My novel series The Imagient King in it's title brings up a world of fantasy, but it also brings up a good question, what in the world is an Imagient? How is it pronounced and what does it have to do with today's blog post? Those answers and more will be addressed in today's blog post. Today we will discuss what is an Imagient, why they are different than normal humans, a brief pre-history of Imagients, and how being an Imagient in the Imagience affects ones life.
Imagients pronounced i-maa-ji-ent are humans that have a special mutation that makes them different than normal humans. Technically all Imagients are humans. That is they look like humans, share all biological and cultural traits with humans. Imagients can breed with humans and produce offspring. The difference between Imagients and humans starts on the magical disparity between the two.
Normal humans can naturally learn magic and have inherent abilities to control magic. Although throughout human history, magic has either been seen as either a blessing or a curse, depending on the society and culture at the time. Magic in at least my universe is generated by using one's own spiritual energy or manipulating spiritual energy from outside the body, such as getting magic granted by a god or getting energy from nature like a druid.
Humans are forced to be limited by laws of magic, pertaining mostly to the various magical theories of thoughts and in most cases limited by their own knowledge as well. There are indeed powerful mages that have powers that rival gods, some of these will meet in later books in The Imagient King, but to keep things simple at first we focus on Imagients, and what makes them different than mages.
Imagients are different than their human counterparts thanks to a mutation that allows them to take everything I just said in the previous paragraph and bend the rules. Imagients cheat the system of magic, they don't necessarily have to be limited by the laws of magic instead they substitute those laws with their own imagination, allowing them to break and bend existing magical laws and properties.
Don't misunderstand, Imagients technically still follow rules of magic, and their attacks are still are in abidance by the studly of elementology, which is the study on how magical elements interact with each other. That being said, while a normal mage might have to be limited by his power and his knowledge on a spell an Imagient doesn't necessarily have to.
For example let us say a mage who has trained for a decade casts his favorite spell a fireball. The fireball is pretty much limited to the size and duration of the caster. Magic is a skill in this case, it has to be learned and it has to be perfected. The same mage will cast the fire ball as an elemental attack and it will do damage. An Imagient who has an Imagientech, or Imagient Technique to control, manipulate and produce fireballs doesn't need a decade of practice to get to that level. The Imagient must still learn how to control and get to that level, but it is usually not in a decade. The other big distinction is that the fireball Imagientech is far more versatile than the fireball.
Imagientechs can do anything that magic spells can, and can do more. Think of an Imagientech in the same vein as an esper ability. They both do supernatural things, but one is explained by magic and the other one is by science. Although, Imagientechs are not science, they are a visible and tangible manifestation of an Imagient's imagination made real. One could say that magic is the same, but magic is generally taught as a skill and again is limited by the school of thought while an Imagientech is general birthed and grows with the limitation and aspiration of the Imagient.
Let's go back to the fireball analogy for a second. The mage casts the fireball, and it is done. Unless he has decided to place more spells into the fireball, it is over after it is cast. A fireball imagientech however could if the Imagient willed or imagined it could split into multiple fireballs, turn to different colors, and a multitude of other things.
For an Imagient an Imagientech is a reflection of their personality, just as certain people think that colors can reflect a person or personalities, an Imagientech is reflective on the wielder. It's an extension of themselves and can be as mighty or as minor as they want. The more Imagientechs an Imagient possesses the stronger the Imagient which led to Imagient culture wanting pure bred Imagients and powerful ones. Power was the key to early Imagient culture and success.
A pure-bred Imagient also known as Imagient Lords rule over most Imagients due to a couple of reasons. The main being a pure-blood has a total of four slots of attainable Imagientechs. But, what does that mean? All Imagients have Imagient potential or Imagined slots that hold abilities. Now an Imagient makes these slots due to rules of controlling an Imagientech. If they don't have rules their their powers and contain them, the Imagientech will overcome the Imagient and the Imagient will become a problem for themselves and for others.
Hence one of the reasons why pure-bred Imagient families keep their powers in house. They pass down one or two Imagientechs to their children and then let the Imagient find out their own abilties from there. This keeps Imagient families and powers very distinctive, but also creates a sort of bond to family to Imagientech and why one can trace lineage with Imagientech.
Purebred Imagients rule over non-pure-breeds, because those with more power of course can dictate to the powerless. This doesn't mean that half or even quarter Imagients don't have the tendency to become powerful or respected in purebred societies, but it is usually a minor population of non-Imagient Lords who rule over the population.
This very power hungry control over Imagients and their powers has led to many families and power struggles throughout history. It should leave very little to the imagination on why normal humans don't get along with Imagients. In pre-history past on the human home world of Neona, Imagients were called witches, demons, and other bad things associated with Imagients. They were rounded up, and slaughter, massacred.
Then one day a man named Taisha Taika from a small archipelago, rose up and created his own kingdom. He then sent out word that he was trying to recruit an align with other Imagients. Not all of Neona's Imagients followed his wish, and decided to not come and stay hidden from humanity. Then a group of human wizards, mutant sentient animals called Monjins, and some angels and even demons created an Anti-Imagient alliance to stop Taisha Taika's empire.
Seeing that his empire on Neona was crippled Taisha Taika took his kingdom and escaped through a portal called a portax and escaped creating a saga fit for it's own book series eventually to the Imagience. Then at the Imagience the Imagients began creating their new home in the desert region in the southeast. The Imagients would venture north and fight mianthi kingdoms who were at the time in a massive war. In the confusion the Imagients under Taisha Taika's reign would spread throughout the Imagience, and after his death would continue to spread until the mianthi would be regulated to western Imagience. No, wonder they are suspicious of Imagients and want to enslave them nor trust them.
Imagients have powers that are breathtaking, they are sometimes called one-man armies because the stronger ones in legends and tales have taken on armies of humans, mianthi, and even other Imagients on their own. They can defy reality with their imaginations, and have had a long way and a long journey ahead of them. The Imagient King is just the beginning on shedding the light on the Imagience and the stories of the Imagients that I want to tell.