Ekkels' Notes on Chaos Magic
Book Report on Chaos Magic: Arcanography and Theory
aided and edited by Orvin Velt, Keeper Acolyte, Librarian
Chaos magic is a versatile and potent spellcrafting technique with which a sorcerer, or chaos mage, can conjure strange and incredible effects. However, its reliance on chaos as a power source means there are many drawbacks. If used recklessly, chaos is a danger to the caster, their allies, and the surrounding environment. Careful use takes intense focus and is of limited reliable use. The study of chaos magic is banned in most mage's guilds and shunned by most sorcerers. Therefore no information on how to learn chaos magic is in this book.
Part of what makes chaos so difficult to use is it's natural warping effect. This causes any vessel containing chaos, spell powered by chaos, or seal against chaos to eventually be disrupted by it. Chaos is also unstable. Spells using chaos magic are difficult to keep under control and sometimes come out wrong. Uncontrolled chaos magic is even more unstable, and tends to explode outward, making for an effective but unpredictable bomb. This warping effect is also known to affect chaos mages, physically and mentally.
Chaos magic is sometimes compared to Aether magic. Both forms of magic work well as raw shapeable energy, able to conjure effects that can be compared to any other field of magic. However, while Aether's "malleability" makes it good for stable, carefully designed effects, usually channelled through runes, rituals, or magical artifice, chaos warps whatever it works through. This means that runes powered by chaos will change and misfire.
All living creatures have an innate magical force. Some people refer to this as a soul. Most magic is cast by training your soul to manipulate matter or energy in specific patterns. Most sorcerers think that chaos magic is a unique form of this manipulation, but there is no commonly accepted understanding on what makes it unique.
One theory is that chaos is an element, emerging naturally, like ice or fire. This would mean that raw chaos can be found somewhere or somehow, and chaos mages know a secret way to access it. This theory is unpopular among mage-scholars, however, who doubt the ability of uncivilized and often feral chaos mages to be able to tap into a force that they could not detect.
Chaos can emerge spontaneously when Aether is violently released. This leads some to theorize that chaos is produced by destabilizing Aether. This might explain the chain reactions that chaos can produce when it catches multiple vessels of Aether in its effect. It would imply that chaos mages would need to be carrying or connected to sources of Aether to function.
Chaos is uniquely capable of creating effects that have nothing to do with the caster's intention. Some think that this means that it has a independent will, though it is hard to tell if it is trying to accomplish anything in particular. Some scholars compare this to the bodiless will and soul of ethereal beings and think that chaos might be the raw material that forms them.
Whatever else it is, chaos is a riddle. Understanding it may help understand magic as a whole. However, chaos is too dangerous and unpredictable to study safely, as are chaos mages. Until this paradox is resolved, scholarship on chaos magic remains primarily theoretical.
This was written a long time ago. I'm sure they didn't mean you with all those things they said about chaos mages. -Orvin