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Eternal Well Mandala by cowboykiwi Eternal Well Mandala by cowboykiwi
This is still an open project, i don't claim the data contained to be 100% exact and fitting the current Warcraft™ Lore, even if i tried to be as much accurate and plausible as i could. This is a work of fantasy on fantasy, so be aware that i do not mean to set any dogma on the above mentioned subject or details of it.

Well this took a long time, because of the complexity of both theoretic and practical aspects of the matter. I've always been fascinated about the connections between the various schools of magic and about the source, or the various sources from which they draw their power.

I've always thought that there was some kind of contradiction between the four common elements (earth, water, air and fire) and some form of arcane declination like fire magic or ice magic.

So i tried to build a system (fitting the World of Warcraft™ environment) where elemental rough power is some form of material energy (just like electro-magnetism) that can be summoned (so by intercession of an elemental entity) via magic usage by, say, shamans or druids.

Contrariwise what we usually call fire magi or ice magi aren't drawing power by invocation or evocation of the elements, but they are contracting or expanding the matter using arcane magic obtaining – respectively – cold and condensed matter (ice) or hot and expanded matter (fire). So in this latter case, no elemental lord, energy, rites or prayers are involved.

A bit confusing at first but it clarifies the whole thing, in my opinion.

So i decided to put down a little scheme, and well, i got carried away :P

I hope you will like it, and hope you will enjoy exploring it, and please feel free to suggest me corrections or extensions. But please avoid pointless flames, in Wow fandom style.

The little latin text on the right says (with some errors, as my latin studies were more than 10 years ago) that the drawing was completed by Onesto Theophrastus of Gnomeregan, according to the science taught by the Bronze Dragons. Needless to say, that he's my lovely Gnome Priest.

EDIT 06.09.11: fixed some orthographic errors in the english text and some minor graphic issues.
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alexanderjac Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
This is just too cool. It's a shame I can't read the words. I recognize names of places, but it'd be awesome if I could read all of it. :D Good work!
KaySterling Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Being a student of many esoteric schools, this is pretty awesome
JIMBOND27 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Never played WOW, favorited anyway.
cowboykiwi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
that's cool, it means it's worth something beyond the fanfiction domain. many thanks.
cielxsebastian1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
This is incredible. I feel the need to thank you for this picture, that is how good it is. Thank you.
memfox00 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Really cool, looks old-world, like it would come from some sort of ancient spellbook.

Too bad I can;t read it ;^^
Thanatosiaa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
very beautiful work !
yu2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
This is seriously some wickedly awesome stuff. It just looks so authentic; as if it were taken out from a mage's study guide. :>
Dastreus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
blablaixion Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
While I would be the first to admit that the font and text looks really cool, on the other hand it is really hard to read. Do you think that you could provide another version with at least the cursive English translated? It's just that I find it really interesting and it is a bit difficult to properly grasp in places as it is.
odradek Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
sei un figo. 'nuff said.
sliferred123 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
this is wicked cool
Linkei Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I flipped away!
funi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
RequiemSkyler Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, instant fave.
DesertDarky Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish it was in english so i could actually understand the text... ^^
genrou0 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Looks fantastic! I have been meaning to make a script for Warcraft's Magi (and a demonic one for Locks).

I have a sample of what I think Thalassian would look like here [link] and here [link] , but I though the magi would use an "older" script and not Thalassian. Much like how you have used Latin. That's just an opinion though (^_^).

Anyway, well done! I think the game has been missing this sort of thing.

Katarjana Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student General Artist
So much detail!
Oreobytes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
Dude, I REALLY would adore having this as a print....totally going to purchase as soon as I can!!! Would really just make a desk area interesting! <33
CopperPumpkin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is way cool! I'm such a mage nut :3
BigSneak Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work! I've worked on a similarly styled piece; I just love that rustic, unrefined documentation. Yours is certainly far more accurate to WoW lore than mine, considering I just made up symbols and called it Thalassian, lmao.

Once again, great work! :]
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