Talismans and Spells
In the world of Aeres, Magik is expressed in two primary forms: Talismans and Spells. The nature of these expressions is divergent in both method and source, which is practically represented in how saves are made against both, although there is another very important difference: Talismans are the expressions of magik that channel the power of the divine, both celestial and terrestrial; Spells on the other hand represent tapping of the magikal energy that flows throw the cosmos by means of memorized rites or triggers that are powered by individual Magikal Essence. So it is that Mages rely upon the learning of spells and the use of Power Points to activate their magik, while Savants call Talismans that are learned in their studies and made manifest by divine power.
Spells are generally more versatile in that once the Mage has mastered them; he may wield them at will so long as he has the Power Points available. Talismans on the other hand are the gift of a higher power and there is a pre-determined limit on the number the Savant may use on a given day. A Mage must barter, bargain, or buy his Spells and sometimes it is a catch as catch can situation thereby limiting his overall choices. Savants conversely have a broad list from which to choose and need not worry about having to hunt around. Thus, each has its particular strengths and weaknesses and in such a manner as to lend each Magik using Caste a distinct personality. Now, we will review the two types of Magik, the classes who use them and some key issues with regards to Magik in general including the Saving Throws Table.