This week, instead of a snippet from a manuscript, I thought I’d introduce a couple of important worldbuilding details that will come into play in Elysian Fields and as the Sentinels series progresses.
Today, we’ll look at the organization of the wizards. Over the coming weeks, we’ll see the power structure of the elves and the vampires–both of which groups become very active in Elysian Fields.
A basic deconstructed organizational chart of the wizards is:
Congress of Elders (one per continent)
Heads of the four Congresses: Red (physical magic); Green (ritual magic); Blue (creation magic); Yellow (mental magic)
Licensed sentinels (usually Red Congress, but a few others, such as DJ); report to the Congress of Elders
Licensed wizards (meet certain skill requirements set forth by the congresses and report to the heads of the Congresses)
Unlicensed wizards, minor mages, witches
Sixth-sensers (humans with some magical skill)
Outside the organization and reporting directly to Congress of Elders: Enforcers
In Royal Street and River Road, we see only a glimpse of this structure through Gerry and DJ (Red and Green Congress, Sentinels); Alex (Enforcers); and Willem Zrakovi (member of the Congress of Elders representing North America), based in Boston. We briefly meet a Yellow Congress wizard (when DJ visits the temporary morgue set up after Katrina).
In Elysian Fields, we will get a better look at a Blue Congress wizard, and some of the type of magic he can do. We’ll also get a look at the magical skill of necromancy, which is a stray genetic ability that isn’t limited to a single Congress. The First Elder will come into play, in a peripheral way, and Zrakovi is back as well.
(Trivia! Elder Zrakovi is named after one of my neighbors in New Orleans; I thought it was the coolest last name, so I had to use it. My neighbor was from North Dakota originally, and I’m not sure what the etymology of the name is. Sounds East European, maybe? Not sure.)
So…just a little “org chart” to get you started!
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