What type of Mage would you be?

Another fun question for you…

Some time ago, I came up with the beginnings of a book – one of many. As I love fantasy, this particular book was going to be based within that genre. I listed and detailed the concept of Mages in my story. Now, I am aware that this is not particularly original, but linked in with the rest of the ideas, I’m hoping it is original enough! Below is an excerpt of my story plan, and I thought I would post it here for some light-hearted reading. So, if you like fantasy, or the idea of being a mage with elemental powers at your command, then:

which of the following would you be – or like to be?

ELEMENTS OF MAGIC

AIR (East) air magic; wind, weather, the air itself.
Power/talent with creatures of the air, also whisperings on the wind. The night sky, shadows – Darkness.

FIRE (South) fire magic; use of Sun energy, volcanoes, flames, heat. Physical energy and Action.

WATER (West) water magic; rain, lakes and seas etc. Direction of Sensitivities and Healing. Talent with sea creatures.

EARTH (North) earth magic; the earth itself, land, forests, plants.
Power/Talent with land creatures. Also Depths and Darkness. Revivng/ nurturing.

ETHER (Centre): To see the Otherworld clearly.
Control/power/ability with the Otherworld. Empathic, Psychic, Destiny-seeing, Dream-weaving.

 These are the Elements with which the Mages are gifted. There is dark as well as Light; they are balanced and cannot be one without the other. Dark magic is encompassed within the Mages Circle, and those who find themselves gifted in such a way are long trained how to use its power appropriately and effectively, so that the darkness does not take over and Turn the Soul.

Some Mages find they are gifted with two powers; and are known as Geminis. One always dominates though. Earth and Water, for example. The power of the two Elements mixed depends from Mage to Mage; varying powers have manifested through the same combinations of Elements.

THE ORDERS OF MAGES

The personality of mages tend to hold a common bond to each House, or Element of the Mages Power. Each House or Elemental Mage can be compacted to the following traits… like reading a Horoscope!
FIRE mages tend to be determined, enthusiastic and/or stubborn people, with a will of iron. They are usually practical, quick thinkers, problem solvers, although not always flexible to the ideas of others – especially when they believe they are right. Their gaze is intense, full of heat, daring you almost. They are not big on imagination or drama. With the rare exception (as there is to every rule) fire mages like, and more to the point, thrive in the sun. They are miserable and weak without sun energy, and thus need to be in hot, sunny places for their physical, spiritual and mental health. They are usually restless people, moving on to new things easily without regret or loss, but also will be the first to spring into action whenever and wherever it is needed. The Fire Elemental is the governance of Warrior mages – not all, but most Warrior mages are fire mages.

EARTH mages are also quite practical, when faced with something they consider a challenge, but can also be darker and deeper other Elemental mages. Their emotions go deep, but they have a strong ability to hide or closet them, leaving their face and thoughts unreadable. Their eyes are dark; dark green, hazelnut to earth brown, and their gaze appears deep, deep as the earth, as if trying to draw you down to the depths. It is intense, seeming considering and thoughtful. Earth element tends to throw up more Dark mages than any other element – because of its deep, dark depths and wild places. Seducers, clever manipulators, they can be as cold as the winterland, or as lively and free as a spring meadow. Earth mages like to go wandering alone, keeping their own company, spending significant time in (hopefully) lonely forests, mountains and afore-mentioned wild places. They can nurture, protect and heal, but also suffocate, pulling down to the borders of the grave. Earth magic is the governance for producing witches; mages who go to remote villages etc., and use Nature magic. Witches generally are the mages who like to get right back to basics, and lead a simple and generally lonely but happy life.

WATER mages are as emotional as the seas; light-hearted, frivolous, stormy, quickly gets over anger. They are helpful people, gentle and thoughtful – when they are not being frivolous! Their power to heal is the best of all the Elemental mages. Their eyes vary in colour from stormy grey, light clear blue to ocean blue and through greens as well. Their gaze, just as intense as the others, is clearer and sharp, like ice. They can become too serious sometimes, and given to dark thoughts. Water Elemental produces a few dark mages. These people tend to be good with the emotions and feelings of others, but not good on the practical side. Because of their sensitivity, water mages can also make good witches – as long as they have mastered their high emotions.

