Lithaelexy teaches the manipulation of the Magnetic Magical Fields
, positioning specialized equipment to attract or repell affected materials as desired. Lithaelexic spellwork has proven useful in a wide variety of fields including navigation, medical treatments, manufacturing, and defense.
Required before any further studies of Lithaelexy, the school of Magnetization teaches which materials are susceptible to the magics of Lithaelexy. Advanced study also teaches how to ground those materials used to manipulate the Magnetic Magical Fields
, and even magnetize the more reluctant materials, in order to produce the desired results. A full understanding of Magnetization is required for the successful application of Lithaelexy spellwork, not to mention the maintenance of all Lithaelexy equipment. Many schools require the construction of a simple lithaelexic compass
as a final project to display mastery of this topic.
The most basic manifestation of the magnetic fields, the Lithaelexy school of Magnetism focuses on the basics of magnetic attraction between objects. Lithaelexers skilled in Magnetism can use their arts to draw susceptible materials towards their spellwork.
Advanced training in Magnetism also includes methods on identifying the flows of the magnetic fields through shavings of Lithaelexic materials, and the strengths of those fields through use of a Lithaelexometer
Levitation and Shielding
More advanced use of Lithaelexy allows for the caster to harness the repellent powers of their craft as their own variation on Levitation or Shielding
spellwork. Careful positioning of Lithaelexy equipment can manipulate the local fields sufficiently to repel susceptible materials, charged magical particles and related spells, or even living creatures with sufficient water or Lithaelexic material content.
The only school of Lithaelexy requiring the use of Imperium
in addition to the careful placement of equipment, Electromagnetism allows the caster to modulate the strength and their manipulation of the magnetic fields, or even turn off their effects without relocating the equipment. This is done through the use of Electromancy
, typically with the addition of Tyrellium
coils and wires carefully arranged throughout their equipment. Electromagnetism allows for the use of smaller equipment to produce the same effects, and permits the caster to apply and control the desired effects and strengths on demand without repositioning the equipment, leaving this school as the preferred method of Lithaelexy for large scale operations.
Unlike the other magics of Fillimet, Lithaelexy does not appear to follow the Three Laws of Magic
, leading many scholars to argue it is not a magic at all. These scholars claim the science should be renamed to Magnetism, and removed from magical studies, citing the exceptions posed by Lithaelexy on each of the three laws:
- The First Law declares "The power of a spell is in direct proportion to the training, magical aptitude, and passion for its success of the caster," but in the case of Lithaelexy only the caster's training, equipment, and subsequent application of these lessons holds any impact on the effectiveness of the spells.
- The Second Law decrees "Each creature has a limited supply of magical power at any given time, called Imperium, limiting the quantity or strength of spells cast," but Imperium has no effect on pure Lithaelexy and casters are only limited by their own physical stamina and available equipment.
- The Third Law, "Magic permanently changes the creatures repeatedly exposed to it," is also weaker in Lithaelexy applications, as many materials are completely immune and others are only temporarily affected regardless of their exposure. Lithaelexy does magnetize some materials, most often metals, but these can still be demagnetized and so the effects are far from permanent.
Others insist that because Lithaelexy involves manipulating Magical Fields
, in this case those of magnetism, the technology must be magic and civilization simply has not unlocked all of its secrets. Under this school of thought, Lithaelexy's immunity to Antimagic
spells is of little concern, as Lithaelexy is clearly a powerful school of magic and therefore able to quickly overwhelm or otherwise avoid antimagic's defenses against it. For these reasons Lithaelexy is still classified as a Divine Magic
, as it must have a divine origin since it cannot yet be understood or overwhelmed by the mortal population.