Ascendant World Building 03: Blood Magic

Guardians aren’t the only ones with channels, humans have them too. Unlike Guardians, however, humans usually have very little to no access to the power of the Immortal Realm. In extraordinary circumstances, they might tap into it a bit, but nothing like the conscious control the Guardians have. 
In earth’s ancient history though, there were people who figured out how to gain greater access to this power. The first Blood Mages started popping up around 50,000 BC. and before too long, the earth was home to two great blood empires. 
Blood Mages did many terrible experiments seeking out the limits of their power and along the way, they created the Twisted and eventually the Shadow Folk (posts coming soon!) 
As you can see from the chart, Guardians have a lot more channels than humans as well as being able to consciously control their power without blood magic. This makes them highly desirable for blood magic rituals, but taking on an adult Guardian is no small feat and your chances of victory are slim to none. Fledglings, however, are much easier to take on as they have little control of their power outside of illusions. 
Guardians usually keep their children safely tucked away in Caelam, out of reach of dark forces. Sometimes though they come to earth and then all of the dark forces on earth sit up and take notice. 

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