Robert and I took our first day of magic class, and we found it fascinating. The uses for magic and spells that have been created go far beyond what we’ve attempted. It’s great to now have access to the work of a whole society of mages figuring out new ways to use “mana”, built upon research to create ever newer and more powerful spells.
Our instructor is obviously highly skilled, intelligent, and learned; and yet, he has never heard of anyone anywhere creating new spells as quickly as we do. He was astonished when we told him we had done so. Did the way we were made mages have something to do with this unique ability, or do lots of mages have this ability but do not realize it merely because they “know” it’s not worth trying? Could our very ignorance in magic have caused us to stumble upon something just because we didn’t know it was “impossible”?
There are considerable results from thaumatology — 16 volumes worth! — and new spells are being created after painstaking research. I look forward to reading all of it! However, although there isn’t complete stagnation and magic advances seem to be occurring faster than historical advances during the typical medieval period, something is wrong here. Change seems too slow. Enough time has passed that, as amazing as magic is, it should have become much more powerful by now than it is. Instead, advances are as slow as the rest of this society.
Again, I come back to the conclusion that something is keeping this society from growing faster. Science, magic, politics, language, societal norms, the arts, and so on — all of it has been kept medieval for thousands of years. Perhaps when contact comes from The Engai, it will spur change to quicken again. Whatever is going on has to end soon, or this whole world will be easily crushed by the Markanns.