3.5 LIMITATIONS OF MAGIC
While ceremonial magic does allow
the practitioner to do many wondrous things, it has its
movies we see the sorcerer raising his hands and casting
spells on the spot (invoking fireballs and lightening
bolts), but these things are beyond the scope of a true
displays of spontaneous magic are impossible.
The practitioner of magic must always work
through celestials beings bound to his service.
He himself does not possess any great inner
Additionally, the ceremonies
themselves are fraught with difficulties and dangers.
Not only does the practitioner have to worry
about failure (which occurs in a majority of cases), but
he must protect himself from the very creatures he is
calling on for service.
Many a sorcerer has been ripped to shreds
because, in his zealousness to accomplish his goals, the
words and symbols of protection were forgotten.
The sorcerer has only two outlets
for his magic. One
is to have his orders carried out by a celestial
servant, while the other is to create mystical
talismans, which when on his person will grand various
powers and immunities.
In either case an arduous ceremony is necessary,
and much preparation goes into even the simplest act of
The talisman, while it can be
almost any cleansed item, usually takes the shape of an
amulet or ring worn by the practitioner.
Unfortunately, the powers of the talisman are not
limited to the sorcerer who created it. Any mortal creature who adorns the item will receive
Many a sorcerer has been dispatched by and
adversary that was able to get his hands on one of the
sorcerer's own charms.
Additionally, the moment the talisman is taken
off or broken, the user immediately returns to his frail
Practitioners of magic are also
limited by the limited body of authentic texts that
exist in the world.
They cannot wake up one day and decide to create
a new ceremony.
They are reliant on the work of other sorcerers
before them, and in many cases these mystical tomes are
fraught with error and ambiguity.
While it is possible for a sorcerer to create his
own ritual, the research of the needed material and the
countless hours of experimentation involved would take
years to complete.
Though a sorcerer can wear talismans to protect against all sorts of physical trauma or even to keep themselves young, they can never ascend to immortality. The moment the talisman is taken off, they return to their normal state. Hence, if a sorcerer were to wear a talisman that allowed him to retain his youth for the last 150 years, the moment he took it off, he would most likely instantly die (having been immediately returned to the age of a man well past the life span of the children of clay).