writersofthedas:

  1. When did your mage’s magic first manifest?
  2. Did they try to keep it a secret from their family/close friends?
  3. Has their magic ever hurt anyone by mistake?
  4. Which spells came naturally and which were more difficult to learn?
  5. What is their favourite spell?
  6. Do they put a lot of time into studying magic?
  7. What attracted them to their specialization?
  8. How does your mage get along with other mages?
  9. Does your mage have any sympathy for Templars?
  10. Do they consider magic a blessing or a curse?

Answering for my OC from Warriors Such As, Metis!

  1. When did your mage’s magic first manifest?

Metis worked with plants from
a young age and always had a knack for it, so it’s difficult to pinpoint when
that knack really became magic because no one really picked up on it
till he was already a slave, gardening for Licinius. At some point some
overseer on the estate noticed the vines growing rapidly whenever Metis was
tending them, and asked what sort of magic he was using to make them so
unnaturally productive, and Metis looked at him blankly and said something
along the lines of “That’s not natural? But they’ve always grown like that for
me!” and that’s when they realized they had an incaensor on their hands.

2.           
Did
they try to keep it a secret from their family/close friends?

Alas, he was already
separated from his family at that point. There was no keeping it a secret from
his friends or anyone else among his fellow slaves, though, because having
magic in his veins made him desirable to the master as a source of blood for
certain spells. If anything it made him a bit of a pariah among the slaves.

As for before his knack was
known to be magic, no, it wasn’t anything he kept a secret, but still no one
really made the connection. It was a magic that expressed itself rather subtly,
after all, at least until he went to the Circle for proper training and learned
to do other spells and not just randomly leak magic into the vines and things.

3.           
Has
their magic ever hurt anyone by mistake?

Once Licinius knew about it,
Metis, like the other incaensors among the slaves, had to undergo some
basic training to use it safely, and yes, during those training sessions there
were accidents. Partly because the apprentices Licinius put in charge of them
didn’t really care to prevent injury to slaves or anything, so they weren’t all
that helpful as teachers about warning the trainees of what could happen. They
taught some of the basic fire and ice spells, all of which was frightfully new
to a young man whose magic had always sought plant life when left to its own
devices, and there was an incident with a fireball going wild and catching on
one of the apprentices’ robes that earned Metis more lashes than might seem
reasonable to anyone but a Tevinter (that apprentice always was particularly
vain about his robes).

It’s possible that incident
wasn’t entirely by mistake.

4.           
Which
spells came naturally and which were more difficult to learn?

Nature magic – encouraging
plants to grow, calling them to where he wants them to be, especially vines –
has always been Metis’ forte. Spells of earth and stone too – rock armor,
earthquake, stone fist, that sort of thing – he was quick to learn. Healing was
more difficult but calling to the life in sentient beings was similar enough to
calling to the life in a plant, once he figured out the differences, he made
that leap and quickly became a fairly competent healer. Fire and ice, beyond
the most basic spells of those types, are trickier, and he never quite mastered
entropy.

5.           
What
is their favourite spell?

Hmmm well, he uses vines a
lot both in and out of combat, but I think his favorite thing might be the
spell in Sapling, making the single blossom bloom early when he
planted the tree for baby Mara. He probably did the same sort of thing with the
other family-trees he’s planted.

6.           
Do
they put a lot of time into studying magic?

Maker yes, he is (or was) a
researcher at the Circle of Minrathous and a sublime nerd. Prior to Warriors Such As he was engaged in research into the red
lyrium, which is one reason Maevaris called on him to investigate the situation
in Seheron.

7.           
What
attracted them to their specialization?

He was a farmer’s son. His
father noticed Metis’ affinity for plants early on and when the boy was about
eight years old, he put him in charge of a few fruit trees near the house. Each
year Metis’ corner of the farm grew, tree by tree and vine by vine,
responsibilities expanding as he showed both a skill for it and a willingness
to work. So it might be more that his magic was attracted to the plants than
the other way around, and whenever it first manifested it just latched on to
what he was constantly doing anyway. By the time he knew he was actually using
magic there, there was no question of seeking any other specialization.

8.           
How
does your mage get along with other mages?

Metis gets along well with
anyone who’ll let him, really, mage or not. He likes having fellow mages to
talk shop with though.

9.           
Does
your mage have any sympathy for Templars?

Well it’s different in
Tevinter, so…hmmm. Having ended up in the south with the Hawkes, I suppose
the first contact he’d have with Templars would be former ones in the
Inquisition like Cullen and Carver. And, you know, rogue ones causing trouble
during the mage/templar war but by the time Metis shows up in Hawkquisition,
months after Corypheus is dead, I don’t think there was as much of that going
on maybe? So…I think from his perspective, southern Templars are basically a
curiosity more than a threat. But from an academic standpoint he’d have
sympathy for their cause and purpose. I mean, he’s seen plenty of magic out of
control in Tevinter, but then he’s also seen many wonderful things done with
it.

10.         
Do
they consider magic a blessing or a curse?

Hm, well, magic was responsible for 1) giving him such a
knack for gardening, and that was his profession for many years, so yeah it
kept him alive; 2) drawing his master’s notice so that Metis had to undergo
not-rigorous-enough training that was more of a frustration than a joy and the
only reward for it was being one of those special slaves kept around for their
blood when Licinius had spells in mind that a mage’s blood might be more
effective for; 3) bringing him to Maevaris Tilani’s attention when he used his
magic to save her life during the Qunari attack, which resulted in his freedom
and his training at the Circle; 4) giving him a purpose in life as a researcher
trying to do something about the red lyrium; 5) saving many a friend’s life,
including those on the Inquisition team in Warriors, including his son. So
yeah, on the balance, it’s a blessing. Also he can do that quick-blossom trick
to impress the children. 🙂

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