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Enchanting is a type of magic used in the creation of Magical Artifacts and other enchanted items. Enchanting was very widespread(nearly industrial) during the Mage Wars and has seen continued usage throughout the Ages of the Alliance. Enchanting relies heavily on Magical Materials to create the best effects, but can be done with reasonably mundane supplies. Creating permanent enchantments is considered the most challenging element of the craft, temporary effects are relatively easy to produce.
Forms of Enchanting
- Basic Enchanting - consists of simply casting a magic spell on an item. This is relatively simple for a skilled mage in the right discipline, but very challenging to make the spells last. Modern, industrially-produced goods are particularly challenging to spell this way, hence even in the Mage Wars this method was relatively uncommon.
- Alchemical Enchanting - involves using alchemical processes to produce a magical item. There is some overlap with this and ritual enchanting since most alchemy has ritual elements. With proper care alchemical enchantments can be applied to items which did not otherwise include an enchantment.
- Ritual Enchanting - involves following specific ritual processes while making an item. As such the item has to be made entirely by hand and following very specific steps. This can mean doing parts of the process at specific times of day or otherwise specific conditions, stipulating what hand has to be used, and even what materials are used to prepare others. The advantage to ritual enchanting is that the enchanter need not know any actual magic themselves, and can produce an enchanted item simply by following a process.
All three forms overlap heavily, with ritual and alchemical being virtually mutual. The most powerful magical items require a combination of all three forms.