Confusing Concepts

Confusing Concepts: Energy Formations

Whether it be Metaphysical, Elemental, or any of the other energies; there are different ways to use them. Animation, enforcement, construct, bombardment, modification, and army assembly are the established forms found in Magitotum. The animation form is defined by bringing the specific energy to life. An example of this would be creating creatures from fire. Each has its own mind and follows the command of the caster. They are around as long as the user can muster the energy for them. In a similar way, construct allows the user to mold their force into a non-animate object. Dark elves are an example of this by using their aura to make spears that they use for hunting. They are also known to use another form known as enforcement. This allows the user to coat their body into their energy and boost their own strength. Imagine an elf coming at you with a dark purple aura pulsating off their body; breaking through tree after tree to get his prey. Makes one quiver am I correct? Anyways, next is another overwhelming form, bombardment. As the name suggests, it is a form where the user launches large attacks of its energy, showing off its specific strength. Only the most powerful of users can do this trick for it requires a ton of one’s will to use. Such an example comes from the Omni Xerxes. who has been known to be able to summon a lake full of water to drown his enemies or summon a lightning storm that strikes down legions of foes. Modification takes a little more focus then the rest for it requires the user to bend their force around an object. Most common of weapons to do this with is a sword; which is seen through a number of examples such as the Matahari and the Knights of the Round Table. The final form was created by Xerxes’ younger brother Soliment. His form consisting on making himself a one man army by duplicating himself while still remaining a single consciousness. Meaning that he could just think where to attack and his army could swarm the area without a command. It is difficult to counter without knowing what the enemy is planning. Still there are even more ways one can use the energy around them, but for general purpose almost all fall underneath these forms. Which way would you fight if given the ability?

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Matahari

Upon an island surrounded by volcanoes and known as Kebakaran live the beings who wield the hottest fire in all of Magitotum, the fearsome Matahari. A challenge to face in combat, their powers range from fire breath, fire enforcement, heat resistance, infrared vision, incredible strength, flight, and the more experience can even move lava. To top it all off, they are heavily guarded by the thick red scales that decorate their hide. Their look is much like the idea of a traditional dragon; great wings upon their backs and claws that can cut through rock. Most have horns upon their heads and spikes down their backs and out their tales. When in battle, it is common for the Matahari to stand on their two feet with a sword in hand alight with fire. Their swordsmanship can even give the Knights of the Round Table a challenge. Their fiery assaults are too much for many to handle but do not let that deceive you. They have a high code of honor that they follow to the letter. Respect must be earned by battle and nothing less, except if one is a child, a woman with child, injured, or elderly. Be sure to show the proper respect when meeting these creatures.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look: Mage

Known as the kindest of souls, a mage’s sworn duty is to protect others. Using staffs to channel magic into the physical plan; their spells range from healing, shields, and for their own defense, rays/beams. In times of war, mages are not shy to rush onto the field to save an ally. Likewise, they avoid conflict if the purpose is not just. For example, the mages pulled out of the fighting in the Wizard’s War due to the nature of the conflict. The sale purpose was to strengthen Mendaxum by killing creatures of their same nature, such as a pyromancer killing a fire creature such as the Matahari (a dragon that wields fire). As soon as the mages gained the courage to leave the conflict, the armies of Mendaxum were doomed. The conflict ended soon after and helped to appoint the mage as the mentor of a sorcerer that is only found once every thousand years, the Supreme. These have the ability to use every branch of magic and become the leader of their people, just like Delsey. Such kindness was wasted on this monster.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look: Shamans

Sorcerers that use the elemental energies of the land through magical means. Using the totem found around their necks, they are able to channel their magic to make roots snake towards their opponents or rack to form hands to grasp the enemy. These totems, crafted in the form of some animal, are usually made of wood with a green crystal placed toward the center. There are a wide arrange of spells that can be learned by a shaman. Generally, one will lean towards one kind of element such as floral spells. However, the true masters can use multiple different kinds. The only element a shaman cannot use is fire, a specialty of the pyromancer. Along with these abilities, they are also able to communicate with animals. This can prove crucial in a war when messages need to be sent. Its enough to say that if you face a shaman, watch out for the environment around you; it might just keep you alive and ready for any attack.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look: The Pellax Core

The infiltration unit of the Mendaxum army, they were always looked down on for their power. Unlike most sorcerers, they do not need any sort of item to channel their energy into the physical plane. Only skin to skin contact or the air hitting upon their own skin can activate their magic. Their abilities range from being able to suck energy and gain intelligence from skin to skin contact, creating illusions by being near their target, and obtaining monstrous strength that could break a full sized boulder. Because most of their spells rely on being close to their victim, many in the Mendaxum armies have given them the names of seducer and seductress. Constant ridicule falls on them for their ways, but in the end the other sorcerers would not want to lose this crucial part of their army. Without intelligence, there is no way to learn your enemy and win the battles ahead of you. As for their uniforms, it does not help towards the name calling. Most try to keep much of their skin exposed in order to increase the output of their magic. Others have a more teasing look with a corset and leather pants to distract their victim. If you are tempted to follow one to a room, caution is advised. They are either looking for information or even the very strength that lies beneath your skin.

