The origin of Magic has since been lost in the ever shifting sands of time. However, the Astrologists and the Bards have never ceased their fever for the mystery of magic. To the first, individuals born which magical Talents are touched by the hands of Destiny and have the potentials to shape the future of our world. To the seconds, wielders of magic are often present in the most exquisite tales, either as hero or foe. This may be the exact reason why the fascination for magic is so common among Elyrians, even if most of us would not get to experience it first-hand.  This is why your faithful writers of The Elyria Herald have gathered some whispers from far away lands to pleasure your appetite for tales of magic.

First and foremost, the only thing we know for certain is that magic has existed since the the tales of the Mann, our ancestors. It is even rumored that there was a time where magic was commonplace, and it only became a scarce privilege after some tragic historical events that are still topics of heated debates among the Scholars. I, as a humble reporter of your favorite journal, have had the opportunity to witness some of these debates, thanks to some of our resourceful readers. While the debate sessions tend to become exceedingly heated and technical when the debate draws out, (and trust me, it does more than you would expect) due to differences of ideology or/and allegiance, there are still some facts that the Scholars seem to agree on :

  • The Scholars have yet to discover the patterns of magic. Neither how it functions, nor its way of transmission. This may not seems much, but it does indicate two things. Firstly, do not trust the first fortune-teller who claims to be able to teach your some magic tricks! And secondly, do not buy those potions sold by charlatans who promise the birth of a Talented heir, for the Talent of magic do not circulates between bloodlines.
  • The Religious Scholars claim it to be a Gift of the Gods, and one needs to conduct accordingly or achieve some great feats to please the Gods and be awarded with such Talents. I, as a professional journalist, will leave this to the judgement of our wise readers.
  • Last but not least, some officials who prefer to keep their anonymity stipulate that, according to some old governmental records, the proportion of wielders of magic would be around one in one thousand Mann, but there are signs and reports that tend to suggest this proportion is increasing, and would likely continue to increase for the years to come!

During the feasts after those debates sessions, I also had the opportunity to participate some discussions between the invitees, and I gathered some of their personal opinions on the subject:

Sir Corin : “Someone born with magic should have the potential to change the world for real.”

Sir Malais : “Not all Elyrians are created equal and that is by a grand design. So we commonfolk will just have to muddle through.”

Sir Rhaegys : “When everyone and their neighbor can learn magic, that sense of wonder disappears. Magic is not magic anymore it just a bunch of skills not different from an archer or a fighter.”

Sir Kirvin : “This isn’t ancient times where people think magic comes from the devil and mages are trying to steal your soul. While a few people will believe ‘magic is bad’ the vast majority will just recognize it as the tool that it is.”

“The tool that it is” is a nice remark, because given the potential of such wielders of magic, it is likely that those Newest Kingdoms, that my confrere Bradford has recently interviewed, would have some plans for these “tools”. Therefore, I plan to take a journey to interview some kingdoms’ officials about the politics their Kingdoms envision on the subject of magic and its wielders. But, that will be a reporting for another time. Until then, stay tuned to the latest news with The Elyria Herald.

Your faithful reporter,

Gharen of the House Yang

Knowledge from Information, Wisdom from Knowledge