Arcanum Optimar

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After the Necroquake many aftershock waves of magic and strange hurricanes of aetheric energy currents of every hue of magic spread across the realms. This created an era of enormous magical potential. This age would be know by many names most notably the Arcanum Optimar by the Collegiate Arcane, the Erus Draíocht by the Eldritch Council and the Time of Ripples by the Starmasters. Many wizards sought to use the proliferation of magic to seize greatness, leading many to take reckless risks that would lead to the spread of rouge Endless Spells through the realms.[1a]


During this era there were many notable changes across the realms regarding magic:

  • The necroquake itself awakened untold numbers of hostile spirits and undead creatures that attacked the living.[1a]
  • Wizards could channel magic of their current realm into Realm Spells, a host of new and often deadly spells. Not only was this very easy and often used to empower realms, the wizards were aware of the spell almost as if by instinct rather than having to learn it from a tome like other spells.[1a][1b]
    • The weakest casters, those regarded as quasi-charlatans, were able to modify their arcane knowledge with minor cantrips like changing their hair color on a whim or creating a spark out of thin air.[1b]
    • Most casters could only use minor cantrips like conjuring arcane flames in Aqshy or or smelling prey in Ghur, regardless of their area of expertise and sometimes modifying it.[1b]
    • However true sorcerers, those that could use battle magic, found their abilities greatly expanded and amplified, able to summon scorching blasts in Aqshy or instantly rust metal in Chamon, among many other examples across each of the realms.[1b]
  • New and deadly self-sustaining Endless spells could now be summoned, at the risk of escaping the control and going rogue, which many did.[1a][1b]
  • Many of the weapons, trinkets and armour pieces and other objects that were once wielded by great champions or the devout, or forged from the rarest metals, began to absorb the magic. These objects gained enchantments spontaneously, whose nature depended on the hue of magic it was immersed in. And in the Realm of Ghur the tusks of the most ferocious and famous beasts gained an amber glow and were used to make powerful artefacts that copied the abilities that made monsters famous, like the magical helmet of Thok da Krumpa. Items made with Realmstone became even more powerful.[1a][1b]
  • Elemental Creatures emerged in fury.[1a]
  • Godbeasts stirred in their slumber.[1a]
  • Khorne's anger at the rise of magic, causes him to offer greater rewards for the death of spellcasters. Physical manifestation of the Blood God's anger similar to Endless Spells, called Judgements of Khorne, start to manifest around his priests.[2a]


The practitioners of arcane arts of the Mortal Realm began to study the effect of the Necroquake as quickly as possible, atleast those that survived the undead attacks cause by the Necroquake.[1a][1b]

Each of these various types studied it's aftereffects their own away:

  • Lord-Ordinators looked at star-signs and shared their knowledge with their Sacrosant Chambers.[1b]
  • Mages of Azyr checked celestial orreries and arcanoscopes.[1b]
  • Branchwyches tasted the magic in the air, water and soil with their sensitive roots.[1b]
  • The Bright Mages of Aqshy studied burning embers.[1b]
  • Auric Runesmiters and Firebellies read portents in the way magma flowed.[1b]
  • Tidecasters searched for spells that would help with soul-raids.[1b]
  • Greenskin Shamans became aware of the changes by instinct alone.[1b]

The conclusion they reach was the same regardless of their status or knowledge, that the realm were filled with magic like never before and it manifested in many variety of ways.[1b]