- "Maybe magic was once a mighty force in the world, but not anymore."
Magic, occasionally referred to as "the higher mysteries" is a powerful but little understood force in the world. In Westeros it is believed, particularly by the Maesters of the Citadel, that magic, if it ever existed, is now gone from the world. Only one in every hundred Maesters, Luwin among them, bother to study the subject long enough to earn a Valyrian steel link for their chains. Nevertheless, in Essos, magic is still practiced, particularly in the eastern corners of the continent, although its effects and the power of its practitioners are frequently questioned.
In any event, with the rebirth of dragons, magic (or at least eastern magic) seems to be slowly making its way back into the world. Charlatans have found that their tricks are becoming spells, while the power of established practitioners has begun to greatly increase.
Types of Magic and Magic-Related Abilities Edit
- Blood magic: practiced by maegi, involving sacrifice of both animals and humans. It is forbidden among the Dothraki.
- Warging: the ability to enter the mind of an animal and experience and/or control its actions.
- Greensight: experiencing prophetic dreams. Associated with the Greenseers of the Children of the Forest.
- Shadow-birthing: Shadowbinders may give birth to shadows shortly after being impregnated by a man.
- Bilocation: the ability to be physically present and perform actions in several places at once.
- Kiss of Life: Red Priests have the ability to resurrect the newly dead.
Magic Practitioners Edit
- Warlocks: magic practitioners of Qarth, based at the House of the Undying. Known for their custom of drinking Shade of the evening.
- Maegi: practitioners of blood magic from regions beyond the Dothraki sea.
- Shadowbinders: magic practitioners from Asshai
- Alchemists' Guild (a.k.a. Pyromancers): a society of learned men of Westeros boasting the practice of ancient magic and abilities such as transmuting metals. Now limited to the production and manipulation of wildfire, which may be magical, but is more likely chemical, in nature.
- Red Priests: the clergy of the Lord of Light. According to them, they do not boast abilities of their own, only 'gifts' from the Red God. Adept at experiencing visions of the future by gazing into flames and pyres.
In the books Edit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the overall nature and state of magic is similar to how it is presented in the TV series. Magic at the start of the series is so rare that almost everyone west of Valyria believes it to be gone, if it even existed. To the east of Valyria's ruins, magic's existence is not in doubt, only its potency. When Daenerys successfully hatches her dragons, practitioners of magic across the world, from Qarth to Oldtown, gradually discover that their once-meager power has increased significantly.
Although it has not been established much in the series, Asshai is widely regarded as the center of magical lore. It and the nearby Shadowlands are also rumored to be the home of the darkest magics known.
See also Edit
- Magic at A Wiki of Ice and Fire (spoilers from the books)