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Mage: Spellshaper definition
Those spellshapers who have successfully created a new high-end spell are given the further title of Mage. Just making any old combination effect spell is not going to make the cut. As creating the kind of high-end spell necessary to earn this title is extraordinarily difficult, only the outstanding members of the profession achieve this status. Becoming a mage therefore commands considerable respect within the maging community, and in particular among other spellshapers, who know first-hand just how complicated the spellmaking process is.
Formally, the title is only given by other mages in one of the guilds. In sects the title is used a bit more freely and generally has a lower requirement, as the sects don't have as substantial an existing body of knowledge as do the guilds.
Process for gaining the title
The process for gaining the Mage title involves the following steps:
- Learning a sufficient understanding of the existing body of relevant magic knowledge and familiarity with the associated spells in the guild's spell library;
- Performing research to further understanding in the field;
- Development of a spell, working out the issues and enhancing with the needed features;
- Demonstration of the spell's potential to the judging committee (comprised of other spellshapers);
- Defending the spell's usefulness to the judging committee. This may often involve stress tests to determine the robustness of the spell, and tests for determining the spell's versatility, with of course a minimum acceptable level depending on the anticipated uses of the spell.
The term is related to Maging, which is the process of magic research and spell development. Its etymology is "Imaging" or "Imagination", as maging is a process of imagining something that does not yet exist and making it real.
Mage: Common definition
The term "mage" has also entered the vernacular, referring to anyone in the maging community.