Magical Methods

The next question to consider is: In what manner are the effects accomplished?

Spells

Sets of “elements” which are words, gestures, and even thoughts. A true spell does not require any material items beyond the magician’s own mind and body. The effects on the magician depend on the nature of the elements used and vary wildly.

Mental processes

These differ from spells in that they do not require action beyond the magician’s mind. Anything requiring words or motions is more properly a spell.

Concentration
This requires a short time to cause the intended effect, but it is difficult to accomplish, and easy to disrupt. And adverse affects on the magician are pronounced.

Meditation
This requires a long time to cause the intended effect, but it is relatively easy to accomplish, and difficult to disrupt. Adverse affects on the magician are diminished.

Trances
The time to cause the effect varies, but depends on the caster successfully entering their trance. The difficulty depends on the caster’s ability to enter the trance. It is frequently impossible to disrupt without killing the caster. Adverse effects on the caster vary.

Items

Items differ from spells and mental processes in that they require some physical artifact. They may also require words, gestures, a meditative state, particular thought patterns, and even other items. These are Arcane energy items, and must not be confused with the results of true Enchantment.

  • Since many things in the physical world do have an effect on the arcane energy field, it is possible to compose spells that make use of them. Such spells are generally considered inferior to “true” spells (see above).
  • Potions (fluids that contain or cause magical affects) which may be drunk, splashed, vaporized and inhaled, or even swirled around in their containers.
  • Spell like tools: these are physical devices that cause a magical effect. They frequently require command words and actions. Most common are wands and staves.
  • Written tools which release their magic by being read. They may or may not require being read aloud.
  • Passive Containers: These are simple energy holders differentiated by the fact that no special action, word, gesture, thought, or any other mechanism is required form them to function. They may react to various mechanisms in order to produce secondary affects.