A few friends and I are currently running a campaign and I'm wondering if there is any given physical specifics about how magic is summoned by a caster. Although I'm not an expert, I've read a lot about the Veil, the Fade, spirits, mana, etc and I can't remember neither the video games nor the rulebook making any final answer to this question.
So: does casting require any physical summoning, be it talking out loud, simply wording an incantation or gesturing in any way? Or is it strictly an inner process, calling to a 6th sense to draw magic through the Veil - with no physical requirements?
From my understanding it is closer to the second option, mostly because:
- Most people's connection with magic (through dreaming) is made when their body is non-respondant
- There doesn't seem to be a "language" of magic, as there is no unversally spoken language among mages. Circle mages learn Ancient Tevene but it seems to be more for educational purposes than for actual casting
- In the video games, mages do grunt and perform majorette stunts with their staff but it looked more like a combat dynamics thing (if not an in-game aesthetics) than an actual magic process
So I feel that a mage, even if heavily restrained and gagged, even if mute and paralyzed would still be able to cast.
And still, they all wield staves. It's actually the only mandatory piece of equipment listed when you're creating a mage, even though staves descriptions in weapon section do not mention magic. So why use a staff and not a dagger, a sword or even nothing at all?
Did I miss anything? Could someone please bring any solid clue pointing in one direction or another?