MAGIC ON PANGEA
Magic works in this realm, though within the limits of physics. The energy required to produce magical effects is drawn from an inchoate background energy and directed by spells and devices which can in some sense be viewed as focusing aids for a process of mental manipulation. Those furrs born with the ability to perform this manipulation can be trained as mages - those who are not are out of luck, though alchemy and other methods exist which tap the primordial energy without direct mental control. Interestingly, the genes for mage ability seem to be more common among felines than others, and more common among females than among males. No one is sure why. ( This is the basis for the 5 point magical aptitude requirement. The aptitude may NOT be bought later in the game under normal conditions. Alchemists do not require this trait.)
Those with magical ability range from those with limited and/or specialized capability to a very few who are both powerful and adaptable. Some of the more common employments for mages follow.
Other spell effects exist, but are much rarer. Transformation spells, in particular, require vast amounts of energy and skill to avoid disastrous results. Illusion spells exist, but are of limited utility and so are not highly developed - although there are always rumors of mages who can become invisible, or create gold from lesser materials, or turn their enemies into toads...
Alchemy is a mixture of both chemistry and magic, using both normal chemical substances (such as Greek fire) and magic channeled through potions to create effects. At the cost of somewhat greater effort and much greater preparation time, alchemists can concoct materials that reproduce the effects of most spells, though warding and clairvoyance spells are somewhat limited in usefulness as potions. Many potions, however, require odd, usually rare, substances that are "in tune" with the magickal energy field in order to work.
Currents run through the energy field, and along the paths of those currents, or ley lines, energy is much more accessible. Most lines are not completely stable, shifting strength and position over time, so it is difficult for mages to establish permanent strongholds to take advantage of the extra power. Points where the lines cross have more stability, the overlap seeming to anchor them in place - but the energy leaks across to the real world too easily, and the areas around such points are realms of chaos and change, where a stray thought even by non-mages (or even non-sapient animals) can be translated into spells. One old legend says that the races of furrkind arose from animals who entered the circles, and warns that those who dare to return risk returning to the state of their forbears as well... but of course, no one believes such fairy tales these days.
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