Since my novel, Kingslayer, will soon be released to the public, I thought I would do a few blog posts concerning the world-building of that world. I’m kind of easing into the more meaty parts of the world, so I figured the magic of the world is the best way to start off this series of blogs, which I will post on Tuesdays and Thursdays until finished.
The most important thing I should note is that there are three main types of magic in this world, either discussed in the novel or in notes I have written somewhere. They are as follows:
- The magic of the wizards.
- The magic of the gods.
- The magic of the priests.
The Magic of the Wizards
The magic of the wizards, which is basically another way of saying that a character casts a spell, is fairly complex in nature. A wizard, in all definitions in this world, is someone who is formally trained in magic at a magical school of one kind or another. Because of this definition, a non-wizard can also pick up a magic wand (made of either wood or ivory) and cast a spell. They may not be very good at magic, but it can still be done.
A wizard, on the other hand, who is formally trained, is a person (male or female) who belongs to one of five orders of wizards. A Wizard of the First Order, for example, has had the most basic training; meanwhile, a Wizard of the Fifth Order has had the most complex training, and has studied the magical arts for years. Comparing a Wizard of the First Order to a Wizard of the Fifth is like comparing a person with their Associate’s Degree in Biology to someone with their Ph.D.
The Magic of the Gods
This branch of magic is deeply rooted in the teachings and beliefs of the Church of Redisy (think Roman Catholics with polytheism and less dogmatic teachings). In large part, it was inspired by Arthurian legends such as Excalibur and the Holy Grail. In other words, it is a relic-based magic system. The major conflict of the novel concerns seven holy items of the Redisy faith, called the Relics of Redisy. There are seven in all:
- Excelsior, the Sword of St. Aramara.
- The Wand of Power.
- The Immortality Ring.
- The Golden Spyglass.
- The Pendate of St. Aramara.
- The Sands of Time.
- The Everlasting Flame.
I won’t get into what each Relic does, but when all of them are gathered together, it will give the one who carries them ultimate power. So much power, in fact, that it could lead to world domination. This is one thing the main antagonist, the Black King Tiberius, is after.
The Magic of the Priests
This system of magic is far less important to the plot of Kingslayer, and in fact isn’t even mentioned in the novel. However, it does exist. Priests and bishops employed by the Church of Redisy are trained to use this specific branch of magic in the event of a demon possession or something of that nature. In a nutshell, it concerns exorcism and, in rare cases, summonings of angels when all seven Relics of Redisy are gathered together.
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