Endless Spell

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Endless Spells, know by many other names such as Living Magic or Arcanus Infinitum, are spells that after being cast do not naturally dissipate and therefore lasted indefinitely, often called by many as self-sustaining. They first started to be summoned after the Necroquake, the shyishian energy released by this magical disaster changed the nature of eldritch energy in the mortal realms allowing it to be channelled in a entirely new way.[1a][1c]

This living magic takes many forms, and many of them are strongly connected to the Realmsphere or a Hue of Magic, while others are not tied to any realm. Example of the first is the Purple Sun of Shyish, which is the physical manifestation of the Realm of Death, while for the latter the best example is the Aethervoid Pendulum.[1c]

Creation

An Endless Spell is created when a wizard channels the raw magic found in the Mortal Realms after the Necroquake. Upon it's creation the wizard experienced a sense of euphoria, a stimulant like any other. However control over these spell is hard to maintain and it's not uncommon for such to happen. Like if the magic had its own mind.[1a][1c]

Behaviour

Alot of these spells are mobile and predatory and often turn onto their casters, where usually normal spells don't. Predatory spells moves and hunt as if driven by an inexhaustible will, most notably the Burning Head or Ravenak's Gnashing Jaws, which seems almost maliciously so.[1]

Unbinding

These spells never diminish in strength or fade away as other conjurations do and as such can only be undone by unbinding the spell that created it. To do so is dangerous as the wizard must approach the volatile out of control spell, often requiring entire covens, even multiple ones for the strongest spells, to unbind them.[1a]

When Endless Spells are unbound their animus is pulled apart and leaving fragments of Realmstone in its place. Depending on how many lives it took the more dangerous is the objects created with these realmstone.[1a][1b]

Theories

As the reports of Endless Spells' rampages across the realms reached the masters of the arcane arts, there were many theories and speculations regarding endless spells, specially among the Eldritch Council[1a]:

  • There had been many debates on their behaviour was justified as sentience or if it is according to aetheric laws.[1a]
  • Another suggested they were like baser daemons of chaos, beings of pure instinct unable to act outside of of their nature. For example, a spell made to destroy could never do anything but destroy.[1a]
  • One theory subscribed by the Eldritch Council says that Living Magic is ancient form of magic reawakened by Nagash's spell shaking loose some dormant power.[1c]
  • Other theorise that the event has tainted magic in some way.[1c]

Rogue Spells

Once a spell has broken the caster's control over it, it will likely chase a fleeing enemy or dominate the area so that no mortals can survive in it. They will relentlessly continue to fulfil the purpose they were made for without ever needing any form of sustenance or suffering any exhaustion. Many battles turned into desperate scarmbles to survive after a Endless Spell went rouge.[1a][1c]

These spells will continue to cause disasters and become infamous, many ending up with the names of such disasters. Most are feared and avoided, while other end up worshipped by primitive tribes that feed it. Some eve start to evolve, growing in power and size.[1c]

Because there aren't Wizards everywhere, many of these predatory spells roam the wilds of the Mortal Realms like carnivorous monsters.[1a]

Spell Hunters

There are wizards that hunt down rogue Endless spells. Most seek to stop the devastation these spells cause, like Stormhosts, the Collegiate Arcane and the Eldritch Council. Others are mercenaries that do it for profit or fame, the power one gains from consuming the spell or the realmstone it leaves behind after its destroyed.[1c] Bounty hunters, wizard covens and armies grew famous on hunting down these spells.[1a]

When these spells first started to appear the Battlemages of the Collegiate Arcane and the Swifthawk Agents of each city combined forces to hunt them down.[1a]

