Introduction: Mana Wells

The information in this article may not be common knowledge for the everyday person. They might know bits and pieces (like how in real life most people know mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell) but likely not the full details unless they’ve specifically studied the subject!

Mana Wells are, in layman’s terms, a very concentrated gathering of Mana. The only thing required to create a Mana Well is an oversaturation of a certain Mana type in the area, though Wells themselves do vary in intensity and power level. These are usually a natural phenomenon, and many environmental formations such as volcanoes or frozen tundras could be considered Minor Wells in their own rights. Wells come in two (technically three) varieties: Minor and Major. The third is the oft-speculated upon ‘Mother Well’, which is theorized both to be the titanic Yggdrasil Tree and the source of all Magic on Aurora… In a way.

Knowledge of Mana Wells and their function is very important for most spellcasters, as making use of them can allow for some grand displays of power when using an Element that matches the Well. Conversely, trying to use an Element that opposes an area’s Well could lead to a weakened result (at best) or some sort of disastrous reaction (at worst). Fortunately, how to use and exploit Wells is generally one of the first things an aspiring mage learns.

Minor Wells

Minor Wells are generally naturally formed areas like poisoned swamps, active volcanoes, and etcetera. A particularly poisonous swamp could be considered a Minor Poison Well, while a large lake in the wilderness could be a Minor Water Well. These come in all shapes and sizes, and nearby spellcasters can usually tap into them without much difficulty. All it takes to create a Well is a dominating presence of one type of Mana in an area!

Though certainly powerful, Minor Wells can also be very fleeting. Concentrations of mana build up and disperse over time, and that active volcanic Minor Well could fall dormant over the course of years and no longer carry the same energy that it once did. These are great places to practice magic, but finding a persistent one (at least over the course of years or decades) can be a hassle.

Examples of Minor Wells
Tusang Ni, a roiling poisonous swamp located a day from Payon.
Karnorc’s Moat, a grand stretch of water around the entire city.
Mjolnir’s Peak, windswept in the warmer months and frozen in colder ones.

Major Wells

Major Wells are far rarer, and usually not as fleeting or changing as Minor Wells - though they can be. These are concentrations that are ‘off the charts’ in layman’s terms, where the air is thick with glittering Mana and those sensitive to such might even get a slight high in the presence of. Many acts of magic regarded as ‘miracles’ in the past are thought to have been the work of mages utilizing Major Wells, to give an appropriate approximation of their power.

For this reason, most known Major Wells are heavily guarded and therefore restricted. The privilege of exploiting them is reserved for a select few, generally those who are trusted enough not to do them any harm. It’s said that the process of attunement is accelerated heavily if one can gain proximity to a Major Well, but these opportunities are few and far between…

Most known Major Wells come in the form of either giant crystals or gemstones, and it’s theorized that a high enough concentration of Mana will form one of these (rather than the other way around). What studies have been done on the Light Crystal, easily the most well-known in possession of the House of Reason in Prontera, call it a self-replicating ‘battery’ of sorts. It vents an absurd amount of Mana while refreshing its own supply constantly, concentrating the area around it without pause.

Examples of Major Wells
Prontera, the Holy City - more accurately, the House of Reason that guards the Light Crystal.
The Shadow Crystal, a rumored opposite to the House of Reason’s - location unknown.
The Elemental Gem, a room-sized gemstone in possession of the Wizard’s Guild.

The Mother Well

Slightly restricted information! Again most common folk know the 'Mother' is incredibly important (especially believed by those living in Vahk'Sala), but most may not know the depth of it.

The Mother Well, sometimes called the ‘Grand Well’ colloquially, is thought-but-not-confirmed to be the great Yggdrasil Tree in Vahk’Sala. Most theories peg it either as the source of all Mana or as a particularly effective distribution system for it, via an enormous series of roots that are buried beneath the whole of the world. The few who have been allowed proximity to the tree describe it as feeling like a Major Spirit Well, but not like any they had felt before… Unfortunately, the local Ebony Eye does not allow this sort of investigation very often.

Whether or not the theories above are believed, however, Yggdrasil’s roots have been proven to extend throughout the entire world. It’s known that most, if not all, Spirit Mana is drawn from them - and it’s available everywhere because of it. Some believe the roots ‘hold the world together’, more accurately that it might crumble without them, and others consider the idea that departed souls might sink into the earth and travel these roots back to their source in order to be reborn anew. Depending on local tradition and outlook, your character could have one of many opinions!

This network of roots goes by many names, though the most common are simply either ‘roots’ or ‘ley-lines’. One could say that standing on them empowers magic, but one will almost always be standing on one or another in a certain way… So everyone is host to that boon, making it a bit moot.

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