"Greetings fellow person! I am the ever adorable, and beloved, Moll Mariam Notalone. Today I will be what you call a sensei, and give a brief beginners guide to how magic works in the known universe. To do this, I will give you a description of the list of classes that known magic practitioners often fall into, and what kind of power they are able to wield.
Please note that desu desu desu desu.... Desu desu."
Moll takes off her microphone and turns the on and off switch a couple of times. She puts it back on when she believes it is working again.
"Testing. Testing. Sigh, darn thing always malfunctioning at the wrong- ahem.
As I was saying; please note that this guide has been made in a short time frame, and may not have all the necessary information available. If for any reason, you are unsatisfied with my presentation, please remember that are no refunds. If you nuisance of yourself by bitching about my service, you will be frozen and be forced to serve detention via thawing.
Let's get this class started."
When you hear the word mage, what comes to mind? If you imagine some old guy with a long gray beard chanting an incantation, wearing a long brim hat and robes, and holding a staff, you have more or less thought of a caster.
Casters are what you would expect any normal mage to act. By chanting, and drawing runes, they manifest their energies into carefully crafted spells. Caster magic is by far the most far reaching of all magic classes, and they can pretty much do anything so long as the toll of the spell they intend to use doesn't exceed their energy reserves.
(For those wandering whenever a mage's spell depletes him, or her, of magic they could either pass out into a deep sleep, or die.)
While all mages do have chanting and rune-crafting as part of their arsenal to an extent, a true caster is one who use these spells quicker, and with a little more umpf, than their counterparts. There are several reasons to why this is so, but the most common reason is because they don't need to use as many words as other mages, and thus are able achieve better results with less effort.
For example, say I wanted to turn a desk into a swan sculpture with magic. A normal mage would have to say something in an ancient language like this.
'Oh oak remade for writing, hear my voice as I am reciting. Twist and turn until my demand is met, to become a water fowl, most elequently set.'
Now a caster would probably have to just say. 'Twist and turn until my demand is met' and would have the same result as the prior spell. Keep in mind though that this explanation is somewhat brutally over simplified.
Casters stereotypically wield staves, and wear gloves that can produce something akin to aether chalk for their craft. In more recent years however, far more casters are content with more modern magical tools, such as enchanted items. While anyone can use most enchanted items, a chanter can reach into the magic of the object, and meddle with it just enough to suit their need, without directly violating the magic's properties.
For example, if you have an enchanted ruler that can stretch and shrink itself, but only in a straight line, a chanter could make the ruler stretch out in an arc, or cause it to bend at an angle.
And that my students is a Caster.
Sorcerers are people are born with an elemental affinity. This means that almost all of their magic is based solely on the element they are associated with.
To be perfectly clear, you can't train to become a sorcerer, like you can with most jobs. The title of sorcerer can only be obtained randomly at birth; kind of like a magic lottery. Once you have it, you can't change it, so you got to make the most of it.
This should be obvious, but when I'm talking about the elements, I'm not referring to the stuff on the actual table of elements, like potassium. The elements I'm talking about are the myriad of forces found commonly in nature; such as earth, wind, fire, and water, and so on and so forth.
Now I myself am an ice sorceress of unparalleled talent, and I for one can confirm that being a sorcerer comes with benefits befitting your element. I for one do not get as cold as other people do in the winter, as my physical tolerance for freezing temperatures far exceeds normal human limits. I could take a stroll on a frozen planet in short shorts and a tube top, and still be fine, whereas any other person would end up becoming a Popsicle. In addition, my bare skin can easily keep it's grip on slippery ice, allowing me to walk on ice barefoot without a hitch.
If there is one annoying drawback to being the sorcerer, it's that you're inexplicably tied to your native element, and can't use spells from other classes normally. In way or another, your sorcery often sneaks into whatever spell your casting, despite having nothing to do with it. This can be either a minor annoyance if you're constantly getting dirt on you from being an sorcerer, or tragically lethal if flames kept burning someone you're trying to help, as a fire sorcerer.
(I myself have accidentally frozen multiple people while doing simple chores. It isn't my fault though, they should've known better.)
Sorcerers don't heavily rely on equipment as much as other mages do. Some sorcerers can use their abilities just fine without even a wand or staff, so long as they have easy access to the element. Nonetheless, these items are still helpful, so a sorcerer will try to keep some on hand.
Priest / Shaman Edit
The next group we will talk about will be about priests and shamans. The group of mages, known mostly for combating demons, witches, and warlocks
Now I'm only going to say this once, so listen closely. I WILL NOT be talking about the legitimacy, or illegitimacy of any one religion in this session. If you want to talk about your beliefs of the world and how it functions, go on some internet cesspool and mingle with the people in there.
Now.... It is important to note, that not all religious figures can cast magic, because just like everyone else, they're human. Those who are capable of practicing magic, do so in a rather turnabout manner.
By praying to their deities, a religious mage actually draws in power from an unconfirmed source, and uses it to cast their magic. Every priest and shaman claim that the source of this power comes directly from their god, gods, or goddesses, but even with our advanced technology, we cannot say for certain if that is true, or not.
Even when a being such as an angel has been summoned by a high ranking disciple, no one can determine if the angel is a genuine article, or merely the summoner's magic taking on a heavenly form.
Getting back to the actual praying that these religious mages expertise in, they accomplish this feat at no small effort on their part. Prayers require not only a long winded incantation, but they also require near absolute focus, and most importantly, faith. When all three conditions are met, the priest's body fills with magical power which he or she can unleash. This can either be a merciful aura of light meant to heal, or as judgemental wrath meant to cleanse away any sinful creature, or act from sight.
Like any religious man, a priest mage can often be seen with sacred objects of their faith. When a religious mage blesses an object, they leave a trace of their, otherworldly, magic inside the item. The priest can use these items as protective charms, as tools of healing, or for any other purpose they need.
And that's pretty much all I have to say on the subject, so don't ask for more.
Warlock / Witch Edit