Sympathetic Magic

Sympathetic magic is the term used for any magic which relies on the previous association between a person and an object. It has a variety of uses, ranging from tracking spells to curses. Depending on its use, it can be either grey or black magic.


Specific Details

If the caster has an object of significance to the target, or a part of them (say a strand of their hair or some fingernail clippings), they can create a magical link between the two. In tracking spells, the object can be connected to a string which then tugs the caster in the direction of the target, or can be placed on a map, where it will be magically drawn to the target's location. In curses, the object can be affixed to a poppet (think 'voodoo doll', basically an effigy of the target) or otherwise used as a focal point for the magic. Sympathetic magic can be similarly used as the focus for almost any magic, but these are the most common uses.

For this reason, most magicians are incredibly wary about their hair and possessions. If a magician works a spell for you and needs something of yours to work it, it is always best to make sure that they either give it back or destroy it after the spell is completed, otherwise they can hold onto it and work sympathetic magic on you as they choose.


Used By

Sorcerers

Although sorcerers in general aren't fond of using sympathetic magic, they are fully capable. Tracking is their most common use.

Witches

This is bread and butter for witches - you will not find anyone better at whipping up a sympathetic spell at the drop of a hat.