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Spell Ink

Spell ink, a magical catalyst, is used to channel the energy of people's souls into objects, activating certain effects that would usually require a magus's spellwork. The first batch of spell ink was mixed by mages of all five elements during the current age, where each completed one separate task involving their elements. It was an attempt to duplicate the power of Angelscript and utilize it for the war effort.   The Angel Saxons used and still use Angelscript to forge powerful magic arms and armor, an art even now beyond the mages of the Middle Lands. These, however, have turned to more sophisticated applications of runes, using their arcane technology of spell ink to create powerful mandalas. This substance, when used properly, allows non-mages to produce magical effects by simply touching a surface lined with the special ink. It is, for example, used for magus lamps, but also for large magic engines like the wind catchers of Aerialis.   The magic in the Middle Lands has a high level of sophistication, and there are several advancements and implementations that replace more modern technology as it were. In fact, the invention of spell ink sparked a sort of industrial revolution in the Middle Lands, bringing with it great prosperity and advancements.  

The Ingredients of Spell Ink

The ingredients of spell ink are silverlight, cobalt water, soul ash, molotovin, and powdered ardenstone.
Silverlight is a glinting shaving of brass that is imbued with wind magic in a secret alchemical process, and, in fact, all processes behind the creation of the ingredients of spell ink are kept top secret according to Middlish Law so that the substances act as severe incentives to keep the peace up and the trading between the five cities fair. Cobalt water is the base liquid of spell ink and made in Aquaris using water magic. Soul ash is created in the charcoal burner huts of Lumina Aka, and molotovin is a magic electrolyte that is dripped into the final solution, manufactured in Fulgrath. It was named after Rudolph Molotov, the inventor of the Molotov tower1

The Grand Academy of Fulgrath brought forth some of the most brilliant minds of the first century GE. Among them was Rudolph Molotov, who performed extensive conversion and measurement experiments of soul power and lightning magic, creating the existential conversion coefficient the "Molotov" [M], based on the Kunibert unit [K] for measuring soul power. Before the Declaration of Existential Independence and the jumping to the South Pole of Borealis in 25 GE, Rudolph Molotov and Vincent Kunibert Greenhorn were close colleagues that inspired much of each other's work. Molotov's extensive research and experimentation with soul power to energy conversion, electromagnetism, and electric field theory led to the invention of the Molotov Tower, a tall capacitor tower built to harness the energy of lightning strikes to store as electrical power in large fuel cells. The first large-scale Molotov Tower was built as a proof-of-concept next to the then just Grand Academy in 175 GE.

. The final ingredient, powdered ardenstone, is a powder created from a special kind of crystal, which is grown in Arda using sophisticated earth magic.  

The Application Stages of Spell Ink

First, the spell ink has to be acquired or created; then it is applied to a surface. After the application, a magus performs a single feat of magic into the ink. The usual effect will be completely absorbed and will instead cause the ink to spread out in the form of a mandala. Once the mandala has been created, touching it will activate the feat of magic initially cast into the ink. The mandala is not used up in this process but remains until it has been damaged too badly. Anyone can activate a spell ink mandala regardless of magical prowess and personal soul power. However, because the mandalas just start channeling soul power indiscriminately when touched, the advent of spell ink has also led to a steep increase in spellblight. The final application for spell ink is the creation of a magic engine. Magic engines are created by layering mandalas and casting them upon new forms with very specialized applications that even surpass the limitations of the elements they were initially created with to a certain extent by means of sheer complexity.  

Spell Ink Mandalas

Two mandalas are rarely alike. Because spell ink mandalas are keyed to the soul of the creator, two mandalas of the same spell can have completely different shapes but the same exact effect. This does not mean that the soul of the creator is activated or resonated with any time a mandala that was created with it is activated, it simply means that there is a very personal signature to the magic of every person. The records of the MLMRC show that the first mandala ever created was a regular soft breeze made from wind magic, put onto a scroll of parchment to which spell ink had been applied. The parchment burned up, but produced the intended effect.  

Mandala Scrolls

Scrolls were an early application of spell ink that came into fashion before the advent of magic engines. The problem with mandala scrolls was that they would burn up on use. This was due to the mandalas heating up whenever soul power2

Soul power is the latent energy that souls generate just by existing. It is used to resonate with the Great Clockwork to unleash magic into the world. A soul has, according to modern soul theory, two quantities attached to it: soul power and soul flops, the latter measuring its computational power. Soul power has been quantified using the unit Kunibert, which is based on De Vries Cluster Field Theory.

flowed into them. In the 890s GE, mandala shields became popular, starting with the guards of Aerialis. These were later considered the first magic engines. Strong bronze shields were forged out of Arkatrashian copper and locally sourced tin and imbued with spell ink mandalas to provide the regular guards with a number of useful effects that could be selected before moving out by picking up the proper shield. Though the metal would heat up too, it could take a lot more of that before it became damaging to the wielder and even more before the shields actually melted. To prevent accidental activation, the guards wore thick gloves or gauntlets on their shield arms. Around that time, spell ink crests also became popular among Middlish nobles: little, wearable plaques with spell ink mandalas on them producing small, showy effects to brag with.  


Spell ink was invented by a cross-academic working group called the Middle Lands Magic Research Consortium in 820 GE. The MLMRC was founded by Augustus Leeuw during the annual Tower Symposium in 811 GE, when several mages of the five Magus Academies of the Middle Lands supported his proposal to create an impartial think tank containing magus scholars of all five elements. Additional support and sponsorship was offered by the Five Keepers, and the Tower of Five was named as the neutral and central location best suited for the activities of the MLMRC.  

The Magic Industrial Revolution

In the 950s GE, the widespread proliferation of magic engines on an industrial level began in the Middle Lands. Certain labor and time intensive jobs were replaced by magic engines and new manufacturing processes invented, which utilized the new technology. This lead to a boom of growth and production and created, for example, the completely novel aluminum industry in Fulgrath, which built great aluminum smelters and forges out of magic engines. Of course, high-level magic technology already predates the inception of spell ink by a few hundred years in Fulgrath, as can be seen in the example of Molotov towers.

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