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'''Magic''' is real and widely believed in the world of ''Song of Ice and Fire''. Yet it is also rare enough for many to doubt its existence or at least its effectiveness, particularly in [[Westeros]] and most of all in the [[Citadel]].  
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'''Magic''' is a supernatural force in the [[known world]]. It is rare enough for many to doubt its effective or even existence, particularly in [[Westeros]] and especially the [[Citadel]], where it its known as the '''higher mysteries'''.
  
==Background==
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==Types of magic==
Magic is a little understood force in the world. It has been so long since magic was truly potent that most understanding of it only lives on in superstition and rituals of questionable validity.  
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[[File:Carolina Eade V. Campfire Mime.jpg|Elemental control © FFG|thumb|250px|right]]
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Magic is a little-understood force in the world. It has been so long since magic was truly potent that most understanding of it only lives on in superstition and rituals of questionable validity. Blood, life, and death seem to be keys that can help unlock the secrets of magic.{{ref|AGOT|64}}{{ref|AGOT|72}}
  
In [[Westeros]] and most of the lands west of [[Valyria]], magic is held to be a mythical force only. The [[Maesters]] of the Citadel may apply for a [[Valyrian steel|Valyrian Steel]] link for the study of magic, but they believe it to have faded away following the [[Doom of Valyria]], since there has been no record of its use in Westeros since that time. However, recently the magical Valyrian [[Glass candle]] in the citadel has ignited anew and it seems that the potency of magic in Westeros has increased, and miracles and abilities that were long thought lost now appear to be returning, although this is commonly neither known nor accepted.
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In [[Westeros]] and most of the lands west of [[Valyria]], magic is held to be a mythical force only. The [[maesters]] of the [[Citadel]] may apply for a [[Valyrian steel]] link for the study of magic, but they believe it to have faded away following the [[Doom of Valyria]], since there has been no record of its use in Westeros since that time.{{ref|AGOT|24}}
  
Blood, life, and death seem to be keys that can help unlock the secrets of magic.  [[Warlocks]] from [[Qarth]] bathe [[Samwell Tarly|Sam Tarly]] in [[aurochs]]’ blood to make him brave. [[Mirri Maz Duur]] sacrifices the horse, and so much more, in her attempt to restore Khal [[Drogo]]. Dany burns the [[maegi]] on Drogo's funeral pyre and wakes [[dragons]].
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Magic has remained a potent force in [[Qarth]], where the enigmatic [[warlocks]] of the [[House of the Undying]] are said to possess great powers. All manner of sorcerers, [[necromancer]]s, spellsingers, [[aeromancer]]s, [[bloodmage]]s, and more are said to gather and practice their arts in the lands by the [[Jade Sea]] and [[Asshai]] by the [[Shadow Lands|Shadow]].{{ref|AGOT|23}}
  
Additionally, [[Alchemists' Guild|pyromancers]] claim that recently spells required in the creation of [[Wildfire]] have begun to work better and more efficiently than they have in many years, and dragon sightings are becoming more and more common in [[Essos]]  {{Ref|affc|prologue}} However, even before that in the lands east of Valyria magic has remained a potent force. In [[Qarth]], the enigmatic [[warlocks]] of the [[House of the Undying]], said to posses great powers and in the lands by the [[Jade Sea]] and [[Asshai]] by the Shadow, where all manner of sorcerers, necromancers, spellsingers, aeromancers, and more are said to gather and practice their arts.
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Some of the abilities exhibited by those who practice magic are:
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* '''Elemental control''': [[Firemage]]s and the [[red priest]]s of [[R'hllor]] seem able to control the element of fire, being able to evoke fire with their bare hands in order to engulf their weapons in flames, to use the fire alone as a means to attack enemies, or just to amaze crowds.{{Ref|aSoS|76}}{{ref|ACOK|40}} The wizards of the [[Rhoynar]] were able to use [[water magic]] to manipulate water, such as the river [[Rhoyne]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships}} It is possible that other wizards and sorcerers know ways of using other elements.
  
