Most Qs aren't really FAed these days. There's nothing wrong with that, but I decided my FAQ would be made of questions that have actually been asked enough that I want an easy reference for them. Considering I just made this, there are exactly two. I'm just surprised one of them was a story-related question.
Q: What is the difference between the Amazon and Smashwords links?
A: The content is basically identical, so use Amazon if you want simplicity. Smashwords offers more flexibility in terms of formats and is the better option if you live in a country where Amazon adds $2.00 to the price.
Q: Could you make some kind of reference for the magic used in Sorcery and Scholarships?
A: I'm not trying to write the kind of fantasy where you need to consult an appendix every few pages, so hopefully you can enjoy the story without worrying about details. But yeah, there's a magic system in place and I'm glad at least a few people are interested enough to want to know the terminology. So here's a quick-reference for the main departments at Axis University, with a few less important terms/arts thrown in.
Maleficium: Natural magic inherent to everyone, inflicting harm on others or defending against it. The undergraduate applications are fairly simple, but it gets complicated at higher levels.
- Aethomancy: Technical subfield for Maleficium experts, or a pretentious way of saying magic in general.
Propitiation: Setting up rituals to create permanent effects. Keisha's field of choice.
Fetishism: Creation of magical objects. Generally not magical whips and handcuffs.
Manifest Arts: Linking to a realm filled with an element and letting that element "spill through" into the normal world. With Aki, it's probably fire.
- Tunneling: Moving between realms via magic. I doubt anyone was confused by this one.
Obscure Arts: Shaping the realms that lie beneath the "real world" and thus shaping reality. On the practical end it's the magical equivalent of engineering, on the other end it's the complete insanity Drawde is so fond of.
Fey Arts: A large department that includes classes in non-humans' innate magic (like a siren's songs or an LA vamp's suppression).
- Charged Magic: Light and Darkness. Even though most students have an artificial essence, it's still technically innate and thus falls under Fey Arts.
- Homuncomancy: Magic that grants physical power. A small field of study, but with obvious practical applications.
Prophecy: The main characters aren't qualified to take any of these classes yet. The department didn't exist ten years ago, either. Obviously this one has nothing to do with the story.