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“The Will of the Magi” is the first book in a trilogy following Aiden, a young man born with the ability to wield magic. However, in the society he is born into, those with the power of Magic must go to the College of Magic to learn how to properly use Magic. However, Aiden is born into a peasant family, and thus cannot afford to go to the College, but,

To be caught practicing Magic and not being admitted to the College is a death sentence.

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How does your main character fit into this world?

My character is a young man, born to a society where magic is another tool for the elite and powerful to maintain their control over the general masses. However, Aiden, because of the events that brought him into the world, is able to show the masses that Magic is not something to be feared or hated, but that it can be a useful tool as well.

Is there a system of magic?

A Magi, someone who can wield Magic, must focus their mind and their Will upon the earth itself, and draw raw power from the earth itself. Now, the power itself has no shape or form or flavor, but all those who draw upon the power instinctively shape it into a form they are naturally attuned to: Earth, Fire, Air, Water, etc. Most Magi are only able to wield the natural power of the world in that fashion, and the College of Magic separates those who wield specific types of magic into ‘Houses’ based upon what type of magic they wield.

What are the people who inhabit your world like?

In “The Will of the Magi” readers are introduced to two main groups: the human Empire Aiden is born into, and my take on the classic Goblin race. The Humans live, as I said, in an Empire. The Emperor, along with his family rule over the Empire, with a number of nobles and bureaucrats from the Houses Major, Houses Minor, Merchant Clans, and Guilds, who oversee the various provinces of the Empire. The Houses Major and Minor are similar to Barons, Dukes, Princes, and other similar positions in Western European/Anglo-Saxon societies. The Goblin race, however, is a fierce Matriarchal society, based upon an entertaining change I had my world’s Goblins undergo in the series. There are other societies, but as they are not truly encountered in the first book, I do not want to spoil anything for anyone who might read my book and wait for the second and third.

Are there any magical creatures?

I have a number of “non-human” characters in the book: goblins, trolls, deer, wolves, bears, and eagles. These races sentience, however, varies, depending on when you jump into the story, so I will briefly discuss a few of my favorites that the reader will encounter in this first book. Starting off, one of my favorite races are my Goblins, who are a mix of insect and humanoid. The small, savage creatures readers may be familiar with in terms of The Lord of the Rings, Dungeon & Dragons, Warhammer, are replaced by creatures of a similar stature, but with no true vocalization system, communicating via scents. My second favorite are my King’s Eagles. In appearance, they would be a blend between a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, except a fair bit larger, with the feathers of their colored with a mix of gold and blood, which would give them the appearance of having crowns, hence the name King’s Eagles.

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What are the two most interesting facts or features of your world?

I would say that the two most interesting facts or features of my world would be the bountiful nature of magic, which would then also collide with the issue of how easy magic is to access by those who know how to, and then how easy it is to potentially cut people off from that source of power.

Is there a religious system in place?

 Religion is a tricky thing in my world, as the reader is only introduced to the Human faith in “The Will of the Magi.” There are numerous Pantheons of Deities in my world, and each Pantheon is responsible for a specific sect of sentient life-forms/races/etc, and while their followers may interfere with each other, the Deities themselves may not interfere with the followers of other Pantheons. And if a Pantheon/Deity loses all of their followers, they will lose themselves, unraveling into nothingness. This is also coupled with the fact that there is a “Hell,” for lack of a better word right now, but instead of “Hell” being beneath the world and “Heaven” being above, “Hell” is between the mortal realm and the realm of the Pantheons.

When a mortal dies, their soul/essence goes up to their Deity/Pantheon, to become part of that Pantheon’s power, but, before it gets there, it must pass through “Hell.”

And that is where the Demons/Devils come in. These creatures feed off of the souls, but what they do is a service to the Pantheons of the Gods: the Demons take the aspects of the soul that would corrupt the Pantheons, altering them in bad ways, and devour those parts. For example, if a God is the God of Light and Healing, it would be corrupted by the soul of a Doctor or Priest that had done extreme acts of evil during its life, especially while treating the ill or injured. The demons devour the evil from the soul, all the harm it had done, until all that remained was the Light and Healing that made up the God’s essence, which would then pass onto the deity, and get absorbed.

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