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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 Cytadela.

Sorcery is a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.
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Background

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. In Westeros and most of the lands west of Valyria, magic is held to be a mythical force only. The Maester of the Cytadela may apply for a Valyrian Steel link for the study of magic, but they believe has faded away following the Zagłada Valyrii, since there has been no recorded of its use in Westeros since that time. However, recently the magical Valyrian Glass candle in the citadel, have ignited a new and it seem that the potentcy of magic in Westeros appears to have increased, and miracles and abilities that were long thought lost now appear to be returning, although this is commonly neither known nor accepted.

Blood, life, and death seem to be keys that can help unlock the secrets of magic. Warlocks from Qarth bathe 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 Smok.

Additionally, pyromancers claim that recently spells required in the creation of Dziki ogień have work better and more efficiently, than it has been in many years and smok sightings are becoming more and more common in Essos[1]

However, Even before that in the lands east of Valyria magic remains a potent force. In Qarth, the enigmatic warlocks of the Dom Nieśmiertelnych, said to posses great powers and in the lands by the Morze Nefrytowe and Asshai by the Shadow, where all manner of sorcerers, necromancers, spellsingers, aeromancers, and more are said to gather and practice their arts.

Some of the abilities exhibited by those who practice magic are: 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.[2]. 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.

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 smok dreams if it is done by a Targaryen.

Skinchanging: The ability of entering the mind of an animal and controlling 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.

Raising the dead: Some priests of R'hllor have been capable of performing this 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.

Westeros

Zobacz także: Skinchanging, i Greensight

Other than the Dzieci Lasu, who said to be strong in magic, native magic in Westeros is much rarer. In days past, the greenseers of the children possessed incredible powers over nature, 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 Pierwsi Ludzie who still possess those powers and while those powers are not something you can will to occur, it seem that those who hold the Starzy Bogowie are more susceptible to become one.

The very knowledge of the the existence of skinchangers is exceedingly rare in Westeros, except perhaps among the northern Dzicy that live beyond Mur.

Members of the Cech Alchemików, know some sort of magical ritual involving the making of Dziki ogień and possibly smith who re-work Valyriańska stal know something of the arcane as well.

Valyria

Zobacz także: Valyriańskie Włości

All Valyrian magic was rooted in blood and fire. It said they could set smokglass 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.[3] 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.[4] The people of Valyria were very strong in magic, and they would use their powerful wizards and their smoks in conjunction with their armies to conquer most of the eastern continent.

East

Zobacz także: Maegi, i Warlocks

In Qarth, the enigmatic warlocks of the Dom Nieśmiertelnych practice curious rituals. Whilst shadowbinders, spellsingers and aeromancers from Asshai are capable of great and terrible feats.[5]

Bloodmages from the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai it's said to be the darkest of all magics, and possibly the most powerful[6] they have dark spells to save a man from death. Some might say death is cleaner than using such a spell.[7]


See also

References and Notes

  1. Uczta dla Wron, Wystąpił błąd w drugim parametrze.
  2. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 76, Jon XI.
  3. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 45, Samwell V.
  4. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 54, Davos V.
  5. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 23, Daenerys III.
  6. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 36, Cersei VIII.
  7. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 64, Daenerys VIII.
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