Post:The Trader Confound - 12/08/2013 - 15:55

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The Trader Confound · on 12/08/2013 03:55 PM PST 1
(The following, like most things to do with Trader Magic, is subject to change and discussion.)

Mortals are peculiar magicians, and the magic they use is almost never pure. Pure magic, such as the analogous patterns, is relatively limited in how it can impact the world. It is when magic interacts with other supernatural powers, called by magical theorists "confounds," that the rules change. Clerics call down blessings and damnation through direct interaction with the gods. Moon Mages cheat fate and physics through their interaction with the Plane of Probability. Necromancers defy death itself and raise their minions through an unholy use of mankind's latent empathic powers. And so on.

Traders possess a modification to their auras called the Starlight Infusion.

Many, but not all, Trader spells gain extra benefit from having access to starlight or bright moonlight (Xibar or Yavash). A rare few will fail to work without access to these celestial energies. Through a method which is currently unknown to any mortal, Traders learn how to capture the supernatural power of starlight into their aura. When the stars and moons are right, a Trader can build up starlight in their aura, which they can later use to fully empower spells even in suboptimal conditions.

At first this ability is fairly weak, and the "pool" shallow. With time and other, unknown means, it grows.

A word about the nature of the aura and starlight is in order. The Trader's aura contains the essence of starlight, not the literal light; it is not normally visible except through supernatural means (typically, by other Traders or Moon Mages). Note, that is "normally." As the amount of energy contained in the aura grows, physical manifestations become possible... and slightly inconvenient, if you don't want to glow in the dark or carry a hint of eternal coldness.


This message was originally posted in Dragon Realms 3.1 Test \ Traders, by DR-ARMIFER on the forums.