Creating a school of magic

apologies if this is in the wrong place.

having potentially read too much into the druj’s magical traditions, I tried to stick with the navarri tradition of stealing their stuff, and writing up a school of magic from it.

Is it acceptable to create new schools of magic, and is there a correct way to do this if so?

Not a ref, but I would imagine that you can’t add anything like a new realm - spring, summer, autumn, winter, day, night. However, there are plenty of “techniques” - The most common magical techniques are; Rune magic, Dramaturgy, Astronomancy and the Music of the spheres. You can read about them on profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/Rituals under the “performing a ritual” heading.

Also taken from that page: It is possible to create a ritual at an event that is not part of the existing library of known Imperial rituals. In this instance you will need to consult with a referee who will tell you what realm the ritual effect is and how much mana is required to perform the ritual. Spontaneous rituals may vary in cost from one event to another. If you learn to master a ritual that you have created then the cost of that ritual is fixed from that point onwards.

Creating New Orders of Magic for the Conclave is also a thing, but would require going through the Senate and possibly getting an Empress to ratify it

Quoted from the wiki…

I believe there were discussions last year about a possible order devoted to the study and application specifically of Healing magics, but no idea if anything came of it.

ah apologies.

to clarify, is it possible to create new “techniques” for casting rituals?

[quote=“alextheredwool”]ah apologies.

to clarify, is it possible to create new “techniques” for casting rituals?[/quote]

Since that would involve no mechanical-rules type changes, and would involve lots of RP; I would think so.
But you need an answer from those nice PD folks to be sure.

It is possible for new rituals to be created and added to the imperial lore (i.e. to add them to the list of rituals that can be mastered by citizens of the empire).

Have a look at this:
profounddecisions.co.uk/empi … the_Lyceum

Also this (for an example of a new ritual that has already been added).

profounddecisions.co.uk/empi … erial_Lore

New “techniques” how? Like astronomancy or dramaturgy or the Music of the Spheres? Just make them up and write an IC book on it. I mean we have the “Upwold Method” for farming rituals which involves everyone bringing some produce and the Landskeepers trying to one-up each other on the fertility innuendos. I should probably codify that in a srs book. :smiley:

A good place to start is Hearth Magic, in my opinion, which is why the Upwold Method of Farm Enchantment sounds great to me. Hearth Magic is meant to suggest magical rules that have the ubiquity of gravity in the Empire world - although they are not as reliable as gravity is. Symbolism is great, again in my opinion, as is internal consistency between your rituals. Start with a premise - that the stars above represent patterns of power, or that dramaturgical roles create powerful symbolic conduits that let you use magic, or that a coven that creates a powerful emotional atmosphere can draw power from the concepts of the REalms themselves … then work out how to make that into a ritual.

I can’t speak for anyone else but I’m reasonably open minded* when it comes to magical roleplaying that is cool and adds to the game (and enthusiasm goes a long way towards making something add to the game). There’s also inspiration for “stuff that works” on some of the foreigner pages - and in the Common Elements section of each ritual.

If I have a prejudice it’s that I like rituals that involve doing something rather than just saying something and waving your hands. Set fire to stuff, drink stuff, pass stuff round, dance, play music, expound extemporaneously on the nature of the Claw and take on the aspect of it’s Tulpas, divide your ritual into thirds and each group make one of the calls of the Chimera; read select passages from a book while other peoplec annoint the target’s knights with rare oil and cinnamon; gird each target with a favour that is IC woven from iridescent butterfly cocoons and dyed with an exotic bulb that grows only on the graves of lovers who died of a broken heart …

  • As long as it doesn’t involve the Charm of Making from Excalibur (although that said I would trade a freddo to the first group to do an entire Empire ritual in Welsh while keeping it completely IC).

i know some people who speak welsh, when i cast it do you need witnesses or to be physically there?

(I am unreliably informed andy raff’s freddo’s have magic properties.)