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Yam is a Len whose nomadic people value truth and community above all else. He has decided that the only way to restore his family is to become indistinguishable from a god and retroactively make his father a prophet instead of a lying cult leader.

Cal is a street thief impersonating a wealthy young noblewoman she found dead when attempting to burglarize a room. She only hopes to rob the rich mages blind and maybe pick up a trick or two before she inevitably has to skip town. 

Lyssana was born with the wrong kind of abilities and exiled to a faraway island of elemental magic users. She has been called back by her wealthy family and placed in Istima for a purpose she has yet to learn. 

This is a serialized web fiction about three students in Istima, the Six Court Academy; where the different branches of magic have come together in an ancient city-school floating between mountain peaks and above the storm sea. The engraving students learn to steal patents and defend their homework from untrustworthy professors. The Winter Court battle for their spots in the rankings. The healers-in-training stretch trip cords across the highest stairs so they can practice enough to earn an internship. And no one has a clue what is happening in the Night Court, but it involves self-induced psychosis, inter-dimensional summoning, and activites so normal that they feel nefarious in comparison.

Welcome to Istima. Study, survive, and hold your secrets close.

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Posts are every other week with the potential for extra content and bonus chapters based on requests/Patreon activity. Begin reading here.

The story began in 2020 and is co-written by three authors. Follow this link for information on them, their stories, social media, and the Patreon for Impractical Magic.

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Yam 10

~~~~~~~~~This is another extra long chapter. Just a little bellow 6,000 words. And that’s because: We’re doing some cool stuff with Cal and Yam structurally. I’m bad at writing short things. The Wandering Inn and John C. McCrae do like 12k on a slow day. To their audience 6k isn’t ‘extra long’, it’s ‘cute’. But … Continue reading Yam 10

Cal 9

Anger propelled Cal across the ancient stones of the Summer Court. Her legs protested, she’d come all the way up from the Fall’s District without a break and a thin sheen of sweat covered her brow, but she didn’t care. She slammed open the door to the professor’s wing, startling a student carrying a bundle … Continue reading Cal 9

Lyssana 8

Chapter 8: A Vulture Emerges She was awake before the sun, as seemed to be her new routine, and sat cross legged to begin meditation. Her focused energy and mind were soon interrupted by whispers from the other room, broken by the occasional giggle as the Corpegara arose. With a quiet sigh she rose and … Continue reading Lyssana 8


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