic which has a very small following, almost completely unique to the Kailzim. Blood magic's main difference is the source of mana. Mana is usually taken from one's self, or, rarely, from one's surroundings. The source of mana used in blood magic is clear from it's namesake, blood.

Each being has mana flowing through it, each part of them being somewhat infused with it. However, some areas of the body have higher concentrations of mana. Internal organs have a higher overrall density, though mana is found in high concentrations in the heart and brain.

The heart is a well-protected organ that is imperative for life. It is therefore no surprise that mana naturally congregates in the heart, and thus, blood.

Although blood doesn't have near the same level of potency as in the internal organs, it has a considerable amount and can be plentiful in the right situations.

For Blood Magic to be used properly, one practicing it must be able to draw the latent stores of mana from the blood before it loses its natural bond. Once drawn, a spell must be formed quickly and effectively before the mana reaches an unstable state. The spell will then be cast with the amount of mana drawn.

The most common errors in using Blood Magic are the inability to form a spell quickly enough and the inability to draw only the needed amount of mana. Because the mana is essentially being ripped from something it is bonded to (as opposed to free-floating mana that may be found in the air around you), it can quickly grow unstable. Unstable mana may miraculously 'cast itself', causing intense kinetic forces in the area it occupies, or cause dreaded 'feedback', flowing into the wary controller and inflicting great harm.

The benefits of Blood Magic focus on the source itself. While gathering mana from the surrounding air is possible, it is difficult to do and is very infrequent in its density. Blood is a tangible liquid with a nearly continuous density (not to mention higher than air's), making it a good object to draw mana from. Being able to use up external stores of mana before utilizing internal stores provides a great advantage.

Blood Magic is with its own flaws, however. Mana will naturally lose its connection with blood after some time, releasing it into the air and ruining its efficiency. This also means that the mage must draw the mana out while it still has a connection, essentially tearing it away. This causes the mana to quickly become unstable, the effects of which have already been stated. It also means the mana cannot be integrated with anything else, so it must be used in its entirety, lest any remnants grow unstable. Mixing one's own mana with drawn mana can be very hazardous, causing the spell to go awry.

A mage highly skilled in blood magic can quickly slay opponents, increasing his potential mana stores with every fallen body. A mage unskilled yet using blood magic can quickly become source of mana himself.





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Re: Blood Magic and Magic Density

Post by Caligstro Smith on Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:16 pm

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EXCELLENT pun.

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Anyway I like it. A lot. Apparently it's not finished yet according to chaos a few minutes ago, but I'd really like to see it finished up and moved into the official Magic & Divine category. This would've been really good to know about while trying to get a handle on the Kailzim articles that are already in the official Land & Its People forum.
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Post by CromTheConqueror on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:24 pm

Interesting. It reminds me a lot of how I imagine blood mages from Dragon Age would work in a novel. Particularly the bit about them using other peoples blood for mana. Is blood magic for the most part battle-oriented in nature?

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Post by Caligstro Smith on Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:02 am

I don't see why it would have to be battle oriented. It might tend to be so since to continue using it with any degree of regularity you'll need a continuous supply of blood, which either means slaughtering whole fields of livestock or slaughtering whole fields of men. Otherwise your sustainability is severely limited (ie you cast a couple spells and then if you do more you die of bloodloss)
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Post by Admin on Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:05 am

Like Caligstro said, it's battle-oriented due to the nature of how you get it. However, you can cast anything with it, just people might tend to cast more battle-oriented spells than otherwise.
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