Pathfinder (Dragon Age Setting)
Blood Magic in Thedas
Blood magic was the first form of magic in Thedas . According to legend, it was taught to Archon Thalsian, founder of theTevinter Imperium , by Dumat , the Old God of Silence. Historians argue on this point, suggesting the Imperium’s mages may have learned it from the elves of Arlathan . Whatever its origin, blood magic was used by the magisters of the Tevinter Imperium to rule over the whole of Thedas. According to the Chantry , its reckless use eventually led to the blackening of the Golden City , the creation of the darkspawn , and the first Blight.
In the contemporary world, blood magic is described as being one of the more “sinister” types of magic. Blood magic is the magical practice of using blood, life itself, as a potent fuel for magical spells. This life may be supplied by the mage, or by willing or unwilling sacrifices. It lets the mage control the minds of others as well as use their very own life force to fuel their power. This practice is so rare in Thedas now that it can now only be learned from contacting a demon , with the risk of becoming an abomination .
While not inherently evil, the Chantry strictly forbids the usage of blood magic as it supposedly eventually leads to corruption. Mages using blood magic are labeled maleficar and hunted by the The Templar Order , which was created for the purpose of controlling mages, killing demons and, more specifically, for hunting down maleficar and apostates . Indeed, the Chantry seems almost irrational in its fear of blood magic; going so far as to suppress anatomical study and ignoring more immediate or severe threats. Its fear have also resulted in the relentless hunt for all apostates , regardless of origin. While all apostates are not necessarily maleficar, the Chantry appears to go great lengths to make it seem so, and a non-negligible number of rogue mages turns to Blood Magic, if only to survive. The Circle of Magi endeavours to supervise all magic-sensitive people from a young age and ensure none of them tap into this forbidden school of the arcane. However, even their constant supervision allows the occasional maleficar to slip through their fingers and out into the world.