Notable

Name Color Type Description


Phantom Blade Unaligned Aethervoid Pendulum A Pendulum in Ulgu surrounded by pure shadow-magic, rendering it all but invisible in the fog.
Doomed Crown of Emberkell Aqshy Burning Head It has grown to gargantuan size and has left a trail of ash across the Realm of Aqshy that is one thousand leagues long.
Living Inferno of Hallowheart Aqshy Burning Head It devastated Hallowheart at the same time as the Purple Death was beginning it's own rampage.
Amber Jaws of Aquillonth Ghur Ravenak's Gnashing Jaws Was halted by Lord-Arcanum Arthleone and his warband.
Howling Maelstrom Shyish Malevolent Maelstrom One of the most infamous of the Endless Spells to earn its name.
Death-Bringer Shyish Purple Sun of Shyish Was halted by Lord-Arcanum Arthleone and his warband.
Purple Death Shyish Purple Sun of Shyish Was loosed on the streets of Hammerhal.
Shackles of Morrgryst Shyish Soulsnare Shackles One of the most infamous of loose endless spells to have earned its name.
Bone Tide of Ull Shyish Suffocating Gravetide Halted by the Necromancer Von Kressling. There are rumours that he was the one that had summoned the spell.
Helltide of Ghur Shyish Suffocating Gravetide One of the most infamous loose spell to earn its name.


Types

Image Name Category Colour Warscroll
Doomblast Dirgehorn M01.jpg Doomblast Dirgehorn Beasts of Chaos Unaligned Warscroll
Ravening Direflock M01.jpg Ravening Direflock Beasts of Chaos Unaligned Warscroll
Wildfire Taurus M01.jpg Wildfire Taurus Beasts of Chaos Unaligned Warscroll
Burning Sigil of Tzeentch M01.jpg Burning Sigil of Tzeentch Disciples of Tzeentch Unaligned Warscroll
Daemonic Simulacrum M01.jpg Daemonic Simulacrum Disciples of Tzeentch Unaligned Warscroll
Tome of Eyes M01.jpg Tome of Eyes Disciples of Tzeentch Unaligned Warscroll
Dreadful Visage M01.jpg Dreadful Visage Hedonites of Slaanesh Unaligned Warscroll
Mesmerising Mirror M01.jpg Mesmerising Mirror Hedonites of Slaanesh Unaligned Warscroll]
Wheel of Excrutiation M01.jpg Wheels of Excrutiation Hedonites of Slaanesh Unaligned Warscroll
Darkfire Daemonrift M01.jpg Darkfire Daemonrift Slaves to Darkness Unaligned Warscroll
Eightfold Doom-Sigil M01.jpg Eightfold Doom-Sigil Slaves to Darkness Unaligned Warscroll
Realmscourge Rupture M01.jpg Realmscourge Rupture Slaves to Darkness Unaligned Warscroll
Unknown M01.png Bell of Doom Skaventide Unaligned Warscroll
Unknown M01.png Vermintide Skaventide Unaligned Warscroll
Warp Lighting Vortex M01.jpg Warp Lightning Vortex Skaventide Unaligned Warscroll
Unknown M01.png Cadaverous Barricade Flesh-Eater Courts Shyish Warscroll
Chalice of Ushoran M01.jpg Chalice of Ushoran Flesh-Eater Courts Shyish Warscroll
Unknown M01.png Corpsemare Stampede Flesh-Eater Courts Shyish Warscroll
Bone-tithe Shrieker M01.jpg Bone-tithe Shrieker Ossiarch Bonereapers Unaligned Warscroll
Nightmare Predator M01.jpg Nightmare Predator Ossiarch Bonereapers Unaligned Warscroll
Soulstealer Carrion M01.jpg Soulstealer Carrion Ossiarch Bonereapers Unaligned Warscroll
Mortalis Terminexus M01.jpg Mortalis Terminexus Nighthaunt Shyish Warscroll
Shyish Reaper M01.jpg Shyish Reaper Nighthaunt Shyish Warscroll
Vault of Souls M01.jpg Vault of Souls Nighthaunt Shyish Warscroll
Unknown M01.png Malevolent Moon Gloomspite Gitz Unaligned Warscroll
Mork's Mighty Mushroom M01.jpg Mork's Mighty Mushroom Gloomspite Gitz Unaligned Warscroll
Scrapskuttle's Arachnacauldron M01.jpg Scrapskuttle's Arachnacauldron Gloomspite Gitz Unaligned Warscroll
Scuttletide M01.jpg Scuttletide Gloomspite Gitz Unaligned Warscroll
Bloodwrack Viper M01.jpeg Bloodwrack Viper Daughters of Khaine Unaligned Warscroll
Bladewind M01.jpeg Bladewind Daughters of Khaine Unaligned Warscroll
Hyshian Twinstones M01.jpeg Hyshian Twinstones Lumineth Realm-lords Unaligned
Rune of Petrification M01.jpeg Rune of Petrification Lumineth Realm-lords Unaligned
Sanctum of Amyntok M01.jpeg Sanctum of Amyntok Lumineth Realm-lords Unaligned
Celestian Vortex M01.jpg Celestian Vortex Stormcast Eternals Azyr Warscroll
Dais Arcanum M01.jpg Dais Arcanum Stormcast Eternals Azyr Warscroll
Everblaze Comet M01.jpg Everblaze Comet Stormcast Eternals Azyr Warscroll
Gladewyrm M01.jpg Gladewyrm Sylvaneth Unaligned Warscroll
Spiteswarm Hive M01.jpg Spiteswarm Hive Sylvaneth Unaligned Warscroll
Vengenful Skullroot M01.jpg Vengenful Skullroot Sylvaneth Unaligned Warscroll
Aethervoid Pendulum M01.jpg Aethervoid Pendulum Unaligned Warscroll
Balewind Vortex M01.jpg Balewind Vortex Unaligned Scenery Compendium
Warscroll
Burning Head M01.jpg Burning Head Aqshy Warscroll
Chronomantic Cog M01.jpg Chronomantic Cogs Azyr Warscroll
Emerald Lifeswarm M01.jpg Emerald Lifeswarm Ghyran Warscroll
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh M01.jpg Geminids of Uhl-Gysh Hysh
Ulgu
Warscroll
Horrorghast M01.jpg Horrorghast Shyish Warscroll
Lauchon the Soulseeker M01.jpg Lauchon the Soulseeker Shyish Warscroll
Malevolent Maelstrom M01.jpg Malevolent Maelstrom Shyish Warscroll
Unknown M01.png Prismatic Palisade Hysh Warscroll
Purple Sun of Shyish M01.jpg Purple Sun of Shyish Shyish Warscroll
Quicksilver Swords M01.jpg Quicksilver Swords Chamon Warscroll
Ravenak's Gnashing Jaws M01.jpg Ravenak's Gnashing Jaws Ghur Warscroll
Shards of Valagharr M01.jpg Shards of Valagharr Shyish Warscroll
Soulscream Bridge M01.jpg Soulscream Bridge Shyish Warscroll
Soulsnare Shackles M01.jpg Soulsnare Shackles Shyish Warscroll
Suffocating Gravetide M01.jpg Suffocating Gravetide Shyish Warscroll
Umbral Spellportal M01.jpg Umbral Spellportal Ulgu Warscroll


