Astral is one of eight paths of magic. Its themes are:
* the mind and telepathy
* the stars, the moon, and light
* fortune and misfortune
* the essence of magic itself
* astral projection and travel
* the void and horror marks
Astral nations typically also research Alteration for and .
The spellcreates a unique dynamic around astral magic, in which a nation with plentiful astral mages can shut out a weaker astral nation from using astral mages on the battlefield. Low- mages are thus unsuited as heavy thugs and SC's, as they can be readily sniped.
Conversely, astral mages provide cover against. Weak astral mages (particularly stealthy ones) can follow thugs and raiders around to protect them.
Powerful Astral nations include Pythium, Marverni, Bandar Log, and all ages of R'lyeh.