Makai Wiki #7: Makai

Makai, also known as the Abyss, is a vast extradimensional space tied to the surroundings of the Earth. It was created over five hundred years ago by four extremely powerful immortal sorcerers, who have ruled over the Makai ever since. The ritual of its creation is said to have lasted more than a decade.

The main purpose of Makai is manipulation of space. Distances have little meaning because anything created inside Makai is defined by its magical signature instead of location. This means that any place can be accessed almost instantly with suitable portals or teleportation spells. On the other hand, it is impossible to get anywhere by common means.

Makai can be accessed from the Earth with portals. A portal has always the same magical signature inside Makai, i.e. it leads to the same place. Although it is difficult to travel long distances on Earth, one can use Makai as a shortcut by entering and exiting different portals inside Makai. Any self-respecting town nowadays has a Makai portal, so it is technically easy to travel anywhere. Of course, a traveler must a passport and possibly a visa and pay the traveling fees collected by the portal administration.

Over the past century, signal traffic trough Makai has been skyrocketing. Communications spells can reach anywhere near a portal almost instantly or connect to any of the data hubs (such as the Makai Wiki) inside Makai. Since the recent development of scripted spell interfaces, the Super Magic-Relayed TelePhones, even those without any ability in magic can communicate with someone on the other side of the globe.

Makai Wiki #6: Control Fields

Control Fields are specialized field spells typically cast over buildings and their surroundings. The purpose of a Control Field is to draw magical energy from a desired source and use it to power lighting and devices, repel intruders and slow degradation.

Like any other spell, a Control Field must be cast using natural magical energy, mana. However, what is exceptional about it is the fact that it can be maintained almost indefinitely using artificial magical energy. Huge power plants, that can convert the kinetic energy of a river or the thermal energy of a boiler into artificial magical energy, provide power for the Control Fields of common households and the industry.

A Control Field can be tailored to suit the needs of any household, facility or factory. It’s function may be something as minimal as energizing the lighting and heaters for a small house. On the other hand, a highly advanced Control Field can direct the energy flow inside a large semi-automated factory. Although most people lack the knowledge and spellcasting ability to create their own Control Fields, magic power companies are always eager to help them with the setup and maintenance. For a reasonable price, of course.

Makai Wiki #5: Familiars

Familiars are relatively independent magical entities whose visible form often resembles an animal. They are created by mages adept in conjuration magic and can be thought as living spells, except that they don’t really live. Familiars are not unlike machines, for they only follow the logic defined at the time of their creation.

Familiars are often short-lived and created for a specific purpose, such as scouting, gathering or transportation. They use magical energy for their functions and will vanish after using up the whole reserve. Although it is possible to replenish the magical energy of familiars, the simplest and most common method is to give them just enough energy to perform their task and let them vanish afterwards.

Although familiars usually take an ethereal form, combining advanced conjuration magic and engineering will allow them to be placed inside physical bodies. Familiars inside mechanical bodies are referred as golems and they are found tirelessly guarding important locations or performing tasks too dangerous for humans. Mining companies usually employ a large number of conjurers and engineers who make and maintain golems to do all the hard work.

It is also possible to place a familiar inside a dead body of an animal or a human. This practise has not seen much daylight, though, because using formerly living bodies is both inefficient and difficult. Needless to say, the general opinion and the law are also strongly against it.