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Magic is a supernatural force that allows an individual to manipulate reality. Those that practise magic are known for a variety of names (witch, sorcerer, mage, warlock etc.) but for simplicity's sake this article will refer to them as either spellcasters or just magic users.

Overview

Magic is the mystical art of manipulating primordial energies to create a variety of effects that violate the laws of nature.[1]

Magical effects are known as "spells", which is often accompanied by an incantion, although advanced magic users do not require incantations.[1]  However, according to John Constantine, spells are a "verbal game" and thus depriving magic users of their voice will prevent them from using their powers.[2]

A well cast spell will achieve a predeterminated supernatural effect,as well manifestation such as light or sparks.

Spells can also allow the user to mimicry or grant themselves abilities similar to those of metahumans- such as levitation, teleportation and others. These mimicred powers can be accessed at any moment by the user without spell-casting or use of tokens

Certain objects can be imbued with mystical properties, such as tokens, which can be used to store magic or enhance the powers of the magic user. Likewise, beings such as demons, angels and eldritch fiends can provide mystical power to magic users increase their magic greatly.

Known spells and effects

For a more extensive listing of powers, see List of magical powers.

Spells

These are specific spells that are not directly stated to be part of either dark magic or light magic schools.

Effects

  • Artifact application: Magic is often channeled through artifacts.
  • Spellcasting: The basic power of magic, which allows the user to achieve anything as long as the spell is properly cast. It's unknown though possible that there's limits to what a single spell can achieve and the greater the goal the more primordial energies must be harnessed.
    • Light magic: Light magic is usually utilized for benevolent purposes; it draws its power from hope and other positive emotions.
    • Dark magic: Dark magic is usually utilized for malevolent purposes; it draws its power from fear and other negative emotions.
  • Ley lines: Ley lines are a worldwide source of magic woven around Earth-1. Wherever all ley lines intersect, they provide magical power to empower Lazarus Pits, sources of resurrection.
  • Power Mimicry: Advanced magic users can mimicry the powers of meta-humans, allowing them to use such abilities instantaneously without the need to use incantations. So far, only magic users empowered by a token or a supernatural being were shown to be able to use this power.
  • Reality warping: While many spellcasters are able to affect reality in one way or another, usually only divine beings such as God, or artifacts blessed by them, such as the Spear of Destiny and the blood of Jesus Christ, can do so on a grand scale, substituting the effects of time travel and many other powers and reshaping the world according to the wishes of the wielders of such power.
  • Resurrection: Magic is the only way to directly bring a person back to life without time manipulation or rewriting reality, through the use of Lazarus Pits. However, magical resurrections come with consequences such as an unnatural bloodlust or, if the body has decomposed long enough, the person being brought back soulless.
    • Ensoulment: Properly used, magic can remove, restore or contain souls.
  • Time travel: Magic users can travel through time without using a timeship or the Speed Force.

History

The exact origins of magic are unknown, but magic is a multiversal force which can be found across the many dimensions and alternate Earths of the multiverse.

The First of the Fallen, possibly the first archangel, rebelled against God but lost and God cast the first rebel angel in history out of Heaven. This infuriated the First of the Fallen and while unable to fight God himself, the First of the Fallen masterminded dark magic and used it to make deals with humans to corrupt their souls and send them to hell or bind them to demons and use them to wreak havoc on Earth as revenge.

Human attitudes towards magic seems to vary between seeing it as useful, as in the case of Earth-1 Camelot,[3] or great hostility. In fact usage of magic became heavily demonized, as people came to believe witchcraft had demonic origins. These beliefs lead to innocent people accused of witchcraft of being murdered by angry mobs[2][4]

In the present day, use of magic has fallen to such degree that most people are skeptical of its existence until in late 2018 when the Legends unleashed a vast amount of mystical creatures throughout the timeline when they released the demon Mallus.[5][6]

Magic, especially dark magic, also exists on Earth-38. In Krypton, the Children of Juru used dark magic to help fullfill a doomsday prophecy by creating the WorldKillers and bring about a reign of darkness.[7] Dark magic was also the source of the powers that female members of the Smythe Clan possessed, through the Curse of the Banshee.[8]

Known users

Entities

  • "First of the Fallen" (practitioner of dark magic)
  • God (primordial creator of all magic; source of divine magic)
  • Durgia (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Furcifer (practitioner of dark magic)
  • H'ronmeer (source of divine magic)
  • Imogen (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
  • Lamashtu (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Lilith (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Mallus (practitioner of dark magic; source of divine magic)
  • Mnemoth (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Naamah (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Nahash (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Nergal (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Neron (practitioner of dark magic)
  • Pazuzu (practitioner of dark magic; source of divine magic)

Spellcasters

Fugitives

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Genesis"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Witch Hunt"
  3. "Camelot/3000"
  4. "Out of Time"
  5. "The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly"
  6. "The Virgin Gary"
  7. "Trinity"
  8. "Worlds Finest"
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