Sorcerers are a race. They are not something some random person like you or me can become.
One can only be a Sorcerer if they have the genetics to access the magick that is in the air and have magick in their veins. Children show signs they can use the magick the moment they are born. It shows as little white sparks in their little baby hands.
Magick also exists in the Sorcerer’s veins making them age slower. Slow aging only happens after the Sorcerer hits puberty and after they develop their Faud.
If you are young, and don’t know what puberty is, ask your parents but basically it’s when our bodies begin some significant changes. Female bodies and male bodies will develop differently during this time. Those born male might experience a time where their voices begin to crack and deepen. Those born female might find their bodies filling out or getting ready to one day have a baby 🙂
Related article: What’s a Faud? What’s it for? COMING SOON…
Sorcerers can have children with no magick abilities (Sorcerer-born Humans/Halfhumans). Humans can have children who are Sorcerers (Human-born Sorcerers).
Sorcerers are called “Sorcerers” if they have the genetic ability to use magick and if they have magick in their veins (which keeps them young looking). Even if their race is Human or Halfhuman, they will take on the race name “Sorcerer” and go live where Sorcerers live.
Otherwise, it would be pretty depressing having to live in a world where you outlive everyone around you.
Related article: Human-borns & Sorcerer-borns
– Sorcerers –
Who are they?
Sorcerers are beings that have the genetics to access the magick in the air. The way they access the magick is through their skin like a sponge. The magick cannot be breathed in or eaten. However, some plants and mushrooms growing in magick-dense areas might glow and if you eat them, well, your uh… other things might glow. Yeah, I did just talk about poo. Sorry, if you’re eating and reading this.
Sorcerers regard themselves as an elite race. They aren’t far off. They do have a lot of advantages against other races, especially in Modern Elgana where most of the native ancient Elganians have died off. You see, native ancient Elganians had elemental magick like fire, water, or earth and any variations of the magick. For example, if you could manipulate the earth, you could manipulate plant growth. And all this magick came from the magick in the air. Especially in the early years of Elgana when the world was sparsely populated, the magick was thicker, so there was more to go around for everyone.
But after the native species went extinct, Sorcerers became the strongest race in terms of magick and in terms of the variety of magick they could do. They also went on to experimenting more and more, expanding on their book of spells all the time. And still to this day in Modern Elgana, Sorcerers are finding new spells or ways to manipulate magick.
Despite they are the strongest magically, a majority of Sorcerers are always trying to achieve an elite status in the world. The way they do that is to become either a Scholar, a Professor, or an Arch (pronounced like ark). I’ll get into that in another post.
What do they look like?
Sorcerers can be either Human or Halfhuman. They dress in predominately darker cloaks at night and brighter-colored cloaks in the morning. If you ever do get into the Fourth Ring where they live, during the daytime everyone is dressed very colorfully most of the time.
Fourth Ring: Only Sorcerers occupy this Ring. There is a historical reason for this and many Sorcerers’ old monuments or castles exist here. During the ancient days of Elgana when Humans first arrived, Sorcerers didn’t exist. The concept and name of “Sorcerer” only came about when some Humans discovered they could access the magick in the air. At the time, the Third Ring was occupied by the strong and power feline race, Kattaluna. The Fifth Ring was occupied by the other strong and power feline race, Kaunlutha. The Sixth Ring was too chemically toxic for anyone to live on. The Second and First Rings were not an option because the Humans without magick and the native Elganians were trying to settle there.
That left the Fourth Ring.
Read: Kattaluna – a Wiki, Ancient Races of Elgana, Humans and Elganians – First Contact, Integration or Invasion? – Humans Arrive at Elgana by Force – All Coming Soon
Sorcerers and Races
Sorcerers rarely allow visitors of other races into their Ring and, holding themselves in high regards, and may even hurt other races. Discrimination against other races is horrible in the Fourth Ring if you are not a Sorcerer. Kidnapping is all too common of those non-magical beings who had wandered in. As horrible as it sounds, Sorcerers have justified themselves claiming aesthetic ethics if they do happen to hurt or kill another race that has wandered into their Ring.
