The Paths of Magick

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Story by Xcaliburnt.

Cover Art by @Bervolart.

Magick, the power to bend the laws of reality. All because of a mystical substance known as mana.

Mages follow the Paths to achieve power, for there is no more addictive chase. Each Path winds and twists, forcing mages through the flames of adversity and challenge. Though the operative word is "path", the reality is far less straightforward. Instead of a road, Paths are like the branches of world trees, erupting into the heavens, intertwining, and ending in sharp snaps. Only the strongest reach the sky. There are several Paths, and many Ways to walk them—variations of the same Path, and like the stars, they are endless.

Magick is the sacred flame that scours the fat, rendering the truest self. Superfluous flesh melting away to show the skeleton of one's being. A chance for ascension—apotheosis. Though not every mage works to godhood, if they survive long enough, It is inescapable.

Witness the lives of those that tread the knife's edge of self-destruction. Each one intertwined in their search for answers, revenge, and, most of all: power.

These individuals have all lost something precious—irreplaceable—and In search of filling the void left behind, they have taken up the mantle of a mage.

Per aspera ad astra.

Ad mortem vel divinitatis.

(Through adversity to the stars. To death or divinity.)

There is no consistent release schedule except my consistent inconsistency. Besides, there's like a thousand pages worth of content, how can—you already read it? Goddamn.

Oh, and there is a very long hiatus between volumes as I intend to edit and rewrite a lot.

What to Expect:

This story is progression fantasy, so expect a healthy dose of training. It's also heavy on slice of life, and it isn't entirely overarching-plot-driven. Expect characters to live their lives, and not always be on some quest to save the world.

There's a lot of magic theory and discussion about it in the story. So, if you don't like impromptu lessons on sorcerous theory by traveling monster slayers, this might not be for you. But if you do like it, rejoice! For there is a lot of it.

This is also heavy on prose, purple as a bruised eye. I use outdated, uneccesarily collegiate-level terms and play around with the writing style just for the heck of it. I find it fun to wax and wane poetic, and that might grate on you—I don't plan to change this aspect of the Paths much if at all.

Onto the viewer discretion is advised parts:

This is grim-dark/ grim-heart. Take the tags seriously.

There will be combat scenes that are brutal and horrifying. Fights to the death tend to be. This is a tale about medieval mercenaries (quite literal killers for hire), man-eating monsters, and eldritch gods beyond the material plane.

Beside that, there will be traumatic events that are best left unread. I do not detail certain acts I find heinous enough, instead leaving some parts unwritten but still alludded to if not outright stated; there is simply no graphic narration thereof.

This is not for the faint of heart.

