Alarming financial markets and wizards throughout the Realms, the Great Architect has begun amassing significant wealth by selling the rights to spells in packages known as Newly-Fettered Thaumaturgies, or NFTs for short.
The process is centred around the idea that the purchaser of an NFT buys the rights to a particular instance of magical energy. This purchase is woven into the very fabric of magic itself, enabling anyone to verify that the transaction occurred, and it can then later be on-sold, potentially for a profit.
Proponents of the system claim that it heralds an entirely new way of thinking about magic, and represents a cutting-edge advancement in both economics and the art of spell-weaving. They brush over criticisms that purchases directly enrich one of the Ruinous Powers, describing it as a necessary evil for progress.
Critics however have not been kind, labeling it a cunning money-making scheme. They point out that despite owning the ‘rights’ to a particular spell, the holder of the NFT does not possess any physical instance of the magic nor even a way to necessarily summon it. Perhaps even more damning is the fact that there is nothing preventing the spell being cast by another individual or cabal regardless of what the ‘owner’ might wish. Campaigns by NFT-holders to restrict the casting of spells only to those who own the rights to do so have so far been stonewalled by all magical institutions.
Editor’s Note: We have received reports of Tzeentchian warlocks attempting to NFT spells being cast by opposing wizards mid-battle. If this should happen to you, the Order of Azyr recommends simply ignoring their attempts and, if possible, throwing a fireball into their face.