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The Second War of the Mages

Prologue



A thousand years ago, the World was ruined.  The Faith of the Mages had split, and their Factions spread a Terrible War across the Lands for thirty-six years.

At first they fought amongst themselves, over what Trifle none still know.  But soon they summoned Others, and King and Commoner alike swore Fealty to the Mages.  For ten years Men killed in their Names, and for ten years the Mages' Power grew.

And then on the eleventh year, the Greatest of the Great Mages discovered a new Spell, and of his Army he selected a Rank and made of them new Creations that were stronger, swifter, and deadlier.  Other Mages followed, and the Kingdom of Man fractured:  Thus were born the Satyrs and the Minotaurs, the Centaurs and the Merfolk, the Pixies and the Ogres, the Vampires and the Werewolves, all to glorify the Mages' Power.  And these too fought and killed and died like the mortal Men whence they came.

On the thirtieth day of the fifth month of the thirtieth year of the War, the Beginning of the End was wrought:  A Mage created of his Men a Terror unlike the World had ever seen, and he called his new Creation 'Dragons.'  And for a time, they fought for him.

Other Mages saw the Dragons and soon created their own, each a more deadly and cruel Form than the last.  Some were made wingéd to command the Skies; some were made finned to command the Seas; some were given Claws of Swords; and some Skin of Iron; and some Breath of Flame.  And then the greatest of the Great Mages made the greatest of the Dragons; and on the first day of the thirty-first year, the greatest Dragon rebelled.

The Lord of Dragons summoned all the other Dragons to his Aid, and they declared their own War upon all the World.

And the Men and Mortals and Mages realized their great Mistake, and for a moment they were humbled.

A new War was waged for five long, terrible years; and though it cost a million mortal Lives, every last Dragon was killed.  The Body of the Lord of Dragons was sealed under a Mountain in the middle of a Plain by the Greatest Mage who had created him; and beside that Mountain the Greatest Mage fell to his Knees and died.

The Great War of the Mages thus ended, and never again would the Mages fight.  Many Spells were sealed away at this time.  But the greatest of the Spells — Transmogrification, the Ability to change their fellow Men into new Creatures, the Ability to play God — this Spell alone was destroyed.  The Scrolls and Books were burned, and each Mage by his own Choice had the Knowledge torn from his Mind, never again to allow such Havoc to be wrought upon the World.

Man rebuilt his Villages and his Cities and his Countries and his Kings, and the Mages watched over all this, Stewards of their new World.  And all was Good for a thousand years.



— until one day a Cadet, an apprentice Mage, rediscovered that which had been lost.
The Second War of the Mages, Prologue.

This is something new I've been working on for the last few weeks. It'll probably be quite some time (if ever) before you see the story appear here, because right now I have the Prologue itself written and part of Chapter 1 and lots and lots of random notes and ideas swirling through my head, not all of which have gelled yet. But those of you who've read Caity's World know a little of what to expect when you finally do see it.

This is a big story. It takes place in present-day America (and possibly some in Europe), but it's a different America: Magic is a part of the everyday fabric of life, with potions and spells and a society of Mages in charge of it all. But even with magic, life isn't really all that different: People are born, they grow up, they get married, they have children, they grow old, and they die, just like in our world. Long ago there was a great magical war but that's ancient history for most people, who go to work and school each day and just like people in our world are really just trying to get by and muddle through.

If I finish it, someday, I might actually try to find a publisher for this one, because I think this one could really be a gem, a diamond in the rough. But that's a long way off. For now, I have a beginning, and that's where every story must start.

Well, so tell me what you think! Please leave a comment if you read this far!
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Phenoca Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
That which had been lost... His car-keys!
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Finnnnnnnally got to this one, and I'm glad I waited.

You have already set up a remarkable world (as you tend to do). You have hinted at a marvelous story. Caity's World is probably publisher worthy. I expect no less from this one.

I eagerly wait for the slowly posted chapters of mind blowing descriptions and characters you feel for.
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SpaceCowboy2011 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
I read all of Caity's story, and loved it. Would be most interested to see if this does indeed make its way here. I've truly enjoyed browsing all that your gallery has had to offer.

And this might sound stereotypical, but honestly all it takes to find a publisher is perseverance. My uncle recently got a book of his published, and it only took one random publishing company to pick up his book for it to happen.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again! I'd like to think that perseverance is all that's required, but I'm still not convinced that publishers would actually want to publish any of my writing. I try to write interesting characters in unusual circumstances, with some depth to the characters and with some intricacies to the plot and with some overarching themes too; but the stories are so specialized to my tastes, with mythological creatures and weird transformations and disturbing imagery, that I often can't imagine why anyone else would want to read past the first page. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I still hear a little voice claiming that while Caity's World received many positive comments on deviantART, that was just because the haters were too lazy or too polite to say what they really felt about it.

So, well, I dunno. I'd love to think my work is publishable, but I'm too critical and cynical to truly believe it in my heart. I'll probably keep working on The Second War, but I'm not convinced it can find an audience who's willing to pay even a five-dollar paperback cost to read it.
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Rogue7 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
That is one nice teaser/prologue, and after Caity's World, I'd say write it all up and seek thy publisher, and let the masses feast :)

Bit over dramatic? maybe :D
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Lord-N1ghtmare Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I like what I've read so far, would love to read more :)
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working on it, but it'll likely be quite some time before I post any of it.
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giffl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
I hope you go ahead with this. Your last story was great and this senario can go in any direction.
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chekm8 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
well now that you've posted this if it gets to about five chps. and they are all as good as the prolouge promises im sure that i will spam you with posts until come up with an ending. im looking forward to it. what time schedule will you be shooting for releasing the chapters? when will you release the first one? it sounds really good and i cant wait.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To answer your questions in order: I don't know, I don't know, and, uh, thanks ^^;

Seriously, I only have part of the story in my head right now, and until I get more of it nailed down, you won't see another word ;P
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