An ordinary farmer whose daily life revolves around seasons of the year, tending the stock, and collecting crops, thinks of magic as a twisted and whimsical art. Scholars, on the other hand, treat it like a set of laws and logical connections – a science standing in proximity to mathematics rather than pure sorcery. But as much as the magic is logical, it is also unforgivable. Any person skilled in arcane arts knows that the rules have to be followed to harness its powers. Deviating from them, however, may quickly, and mercilessly turn against the caster, making them a victim of their negligence or insolence.
Many believe that magic in its initial phase has an entirely intangible form. But there are some who disagree with that theory. The scholars who study magic claim that there is evident proof that magic in its form can be purely physical, possess free will and emanate with the energy found only in living beings. This belief has as many supporters as opponents, and even today there are regions in the world where people preaching such daring claims can be burnt at the stake. Behind the walls of schools of magic, students and teachers alike shun bringing up this subject. Between the shelves of libraries, however, lie volumes that describe this phenomenon to the extent that few dare to read them.
This knowledge is known as Matermagic. The experts on the topic and theologists constantly argue whether a race of animated plants known as Dyniaqs was created through spells or brought to life by an old god called Mamroth. What is unquestionable, however, is that these creatures reveal magical abilities, and during speaking prayers and casting spells they often invoke the name of their supposed maker. Scholars managed to learn several curious facts about that strange race. For instance, Dyniaqs are particularly fond of conducting night journeys to aged settlements in Morten and other places where the Old Gods are still worshipped. Their songs and melodies are also sometimes very alike to the ones heard in villages hidden in the shadows of the old forests and valleys.
Ages ago, when primitive Humans from Argatoria set off in search of new and more suitable lands on which they could settle down, the world was ruled by the Old Gods. They rarely spoke and appeared to be sleeping rather than carefully watching over the lands and mortals. Many people claimed to have heard the gods whisper now and then. If the stories are true, these mumblings meant more than the words of the wisest of men who ever throttled the earth. Some people believe that magic itself and supernatural abilities are nothing more than evidence of the might and generosity of gods. Magic existed before the age of Humans and before the world took its current form. Although today, such energy is often referred to as Primitive or Wild Magic, it is far from simple and unpredictable.Since the dawn of time, magic is regarded as the causative force that gave birth to many things in the world, but also, as the scholars claim, all the races. Its strength, although particularly subtle, can be noticed by anyone who possesses knowledge in the arcane arts or has magical books and artefacts at their disposal. During the Age of Ice, a group of sages from Yria wrote vast volumes on the revelations of the old Adrebael. These books contain fragments saying that in fact, it was the power of Wild Magic that lured the Dark Gods from the abyss and not, as it is commonly known, the energy of Solar. It is unclear what is the role of the new gods in the grand scheme of things. Whether they are protecting Solar or drawing its energy to fight the Dark Gods remains a mystery. One thing we may be certain of – the Old Gods are still in slumber.