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Month: July 2017

The Charmed Pen: Part 2

The Charmed Pen: Part 2

The next morning, Hawke strode into the breakfast room. “Have you heard the news in the village?” Her head aching from a late night writing her play, Wren sipped her tea and sourly eyed her disgustingly exuberant friend over her cup. “No.” Hawke snagged a pastry from the table and cheerfully devoured it. “Harry Blacksmith swears he saw a troll by the bridge this morning.” Her skin prickling at the similarity between her play and the village gossip, Wren snorted…

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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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