AIR mages are thoughtful, gentle, light-hearted and generally happy go lucky. They tend to be fairly wise, and can be practical as well as open-minded and creative. They are adept at curing and creating Illusion and dispelling Bewitching spells. However, the Shadows and their power therein also means that quite a few Dark mages are produced by this element. Air and Darkness: the Fear of shadows, of whispered schemes, of Nocturnal Hunters. Their eyes range from clear to mid blue and cloudy grey. Their gaze is inescapable, almost inviting you and moving through you like a chill winter wind. Air mages tend to take mediating roles, and are the official Mage Ambassadors to the rest of the Official world – because of their balanced, open attitude and high intellignce.

ETHER mages tend to be quiet, introverted, and slightly unnerving, even by mage standards. They often seem unaware of the world around them, but when they do bring their attention to bear, it is full; intense, total. They are natural psychics, dream-weavers, empaths and so on. Other Elemental mages may have some or even all of these powers, but not so strong, as intense and total as the Ether mages. They have a vagueness about them, even amongst the other Elemental mages. They are the Arcane Studiers, and guide the council in decisions, where they can – where they have had a vision, or sign in some manner. They read and interpret ancient scrolls and omens, the stars, the Divine Energy from which all Elemental magic springs. They commune in a way that is unsurpassed, and seem ‘lighter’ for it; no matter how dark the skin, hair, eyes and general aura start off, years of Divine Communion lightens the whole being. Ether mages all appear ethereal. Ether Elemental rarely produces a Dark mage. When it does, Historical changes can be made. They are powerful, deep, iron-willed individuals with unsurpassed powers of magic. Each Dark Ether mage has been noted in history for their extraordinary deeds, and the heroic effort it took to bring them down. The Council of the past ages have alternatively tried training and harnessing a Dark Ether mage – disastrous – and totally destroying them through various means. No matter at what stage of youth they tried it – i.e. as soon as the powers manifested, the Dark Ether mage had enough natural inner ability to avoid danger. Wild Dark Ether mages were far worse than ones who had been Academy trained and cared for, so this was the current policy. Though a Dark Ether mage had not turned up for nigh on one hundred years.

SO…. would you control power, or be Gemini? Would you be a Light mage, or Dark… a Dark Gemini, even? Or Dark Ether mage?

I hope you had fun!

 

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  1. Love this blog!! I would be of the ethers. I would link this mage with Piscean energy. Great idea for further development. Its ok if its not entirely original. We all borrow from time to time and then tweak and edit….

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    • A very good point… Piscean energy.
      Yes, its very hard to ddo anything original now, esp when it comes to magic! There are no new ‘Tolkiens’! But if I ever do continue with this story, I’m sure it will evolve as it becomes more detailed 🙂

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  2. I would be a Gemini of fire and ether with ether being in the forefront. Perhaps I would be a dark Ether-Fire combo

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    • Uh-oh…. History will be written… A Dark Ether Mage arises! Prepare the Houses! Ready the Warriors! Curtailment required!

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      • Haha I would probably be too busy contemplating the meaning of life to get up to no good. I would just be powerful enough that should someone get in my way…well let’s just say they would become history.

  3. I love this… I’m not really sure where I fall in though… Water or Air I would think… LOL
    This is a really cool post. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    • Thanks! Glad you like it 🙂
      So – you’d be a Gemini Mage then, double powers… you could create Tsunamis, with the power of Water/Air! – But you wouldn’t do that, would you, ‘cos that would be a very very bad Mage! Lol!

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  4. am not sure 😀

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  5. Earth. I’ve suspected this since childhood.

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  6. I would be a Dark Fire Mage, along the lines of Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and The Holy Grail. I think I’d be a spellslinger for hire, but not an ambitious one, I’d mostly hang out on the beach and drink rum, and go hunt up a mercenary gig whenever the bar tab got too big. Definitely a supporting character, someone who is mostly comic relief and only sobers up when the party needs some extra muscle for a boss battle.

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    • Every book need a character like that! That could be dangerous… A drunk Dark Fire Mage…? I hope no-one starts an argument with you/him! 🙂

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      • It would depend on how magic works in your world. If it requires intense concentration, everyone’s safe. By the time he’s drunk enough to start fights he’s too loopy to light a match. On the other hand, if magic is more of an innate ability, yeah, that could get scary.

      • It would make for some interesting scenes…. 🙂

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