We are all given powers. It is up to each of us to
decide how we will use those powers. Whether used for good or evil, law
or chaos, the powers must get used.
Some would tell you that sacrificing the use of these
powers will lead to some great revelation. Others will tell you that
some of us are given powers to test us, to see if we are strong enough
to resist them. Others will say to you that you are damned for having
the powers, whether you use them or not.
I say the only sin you can commit is to ignore your
powers. Use them for whatever purpose you desire, but use them.
introduction to Innate Justification
A book on
the theory of sorcerous life
Every sorcerer on Habololy has a bloodline that has given her power over
arcane magic. Their power does not require the studies that a wizard
must endure. Their power is not understood by the general populations
as a wizardís are. For those reasons, the sorcerers are feared and
hated. It is a lonely life to be born a sorcerer. That magical birth
can be one of luck, fate, or granted power.
Each sorcerer eventually comes to know the origins of her powers;
whether it traces back to an event earlier in life, or to her mother, or
to her ancestors. This secret may be obvious when she casts her first
spell, or it may not reveal itself until the day she dies. It is a
secret that she is unlikely to share with anyone, save her closest
history does not record the difference between sorcerers and wizards.
Some say it was because magic was just not understood by the majority
enough to make such a distinction. Others say that it was because the
difference was known, but that everyone was more tolerant of sorcerers,
and their strange power was not a concern. The third line of reasoning
and the one most believe, is that sorcerers did not exist, or at least
were extremely rare, until the Return of Amat. The upheaval of those
years, with the death of several deities and the appearance of the moon,
somehow caused the appearance of the sorcerer.
Regardless of oneís theory, everyone agrees that sorcererís were at
first feared and ostracized. This went on for two hundred years after
the Return of Amat. Then, what is known as the Age of the Bard began in
the early 5th century. As schools of all sorts, lead by
colleges, began to flourish. Understanding and fellowship among
cultures and races was high. The great nation of Icefia held sway over
much of the world. Between the early 400ís AC and the Day of Falling
Death near the end of the 6th century, sorcerers made great
during this time that many of the prestigious paths for sorcerers were
first developed. Belitrian began his legacy, Merca was the first
spellcaster to be known as an item caster, the secrets of shape changing
were unlocked by Gelpimelpin, and studious sorcerers taught at every
college. Elemental casters, counterspellers, and summoners moved into
the main stream of spellcraft. Wild casters were somewhat tolerated,
and Mindshadows were identified. Laws against sorcerers were removed or
lessened in most nations. Sorcerers were first allowed to hold the rank
of high mage in some nations.
also during this time that great research was done into the differences
between the sorcerers. The Academy of Magic and Song in Amansky
identified eight different sorcerous bloodlines. When this knowledge
began to spread through the world, the understanding of the sorcerer
exploded. It was just about that time when the Day of Falling Death
came upon the world, and the Tinkocracy began to rampage. The knowledge
that had begun to spread like a warm breeze was stopped.
the Tinkocracy was finally stopped, the world did not want
understanding. Clear lines between right and wrong, between good and
evil were drawn. The sorcerers fell on the wrong side of that line.
While some nations did not retreat back to their old ways, many banished
or killed the sorcerers. Colleges were forced to defend themselves from
angry mobs and armies. Sorcerers went into hiding, trying to pass
themselves off as wizards.
has changed in most places since the fall of the Tinkocracy. Sorcerers
are treated in most places as diseased individuals, or worse.
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None of the deities of the Counsil have every openly admitted to
creating the sorcerer. None of the deities of the Counsil, despite
what could amount to a huge jump in followers, has even taken on the
sorcerers as one of their aspects. Only a few: ArsuríAnyodel, Falan,
Dresta, and Tommimao, allow sorcerers to openly worship them. It is
then clear why the sorcerers have become connected to the cults.
For their part, the cults have welcomed sorcerers
with open arms. Many consider Chaos the deity of sorcerers. Loomashyn,
Wandle, Corahakar, and Vishtoo all have sorcerers as followers. Even
Hemator attracts good sorcerers that are frustrated with the Counsil.
This frustration is clearly seen in the reaction of
Smofarf and his clerics. The faith of Smofarf is controlled from the
String Mountains and controlled by the dwarves. The dwarves hold a deep
loathing that some call jealousy towards sorcerers. It is common
knowledge that there has never been a dwarven sorcerer. The combination
of the dwarven hatred and their control of the religion of Smofarf have
led the god of magic into a bind. To include openly all sorcerers into
his embrace would match the deity in power with at least Treetop, if not
Habastly and Dedestroyt. But to do so would risk a civil strife in the
religion itself. So, while sorcerers remain a prime target in the
places where the dwarven clergy hold sway, in other places, the clerics
of Smofarf have often adopted a donít ask donít tell policy.