Spirit Magic is the practice of animism and ancestor worship. Spirit magicians call upon spirits which manifest their powers on behalf of their summoner or binder. These beings have many names… dryads, nymphs, diseases, ghosts, nightmares, elementals, ancestors; yet in truth, are allsentient fragments of magical energy from which everything is derived. A spirit does not teachor use magic, rather they are magic. Spirits ﬂow between the mundane plane and the spirit plane, eternally transferring the power of magic to the mundane world and back again.Spirit magicians interact with these beings, utilising the spirit’s magic to augment or protectthemselves. Such sentient immaterial beings are powerful allies, being capable of independentaction and manifesting their powers for unlimited periods of time.
The Spirit Plane
The spirit world is a place which exists tangentially to the material world. Nothing physical canexist there, only the immaterial. The spirit world is populated by many spirits, which are linkedto the natural geographical features, animals and plants of the material world. Also present arethe faint
of mortal beings whose spirits are still bound to a material body. These appear aspale shadows and are hard to perceive.The landscape of the spirit plane is abstract, similar to the terrain of its counterpart, but the size,colour and vividness of individual features are dependent on the spirits that inhabit it. Thus a wild, craggy mountain in the real world may appear as a tremendous spirit on the spirit plane, whereas an urbanised region might show as grey lifeless area full of translucent apparitions. A soul or spirit which inhabits a physical body or item is deﬁned as being
. A corporealspirit cannot enter the spirit world until drawn forth from its material residence. A soul pulledfrom its physical body up onto the spirit plane, or a spirit which resides there, is considered
. Whilst discorporate, souls are separated from the senses and sensations of theirbody.
How Spirit Magic Works
Spirit magicians do not use spells to ﬁnd or inﬂuence the spirits from which their power derives.Instead they learn two mystical skills, Spirit Walking and Spirit Binding. The ﬁrst enables them toperceive spirits and spiritually enter the Spirit Plane. The second allows them to summon, bind anddominate spirits in spirit combat.