Some of the abilities exhibited by those who practice magic are:  
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* '''Divination''': Some people exhibit the ability to see the future either through dreams or looking in the fire in the case of the followers and priests of the Lord of Light. This is called [[greensight]] if following the way of the [[old gods]] or [[dragon dreams]] if it is done by a [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]].
* '''Elemental control''': The priests of [[R'hllor]] seem able to control the element of fire in order to engulf their weapons in flames, or to use the fire alone as a means to attack enemies.{{Ref|aSoS|76}}. Also in [[Qarth]] Daenerys saw a firemage creating a ladder of flames that stood up to forty feet high. It is possible that other wizards and sorcerers know ways of using other elements.
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* '''Skinchanging''': The ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions. It is a rare ability with only one man in a thousand being born a [[skinchanger]]. Having the blood of the First Men may make it more likely for someone to be a skinchanger.
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* '''Raising the dead''': Some followers of [[R'hllor]] have been capable of performing the extraordinary feat of raising a man from the dead after performing the [[last kiss]]. However the reborn person may have difficulty remembering parts of their past life or exhibit a change in personality. The revived additionally still have any wounds incurred before their passing.
  
* '''Divination''': Some people exhibit the ability to see the future either through looking in the fire in the case of the followers and priests of the Lord of Light or through dreams.In the second case this is called [[Greensight]] if following the way of the [[old gods]] or [[dragon dreams]] if it is done by a [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]].
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* '''Necromancy''': Some are rumored to dabble in [[necromancy]], the ability to raise the dead as mindless automatons bound to serve a specific purpose. Necromancy is said to have been practiced by the [[Bloodstone Emperor]],{{ref|TWOIAF| Yi Ti}} [[Dagon Drumm]],{{ref|TWOIAF| The Iron Islands}} and [[Morgon Banefort]].<ref>georgerrmartin.com: [http://www.georgerrmartin.com/world-of-ice-and-fire-sample/ WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE SAMPLE]</ref>
  
* '''Skinchanging''': The ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions.It is a rare ability with only one man in a thousand being born a [[skinchanger]]. Having the blood of the first Men usually makes it more likely for someone to be a skinchanger.
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*'''Glamoring''': Some wizards and sorcerers can change their appearance or the appearance of others by using light and shadow. Some [[glamor]]s are associated with specific objects. Years of practice can be needed for effective glamor use.{{ref|AFFC|22}}
  
* '''Raising the dead''': Some priests of [[R'hllor]] have been capable of performing the extraordinary feat of raising a man from the dead. However the reborn person may have difficulty remembering parts of his past life such as [[Beric Dondarrion]] or they exhibit a change in personality like [[Catelyn Tully]]. What red priests generally fail to do is to heal a man brought back to life by whatever injuries he may have suffered and as a result their bodies are battered by their wounds.
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*'''Bloodmagic''' is said to be darkest and possibly the most powerful of magics.{{Ref|aFfC|36}} Practitioners of [[bloodmagic]] have dark spells to save a man from death, though some say death is cleaner.{{Ref|aGoT|64}}
  
* '''Necromancy''': Some are rumored to dabble in necromancy the ability to raise the dead but as mindless automaton's bound to serve a specific purpose.  
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*'''Alchemy''': a diverse range of practices involving the creation of substances or materials with magical powers.  The [[Alchemists' Guild]] in Westeros specializes in this, claiming that in the past they were able to transmute base metals into gold, along with other powers.  In recent centuries their power has waned, and they focus on creating the incendiary substance known as [[Wildfire]], which burns much hotter than pitch and cannot be extinguished by water.  They claim that wildfire's power is magical in nature, though the exact ingredients are a closely guarded secret. Most surviving books about alchemy have been distorted by amateur practitioners, and study of them rarely yields practical results.  It has been something of a fad for absent-minded, bookish lords to "dabble" in alchemy research (such as King [[Aenys I Targaryen]]), usually archiving no more than parlor tricks.{{ref|tsotd}}
[[Qyburn]] is rumored to have dabbled in this art. {{Ref|aCoK|64}}
 
  
 
