Linaras, 13th day of Gildember, 432 AC
Eleventh Watch rising 3
Solar Eclipse 'Wobbles' Black Magic
by Carteeg Struve, Staff Writer
Kalaman – 'Wobbles' in magic were detected by Wizards of High Sorcery during the Nuitarian Solar Eclipse on the 25th of Deepkolt. Although not as severe as effects felt during the phase shifting of the moons throughout the month or when the moons align with each other, the Tower Mages have concluded that solar eclipses do have some influence on the strength of their own spell casting.
This eclipse marks the first time one of the moons passed directly in front of the sun since their reappearance in 421 AC. Having accurately predicted when the eclipse would take place, several members of the Towers elected to hold experiments at the times and locations of the event.
"When watching my Black Robe compatriots cast continuously before, during, and after the eclipse, we were able to find that some spells had minor boosts and depletions in strength," said Letisha Jewitt of the Red Robes (28). "And it wasn't always consistent from the beginning of the eclipse to the end. But some of the schools, necromancy, enchantment, etc, also seemed to react differently at different moments of the eclipse."
"We had several dozen Black Robes casting spells along the eclipse path," said Black Robe Michael 'Jenner' Brace (49). "With each of them were two other wizards of various robes watching closely, trying to see if anything happened."
"We found wobbles," said Jewitt. "Very slight, in all honesty. Probably on par with a wizard coughing just as a moderate sized spell goes off. But it looks like there was a drain on the necromancy spells at similar moments to when the enchantment was strengthened. Then it switched direction. Necromancy was stronger than enchantment. And then it switched back again before finally returning to normal. Similar variations were seen in the other schools, but it was most pronounced in those two."
"It's going to take months for all of the data to be sorted out since each of the examination teams were spread out over a 50 some-odd mile swath of land. Being able to exactly match up what happened when is going to be trying. Especially since the eclipse began for one team before it began for the next, and then the next, and the next, and so on down the line," said Brace.
When asked why worry about the wobbles when the effects are so small, Jewitt said, "Yes. They were tiny. But magic is an art of subtlety. Small things can be made to do something huge if you know how to exploit it. I don't doubt if the exact nature of the wobbles can be figured out, we might be able to amplify them. Do something big with them! Well, maybe big. Possibly. Actually I can't say for certain. In fact, that was a random guess. Could you ignore what I just said?"