Magic in Qin: the Warring States exhibits the same kind of attention to detail as the setting chapters do. This chapter focuses on the four kinds of magic of the setting: External Alchemy, Internal Alchemy, Divination and Exorcism.
Each of the ways is an interesting and flavorful take on magic of the world. The chapter goes into details on what these are, what the requirements are to practice and learn these ways, and presents a listing of various spells or effects that each of these ways can perform.
- External Alchemy is perhaps the most recognizable form of alchemy. Much like in the western sense of the art, External Alchemy is focused on the creation of various potions, ointments, talismans and elixirs which have all sorts of effects on the human body.
- Internal Alchemy on the other hand, focuses on the use of Chi to create various effects that go beyond the ability of most mortals. This form of alchemy requires no tools or ingredients save for the practicioner’s concentration and ability.
- Divination is the art of understanding the omens and signs around the practitioner. This is a passive ability that gives a general “feel” for the situation rather than specific predictions. It’s a tricky sort of art and one that requires a keen mind and understanding of symbology.
- Exorcism is the final art, and one that is perhaps the most combative. These practicioners protect mankind from vengeful ghosts, bloodthirsty undead and wicked demons. Given the propensity of all of these threats, Exorcists tend to have a lot of work in the Warring States.
The various spells are all flavorful and unique to the setting. I’ve noticed that the 7eme Cercle team has a thing for adding multiple magic systems, and I’m pretty happy with that. Being able to combo those with the Taos and Combat Techniques makes it even more interesting.
Tomorrow we finish off Qin with the conclusions and a review of the book.