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The basic laws governing what's possible. See that page.
===Therianthropes and Spellcasters===
While most TTU residents assume (with some justification) that magic and therianthropy are identical effects drawn from the same source, the reality is that theri shapeshifting and spellcasting operate in dramatically different ways. The permanent transformation of therianthropy requires such raw power that even powerful mages are unable to replicate the effect ... and theris themselves aren't doing it by //willing themselves// to be non-human, they're doing it by //being// non-human and letting the universe do the heavy lifting for them. (ShapeshiftingInTTU has more detail.)
This means that **theris are not automatically mages**; **mages are not automatically theris**; and you don't have to be one to be the other. In fact, only about 25% of theris actively cast spells, and even the most conservative estimates of human mages have them outnumbering therianthropes by 10:1 or more.
It's interesting to note that, of the major [[TheriType]]s, an unusually high proportion of Mythics are spellcasters, and virtually no Anthroweres are. Nobody's quite certain of the causality there.
The final benefit of ritual is that, by focusing one's will so much, it makes it tremendously easier for a non-mage to produce magical effects. Ritual has such utility as a teaching tool that almost all mages in TTU will start out within a ritual-based system and only gradually learn utilitarian spontaneous spells as their power grows. This is true even for less formalized [[MagicalSchools schools]] like Volitionists and Externalists.
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===Therianthropes and Magic===
While most TTU residents see the two forces as bound up together, the reality is that the forces that cause physical changes and the forces that allow magic aren't joined at the hip. Therianthropy requires such raw power that all but the most powerful mages are unable to replicate the effect ... but theris themselves aren't doing it by //willing themselves// to be non-human, they're doing it by //being// non-human and letting the universe do the heavy lifting for them.
This means that theris are not automatically mages; mages are not automatically theris; and you don't have to be one to be the other. However, it has been observed that of the three main [[TheriType]]s, Mythics are significantly more likely to also be mages. Nobody's quite certain of the causality there.
The final benefit of ritual is that, by focusing one's will so much, it makes it tremendously easier for a non-mage to produce magical effects. Ritual has such utility as a teaching tool that almost all mages in TTU will start out within a ritual-based group and only gradually learn utilitarian spontaneous spells as their power grows.


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