Sentient beings, such as elves, humans, orcs, dwarves, etc., all contain mana that can be used to perform spells, or alternitively, can be stripped for the purpose of being used to create items or perform magical rituals. This energy exists within the body of an individual and saturates various parts of the physical form, such as organs, skin, and bones. Species contain different kinds of mana which range in colors all over the spectrum, such as green, red, and blue. Each mana type holds certain properties, and can be mixed and matched with each other to produce specific magical effects. Sacrificial priests from the Daaevite Empire sacrifice thousands of captives a year to their deity. Victims are ritualistically murdered on an altar, after which their remains are repurposed for other uses. Organs, bones, and skin are removed, ground up, placed in jars with labels identifying what species they belonged to, and stored to be used as materials in future magical rituals.
Even though these materials made from different species can be used together for spells, they must be stored separately and kept apart while stored before they are ready to be mixed. Different types of mana from the samples of various individuals can blend and leak into each other, corrupting and destroying entire batches completely and rendering them useless. To prevent this, certain procedures are put in place as precautions.
- Samples taken from different beings are stored in reinforced containers and organized according to species type.
- Containers are kept on separate shelves on separate floors with others of their type so that there is no ability for mana of different species to come into contact.
- Items used in conjunction with these samples are regularly sterilized and washed.
- Priests who are responsible for maintaining this equipment must wash hands regularly. Those who are unable to follow instructions become part of the collection they were once responsible for maintain.
Because of the safety checks and the punishments associated with not following them, priests tend to follow these procedures to the letter. Despite this, cross-contamination is an ongoing problem for all mages in society in general. The consequences of this can be disastrous for the ritual and the practitioner, with unpredictable effects. Sometimes spells do not work, while others simply explode in the face of the individual and causing death. How can this be the case when all of these procedures have been followed?