The Magic of Shadows Ops Universe + Contest
In honor of Myke Cole’s second book release, we are giving away three signed copies of his first book, Control Point! All you have to do is tell us which magic school from the Shadow Ops universe you’d like to come up latent as. But first Myke will explain his magic system and how all the schools fit together.
Magic in the Shadow Ops universe is a wild, protean thing. It’s not well understood by humanity, and defies easy taxonomy. To quote the famous scholar of the arcane Andre Sinnawa (in his most famous article – “The Magic Behind the Magic”)
“We’ve impressed ourselves upon magic, tried to shoehorn it into human limitations. We’ve given it taxonomy, ontology, category. But it’s the nature of magic to ignore all that. It’s not interested in making us comfortable. It doesn’t care what we think is a “school” or which element we think it controls. Magic is wild and new and free. The idea of “schools” is an inadequate way to get our heads around a force that we’re only beginning to understand. Magic can do many things that we can only dream of. We’re chipping at the tip of an iceberg that runs very deep and very, very wide below the surface.”
Not surprisingly, this gives the US military fits.
The US government saw magic as dangerous, an assumption driven home by the Bloch Incident, where uncontrolled magic use resulted in the destruction of the Lincoln Memorial and the deaths of 34 people. In an effort to prevent future catastrophes, the McGauer-Linden Act created the Reawakening Commission of the US Congress, who designated five “authorized” schools of magic, and five “Prohibited” schools, otherwise known as Probe schools. Certain practices within authorized schools were also prohibited.
Magic isn’t terribly interested in being classified, as you will see in Fortress Frontier.
Here are the designated schools from the McGauer-Linden Act, taken from the SOC wallet card issued to every Novice training to become a commissioned Sorcerer in the Supernatural Operations Corps.
Authorized (legal) Schools:
Manipulation of Fire. Includes the ability to boost fires and call flame strikes.
Manipulation of Water. Includes the ability to kill via “dessicative” Hydromancy, and to create ice.
Manipulation of Air. Includes the ability to fly, project lightning and summon storms. Frequently employed in conjunction with Hydromancy to control weather to facilitate air and maritime operations.
Manipulation of Earth. Includes the ability to create bridges and walls out of natural surroundings and to spur growth in plant life.
Manipulation of living flesh. Includes the ability to heal wounds.
Prohibited (Probe) Schools and Practices:
Manipulation of dead flesh. Includes the ability to reanimate corpses.
Negramancy AKA “Black Magic”
Manipulation of decay. Includes the ability to cause instant breakdown of anything, biological or otherwise, into its component elements.
Portamancy AKA “Gate Magic”
Manipulation of the fabric between planes. Includes the ability to open doorways between planes, to effect transport of fauna from either side, and to move Portamantic gates at will.
Sentient Elemental Conjuration
Manipulation of the magical current itself to effect the creation of self-aware elementals formed from kinetically active elements such as burning fire, sparking electricity or blowing wind.
Offensive Physiomancy AKA “Rending”
The employment of Physiomantic magic to the wounding of another living thing.
The employment of Terramantic magic to effect control of fauna of any kind.
Control Point Giveaway
First we’d like to thank Myke for stopping by and telling us a little more about his world. Myke’s latest edition to the Shadow Ops series, Fortress Frontier, is due out January 29th in the US and January 31st in the UK. You can find out more about the Shadow Ops sereis on his website and you can also follow him on Twitter.
Now for the contest part! In the comments below tell us which magic school you’d like to come up latent as and you could win a signed copy of the first Shadow Ops book, Control Point! This contest is open to UK residents only. Three entries will be chosen at random on January 31st. Good luck!
The contest is now CLOSED! Congrats to our winners: Kev, Tom Loock, & Alex Shepherd!
And check back next week for a new interview with Myke!