==Westeros==
 
==Westeros==
 
:{{See also|Skinchanger{{!}}Skinchanging|Greensight}}
 
:{{See also|Skinchanger{{!}}Skinchanging|Greensight}}
  
Other than the [[Children of the Forest]], who said to be strong in magic, native magic in Westeros is much rarer. In days past, the [[greenseer]]s of the children possessed incredible powers over nature; [[Skinchanger|Skinchanging]], slipping into the minds of beasts, and [[Greensight]], the power to foretell the future. Though the children of the forest and their greenseers have long passed from [[Westeros]], there are still descendants of the [[First Men]] who possess those powers and while those powers are not something you can will to occur, it seems that those who hold the [[old gods]] are more susceptible to becoming one.
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Other than the [[children of the forest]], who are said to have been strong in magic, native magic in [[Westeros]] is rare. In days past, the [[greenseer]]s of the children possessed incredible powers over nature, including [[Skinchanger|skinchanging]], slipping into the minds of beasts, and [[greensight]], the power to foretell the future. Though the children of the forest and their greenseers have long passed from[Westeros, there are still descendants of the [[First Men]] who possess those powers. The knowledge of the existence of skinchangers is exceedingly rare in Westeros, except perhaps among the [[free folk]] that live [[beyond the Wall]].
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Members of the [[Alchemists' Guild]] know some sort of magical ritual involving the making of [[wildfire]], and possibly smiths who re-work [[Valyrian steel]] know something of the arcane as well.
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==Essos==
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===Valyria===
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:{{See also|Valyrian Freehold}}
  
The very knowledge of the the existence of skinchangers is exceedingly rare in Westeros, except perhaps among the northern [[wildlings]] that live beyond [[the Wall]].
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All [[Valyrian Freehold|Valyrian]] magic was rooted in [[bloodmagic|blood]] and [[Fire magic|fire]]. It is said that they could set [[Glass candle|dragonglass candles]] to burning with strange, unpleasantly-bright light. With the obsidian candles, they could see across vast distances, look into a man's mind, and speak with one another though they were half the world apart.{{Ref|aFfC|45}} It is often said that the old wizards of Valyria did not cut and chisel stone, but worked it with fire and magic as one might work clay.{{Ref|aSoS|54}} The people of Valyria were strong in magic, and they used their powerful wizards and their [[dragons]] in conjunction with their armies to conquer most of western Essos. Dragons were controlled by whips, [[dragon horn]]s, and sorcery.
  
Members of the [[Alchemists' Guild]] know some sort of magical ritual involving the making of [[Wildfire]], and possibly smiths who re-work [[Valyrian steel]] know something of the arcane as well.
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In the flesh pits of [[Gogossos]] Valyrian [[bloodmage]]s mated animals to slave women to bring forth half-human creatures.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Basilisk Isles}}
  
==Valyria==
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Wizards of the [[Rhoynar]] used [[water magic]] against the [[Valyrian Freehold]] during the [[Rhoynish Wars]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships}}
:{{See also|Valyrian Freehold}}
 
  
All [[Valyrian Freehold|Valyrian]] magic was rooted in blood and fire. It is said that they could set [[Glass candle|dragonglass candles]] to burning with strange, unpleasantly-bright light. With the obsidian candles, they could see across vast distances, look into a man's mind, and speak with one another though they were half the world apart.{{Ref|aFfC|45}} It is often said that the old wizards of Valyria did not cut and chisel stone, but worked it with fire and magic as one might work clay.{{Ref|aSoS|54}} The people of Valyria were very strong in magic, and they would use their powerful wizards and their [[dragons]] in conjunction with their armies to conquer most of the eastern continent. Dragons were controlled by whips, magic horns and sorcery.
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It is believed that magic died out in the west and the [[Lands of the Long Summer]] after the [[Doom of Valyria]], despite attempts to restore it through spell-forged steel, stormsingers, or dragons.{{ref|AGOT|23}}
  
