Users of Spirit Magic – known by many names, those who are able to draw their strength from the spirits are found throughout the lands, races, and among the nobles. Shaman, Spirit Mages, Spirit Casters (see below for a better understanding of these terms) are among the few names they are called. You may find others who are druids who will draw some strength from the spirits in their forests.
The one thing all users of spirit magic have in common is the belief that all living things have spirits that inhabit the visible body. Trees, frogs, birds, Elves, humans, Kithrix and most dwarves have spirits as do nearly every other race and creature. There are some that believe that even inanimate objects like rocks and the water have spirits.
Those who use spirit magic tend to be heads of families or tribes or integral to the existence of these organized units because many possess the ability to heal and even rejoin spirits separated from their bodies. Most of the time, users of spirit magic tend not to marry or have their own families because they dedicate themselves to this larger unit. While they are individualists in this respect, it is the sense of belonging that keeps most rooted within the larger unit.
Equally important to these casters and their unit positions is their attunement to the spirits of their brothers and sisters, children or others within the unit as well as their own. The attunement of spirits to the caster is an important aspect of the user of spirit magic. It provides the pathway through which a spirit that has entered the realm of spirits to make its way back to the body it once inhabited.
Users of spirit magic believe that life is precious and since life is a combination of a physical body and spirit energy, the two must be one for life to be full and rewarding. They dedicate themselves to maintaining that life and both of its components.
Where do they get their power?
A spirit, according to these casters, is an energy that resides in all living beings, sentient or not, and even in some non-living things. This energy is the binding that conveys life or formalizes the existence of a non-living item. These casters believe that small pieces of this spirit energy can be released for use when needed and they have trained themselves to collect and channel that energy into magic.
It was long believed that users of spirit magic were purists and only used that magic, but as more and more began to follow one of the gods, they were found to be combining the magic afforded them by that deity in combination with the spirit magic. Those who are more druidic combine spirit magic with the magic of nature.
Whom do they worship?
- Realm of Spirits
- Realm of Spirits – an essential component of a user of spirit magic is their visit to the realm where most spirits go after the body they once inhabited succumbs to death. The realm of spirits mirrors, to some extent, the world of the living but colors are all in shades of black and gray.
- The visit to the realm usually occurs early in one’s training so they become accustomed to the energies from which they will draw their strength and to feel comfortable with future visits to the realm. The first few visits can be difficult and perilous and long-time casters will tell always recommend another with experience accompany the new caster.
- Less-experienced users draw their magic primarily from those of the living while the more experienced will draw from all spirits including those in the realm and inanimate objects. When in the realm, all will draw their magic from the realm although the less-experienced will be flooded with that energy to the point they are unable to harness it effectively. With experience and attunement, users vision is enhanced and ability to communicate with spirits in strengthened while in the realm.
- Shaman tend to be found in those classified as Barbarians or tribes. Shaman are considered the spiritual leader of a tribe and may even be the chieftain or sit as the right hand of the chief. Shaman typically operate by the belief they must be protected at all times as they are the source of resurrection, healing, and strength of those within the tribe. Shaman may enhance their magic with those of other sources or deities.
- Spirit Mages
- Spirit Mages tend to also be found in more barbaric cultures but rather than seeing themselves as the keepers of life and resurrection, focus on using spirit magic to attack their enemies and cause damage. They may combine this magic with others to further cause damage.
- Spirit Casters
- Spirit Casters are more purist and well-rounded in both healing and attacking. Spirit casters are the most independent of the users of spirit magic and may or may not belong to a tribe or family unit.