Magic

Magic is "a form of Power which is known to science as Illegitimate Physics, and by vernacular beings as magic" [VII p. 254].

Magic appears in many forms in the world of [[Amarl]] and works by shifting the Balance - the ordained order which the universe was created with. The Balance resists anomalies, which include magical abilities and effects. In order for wizards to be able to use their powers they must meditate for long periods of time, building up their ability to create stronger and stronger anomalies. Wizards can also store this accumulated power in certain magical objects, allowing them to store and use it later.

8 or 9 Orders of Wizardry?

Oparatu is only ever mentioned on page 477 of The Wizards and the Warriors. Is this a continuity error on Hugh's part, or is it some kind of clue? Could it be something to do with the Dissidents?

Perhaps not - although nowhere is it explicitly stated that there have always been eight orders of wizards, the antiquity of their eight-towered architecture suggests otherwise.



Category: Magic

Arl Arl with powers over light and fire . Members of this order include Phyphor, Garash and Heenmor. The order of Arl has its own Inner Language, used for secret business [I p. 78]. Wizards of the order...

Ebber Ebber the mind, the Dark Order, the order of Shadows, the commanders of dreams and delusions [I p. 64]. It is of interest that Ebber is described as the Dark Order, even next to the corpse-animators...

Itch Itch Members of this order which has power over the winds include Ontario Nol. Guest Gulkan’s brother is a member of this order however failed his fist attempt at the trials of power. He is...

Nin Nin have the power to hear and understand the thoughts of rocks. Dismissively called the order of bird-callers and fish-ticklers [I p. 76]. Members of this order include Miphon. For secret...

Oparatu Oparatu this order is only ever mentioned on page 477 of The Wizards and the Warriors. Is this a continuity error on Hugh's part, or is it some kind of clue? Could it be something to do with the...

Seth Seth the weakest order. Powers may extend to plants [I p. 133]? Members of this order include Brother Fern Feathers.

Skatzubratzumon Skatzubratzumon dedicated to the mastery of the mysteries of levitation [X]. Members of this order include Hostaja Torsen Sken-Pitilkin.

The Curse of the Hag The Curse of the Hag is a magical transformation of the tribute paid to Obooloo by the Quinjoks, transforming a rich tribute of Jade into a rubbish of broken sticks and wet leaves. The curse always...

The Dissidents The Dissidents Those wizards who refused to join the Alliance of wizards and heroes back in the days of the Long War when the Skull of the Deep South threatened all of Argan with the menace of the...

The Sisterhood of Witches The Sisterhood of Witches The wizards of Argan long ago disposed of most witches in a mighty pogrom [X p. 184]. The Confederation was motivated by financial interest to attack the Sisterhood of...

The Wonderworkers of Yestron The Wonderworkers of Yestron The truth is, the powers of the sorcerers of Yestron are third-rate when compared to those of the wizards of Argan. Yestron's wonderworkers are capable of spectacular...

Varkarlor Varkarlor their magic includes the enchantment of bottles [I p. 265]. No members of this order are mentioned by name, although Garash was an apprentice in Varkarlor for a time.

Xluzu Xluzu specialises in the animation of corpses. This order has necessarily developed several sidelines which exploit bodies of related knowledge. Since there are many ugly Things from Beyond which...

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