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A note from David Musk

Hey everyone, I hope you've all had a good New Year!

I spent some time over my break working on this bonus chapter. This is basically a list of all the known "magical" abilities in this world. Reading this is 100% optional and not necessary to understand the story. It was mostly for me to organize my thoughts, but I also wanted to make it presentable for anyone who enjoys reading about magic systems. Feel free to point out anything that's confusing or doesn't make sense! :)

Universal Foundation Abilities

Any Aeon can learn these skills, regardless of his or her primary Order. In fact, skills like meditation are so common in Aeon culture, they’re simply considered a part of life rather than a part of Ethermancy. But to outsiders (such as humans) these techniques are clearly the first steps of a larger system.

Meditation

Meditation involves clearing the mind and directing one’s focus on a specific task. This is the first step toward consciously entering the Ethereal or sensing energy. This makes meditation the foundation for all Ethermancy.

Dreamwalking

Also called lucid dreaming. This means entering the Ethereal consciously as opposed to subconsciously dreaming. This is the first step toward communing in the Ethereal.

Bondforging

An Aeon’s soul is composed of energy crystallized into a unique pattern. When two Aeons form a Soulbond, these patterns change to become more aligned with one another, allowing them to commune in the Ethereal. If left unused, bonded souls will slowly revert to their initial states.

 


 

Universal Advanced Abilities

Like the foundation abilities, any Aeon can technically attempt to learn these skills. Only a select few will succeed, however.

Nullification

All Ethermancy can be opposed by another Ethermancer. This applies to combat Ethermancy, sigils, and all forms of mental Ethermancy. When Ethermancers attempt to oppose each other, the battle is determined by focus, willpower, and emotional control.

Justicars exceed at this ability, although scholars suspect this might be out of necessity. Unlike the other two Orders, Justicars have no other means of self-defense.

Energy Draw

All Ethermancy requires physical energy. A skilled user can draw different sources into his or her body and use them to power his or her skills. Etherite is the most common source of energy which is why wealthy Ethermancers carry pieces of Etherite clothing or jewelry. Heat is the second most common source, especially for Sanctifiers.

Empathy

Emotions can be sensed like any other form of energy. Skilled empaths will see patterns in other people’s thoughts. This skill allows them to make educated guesses about their target’s intentions, and to predict their actions. With enough training, an empath can even alter the emotions of others. An even more advanced mental skill crafting illusions—forcing people to see things that aren’t there.

Redeemers and Sanctifiers make the best empaths because they’re used to dealing with external energy. Justicars make the worst empaths because most of their techniques involve their own minds and bodies.

Ethersmithing

Not much is known about Ethersmithing as all of its secrets have been lost to history. Etherite is supposedly indestructible, yet ancient cultures have reshaped it to create Codices, weapons, jewelry, and other tools. Even Etherite can’t cut Etherite, which leads scholars to believe the process was a form of Ethermancy rather than a physical act.

Raiden was the most famous Ethersmith in history, which implies that Justicars might be the most suited for the task. However, most of the Aeon cultures show some evidence of possessing this ability. For example, Palatine and Kalazhan both created their own Codices.

Sigilcrafting

Sigilcrafting allows an Ethermancer to permanently infuse his or her will into an object by etched a sigil on that object. For example, a Sanctifier might create a device to move heat from one room to another—cooling down a food storage room and transferring the heat to a bathhouse. A Justicar can enforce a wall with twice-tough stone.

The shape of their thought patterns dictate the designs of the sigils. Sigils require a constant power source to maintain their effects—usually a piece of Etherite.

 


 

Redeemer Abilities

Redeemers are descendants of either Treluwyn or Palatine. Their order is tasked with preserving and protecting.

Moonfire

Convert one form of energy into a means of transporting life force. When combined with a positive emotion (compassion, faith) the energy causes rapid cell regeneration. When combined with a negative emotion (fear, anger) the energy causes rapid cell destruction.

Most documented cases of Moonfire show a process superior to the body’s ordinary healing. However, there are limits. Many Redeemers have tried and failed to restore lost limbs. The best they can do is close up the wounds.

Moonshard

Convert energy into a form of temporary matter. In this case, a thin sheet of white, glowing crystal. Moonshard is naturally unstable and it can throw back anyone it comes into contact with. The natural states for Moonshard are protective domes and shields. With practice, it can take on a variety of other shapes. As with Moonfire, negative emotions result in more offensive forms.

Revival

All information about this ability is restricted. Even the most extensive private collections turn up few results. Most scholars agree that the technique allows the Redeemer to bring back someone from the dead. There are enough non-restricted stories in Aeonica and the Testaments to corroborate this theory. However, few dare to publicly speculate on this ability’s negative counterpoint.

 


 

Justicar Abilities

Justicars are descendants of either Raiden or Vashet. Their order is tasked with defending the helpless and bringing justice to those who abuse their power.

Ironblood

Strengthens the Justicar’s muscles, bones, and skin. This allows them to absorb damage, jump farther, and lift or break dense objects.

Battle Trances

Justicars have a variety of battle trances to make them more efficient in combat. For the Rage Trance gives them more willpower, strength, and speed at the expense of self-control. The Serenity Trance heightens your senses, increasing your awareness of the overall battlefield at the expense of speed and raw power.

 


 

Sanctifier Abilities

Sanctifiers are descendants of either Kalazhan or Vaulden. Their order is tasked with cleansing through fire.

Energy Control

Sanctifiers can manipulate all forms of energy, binding it to objects or moving it from one place to another. Most Sanctifiers prefer fire for its offensive potential, and its ability to tame and control dragons. Noncombatants often focus on kinetic or sonic energy for its use in Sigilcrafting.

Energy Ward

Similar to a Redeemer’s Moonshard, Sanctifiers can create invisible, protective spheres. These spheres protect them against one specific type of physical energy. For example, combatants favor heatwards to protect them against fire and explosions. These can also be turned inside-out, retaining heat rather than repelling it. Soundwards work in similar ways for sonic energy.

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David Musk

Bio: Hey everyone. I'm a web developer and fantasy writer from Grand Rapids, MI.

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