Emery kept quiet when the teacher began speaking about the proper way to cast spells. That was until the man called on him with a question regarding the proper spell words for illusion magic.

“Sir,” he said, rising from his seat. “I was taught that there is not a single ‘proper’ way to cast a spell, that the methods used are as unique as the mage casting the spell. What is important is the names used. My… master taught me to name using glyphs – a fast method, he believed. Thus instead of a verbal word or phrase, I might draw the glyphs that I need or, even better, pull them out of my collection. That being said, you may find it easier to chant the names of the glyphs instead of using an artistic depiction of them.”

He settled back into his chair as the man cleared his throat a few times. “Yes,” he said finally. “Yes, quite – quite right. Magic is about names. To cast an illusion you name the spell – illusion; you name what you wish to cast an illusion of and you name the distance and duration of the spell. Names can be verbal or written or drawn, of course.”

The professor continued the lecture, but Emery noticed that the man seemed to avoid calling on him after that.