Defenders of Aylanae
While normally invisible, Aela becomes a milky white color when concentrated to a physical effect. No one is quite sure how Aela is refined, however it is known that the Avaera is responsible for creating the majority of refined Aela.
Free flowing unrefined Aela is a point of contention among scholars. It seems that the Avaera’s flow of energy differs depending on Aylanae‘s position on the world. Many theorize that unrefined Aela is carried on the winds and settles in certain ’hotspots’. Oddly enough, these ‘hotspots’ are places of almost no air flow, pockets of dead air. However, it should be noted that not every pocket of dead airflow is a hot spot for Aela. In fact, quite the contrary. Most of them are Aela dead zones where the Aveara can gather hardly any energy.
Some suspect that the Aela (and perhaps the winds themselves) are a symptom of an invisible gateway to a magical realm from which the Aela flows.
Aela can be channeled through spells, though only the Imbued are currently capable of channeling Aela for magical purposes. The only Aela-based magical type currently known is Elven Magic, practiced exclusively by Imbued.
Some of the powers associated with Aela are listed below.
Air Manipulation: Aela can control weather, create gusts of air, or even flow out the air from an area and create a vacuum. Creation of toxic gases are also possible. This is also the fundamental means by which Aela based telekinesis works, through the use of carefully placed air bursts and vacuums to move objects.
Aela Constructs: Aela can create objects made of effectively hardened air. Some may recognize these similar in some respects to the Charge Crystals used for magitech, though they can take a variety of forms. They are almost always temporary creations, fading back to regular air after time, but Aela users can exert considerable control over them.
Bodily Enhancement: Aela can enhance the body of an Aela-based being in numerous ways. Aela channeled and hardened in the skin can produce defenses hard to penetrate, it can also allow for incredible bursts of speed, or even heightened strength. The flow of Aela can also be used to heal beings that are composed at least partly of Aela.
Electricity: Aela can easily generate electrical power, most commonly seen in the form of electricity. It should be noted however that control over electricity does not grant control over magnetism. Unlike in real-world physics, the two are not connected here. Magnetism is exclusively a property of Nuumian.
Fire: While Aela can’t generate fire spontaneously. Aela in concentrated forms is flammable and indeed explosive, so Aela fire magic relies on filling an area with explosive gas and then detonating it via a spark. However it does preclude feats like spontaneously combusting a human without a big explosion, at best smaller explosive fireballs can be used as projectile.
Mental manipulations: Aela possesses significant ability for affecting the mind, like telepathy, and even (in theory) mind control. However, only extremely rare (and closely monitored) Aela users can manage mind control or mind reading, and often only through the use of Elven Magic. There are rumors of some wild talents who have developed some powers, but such things are believed by conspiracy theorists to be “purged” by the Archmagi during training.
Body of Air: Aela allows its users to temporarily transmute their bodies into pure Aela energy. This allows feats like teleportation and the ability to turn themselves into a body of air (or even totally intangible). Note that such energies have trouble penetrating strong concentrations of other magical energy, specifically Nuumian.
There are some things the Aela power source just can’t do.
- Rapid Burrowing through the earth (while slow burrowing is possibly by using air pressure, direct blasting, etc, Aela cannot directly cause earth to move, greatly limiting its potential in most cases).
- Creation of acids.
- Altering Luck or Destiny
- Heal non-Aela based creatures
- Converting material types into anything other than a gas. (Freezing is permitted though, so ice created from moisture in the air is valid). However, Aela cannot change iron to lead or something similar.
As magic of the air, Aela is inhibited when deep below the Earth or at extreme depths underwater. While this won’t negate all Aela based abilities, it will prevent (or potentially randomize) abilities like teleportation, Aela based telepathy and other long-range abilities that would have to travel through large amounts of earth or water as a medium. It should also be noted that Aela magic cannot teleport someone into water or solid earth, though it can often teleport through such things or out of such environments.
Aela magic also relies on a supply of air to replenish the caster’s stamina, and being separated from the air for long periods can cause a character’s Aela-based magics to diminish, as he must tap his own supply. Though this sort of Aela-fatigue rapidly heals itself in a few breaths of fresh air. Even innate abilities of Imbued, such as super strength or speed can be diminished by a lack of air.
This is especially a concern when underwater or underground and using air based magics such as telekinesis. Even if the user provides for the telekinetic burst of air with his own supply of Aela when buried under earth, he’s going to need to find some way to replenish it.