==East==
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===Further East===
 
:{{See also|Maegi|Warlocks|Shadowbinder}}
 
:{{See also|Maegi|Warlocks|Shadowbinder}}
  
In Qarth, the enigmatic [[warlocks]] of the [[House of the Undying]] practice curious rituals. Whilst [[Shadowbinder|shadowbinders]], spellsingers and aeromancers from [[Asshai]] are capable of great and terrible feats.{{Ref|aGoT|23}}
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In Qarth, the enigmatic [[warlocks]] of the [[House of the Undying]] practice curious rituals. Qartheen warlocks once bathed [[Samwell Tarly]] in [[aurochs]] blood to make him brave.{{ref|AGOT|26}} [[Shadowbinder]]s, spellsingers, and [[aeromancer]]s from [[Asshai]] are capable of great and terrible feats.{{Ref|aGoT|23}}
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There are [[firemage]]s who can conjure ladders from the air that are made of fire and can stand forty feet high. The mage can climb up the ladder, each rung disappearing behind him, leaving nothing but silvery smoke. When he reaches the top, the ladder and he are both gone.{{ref|acok|40|page 426}}
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==Recent Events==
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===''A Game of Thrones''===
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[[Mirri Maz Duur]] sacrifices [[Drogo's stallion]] and, unbeknownst to [[Daenerys Targaryen]], the unborn [[Rhaego]] in her attempt to restore Khal [[Drogo]]. Daenerys then burns the ''[[maegi]]'' on Drogo's funeral pyre and wakes [[dragons]].{{ref|AGOT|68}}{{ref|AGOT|72}}
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===''A Clash of Kings''===
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The [[Alchemists' Guild]] claim that spells required in the creation of [[wildfire]] have begun to work better and more efficiently than they have in many years.{{ref|ACOK|20}}
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During the [[siege of Storm's End (299)|siege of Storm's End]], [[Melisandre]] births [[shadow assassin]]s to kill [[Renly Baratheon]] and [[Cortnay Penrose]].{{ref|ACOK|33}}{{ref|ACOK|42}}
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In [[Qarth]] Daenerys sees a [[firemage]] creating a ladder of flames that stands up to forty feet high and then dissappear along with the ladder. Quaith explains that, half a year before, the man could bare wake fire from [[dragonglass]] and perform tricks with powders and [[wildfire]] until Daenerys, by hatching the first [[dragons]] in centuries, has caused the firemage's powers to grow.{{ref|ACOK|40}}
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[[Qyburn]] is rumored to have lost his [[maester]]'s chain for being involved in necromancy.{{Ref|aCoK|64}}
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===''A Storm of Swords''===
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[[Thoros of Myr]] explains that he unexpectedly raised [[Beric Dondarrion]] from the dead after performing the [[last kiss]].{{ref|ASOS|39}}
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===''A Feast for Crows''===
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Dragon sightings are becoming more and more common in [[Essos]].{{Ref|affc|prologue}}
  
Bloodmages from the [[Shadow Lands]] beyond Asshai are said to use the darkest of all magics, and possibly the most powerful{{Ref|aFfC|36}}. They have dark spells to save a man from death, though some say death is cleaner.{{Ref|aGoT|64}}
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Thoros tells Brienne that Beric raised [[Catelyn Stark]] from the dead, passing the flame of life from him to her.{{ref|AFFC|42}}
  
There are firemages who can conjure ladders from the air that are made of fire and can stand forty feet high. The mage can climb up the ladder, each rung disappearing behind him, leaving nothing but silvery smoke. When he reaches the top, the ladder and he are both gone. {{ref|acok|40|page 426}}
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A magical Valyrian [[glass candle]] in [[Marwyn]]'s chamberas at the [[Citadel]] has ignited anew and it seems that the potency of magic in Westeros has increased. Miracles and abilities that were long thought lost now appear to be returning, although this is commonly neither known nor accepted.{{ref|AFFC|Prologue}}{{ref|AFFC|45}}
  
==See also==
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===''A Dance with Dragons''===
* [[Dreams and prophecies]]
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Melisandre uses a glamor to disguise [[Mance Rayder]] at [[Rattleshirt]].{{ref|ADWD|31}}
  
==Quotes about Magic==
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==Quotes==
{{Quote|''"The [[dragonlords]] of the old Freehold were strong in sorcery, and lesser men defied them at their peril"''. {{Ref|AFFC|22}}}} - The [[Kindly Man]], to [[Arya]]  
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{{Quote|Take a lesson, Bran. The man who trusts in spells is dueling with a glass sword. As the [[children of the forest|children]] did.{{Ref|aGoT|66}}|[[Luwin]] to [[Bran Stark]]}}
  
