Magic has always been a finicky force in Yaphis. While it pervades the world, it is notoriously difficult to tap in to. As such, it has always been a force uncommonly used by man and his kind. That was until weaving was discovered. With enough training, anyone could become a master weaver and use magic for themselves. There are two main forms of weaving that are used today.
Basic weaving is what most people do. It is a drastically simplified process that consumes large amounts of resources but is significantly easier to learn. This is the kind of weaving you find in your factories and small practices. Within in the space of half a day one can turn 40lbs of stone, metal, and estia into a 10lb micro oven that efficiently heats food much faster than a cooking fire. Those who practice basic weaving are often referred to as “looms”.
“True” weaving might as well be an entirely different field of magic altogether. Unlike its basic counterpart, true weaving usually requires the better part of a decade in magical study to master even the most basic of uses. Only a select few can afford to study at an institution that teaches weaving and even less have the talent to become notable for the profession. Those that do are known as “weavers” in the popular vernacular.
True weaving is superior to basic in every way save for difficulty. Weavers are capable of creating much more diverse magical effects and of far greater power. They also consume far fewer resources than looms, often only needing a single estia crystal. Weavers learn to eschew physical materials and instead manipulate the threads of magic directly. The most common way to do this is through the use of runes. Elaborate symbols and intricate patterns are lain directly into the object being enchanted and magic is channeled through these runes. Depending on the effect desired, the time it takes to create these runes varies wildly. Most weavers can whip up a simple rune to heat their coffee in a matter of seconds while getting a flying machine to operate optimally may take days.
While looms focus on producing the day to day goods most people use, weavers focus their efforts on more powerful creations. Often, weavers work very closely with engineers to create wondrous contraptions of mechanics and magic that would defy the very universe itself.
Occasionally, a weaver sees it fit to focus their skills on fighting rather than creation. These “war weavers” can create devastating magical effects in minutes if not seconds. The main drawback these casters suffer is the inability to unleash magics as quickly as a crossbowman can fire. Many tie spells to objects they carry with them that can be activated on a moment’s notice. Others will tie large scale magical effects to areas and attempt to fight on favorable terrain. Some attach magic to weapons instead and use them with deadly efficiency.
Due to its immense practical use, weaving nearly destroyed all other disciplines of magic. Wizardry is all but extinct and with the mass exodus of magical creatures from the world, sorcerers are almost unheard of.