Spellcasters, Part 3: Priests

Welcome back! Today I’m going to talk about priests and their magic.

While fundamentally priestly magic was the same as sorcerous magic, drawing on the power inherent in the world, it appeared different in a couple of ways. The priests almost never used materials in their spells, though at a higher degree of skill, circles were still required to help the caster focus his or her mind and perform the correct mental exercise.

The priests used chants to draw power into their auras. Most priests would also use a focus, such as a staff or a symbol of their religion, to increase their capacity, and the most powerful casters were often priests. However, their dedication to their gods’ agendas generally (though not always) kept them out of the Towers of the Magi and out in the world doing good as they saw it.

Study of priestly magic was either conducted at the local temple, or, for more insular faiths, under a single priest. In either case, study often progressed in neater forms than those of a sorcerer, and at each level students would be required to pass a relevant test. Priestly magic was noted for its superior abilities to summon, banish, bind, and loose, and most of the tests involved something of the sort. For example, the test for a priest of Naheel to pass from first form to second was the summoning of an aubade, a tiny spirit related to the sun goddess, which took the form of a tiny, bright ball and spoke in gibberish.

Famous priests include Marie Brodeur, priestess of Dareen, who cleansed the docks of Lightsbridge from the plague; Ethan Malone, priest of Kradon, whose killing spell wiped clean a battlefield; Talfryn, priest of Iunder Pelang, who bound the Spirit of Habbasi; Katya Thistlethorn, priestess of Akeere, who banished a cloud of wicked sprites who were eating the pumpkin crop of Runner’s End; and Elebeta Batoris, priestess of Oda, who personally escorted, in the space of one night, 103 people into the arms of her god on the dark side of the moon.

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