Description: Turns a night around the campfire into a much more interesting experience.
For centuries, the life-force of stories has been connected with fire. As a species, humans are wordsmiths. We are creators, builders, explorers and destroyers, and we share those conquests and failures and triumphs with others until they become something called history. (If they are told often or loosely enough they just might become myth. ) Stories told around the campfire are in our blood. Oral tradition predates the written word, and has sometimes held the distinction of enduring long after written records of these stories die.
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This is a communal spell, first and foremost. Telling tales would not really have a purpose otherwise. Two magiq users must feed off of the power of each other, even if only one is casting. Spellsickness may affect all parties involved, but it will affect the caster the most. Passive bystanders will only get minor spellsickness and might need to take a short nap if the spell gets powerful enough. This is perfect if you all are anxious insomniacs but still need some sleep!
The caster focuses on a story, any story and stares deep into the fire. I have only observed this specific ability in Thornmouths but there is no indication that is it guild specific. I think it has more to do with the company I keep. In more powerful iterations of the spell, the caster might even tell a story they do not know. If the connection to the mind flame or whatever central, communal guild force they have is strong enough, the caster could pull from knowledge of other guild members, past and present. However, this will result in significantly more severe spellsickness. If the caster instead pulls from their own experience, the magiqal cost is much less.
Focus on a story, something with meaning to you. (I have also observed that if the person casting does not care about the story or loses the attention of the audience the effects are much less impressive. This is a spell that feeds off of wonder and emotion.) Stare deep into the campfire and focus on the tale. It could be real or completely made up or even somewhere in between (the best stories are). Picture the events in as much detail as you can. If you do not have details, create them. If you hate the ending, make a new one. Should the casting be effective, the fire will begin to take on the shapes of the characters in the story. You might speak along with the fire or you might let the fire do the talking, leaving it up to your friends to interpret. Other than that, go wild! This spell is incredibly personal and unique to the caster. There is no one right way to do it.
If anyone else has observed this ability or found any reference in old guild texts please share!