headcanon: mages show their emotions through magic
we know that the rite of tranquility takes away a mage’s magic and emotions, yes?
my proposal: what if a mage’s emotion corresponds with their magic?
imagine the hands of a pyromancer growing hot like coal when they’re angered, their fists tightening around nothing but the incredible fire in their palms, searing those who dare touch them without their permission. imagine a pyromancer in love, flustered and trying to hide faintly smoky exhales, nervous breaths and giggles. their kisses are wood fire and wonderful warmth.
imagine a storm mage feeling their scalp tingle with faint electricity when they get excited- as they run their fingers through their hair, the discharge ripples down their arms and shoulders, their magic only intensifies with a broadening grin. imagine a storm mage’s robes sticking to them with static electricity when they’re bored or tired, their exhaustion evident not only in their lazy slouch, but also in the way the air around them gives occasional sluggish pops and sparks.
the spirit mage is a lot quieter than the elemental mages, their abilities revealing their emotions in a more subtle way. but imagine an aura of peace settling over the people around a subdued spirit mage. when they are sad or anxious, and don’t want to talk to anyone, their abilities lay an invisible barrier that dissuades others from approaching them. imagine them subconsciously pulling at the fade, bringing through whispers from spirits in times of great passion, a faint chorus of spirits from the beyond joining their speech- a music only they can hear.
and perhaps you can tell when a winter mage is content- when the surface they rest their hands on ice over with an intricate lace-like pattern, it speaks more than the secretive, concealed smile on their face. when they’re concentrating, the air around them grows sharper, colder, the smell of metallic frost that they are unaware of- something that puts them completely in their element so they can focus on the task at hand.