In recent years of Modern Elgana, Sorcerers have begun to change and it came to light that their elitism and racial discrimination was mainly because of their insecurities about themselves. You see, Sorcerers didn’t exist in Elgana. They only came to being when Humans arrived and for many, Humans are considered invaders. A lot of them have a love-hate relationship with Humans for this reason. Not knowing what it really means to be a Sorcerer, they have resorted to looking down on other races and hyping themselves up.
These original thoughts have been largely lost overtime and it’s only been in recent years that they were reminded of their roots. They were insecure about their own race, but there was nothing to be ashamed of. But their strive to be the best has translated into how they treat each other.
Sorcerers are naturally competitive creatures who see even mean competition as good competition although the meanness mostly comes from their long-embedded insecurities. Sorcerers often berate each other, go into monologues of how great they are, and look down at each other, all because they think this is the way of the Sorcerer, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting. Think of Sorcerers as having oppressed their true feelings for hundreds of years and finding it difficult to express their real emotions.
But as I said, Modern Elgana brings change.
Read: How Sorcerers Think – an article on Aesthetic Ethics (it’s also a real thing),
and COMING SOON an article on how Sorcerers open a discussion about society affecting the individual. Asks, are your thoughts your own or did society tell you to think that way?
What the Fourth Ring Looks Like
The Fourth Ring is mainly filled with cities of stone and wood. Unoccupied areas include a vast swath of forest on the south side and a large lake in the north.
One interesting part about the Fourth Ring, is this chunk of land that has been broken off, yet is still livable and Sorcerers have made a city out of it. It’s nearly suspended in space between the Fourth and the Fifth Rings.
It is the Fourth Ring that the last portal (the Edge Portal) connecting Rings exists and is usually heavily guarded by Sorcerers of the High Collection police.
Related article: Four Portals of the Rings
Male, female, neutral, gender fluid, and anything in between
Sorcerers have different ranks depending on the level of magick they can perform. These ranks are received from High Collection Sorcerer representative, and those other Sorcerers working in the High Collection. They, together with some renowned teachers in academies, grant such ranks.
School Ranks: Apprentice, Junior, Scholar
After Graduation Ranks: Professor, Arch
Scholar: Sorcerers who graduate at scholar will often go out to get normal jobs while maintaining “magick health” through activities.
Related articles: The Truth About Sorcerer Magick | Teleportation Magick has Limits | Magick Health
Professor: Usually most Sorcerers will stop at Scholar or Professor. However, there is another rank called Arch but only a small number can reach that rank as it can take up to a hundred years to get there.
Arch: Pronounced as “ark”. Currently, there are three Archs. There were four, but one has retired. Yes, Arch is a title and a job which they get paid through taxes on citizens.
Related article explaining each rank in detail: Ranks of Sorcerers
You probably noticed but I just said it takes up to a hundred years for Professors to become Archs.
How the frickin’ long do these guys live?
The oldest living Sorcerer is around 600 years old and currently, the planet Elgana is 800 years old. Think about that.
If you take the magick from the Sorcerer, age will catch up rapidly and they may die depending on how old they were and how strong their magick was.
Related article: How near-immortal Sorcerers die
Previously: Mainly Runic Tongue and early Universal language.
Currently: Universal language (with some dialect differences)
Runic Tongue, is the old, spell-casting language and the magick created using Runic Tongue is often called runic magick (how creative! I know). The individual letters (called runes) were like stand-alone words. Sorcerers used to learn Runic Tongue and then learn how to mesh together different runic symbols and make a whole new rune with a new meaning basically creating new spells.
But for a Sorcerer to use Runic Tongue commonly had its downsides. Runic Tongue could only be used if the Sorcerer had considerably good control over their magick. The Sorcerer had to know all the ins and outs of magick, and be able to create their own spells with minimal effort.
When Sorcerers discovered that Universal language works just as well, you bet they switched over. Most Sorcerers of the modern era use Universal language to cast spells. Today, even in school, Runic Tongue is gone. If you want to learn it, you are on your own. Even Sorcerers who are ancient enough to remember Runic Tongue have “unlearned” it. After not using it for so long, they don’t remember how to use most of it.
Nowadays, Runic Tongue is seen as an eccentric language and those who know it, are a tiny bit weird, or rather, everyone thinks they must be. But it is those Sorcerers that others go to for help if they discover some old spell made with runic magick and need to figure out what it is or have it deactivated. So, the weirds get a chance to shine sometimes.