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Armorph

The Armorph have the unique ability to transform parts of their bodies into weapons. They were developed by experiments that Jiqeeran and Chenfa dragons performed together. They took one of the Chenfa and tried to see if it could mimic other objects other than itself. While attempting and not really succeeding, one of the guns being used was fired off by accident and hit the machine they were using. A blast of purple energy shot out and morphed the weapons into several of the Chenfa dragons. Their appearances changed from their single colored skin like scales to purple bat-like skin. Their arms had morphed into swords without them thinking about it. The wings on their back grew twice in length and had sharp metallic edges to each bat-like wing. Down their back formed curved spines like claws that went down to their now elongated tail which had a mace head at the end of it. They found out that they could morph their bodies into weapons and went to go show their clan in the land of Yin Ben. The Chenfa were horrified by the weaponized creatures that came home to them. Not knowing what these dragons would do, they banished them from their land. The new weaponized creatures left saddened and angered to the land of Contritus. There they found comrades with the goblins who welcomed them with open arms. Ever since that day, they have called themselves Armorph and have stayed loyal friends to the goblin race. Their home lies in a series of caves made by the Gremlins underneath Bello Cap. They are always at the call for the goblins and will protect their allies at any cost.

Exploring New Lands

Exploring New Lands: Conflictus

As the name clues one in, it is a land found in a constant state of conflict. From the very beginning of Magitotum, its sun burnt plains have been littered with war machines and burial sites. Thus the creatures found within this land are experts in the art of war. Leading them are the goblins, who have sat as the ruling class to guide the land. With their wisdom and compassion, they incited the Armorph (dragons that can transform any part of their body into a weapon) to live among them in the capital known as Bello Cap. The houses and shops are made of brown stones for the walls and had teal slated roofs. One would notice that this place had still not recovered from a past war; evident by buildings that still have burns, singes, and are smashed in every conceivable way of damage. Most of the shops have since been closed and lie close to what appears to be the old local market. The stands have been tipped over and the fruit had fallen on the ground, rotting with flies pouring out of them. Looking above the town is a castle; that at one time had five towers of teal standing tall. Now all but one have fallen; most of which have slid down the hillside and into the town, crushing several other buildings in the process. It looks like the keeps have been stationed on each corner of the walled fortress. At a set of bronze doors, the only standing barbican towered over them with a cannon situated on the top. Inside the walls is a dome with a bronze top. The town sits in front of the beach that opens into a bay which have several small wooden docks built on it. The sand is surprisingly well kept other than the few bits of scrap metal and wood, probably damage caused from the same battle that hit the rest of the town. A far-off cliff exhibits more of the past scars with the rocks broken off, leaving columns of white rock standing in front of a cove under the castle.

To the South lies the fishing village of the trolls. Built entirely from stones pulled from the ocean floor, it has stood strong through many attacks. Simple looking at best, bridges connect village that sits upon the many mini islands that make of the town. Huts and small houses make the main part of the area. Only a few buildings stand taller than them, including a lighthouse, the banquet hall, and the occasional watchtower. It is common to see trolls sitting about with their lines in the water and eating the raw fish that they have caught. Though now the trolls have long been banished from their home by the sorceress Delsey for not following her.

To the East of the fishing village lies the caves of the Gremlins. These tiny impish creatures have made a series of catacombs out in the desert; all them pieced together with metal and mechanical creations. Over years of combat and scavenging, the Gremlins have learned the art of the machine. So much so that their inventions have the ability to rival the Jiqeeran and Lone Star’s men. Still, it seems no one has an interest in this race of genius.

Heading back to Bello Cap and to the Northeast is the city of Suregarde. A huge stone-walled city it has long been protected by the gargoyles that call it home. Eight towers in each direction of the compass are embedded in the ramparts. Only one gate leads into the city and that is being guarded by rather large gargoyles who are scary in appearance alone. If the guards bow then they will let you through the front gate. Hustling and bustling groups of goblins, humans, and gargoyles fill the cobblestone roads of the busy city. Houses of stone are tightly clustered together with slanted and flat rooftops. What is more interesting are the spires that are spread throughout the city. They are the tallest structures in the entire area where water flows down their tops in constant waterfalls. From there, it pools around in a moat like fashion before a pipe will bring the water back to the top. At least one gargoyle are perched on each of these, some encased in stone while falling asleep at their post. Once enough birds perch on them, they will awaken; scattering the feathered creatures into the sky. After weaving through streets and alleyways, one comes to a titanic building. It is easily the largest and most likely the tallest structure in the entire city. On the front end of the building ascending several long steps, are two squared limestone towers that roar with the sound of waterfalls that pour from each of their windows. They act much like the spires one had seen earlier but in a grander fashion. In between these giants is a rounded watchtower with a lookout stationed on top. Along the long roof are pools of water that reflects shimmering colors from the sun above. Rainbows can be seen if they are to stand at just the right position from the mists that arose. The back of the building has two more of the large towers with a spire on top of each. Ledges align the sides pouring water from the spout above it. Entering the building through two large wooden doors and past two guards would bring one inside the great Hall of Garacur. The inside is spacious, and every step echoes through the chamber. Spouts pour water into several pools where several gargoyles are found soaking. Down a middle aisle one can precede to an elevated platform where a large table is set. On top of a red table cloth with a golden embroidery, is laid out a map of Conflictus and Mendaxum.

A village half-hazard made with wooden planks, stone, and animal skins to the East of Suregarde keeps the gargoyles on their watch. Here the barbaric race known as the ogre lives. They are not builders by far, only knowing blood shed and chaos, thus why their homes look similar. It is not uncommon for a house to fall in at least once a day in their village. If you see these shaky structures, stay away unless you want to be crushed by the awful workmanship or possibly eaten by the monsters that dwell within it.