Worldbuilding Power: Abjuration

Use Protective Magic in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding

Abjuration comes from the Latin word abjurare, which translates as “to forswear”. As a category of magic, its purpose is protection and defense. The definition of abjuration magic has expanded over time to include spells that act as armor, prevent magical intrusion, and banish demons. Abjuration allows casters to dispel dangerous forces, and to resist a range of magical attacks. It even extends into disciplines like avoiding detection and reversing the effects of spells cast by others.

For characters whose lives revolve around safeguarding important people, enchanted items, and arcane secrets, abjuration spells are useful tools. Magical attacks can be resisted or negated. In battle, there is an advantage in knowing that there are defenses against magic in place. Cultures and societies can rest secure that supernatural creatures can be held at bay or banished entirely. The course of individual lives, and the larger forces of history, can unfold without interference because abjuration magic exists.

Antagonists will seek the same advantages. They may not use abjuration as ethically as a protagonist would. They will use this category of magic to guard their own secret lairs. The secrets they protect, and the artifacts they keep warded, will be used for personal gain. A villain will use magical defenses to avoid discovery as they hatch their evil schemes. They will find ways to turn defenses to tactical advantage, not to avoid or at least lessen the casualties of war, but keep themselves safe during the heat of battle.

As with all magic, there will be some fear and misunderstanding among the common folk. The name abjurer itself implies that the caster rebukes strange deities and other supernatural beings. Secular casters will face resentment from those who feel such power belongs only in the hands of religious officials. Many people will be afraid of their own superstitious defenses and fold magics will be negated. There may be a great deal of distrust if abjuration magic is used openly.

In this book, we’ll show you how to utilize abjuration in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how it can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make abjuration into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your campaign.

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