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The Paths of Magick 110 Draft 2, Chapter 11 - Of Bonds and Breath, The Twin Doused in the Waters of Death (3/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 109 Draft 2, Chapter 11 - Of Bonds and Breath, The Twin Doused in the Waters of Death (2/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 108 Draft 2, Chapter 11 - Of Bonds and Breath, The Twin Doused in the Waters of Death (1/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 107 Draft 2, Chapter 10 - Enlightenment Sown, Of Ken and Crone (3/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 106 Draft 2, Chapter 10 - Enlightenment Sown, Of Ken and Crone (2/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 105 Draft 2, Chapter 10 - Enlightenment Sown, Of Ken and Crone (1/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 104 Draft 2, Chapter 9 - A Hunger Fit For Demons Kills the Cat (3/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 103 Draft 2, Chapter 9 - A Hunger Fit For Demons Kills the Cat (2/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 103 Draft 2, Chapter 9 (2/3) - A Hunger Fit For Demons Kills the Cat RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 102 Draft 2, Chapter 9 - A Hunger Fit For Demons Kills the Cat (1/3) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 102 Draft 2, Chapter 9 (1/3) - A Hunger Fit For Demons Kills the Cat RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 100 Draft 2: Chapter 8 - Dance the Danse Macabre with The Godlings of the Pale River RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 99 Draft 2: Chapter 7 - Al-Khemia Vampyrika: Philosopher's Flame, He Became RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 48 Chapter 48 - The Fates III: Where Dead Ships Dwell RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 47 Chapter 47 - Sakiyn-Dahm: The Ash of Night & Flesh RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 46 Chapter 46 - The Poison of Kings: Al-Zarnickh of the Eld RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 45 Chapter 45 - A Firmament of Unfathomable Depth RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 44 Chapter 44 - The Leaden Day: A Price Paid in Full RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 43 Chapter 43 - The Ark of Man & Seeds of the Chimaera RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 42 Chapter 42 - The Fates II: The Trial of the Beasts RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 41 Chapter 41 - Alba & Aedan, The Greyen Sword of Inexorable Retribution RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 40 Chapter 40 - The Fates I: The Trial of the Grasses RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 39 Chapter 39 - Into the Maelstrom Once More RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 38 Chapter 38 - The Pyromantea Technica RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 37 Chapter 37 - Aspects of the Eldritch: Nix, Lux, Vocixes, Astra RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 36 Chapter 36 - The Arcana of War: Salt, Quicksilver & Sulfur RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 35 Chapter 35 - A Study of Black & White: Necromancy & Animancy RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 34 Chapter 34 - The Blood Of The All-Father RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 33 Chapter 33 - The Reborn Vessel & The Beast Within Made Manifest RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 32 Chapter 32 - Maleficarum: Fell Sorcery & The Dark Arts RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 31 Chapter 31 - The Pyromancer's Cuirass & The Leechmaw Ripper RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 30 Chapter 30 - The Watcher's Vigil & Dreaded Gaze RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 29 Chapter 29 - In Vengeful Wake & Toothless Maw, The Executioner's Wrath Comes RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 28 Chapter 28 - Erebus & Moonsblood, the Blacken Blade of the Eternal Night RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 27 Chapter 27 - The Lodestone Body & Sympathetic Elementalism RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 26 Chapter 26 - The Whitemoon Visage & The Bindings Of The Spirit RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 25 Chapter 25 - The Vital Breath & The Etheric Tide RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 24 Chapter 24 - The Arcaneum Censorium RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 23 Chapter 23 - Greedy Like The Wolf Come Wringin' His Wrists RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 22 Chapter 22 - The Spear of the Heavens & The Bifröstian-blaze RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 21 Chapter 21 - The Acid of the Soul RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 20 Chapter 20 - The Chain-Bound Prayer: 7, 12 RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 19 Chapter 19 - The Axe That Cuts Down World Trees RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 18 Chapter 18 - He Who Fights with Monsters RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 17 Chapter 17 - And When Practice Makes Perfect, Mastery Is Impossible RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 16 Chapter 16 - When Time Is Meaningless, Practice Does Indeed Make Perfect RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 15 Chapter 15 - Of Blood and Shadow, There Is No Escape RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 14 Chapter 14 - The Red Sparrow's Remembrance RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 13 Chapter 13 - Vibrant Red & Fumes of Death RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 12 Chapter 12 - Bloodborne, Cursed from a Blessing RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 11 Chapter 11 - Blood under the Moonlight RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 10 Chapter 10 - The Core of the Soul is Black RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 9 Chapter 9 - The Beast Within & The Mirror that Caught the Stars RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 8 Chapter 8 - A Mage's Greatest Weakness: The Mind RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 7 Chapter 7 - The Mother of Learning RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 6 Chapter 6 - Dreams Show the Home of the Soul RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 6 Draft 2: Chapter 6 - Morrigain: Nightmares Reveal the Chains that Bind RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 5 Chapter 5 - The Priest & the Mercenary RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 5 Draft 2: Chapter 5 - A Kindred Kind, Metamorphosis of Spirit RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 4 Chapter 4 - Awakened, Blessed from a Curse RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 4 Draft 2: Chapter 4 - Tehlos, Arisen from the Cold Below RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 3 Chapter 3 - Unripe Fruit & Innocent Monsters RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 3 Draft 2: Chapter 3 - Awakened, Blessed from a Curse RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 2 Chapter 2 - The Man Clad in Black & Darkness Made Manifest RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 2 Draft 2: Chapter 2 - Omens O' Doom, A Shadow 'Ere Looms RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 1 Chapter 1 - The Exorcist & the Thief RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 1 Draft 2: Chapter 1 - Cruel Gods Give A Soap-Maker His Feast RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick 1 Chapter Zeroth: Of New and Old RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Planar Confluence IV: All is Ash (No spoilers) RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Magical Energy, Its Aliases and History RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Soulcerer I RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Origins of Soulcery RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Soulcerer II: The Aura RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Soulcerer III: Magical Awakenings RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Soulcerer IV: Arcanums RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Mageborne I RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Mageborne II: The Beastborne RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Spiritualist I RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Spiritualist III: Emergence RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Planar Confluence I: The Wheel RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Artificer I: Spirit Coins RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Spiritualist II: Convergence RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Spiritualist IV: Transcendence RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Mageborne III: The Hollowborne RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Way of the Phrenic RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Wizard I RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Sorcerous Index: The Child of the Stars RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Sympathist RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Planar Confluence II: The Astral Void RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Arcanist RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Wizard II: Welfontian Wizardry RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Artificer II: Magic Circuitry RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Sorcerous Index: The Child of the Stars II RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Sorcerous Index: The Child of the Stars III RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Planar Confluence III: The Soul Plane RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Seven Gods & The Three Devils RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Metal Currency of Aardwen RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Spiritualist VII: The Aetherial Body RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Kabbalah Arcana II: The Gate of Gnosis RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Kabbalah Arcana IV: Fractals of Spirit RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Kabbalah Arcana VI: To Death or Divinity RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Soulcerer V: Soulceric Attunement RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Mageborne IV: The Astralborne RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - The Path of the Spiritualist V: Techniques RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Mageborne V: The Bloodborne RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Spiritualist VI: Anatomy of the Spirit RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Follow the Branches of the World Tree, Each Fruit a Universe RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Kabbalah Arcana I: Inheritance of Heaven RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Kabbalah Arcana III: Carving the Soul RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Path of the Kabbalah Arcana V: Climbing the World Tree RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - School of the Viper I RoyalRoadL
The Paths of Magick Lore - Mandatums, Workings of Will I: Enlightened Mind RoyalRoadL