Sources

Magic of the Mortal Realms and Beyond
Spells Magic Spectrum HeavensBeastsFireMetalLifeDeathLightShadows
Realmsphere Magic AzyrGhurAqshyChamonGhyranShyishHyshUlguEightpoints
Chaos Beasts of Chaos (Twisted WildsDark Storm) • Chaos Ascendant (Ruinous Sorcery) • Disciples of Tzeentch (FateChange) • Hedonites of Slaanesh (SlaaneshForbidden Sorceries of SlaaneshPain and Pleasure) • Maggotkin of Nurgle (MalignanceVirulenceFoulness) • Skaven (RuinWarpvolt Galvanism) • Slaves to Darkness (Damned)
Death Flesh-Eater Courts (Madness) • Legions of Nagash (SorrowsSoulblight Gravelords (DeathmagesVampires)) • Nighthaunt (Underworlds) • Ossiarch Bonereapers (Mortisans)
Destruction Gloomspite Gitz (MoonclansSpiderfangs) • Ogor Mawtribes (GutmagicSun-Eater) • Orruk Warclans (WeirdSavage Waaagh!Savage BeastSwamp)
Order Cities of Sigmar (CinderLeavesSmogPhoenixDark SorceryWhitefireEaglesUmbral SpiteIlluminationGhurish Heartlands) • Daughters of Khaine (Shadows) • Idoneth Deepkin (Deeps) • Lumineth Realm-lords (HyshHigh PeaksWindsZaitrec) • Seraphon (Celestial DominationCelestial Manipulation) • Stormcast Eternals (StormInvigoration) • Sylvaneth (Deepwood)
Other Common SpellsEndless Spells Units SpellsShadespireIce
Realmstone (AetherquartzAmberboneCelestiumChamoniteCyclestoneEmberstoneFalsestoneGrave-SandNullstoneVaraniteWarpstone) • Arcanum Optimar