marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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lumping magic

 Various kinds of magic can be lumped together.

There's techniques -- using herbs, using incantations, using sigils -- or, alternatively, using contagion vs using similarity.  

There's schools, fire magic, green magic, water magic, etc.

And there's spells that are useful skill sets for a (non-magical) profession, hobby, or task.  

I've got a character in a position of authority.  Some spells come naturally to his usual sphere, stone magic -- defensive ones, or ones to restrain people.  Others -- well, he has a spell to aid in listening in on things, and a spell to help sleep in odd times without throwing his spell cycles off.  I think I'm going to have to put in something to indicate he had to learn them by rote.  Or one.  Perhaps there can be some way that a spell is related to his sphere.
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