The Colleges of High Magic

The Colleges of High Magic represent the original five schools of magical theory.

Conjuration

Motto: Creare Est Ex Nihilo Aliquid “To Create Something from Nothing.” 

Title: Conjurer 

Nexus: London, England 

The College of Conjuration focuses on the art of drawing magical energies from the Aether in order to produce physical items or effects on the material plane. Conjurers learn how to shape and manipulate raw magical energies to create all manner of items and effects. Conjurers represent the typical fireball-throwing, storm-summoning, teleporting spellcasters commonly found in high fiction. This type of magic is the most common, but also the most susceptible to vulgar displays of power.  The College of Conjuration is considered the First College of magic because it is seen as the basis for most other forms of magic, which at some point depend on pulling energies from other planes of existence. 

  • Transdimensionalism [Traveler]: A school within the College of Conjuration that focuses specifically on the study of travel between dimensions or using interdimensional routes to travel across the physical world. Transdimensionalism is one of the smallest schools throughout all of the Colleges, and its members are some of the most peculiar because of their constant exposure to interdimensional energies.
  • Thaumaturgy [Thaumaturge]: A School within the College of Conjuration that focuses specifically on the study into miracles. Miracles are defined as magical effects that are beyond the normal rules of magic, or that redefine the accepted limits of what is possible from magic. Though mundanes associate miracles with gods, a “true” miracle is a magical effect that cannot be explained simply by virtue of Divine Intervention (see the College of Divinities). A miracle may simply be something that was assumed to be impossible, but once it had been accomplished can be reversed engineered and replicated. They are essentially magical breakthroughs that expand the boundaries of the craft.

Transmutation

Motto: In Tantum Constans Est Mutation “The Only Constant is Change.” 

Title: Transmuter 

Nexus: Vienna, Austria 

The College of Transmutation studies the mutability of the natural world. Shapeshifting, polymorphing, and turning one thing into something else are the fields of interest for a Transmuter. The College of Transmutation’s philosophy is that all organic matter possesses latent magical properties, and that once can shape and mold these properties to create effects.  Transmutation is considered the Second College of magic because it provides the fundamental understanding of latent magic that exists on the physical plane. 

Alchemy [Alchemist]: While all witches learn the basics of brewing potions, Alchemists are the true chemists of the magical world. Alchemists dedicate their lives to studying the magical reactions of various compounds. Many alchemists are also scientists, and several major scientific breakthroughs in the course of human history started in an alchemy laboratory.

Artifice [Artificer]: If alchemy is the magical answer to chemistry, the school of artifice is the magic world’s version of engineering. Artificers specialize in the crafting of magically-powered devices, including everything from common staves and wands to golems and portals.

Evocation

Motto: Defendere Velo “To Defend the Veil.” 

Title: Evoker 

Nexus: Hamburg, Germany 

The College of Evocation focuses on the summoning, banishing, and commanding of supernatural creatures from other planes of existence, as well as methods of defending against other forms of magic. While Conjuration is the most common field of study, evocation is considered the most powerful because of the ability to nuetralize and ward off other types of magic. Almost all Witch Hunters are Evokers. Evocation is the Third College of Magic because of its ability to control other types of magic. 

Cryptology [Cryptologist]: A school within the College of Evocation that focuses on the study and control of cryptids, Thought-Beasts, and Hot Zones.

Demonology [Demonologist or Warlock]: Evokers in the school of demonology focus specifically on dealings with denizens of the outer planes, such as demons, devils, and similar creatures. Demonologist is the currently accepted title for these practitioners, but the old term of Warlock is still used by traditionalists, and many witches use both titles interchangeably.

Elementalism [Elementalist]: Evokers in the school of Elementalism focus specifically on dealings with elemental beings from the elemental planes.

Exorcism [Exorcist]: The School of exorcism focuses exclusively on the banishment of extraplanar creatures, whether demons, elementals, spirits, or fae. The School of Exorcism has the largest percentage of members who are cross-trained, with many Exorcists holding rank in the College of Divinities.

Enchantment

Motto: Realitatem Formari a Mente “The Mind Shapes Reality” 

Title: Enchanter 

Nexus: Paris, France 

The College of Enchantment focuses of the inflencing of the mind to shape individual reality. Spells that cloud the mind, alter memories, enflame or dull emotions, or alter how people perceive events are part of the College of Enchantment. Enchantment is the Fourth College of Magic and one with the most controversial history. Many of the codes enforced by the Council are the direct result of perceived abuses by Enchanters, who use their powers to possess the minds of others. Ironically, some of the most deadly episodes in the course of human history were triggered not by the overt powers of Evokers or Conjurers, but the subtle manipulations of Enchanters. 

Erosmancy [Erosmancer]: Originally part of the College of Necromancy, erosmancy is the practice of sex magic. Traditionally, erosmancy was employed to guarantee offspring and protect the lineages of the powerful. Over time, however, the school evolved to focus less on producing offspring and more on tapping into the raw power of the sex act itself. By the late 18th century, a schism between practitioners of erosmancy and the College of Necromancy resulted in the entire school transplanting.

Illusionism [Illusionist]: A school within the College of Enchantment that focuses on the creation of tangible and intangible illusions.

Mesmerism [Mesmer]: A school within the College of Enchantment that focuses on the manipulation of memory, whether unlocking buried memories, erasing unwanted memories, or completely rewriting memories for events that never happened.

Necromancy

Motto: Non Est Vita Sine Morte “There is No Life Without Death.” 

Title: Necromancer 

Nexus: Bucharest, Romania 

Necromancers are the least understood of the magical practitioners. Necromancy is the study of life and death, and what lies between and beyond. Because of the mortal fear of death, those who study necromancy have traditionally been viewed with contempt and suspicion. In reality, necromancers have often been at the forefront of medical discoveries that have benefited humanity. Necromancers were performing successful blood transfusions and organ transplants centuries before the processes were understood by the scientific community (and helped guide that understanding). Necromancers were aware of the existence of viruses four hundred years before the official discovery by Dmitri Ivanosky. Necromancy is the Fifth College of Magic. 

Necrobiology [Necrobiologist]: A school within the College of Necromancy that focuses exclusively on the biology of undead creatures, such as ghouls, vampires, and zombies.

Spiritism [Medium]: A school within the College of Necromancy that focuses exclusively on the study of ghosts, specifically those that are anchored to the physical plane.

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