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Well met! I’m Kalista, and I co-admin Istari with my husband, Arius. We've run a few other sites together, from an old west Supernatural roleplay to a Tron Legacy board, but Istari is our first original creation. It was originally adapted as a D&D campaign setting for a group of friends, but I always loved the idea of mixing magic and technology to get both a classic and urban fantasy feel. I still enjoy playing tabletop D&D, but these days I tend to spend more time on writing and online roleplay.

Along with avid writing comes avid reading, and I always have at least one book going. I tend to bounce back and forth between urban or high fantasy and science fiction, but I also enjoy crime novels and a handful of the classics. I also love gaming on the Playstation and Nintendo 3DS. I love a wide variety of games, but the original Mass Effect trilogy is nearest and dearest to my heart.

I tend to be online from midday to late evening, depending on my work schedule, and I usually lurk throughout the day. I love working with coding and graphics, so if you’re having trouble with something or have questions about the setting, feel free to message me or hop into the chat box. I’m always open to feedback, and I hope you enjoy playing in Istari as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it!

Heyla! I'm Arius, one of the admins here on Istari, and Kalista's lucky husband. I love writing (obviously), especially horror, fantasy, and sci fi, though I've been known to dabble in poetry and even fanfiction in the past. Though I don't seem to find the time for them as much as I used to, I enjoy playing games, both video and tabletop, and if I'm not around on the site it's probably because I'm playing my PS4 or 3DS.

I'm a great devourer of all sorts of literature, from high fantasy epics to dry historical tales, from fiction to non-fiction, and even comic books, which I have a huge passion for. I co-own a small comic shop in my hometown, which is something of a dream come true for me, and I've been collecting and reading comics and graphic novels since I was about five years old.

I'm usually around in the evenings to answer questions, play in the cbox, or even just shoot the breeze, so feel free to hit me up if you ever need anything!

Hey there! I’m Kay, Istari's moderator, and it’s nice to meet you! I’ve been roleplaying and writing for more than ten years and have been playing on Istari for about the whole time that it’s been open. I’ve known Kali and Arius for almost ten years now and actually got my online handler name from Arius. I’m a frequent writer and I do get distracted relatively easily as I’m always on social media sites. But currently I’ve been distracted with watching TV shows.

I’m an avid TV watcher ranging from Supernatural all the way to anime and nostalgia TV shows. Currently I’ve gotten myself stuck on Gargoyles. I’m also a classic anime fan, I’ve seen some of the newer animes, but the classics are my favorite. I’m also into a lot of superhero movies and horror movies, but movies in general are the things that I’m doing if I’m not writing.

I used to be a night owl, but given my 4am work schedule, I can be found lurking around here at high noon to about early evening, I’m a lurker so there will always definitely be someone there to answer your questions! Welcome to Istari!


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 Magic and Technology
 Posted: Jan 20th 2013, 09:00 PM
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Magic and Technology

On Earth and in Istari, there are two major means by which things are accomplished. On Earth, people rely on technology to live; on Istari, technology is replaced by magic. This difference is attributed to more than personal preference or taste. When brought to Istari, electronics rarely function, and mechanical devices or objects that rely on machined parts are often unreliable. Likewise, magic is much more plentiful in Istari, but is harder to draw and channel while on Earth. Because of this, each world has developed very differently.

That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to use either magic or technology in either world, though. Plenty of magic still seeps through to Earth, and witches have practiced calling up and harnessing it for thousands of years. Magic is especially abundant where the veil between the worlds is thinnest. Humans have taken to calling these seams “leylines,” and many witches draw power from them to augment their personal store of magical energy. This magic also collects in pools, most often times where several leylines intersect, and these pools or “nodes” offer exponentially more power than a single leyline.

Because of the collection of power and the fact that the veil is at its absolute thinnest within these areas, such reservoirs can also be used as Gateways between Earth and Istari. These areas also allow a spillover of energy between the two worlds. Just as these pools are a great source of magic in the modern world, it’s possible for technology to function normally around such nodes within Istari. The bigger the node, the wider the area where electronics and modern conveniences function properly, though even the largest of these areas reach less than a quarter of a mile. It’s also possible for some technology to function around leylines, but on a much smaller and less reliable level.

Conversely, this spillover may actually have the opposite effect on Earth due to the close proximity to Istari. Electronics may go haywire or cease to function altogether in areas where the veil is thinnest, and accounts of “dead zones” are common. The Bermuda Triangle is perhaps the most well known and documented of these, but leylines may also produce these effects, though not as reliably and to a lesser extent. The main difference on Earth is that magic is much more reliable in the modern world than technology is in Istari. It’s true that spell casters might find that magical energy is by far more readily available within Istari, but they continue to function just fine on Earth, with many never even knowing that another world exists.

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