Magic in the World of Arcana
Though most common people of Arcana see magic as merely the fuel for the parlour
tricks of the wizards, it is so much more. It is the essence of creation, change
and chaos. Its influence created the earliest life forms in the primordial soup
of Arcana’s distant past. It is the substance that forms the gods, gives them life
and grants them power. On Arcana, unlike almost any other world in existence, it
permeates the wind, land and oceans. All of Arcana’s creatures feel its influence,
though only a handful of beings in the entire world understand its potential.
Magic exists everywhere in the world, but rarely stays in a constant form. The magic
in the earth and mountains is as hard as the stone it permeates, proving to be among
the most difficult forms of magic to harness. The magic in the forests is harnessed
easily by those with the gift and regenerates and grows with abandon. The magic
of the oceans is rhythmic, ebbing and flowing in intensity just like the tides.
The magic trapped in the upper atmosphere of Arcana is wild, turbulent and free.
It gives the great dragons the gift of flight and the sky Titans their lightning-fuelled
During the Elven civil war, the Elven mages drew vast amounts of magic from the
world. As the war grew in intensity, so did the desperation and ambition of the
wizards from both factions. They looked to magic as a way of ending the war decisively.
The Elven wizards bled the magical reserves in the sky, forests, mountains and oceans
dry to power their apocalyptic spells. Coastal cities were dragged into the sea,
entire armies were enveloped in eldritch flames and whole war fleets were dashed
against the coastlines by unnatural storms. In time, the madness of a handful of
Elven wizards brought the entire world of Arcana to the edge of destruction. In
the event known as the cataclysm, an uncontrollable storm of magic mutated hundreds
of thousands of humans and orcs into abominations. The storm triggered a wave of
eldritch energy that spread outwards across the face of Arcana. Most Elven mages
from both sides died; their minds torn asunder by this wave of magical fury. Even
the mages from kingdoms as distant as Daria felt the effects of the cataclysm.
Since the cataclysm, the magic of Arcana has become far more difficult to harness
and shape into spells. Some wizards claim that the levels of magic in the world
were so utterly depleted by the Elven civil war that it will be tens of thousands
of years before the levels are restored. Others claim that magic is not a resource
that can be depleted, but a living entity with a soul and consciousness of its own.
They conclude that the magic of Arcana still remembers the atrocities and excesses
of the Elven war and now resists any further manipulation by spell casters. Whatever
the reason, the end result is the same. Wizards today are incapable of casting the
earth-shattering spells of the past. The fate of the kingdoms of Arcana will no
longer be decided just by the spells of their sorcerers, but also by the swords,
hearts and minds of their warriors.