In this world, magic is slow and intensive, often using multiple components. It requires intense focus, and spells and rituals can take hours to prepare. Nevertheless, it can be very powerful, and serves as the bedrock of this nation. Magic is combined with technology to form a kind of magi tech which is available to everyone. However, only women can access magic directly to create it. Culture strongly discourages women from military positions, believing them to be too valuable to society in general. This has led to soldiers being primarily males, serving on the front lines while women mostly being in supportive roles.
Ironically, the exception to this rule is the state church itself. The church is made up of priestesses that are the most powerful magic users in the nation. They specialize in a form of attack and defense magic that is much faster and stronger than traditional forms of magic. These spells take the form of incantations, which involve hand signals as well as words that must be spoken.
This form of magic revolves around four schools:
- Biomancy: the practice of powering up soldiers to increase their effectiveness. Increasing strength or speed, regenerating lost limbs, healing, hardening skin and increasing endurance.
- Pyromancy: Shooting fireballs, making firestorm to wipe out armies, raining down fire from the sky.
- Telekinesis: moving objects with the mind. Creating shields and barriers to block projectiles, using gravity offensively to crush enemies.
- Divination: reading possible futures to create strategies, determining movements of enemies and possible outcomes of events.
A few more points about this magic:
Performing a spell normally take 3-5 minutes, with the stronger ones taking up to an hour.
This faster form of magic is dangerous and hard to control. It requires more focus than regular, slower spells. Performing it unsuccessfully can severely hurt or kill the user.
This magic is physically and mentally intense, and drains the user over a period of time.
Based on these stipulations, what would be the best way to use these nuns strategically in a combat situation. What tactics should they employ to maximize their effectiveness?