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    Cantus vs. Carta


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    Post by Lilac on Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:43 am

    Now, if you've read the first two stickies (or at least the first since the history is heck long), then you probably know two general kinds of magic exist: Cantus and Carta.

    The two are similar in the sense that both use Anima (the soul or the energy where the soul comes from) and can alter certain properties. However, the methods how this is done are extremely different and there are more sub-classifications of magic under each.


    Cantus was the first kind of magic introduced to mankind and in the olden days it was considered a gift from the Incantii. There are theories that this may not necessarily be the case but rather that the magic aura emitted by the Incantii began to affect humans and granted them similar abilities within time. This is perhaps similar to the way the Incantii's magic aura affects creatures and turns them into beasts. It may also explain why some Cantus users eventually turn into Moria once their Anima becomes fully "corrupted".


    • Quick casting and long-ranged
    • Anima recharges faster.
    • Spell language is innate and only needs further study and practice for specific kinds of spells or to enhance them
    • Can be specific in casting or general
    • Free-formed magic that requires will over spell-structuring
    • Limits lie solely on Anima and the skill level of a witch
    • Contracts with Incantii can further the boundaries of Cantus skill
    • Unlimited resources possible for manipulation at one's will
    • One can "mask" Cantus as Carta with certain things so long as "morphing" and physically manipulating material isn't done.
    • Contrary to popular belief, Cantus does use symbols, though they're not Cartic marks. Rather they're runes and they use pentagrams for larger spells, blocking, or other effects. Granted, they take longer than their normal spells, similar to Carta methods.


    • Unlike Carta, Cantus takes an incredibly long time to master. Therefore Cantus users usually stick to several skills and sub-branches of the magic only.
    • Using spells far too powerful or out of their sub-branches exhaust Anima almost instantly and can lead to corruption.
    • A mental mindset is needed for Cantus users. Distraction usually stops the spell midway.
    • If a Cantus user is "silenced" with a Cartic mark, they can't cast spells by chanting and have to write down the spell, which is a large handicap.
    • Anima can be slowly corrupted if overused in short periods of time
    • Constantly attracts Incantii desiring to make contracts
    • Cantus energy can be sealed with Carta magic
    • Cantus-users cannot for some reason use Carta unless their Cantus is sealed or destroyed. One theory is that only one flow of magic can exist in Anima at a time while the other is that the Cantus itself rejects the Lëi energy. This proves difficult as one unable to use Carta casts the suspicion that one is a Walpurgis.
    • A prohibited magic. Therefore making one a target for Sealing if discovered. This has led many of the Walpurgis in hiding and makes training impossible out in the open.
    • One's Cantus is something a user is extremely intimate with and they consider it an extension of themselves. Therefore, removing one's Cantus as well as the thought of never being able to use it again can be severely traumatic for them depending on how long they've used it and how emotionally stable they are. This does not count if the child was sealed at birth or before its manifestation.
    • Certain spells in Carta are used to detect Cantus activity.
    • Despite being generally vast, Cantus lacks the refinements of Carta magic that can make even the smallest details in a spell differ.


    Carta was discovered much later in history and changed the course of Esterelf from being a Cantus-dominated continent, to a Cantus-resistant one. Carta, which means "chart", is derived from the Lëi, a large network of ancient magical energy that can be accessed and stored through the use of mediums, mostly different kinds of minerals and metals. The Lëi consists of a series of marks and runes can be used in order to cast magic in a certain way. Carta magic makes has limitless possibilities and various branches of magic, some few examples being Alchemy, Rune-casting, Crafting and Expiate Magic.

    There are several academies where you can learn Carta and it's used in every day life as well. Carta may be used in pure elemental forms, utilized in order to enhance physical attributes, create illusions and walls and Cartic creatures, among many other things. However, one thing it is especially known for is its ability to seal Cantus magic. Expiate Carta is used in order to seal the flow of Cantus in one's individual as well as extract it and destroy it. This is usually the job of higher official mages, but any studied Carta mage knows the temporary binding spells.

    Where Cantus deals with the heart and will, Carta is about the mind and logic. One needs to memorize thousands of Cartic marks in their studies and also be able to visualize them in glyphs, graphs and other structures. That said, once mastered, one can use it readily enough. It's not as quick as Cantus magic, but it's ability to be extremely detailed allows one just as limitless possibilities so long as they can study the right marks, practice it and always be in sync with one's Anima.


    • Detailed magic one can customize to one's preferences
    • The capability to craft: Unlike Cantus users who morph or summon things, Carta can craft things using Cartic marks, granted they are recharged regularly with energy.
    • Has the ability to defend one's self against Cantus magic as well as bind a Cantus user if learned in the skill (Binding can be performed by normal Cartic mages, but Cantus destruction is only authorized by The Expiate as it is "extremely dangerous".)
    • Has a variant degree of uses and forms
    • Skill depends on study rather than innate talent
    • Can be used to enchant objects for certain amounts of time
    • One's use of Carta only diminishes Anima reserve and does not corrupt it
    • Accepted in each kingdom in Esterelf
    • Controlled and therefore making it accurate in combat


    • Carta is short-ranged compared to Cantus magic unless being used with something that can make it go farther (e.g. a gun or cannon)
    • Carta is limited as one needs to use a medium charged with energy from a Lëi source. One can, however, carry multiple mediums at once.
    • Carta takes more time to cast than Cantus users who just need to will what they desire while simultaneously saying incantations. However, a person can cast a hastening Cartic rune in advanced for this.
    • Cartic marks and runes eventually fade within time unlike Cantus magic unless they are casting the mark directly on a medium, therefore making metal weapons favorable for them.
    • Carta study takes a lot of time, hence why years of schooling are usually necessary for certain branches of magic within it.
    • If a mage were to make a pact with an Incantus, he would no longer be able to use Lëi magic, but would have the Incantus' own Cantus instead.

    Some examples of using Cantus vs. Carta

    • Enchantment: A Cantus user can manipulate a sword instantly and imbue it with elemental magic or another effect, however, it will disappear almost right after the use. A Carta mage has to charge a sword with Lëi energy and summon the proper marks, but it lasts for a number of uses and can be recharged again.
    • Objects: A Cantus user can willfully levitate several small objects at free will or even subconsciously depending on their emotions. He/she can also mutate an object into a different form, set it on fire, etc. A Carta mage would have to call out several marks in order to make something float. However, he can create objects purely out of Cartic marks. An example would be a skin of sorts that, if worn, would make him appear like a different person.
    • Companions: A Cantus user can capture or bind a soul of a creature or a "dead" Incantus so that they can summon them to their will. A Cartic mage can do the same, only he/she would still need to charge the medium with Lëi energy. However, he can also create a sending purely out of Cartic marks that would, feel, and sound real and can be kept in a gem until the next use.
    • Elements: A Cantus user can use the elements around him/her. She can make rocks fly or shatter the ground to a degree, depending on his/her specialties and expertise. A Cartic mage has to call out a mark or glyph to summon an element, but can cast the glyph where he pleases (e.g. under the user's very feet). Both can summon elements with the right skill.
    • Learning: A Cantus user learns best through experience and "feeling". "Sensing" and "perceiving" the properties of the earth help him/her understand what they're manipulating better. A Carta mage learns best through "studying" and "memorization". He/she can memorize thousands of marks and adjust them, add them to one another, modify them to his/her will.

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