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{{Quote|Perhaps magic was once a mighty force in the world, but no longer. What little remains is no more than the wisp of smoke that lingers in the air after a great fire has burned out, and even that is fading. [[Valyria]] was the last ember, and Valyria is gone.{{Ref|acok|28|p 442}}|[[Luwin]] to [[Bran Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|''"Sorcery is a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it".''}} - [[Dalla]] to [[Jon Snow]]
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{{Quote|The [[Horned Lord]] once said that sorcery is a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.{{ref|ASOS|73}}|[[Dalla]] to [[Jon Snow]]}}
  
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{{Quote|The [[dragonlords]] of the [[Freehold of Valyria|old Freehold]] were strong in sorcery, and lesser men defied them at their peril.{{Ref|AFFC|22}}|the [[kindly man]] to [[Arya Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|''"Take a lesson Bran.  The man who trusts in spells is dueling with a glass sword.  As the [[children of the forest|children]] did".''  {{Ref|aGoT|66}}}} – Maester [[Luwin]], to [[Bran]]
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==See also==
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* [[Dreams and prophecies]]
  
==References and Notes==
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==References==
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Latest revision as of 14:20, 26 July 2019

Magic is a supernatural force in the known world. It is rare enough for many to doubt its effective or even existence, particularly in Westeros and especially the Citadel, where it its known as the higher mysteries.

Types of magic

Elemental control © FFG

Magic is a little-understood force in the world. It has been so long since magic was truly potent that most understanding of it only lives on in superstition and rituals of questionable validity. Blood, life, and death seem to be keys that can help unlock the secrets of magic.[1][2]

In Westeros and most of the lands west of Valyria, magic is held to be a mythical force only. The maesters of the Citadel may apply for a Valyrian steel link for the study of magic, but they believe it to have faded away following the Doom of Valyria, since there has been no record of its use in Westeros since that time.[3]

Magic has remained a potent force in Qarth, where the enigmatic warlocks of the House of the Undying are said to possess great powers. All manner of sorcerers, necromancers, spellsingers, aeromancers, bloodmages, and more are said to gather and practice their arts in the lands by the Jade Sea and Asshai by the Shadow.[4]

Some of the abilities exhibited by those who practice magic are:

  • Elemental control: Firemages and the red priests of R'hllor seem able to control the element of fire, being able to evoke fire with their bare hands in order to engulf their weapons in flames, to use the fire alone as a means to attack enemies, or just to amaze crowds.[5][6] The wizards of the Rhoynar were able to use water magic to manipulate water, such as the river Rhoyne.[7] It is possible that other wizards and sorcerers know ways of using other elements.
  • Divination: Some people exhibit the ability to see the future either through dreams or looking in the fire in the case of the followers and priests of the Lord of Light. This is called greensight if following the way of the old gods or dragon dreams if it is done by a Targaryen.
  • Skinchanging: The ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions. It is a rare ability with only one man in a thousand being born a skinchanger. Having the blood of the First Men may make it more likely for someone to be a skinchanger.
  • Raising the dead: Some followers of R'hllor have been capable of performing the extraordinary feat of raising a man from the dead after performing the last kiss. However the reborn person may have difficulty remembering parts of their past life or exhibit a change in personality. The revived additionally still have any wounds incurred before their passing.
  • Glamoring: Some wizards and sorcerers can change their appearance or the appearance of others by using light and shadow. Some glamors are associated with specific objects. Years of practice can be needed for effective glamor use.[11]
  • Bloodmagic is said to be darkest and possibly the most powerful of magics.[12] Practitioners of bloodmagic have dark spells to save a man from death, though some say death is cleaner.[1]
  • Alchemy: a diverse range of practices involving the creation of substances or materials with magical powers. The Alchemists' Guild in Westeros specializes in this, claiming that in the past they were able to transmute base metals into gold, along with other powers. In recent centuries their power has waned, and they focus on creating the incendiary substance known as Wildfire, which burns much hotter than pitch and cannot be extinguished by water. They claim that wildfire's power is magical in nature, though the exact ingredients are a closely guarded secret. Most surviving books about alchemy have been distorted by amateur practitioners, and study of them rarely yields practical results. It has been something of a fad for absent-minded, bookish lords to "dabble" in alchemy research (such as King Aenys I Targaryen), usually archiving no more than parlor tricks.[13]

Westeros

Other than the children of the forest, who are said to have been strong in magic, native magic in Westeros is rare. In days past, the greenseers of the children possessed incredible powers over nature, including skinchanging, slipping into the minds of beasts, and greensight, the power to foretell the future. Though the children of the forest and their greenseers have long passed from[Westeros, there are still descendants of the First Men who possess those powers. The knowledge of the existence of skinchangers is exceedingly rare in Westeros, except perhaps among the free folk that live beyond the Wall.

