I'm always interested in how things "work" in fantasy worlds so when author Christopher Kellen offered to do a guest post, I asked him to fill us in on how magic works in his The Elements of Sorcery series. Please welcome Christopher as he fills us in on...
The Magic of Eisengoth
The first book I wrote set in the world which would eventually become Eisengoth was ELEGY—my 2008 NaNoWriMo project and the first book in my flagship Arbiter Codex series. I began around a single thought: what if the magic in a fantasy world was toxic to the touch? If that were the case, there would need to be someone who was immune to that danger, and that's how the idea of the Arbiters was born.
There are two kinds of magic-users in Eisengoth. First are the Arbiters: dangerous warrior-monks trained from childhood to hunt and slay fel beasts and unravel corruption. They are immune to the direct deadly effects of the manna thanks to the enchantments provided by a small artifact known as the heartblade. This also gives them some limited ability to direct manna through themselves and use it for fire-based attacks, as seen in ELEGY. (Due to potential spoilers, for more on the Arbiters and their abilities, you'll have to check out the Arbiter Codex.)
Thanks, Christopher. Very interesting! To find out more about Christopher Kellen and his books, please visit his website, Eye of the Storm.