The magic arts play a central role in Eo, the world of SpellForce. Magic is like
an omnipresent energy that exists in the forces of nature, in life and in death,
but also in the power of the gods. Magic is inseperably entwined with all Eo’s
creatures and destinies. It is the source of many wonders, but also untold dangers.
To perform the magic arts and influence the worldly or godly streams of magic,
a mage must draw upon his own magical energy. This energy is known as mana.
Effecting magic uses this power, consuming mana, but like the body’s
strength, a mage’s powers regenerate with time.
In SpellForce, the amount of mana a character possesses is shown by the wisdom
value in his stats. The intelligence value shows how quickly a character can
recover from mana use, i.e. how fast his mana reserves replenish.
The Schools of Magic and their Specializations
There are four great schools of magic, and each school offers three paths of
specialization a mage can learn:
White Magic, which divides down to the specializations of Life, Nature and
Black Magic, which has the specializations of Death, Necromancy and Curses.
Elemental Magic, that has the specializations of Fire, ice and Earth.
Mind magic, which divides into Enchantments, Offensive and Defensive Mind
An avatar can learn various forms and specializations of magic, for which
he must not only learn the basics of a school, but also the details of each
are many ways of performing magic; it can be contained in items, appear as
a natural skill of certain creatures, or be learned through a spell. Spells
are a way of containing magic, making it learnable and more easily controlled.
A spell is a predetermined, magic formula that has been researched and written
down by the old masters of the magic arts.
Spells are how a character can effect magic and learn new applications of the
magic arts. In SpellForce, there exist many spells, which can often be found
on scrolls. If your character has the requisite magic knowledge to comprehend
the spell, he can transfer it to his Spellbook and use it at any time. To understand
and master spells, the character collects knowledge in the different schools
Uses and Types of Spells
are applications of the different types of magic. There are various effects
these spells can have.
The scope of spells are classified as follows:
These spells act on a specific target that the caster can choose. The spell
only hits this target. Many offensive spells are directed, but also healing
This type of spell either requires no target (such as the summoning of a creature)
or effect wild magic that finds its own target. Offensive spells of wild
magic are some of the most destructive and effective.
These spells affect a certain area. This can be used to attack and weaken multiple
enemies, or heal and strengthen a group of allies.
Auras are a special type of area spell. Their effect is produced within a radius
around the mage, and continues until the mage either ends the spell or runs
out of mana. No further action is necessary once the spell has been cast,
the spell works around the mage as long as possible or as long as wanted.
The duration of spells can be classified as follows:
These spells unfold their their full power immediately, be it helpful or damaging.
The effect of these spells is usually strong, but does not last.
Spells with duration
Such spells work for a certain amount of time. Strengthening and weakening
spells count among them, but some offensive spells only reach their full
potential with time. The spells may seem less powerful initially, but their
duration more than makes up for this disadvantage.
This type of magic can work for any amount of time, depending only on the magic
energy of the caster. These spells draw upon the mage’s mana reserves
and continuously consume part of his strength. For example, control of a
summoned creature requires constant magic energy.