The Charmed Pen: Part 1

The Charmed Pen: Part 1

Opening her final natal gift, Wren smiled with relief when she saw the simple quill pen. She had been afraid Kit, her nearest female neighbor and nemesis, would give her something horrid like a pillow embroidered with overblown roses or a stuffed pheasant killed by her hunting-mad father. “It was my grandmother’s,” Kit murmured with a sharp grin. “She told me many stories about her charmed pen before she died, and I thought a writer like you would enjoy it….

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Orders of Magic

Orders of Magic

from Saunders’ The Basics of Magic Since humans possess no innate magic, witches harness it from other sources using spells. Whatever magic they perform requires payment in kind, and over the centuries they have learned to direct it, although they can never be certain what the price the magic will extract. Witches harness magic using four orders of spells: potions, incantations, art, and will. The simplest order for beginners is potions, hence it is the most common. Witches follow precise…

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On Calatini’s Founding

On Calatini’s Founding

from Parkstone’s The History of Damensea Calatini, the large western kingdom south of the Walle and north of the Tsarkan Empire, is rich in fertile farmland and precious ores and gems. Because of its central position and extensive western coast, Calatini dominates the seas as well, so Damensea’s sea trade is centered at Ormas, Calatini’s capital city and largest port. Most inhabitants worship the Goddess, although some worship the Sea God or the Twins. Calatini was founded a millennium ago,…

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On the Discovery of Magic

On the Discovery of Magic

from Parkstone’s The History of Damensea When the world was young and men were few and creatures of magic lived amongst them instead of beyond the Walle, an exceedingly inquisitive girl named Rhiannon lived in the ancient kingdom of Lystra, which is no more. Consumed by curiosity about magic, Rhiannon asked everyone in her small village why humans possessed none, but when no one could answer, she left on a quest to unearth the reason. Since a griffin aerie was…

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