Members of the Alchemists' Guild know some sort of magical ritual involving the making of wildfire, and possibly smiths who re-work Valyrian steel know something of the arcane as well.

Essos

Valyria

All Valyrian magic was rooted in blood and fire. It is said that they could set dragonglass candles to burning with strange, unpleasantly-bright light. With the obsidian candles, they could see across vast distances, look into a man's mind, and speak with one another though they were half the world apart.[14] It is often said that the old wizards of Valyria did not cut and chisel stone, but worked it with fire and magic as one might work clay.[15] The people of Valyria were strong in magic, and they used their powerful wizards and their dragons in conjunction with their armies to conquer most of western Essos. Dragons were controlled by whips, dragon horns, and sorcery.

In the flesh pits of Gogossos Valyrian bloodmages mated animals to slave women to bring forth half-human creatures.[16]

Wizards of the Rhoynar used water magic against the Valyrian Freehold during the Rhoynish Wars.[7]

It is believed that magic died out in the west and the Lands of the Long Summer after the Doom of Valyria, despite attempts to restore it through spell-forged steel, stormsingers, or dragons.[4]

Further East

In Qarth, the enigmatic warlocks of the House of the Undying practice curious rituals. Qartheen warlocks once bathed Samwell Tarly in aurochs blood to make him brave.[17] Shadowbinders, spellsingers, and aeromancers from Asshai are capable of great and terrible feats.[4]

There are firemages who can conjure ladders from the air that are made of fire and can stand forty feet high. The mage can climb up the ladder, each rung disappearing behind him, leaving nothing but silvery smoke. When he reaches the top, the ladder and he are both gone.[18]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Mirri Maz Duur sacrifices Drogo's stallion and, unbeknownst to Daenerys Targaryen, the unborn Rhaego in her attempt to restore Khal Drogo. Daenerys then burns the maegi on Drogo's funeral pyre and wakes dragons.[19][2]

A Clash of Kings

The Alchemists' Guild claim that spells required in the creation of wildfire have begun to work better and more efficiently than they have in many years.[20]

During the siege of Storm's End, Melisandre births shadow assassins to kill Renly Baratheon and Cortnay Penrose.[21][22]

In Qarth Daenerys sees a firemage creating a ladder of flames that stands up to forty feet high and then dissappear along with the ladder. Quaith explains that, half a year before, the man could bare wake fire from dragonglass and perform tricks with powders and wildfire until Daenerys, by hatching the first dragons in centuries, has caused the firemage's powers to grow.[6]

Qyburn is rumored to have lost his maester's chain for being involved in necromancy.[23]

A Storm of Swords

Thoros of Myr explains that he unexpectedly raised Beric Dondarrion from the dead after performing the last kiss.[24]

A Feast for Crows

Dragon sightings are becoming more and more common in Essos.[25]

Thoros tells Brienne that Beric raised Catelyn Stark from the dead, passing the flame of life from him to her.[26]

A magical Valyrian glass candle in Marwyn's chamberas at the Citadel has ignited anew and it seems that the potency of magic in Westeros has increased. Miracles and abilities that were long thought lost now appear to be returning, although this is commonly neither known nor accepted.[25][14]

A Dance with Dragons

Melisandre uses a glamor to disguise Mance Rayder at Rattleshirt.[27]

Quotes

Take a lesson, Bran. The man who trusts in spells is dueling with a glass sword. As the children did.[28]

Perhaps magic was once a mighty force in the world, but no longer. What little remains is no more than the wisp of smoke that lingers in the air after a great fire has burned out, and even that is fading. Valyria was the last ember, and Valyria is gone.[29]

The Horned Lord once said that sorcery is a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.[30]

The dragonlords of the old Freehold were strong in sorcery, and lesser men defied them at their peril.[11]

See also

References