For as long as humanity has kept written records, the idea of magic has been present in day-to-day life. In the early days of hunting and gathering, it was used as a means of protection from nature. As civilization became more advanced, so then did magic develop to meet their needs. With the formation of cities, arose scholars who broke down the elemental concepts of magic and developed working theories of constructs. Although powerful, at most, magic continued as merely a means to improve one’s quality of life, and did not drastically change the world as the people knew it. That was, until Zanzir entered the ranks of the magus.
The boy was the pride and joy of the scholarly community. With his unique takes on concepts, magic developed more rapidly than ever before and its uses diversified from homely tasks to large scale community improvements - stone buildings, roadways, aqueducts, medicines, weaponry, among many others.
Zanzir rose to fame in his early adult life when the country was in danger of annihilation from a hurricane. Alone, he blocked it’s advances to the shore, whittled the gale down into a light breeze and curbed the torrential waters into gentle lapping waves. Many saw his figure silhouetted against the blackened clouds and over time created the moniker, The Black Mage.
For one year, Zanzir went underground, effectively cutting himself off from civilization. When he reappeared again, he modernized the world in one fell swoop, cultivating cities, developing more effeciant transporation systems, and writing never before seen articles on magic construction - teaching any with an open enough mind to listen.
Zanzir gained an incredible number of followers to the point the people began to worship him as a god, come to deliver them to paradise. With his growing fame, the infrastructure and control of the governing body began to diminish. They feared Zanzir and a possible coup d'etat. In a hasty effort to eradicate the potential threat, the four rulers reached out to neighboring territories to defeat the Black Mage.
On the last day of summer, as the sun left its highest peak, the armies of five city-states struck the capital, destroying everything in their path. Zanzir, along with a handful of his strongest and most trusted followers fought them head on. The battle was a one-sided massacre with Zanzir's domination; not even a single enemy spared.
Following what would come to be called as the Scarlet Sunset, the Black Mage rebuilt the destroyed city overnight and publicly announced his intentions to create an entirely new territory, separate and completely closed off from the world as they currently knew it. Many doubted his claims to build an entirely new dimension, but when the portal opened in the capital’s square one month later, half of the people of the nation left with him and went across the Divide.
It has been decades since the final act of Zanzir was recorded, but his legacy of innovation and protection would remain an integral part of the country. Unfortunately, his manipulation of magic was never properly passed on to the new generation. Thus, magic study reached a standstill. Until the fateful day that Zanzir returned to the world once again.
(This section will be updated as I flesh out the world further.)
Coordinate defines a part of a concept. Concepts are parts of constructs. Completed constructs, “magic” alter a single entity. Phenomena are large-scale changes in reality composed of multiple constructs and affect multiple entities.
Runes (simple and compact) generate concepts. Coordinates are included in the writing.
Compound runes create phenomena using multiple constructs with coordinates that may or may not be defined.
Divide - the dimensional barrier that separates the Oasis of Zanzir from the rest of the world
Insight - A mage's ability to read the magical power of other magicians through energy signatures. The more powerful the mage, the more sensitive their Insight.