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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 young, wealthy noblewoman she found dead when attempting to burglarize a room. She only hopes to rob the rich mages 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.

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

Yam 11

2.04 The creature had four little legs, but its fur was so fluffy and so dense that when it stood on the rear pair, you could barely see its paws.  It had a tail just long enough to poke out of its oval cloud of fluff and wag when he spoke to it.  “You are … Continue reading Yam 11

Cal 10

In any other city, an establishment like The Tooth and Claw would’ve been found in some scummy alley, guarded by two enormous thugs with necks like tree trunks. But in Istima, things were a little different. There was a street entrance where two Aketsi were checking tickets. The door was framed by marble columns and … Continue reading Cal 10


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