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Spell Sigil Little Witch Academia Chamber of Time

A magic sigil, which usually formed by a witch whenever she casts certain spells in Chamber of Time game

Magic (魔法 Mahō?) is an ancient art to alter the fabric of reality practiced by witches, wizards, and some magical creatures.

Description

The ancient art of magic is a supernatural ability to perform all sorts of feats that defy natural laws through channeling special energies drawn from Yggdrasil or its branches Ley Lines. The ability to use magic comes through study, practice, and experience, as well as the witch or wizard's own magic power. While any human can use magic with proper study and practice, those from families with long magical heritages possess a natural affinity for magic.

Usage

Magic works by storing and channeling magic energy through special objects, primarily wands or staves. Up until Yggdrasil's restoration, the amount of magic power one can handle is limited as the magic in the world is weakening. When one's magic energy reserves is exhausted, the user is rendered powerless until he/she receives another magic source. This limitation can be eliminated in a place with a magic source that prevents one's magic energy reserves from being exhausted such as areas within the Sorcerer's Stone's range of effect. Although Croix had invented Sorcery Solution Sytems that allow handling and disposal of magic energy in much more adequate manner than the Stones, it would be a matter of time before both methods eventually fail to solve magic energy crisis unless the power of Grand Triskellion is released to revitalize the cosmic tree Yggdrasil.

Some objects, known as magic items, possess a magic power of their own that can be exploited by those who possess it, even non-magical humans.

As revealed in Season 2 Episode 18, Sky War Stanship, magic allows the user to better perceive mystical/supernatural activities, such as the Wild Hunt, than normal humans.

History

Magic has been practiced by witches alongside their male equivalent wizards since ancient times; its origins go back to at least 2500 BC. The first witches obtained infinite magic through the legendary tree Yggdrasil that grew from the belief of human hearts, and whose branches covered the cosmos with its magic power. However, over time, the tree wilted due to the decline of magic, and the remnants of its branches became what are now known as Ley Lines.

In the 5th century, the Nine Olde Witches appeared and managed to restore the power of magic in the world. Thus, in the 6th century, the Nine Olde Witches created Luna Nova Magical Academy, a school for young witches who were taught the sacred art of magic and the responsibilities of wielding it. The values inculcated in the students are altruistic — that magic exists for the benefit of all mankind and should never be used selfishly. In the 7th century, they used a special staff and seven ancient words to seal the Grand Triskellion, the heart of Yggdrasil and seed of all creation, inside the Arcturus Forest.

During the Middle Ages, non-magical humans' suspicions towards magic developed into a strong animosity towards witches, who were deemed a malevolent and corrupting influence, giving place to the Witch Hunts. Croix's lecture in Chariot of Fire indicated that some witches developed more harmful, sinister forms of magic to harm innocent lives, went so far associating themselves demonic beings to do so, further staining their community's reputation before non-magical humans' eyes.

As civilization progressed, superstitions that culminated in the hatred of witches fell out of favor. No longer persecuted, witches integrated into human society, where their magic solved many of its problems and greatly improved quality of life. Witches came to be held in the highest esteem as the paragon of human wisdom. Many non-magical humans raised their daughters as witches, swelling the ranks of Luna Nova with new students. Thus, began the Golden Age of Magic, an era lasting for generations until the Industrial Revolution.

With the development of machines, people no longer had to depend on magic for everything. Advancements in modern science and technology gradually led humans to dismiss everything related to magic (including witches and magical beings in general) as obsolete and useless. This was exacerbated by the continued weakening of magic around the world, which resulted in the number of witches declining worldwide.

Guided by Chariot, the young first-generation witch Atsuko Kagari used the Claiomh Solais to awaken the Seven Words of Arcturus and break the seal on the Grand Triskellion. With the help of friends and worldwide encouragement, Akko and Diana Cavendish harnessed its ultimate power to make the world into a place where all mankind could live happily together. The power from humanity's believing hearts united to support the witches' success, restored Yggdrasil along with its infinite magic to the world at long last.

Types of Magic

Since obtaining magic from Yggdrasil, witches and wizards began to experiment upon and explored it throughout the ages, with their findings written down and further comprehended as time went on as with many other mysteries of the world, accumulating into the sacred art known to magical world. The following are types of magic that have been discovered;

Mentioned

  • Culinary Magic
  • Demonic Magic
  • Transfiguring Magic
  • Tracing Magic
  • Undeath Magic

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See also

Trivia

  • According to Trigger Night Vol.6, due to how closely magic is tied to trees (particularly, Yggdrasil, being the very source of magic itself), it grants witches longevity. In the case of more powerful witches, due to magic's constantly flow through them, they would transform into a tree upon death, which explain why Mrs. Holbrooke's grave is shown with a large tree grown on it, and why Beatrix's spirit appeared before Diana near a giant tree where the Ascension ritual was to be held for her to become head of Cavendish family.[1][2]
    • However, it's possible that rather than physically (and literally) becoming the tree itself, a witch will manifest a tree that grow over her grave following her burial, with said tree's appearance reflects on amount of power she had in life and roots that shield her remains.

References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/LittleWitchAcademia/comments/6smxg9/lwa_info_from_trigger_night/
  2. https://little-witch-academia.fandom.com/wiki/File:Boards_4chan_Witch_and_Tree_Connection_LWA.jpg
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