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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
HOW DOES MAGIC WORK HERE?
To best answer this question we need to first address the ways magic can be 'used' by the various character types. For our purposes we'll divide them into ANNA BOYS, WILDLINGS, MAGES and CREATURES.
ANNA BOYS are characters who have earned a specialized type of magic that is limited to a specific power set. Think of Marvel's Captain America or Spiderman - someone who is born completely human and some outside force (loss of virginity at St. Valentines) has endowed them with power. Once earned, it takes them time to master their abilities and adult Anna Boys will almost always have better command of what they have become than newly minted boys. In a nutshell, while the abilities they gain do function naturally they must learn to fully embrace and use them. ANNA BOYS abilities are strongest in Hart, specifically on campus because of their connection to Anna Valentine. Not all boys who lose their virginity on campus become Anna Boys.
WILDLINGS also have a limited natural power set, the main difference between them and Anna Boys is that they are born with their gifts. They have more time to master them and in many ways magic is as much a part of life to them as it is for Mages or Creature type characters. Wildlings have no necessary connection to Anna Valentine, the school nor Hart. They are extremely rare. The canon Katzman is an example of a Wildling as would be a mutant character like Charles Xavier of the X-Men.
MAGES, which for our purposes encapsulates all spell casters, are often simply human beings who are taught to sense, conjure and refocus the energy around them. Trained Mages refer to this energy as Aether and it takes time to master this channeling process. The more time a Mage practices or studies translates into greater knowledge and in this case knowledge is definitely power. While the other character types CAN learn magic, the Mage class seems to have a much easier time in learning and succeeding in the craft. An example of this kind of character might be Merlin or even Harry Potter.
CREATURES are born with specific abilities, strengths and weaknesses inherent to their race. Some are able to cast magic, but those few are usually regulated to the higher tier rare creatures like Dragons. Age and experience also affects this class of character and the older the character the more knowledgeable and powerful in their abilities. The canon Dawson is an example of this type of character, as would be a Lycanthrope.
SPELLCASTING, in terms of role-playing dynamics here, we would rather not limit it's use to classifications or a specific set of spells. Even so, there has to be some conjuring action, some spoken or written words completed in-character to instigate the performance of said spell. The more complicated spell the more involved that preparation becomes so it may need a ritual of some kind, or even more than one Mage to see it succeed. HOWEVER complicated ritual spells can be 'prepared' ahead of time and cast with a final, brief, incantation containing the 'power' word that releases the spell/energy upon a target.
SPELLCASTING is a learned practice or skill set ans it takes a lifetime for most to master. While anyone is technically capable of learning magic, it takes time, talent and a natural propensity for it to truly be successful. By natural propensity we imply, for our purposes, genetics and typically only Mages are born with the ability to channel aether on their own. More so, there is prejudice within the magical community that suggests that magic not be taught to anyone but those born with the right genetic gift. Even if they should be taught, Anna Boys, Humans or Creatures will not be able to compete with Mages when it comes to spell casting. It might even be viable to suggest that they not even try. That's not to say that Anna Boys or Supernatural creatures are weaker. A well-used magic-based ability at the right time and place might out-class a Mage in the middle of casting a spell.