It’s not every day someone gets the opportunity to be schooled in the mystic arts. Learning magic is an extraordinary and life-changing process akin to discovering you are royalty. Even such a magical experience as learning from a wizard should be rooted in certain ways and norms for it to come away as meaningful and epic to the reader. The story of a wizard apprentice must follow a certain flow for it to be truly meaningful. Like any flow in fantasy stories, these moments are not etched in stone and can easily change or be adapted. In fact, some of the greatest epic fantasies started with a mixed up set of events. However, these norms generally make for a truly epic sorcerer and student story.
Firstly, the student must be a complete novice with the potential to be great. The wizard apprentice in the story must exude an overall impression of being green to the magic arts. He or she must show a complete and total ignorance to the skills he or she will learn. At the back of that ignorance however, must be a potential for greatness and excellence that could even exceed his mentor. The best stories make an effort to show that although ignorant the wizard apprentice is not a total dunce. The reader must see the potential greatness to invest emotionally with the journey.
Secondly, the magic skill to be taught must be powerful. What is the use of going through so many trials with the wizard if the student is to learn only parlor tricks in return? The sorcerer’s apprentice must have a worthy prize for all his hardship. The skill to be learned must indeed be a powerful ability. All the better if the power can change the world or make the student realize his full potential for greatness.
Thirdly, the Wizard or mentor must be worthy of the apprentice’s respect. In a similar vein to #1 the wizard must be worthy of his student’s respect. He must show a mastery of the skill to be taught. It is also good if he has a great reputation and is considered legendary in the story’s world.
In the end, the student must fulfill his potential for greatness. The story of the wizard apprentice is not the kind of tale that can be told in a number of ways. This kind of tale is efficient with only one ending – a happy one. For the tale of the sorcerer and his trainee to have the best effect, the apprentice must change for the better. At the end of the story, the wizard apprentice must realize his destiny and become great. After having gone through so many trials, tribulations, and learning experiences, this is the only way the reader can get any kind of satisfactory payoff. Would King Arthur still be a legend if he did not pass all of Merlin’s tests? Would Harry Potter be so beloved and remembered if at the end of the day he did not become a wizard himself?
In some stories, the protagonist can fail in some way, or even perish and still be great. This is not one of them. At the end of the story of the wizard apprentice it is imperative that he does not.
About the Author
‘I was never going to be a writer… seriously.’
Somehow despite Leisl Kaberry‘s lifelong love for making up and telling stories, she had no desire to become an author. However, after a creative urge spurred her on to write an idea for a scene, the world of Titania was born and she hasn’t looked back since.
Born and raised in Australia she has lived in a variety places, including the Australian outback and Montreal, Canada. She currently resides in Kitimat, Northern British Columbia with her husband and four children, she is studying a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, is an amateur theatre actor and enjoys snowboarding during the winter.
Recent winner of RomCon Readers Crown 2014 for Fantasy.
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