Day 11 – Magic
Day 11: Magic
How did your OC first learn about magic/how was it introduced to them? Is magic frightening? Foreign? Familiar? What do they associate with magic? What do they think of the Fade?
Amara has little do so with magic. She has always known about it but it doesn’t interest her particularly. She is impressed by it’s use on the battlefield and loves to discuss practical applications of it with Vivienne or Dorian to synergize with her more brute force approach in a fight. She doesn’t find it frightening at all. Mages don’t feel more dangerous for her than a large muscular person with a sword would feel standing in front of her.
She pays little attention to chantry rhetoric and sees demons as just a regular other thing to fight against. She knows about the danger of possession but since she has seen completely ordinary people fall into a blood frenzy on the battlefield she, again, doesn’t see this as something to particularly worry about. It happens. Sometimes to otherwise good and competent people. Life goes on.
Spirits feel the same to her. She has gotten to know different kinds of people from vastly different species – one more doesn’t make a difference to her. On the contrary. Once she learns more about spirits and their purposes (and how they are uniquely single minded) she has even more appreciation for them. She wouldn’t say so out loud but after thinking about it she things the concepts of both spirits and demons being almost a personification of a single one strong emotion is kind of neat.
Lyssa first showed signs of her magic when she was six, floating stones to play with them. It was the beginning of an overshadowed ability since for a long time it meant that she had to hide from the Templars. However, it also meant that she quickly learned to control it. She has learned to accept her magic as an inherent part of herself and thus it isn’t frightening to her. She knows of the horrors it can unleash – even without talking about abominations – but for the most part she sees it as a tool. Magic itself is not evil or frightening to her but what people do with it. People are what is frightening to her, not magic – just like swords or daggers or bows are.
As a mage herself, she associates magic primarily with the warm, powerful flow of magic within herself. She was lucky insofar as that her parents kept the chantry rhetoric mostly away from her and for a long time she wasn’t even really aware of how abominations and demons come into existence. Thus, she wasn’t afraid of the spirits she met in her dreams and the Fade and never met them with fear or tried to force something on them that they weren’t. Even after she learned the details of their nature and later on, when she interacted with them consciously, she kept her affinity to them.