|This article is about an element. For an alchemical ingredient, see Fifth essence.|
Apart from the four fundamental elements from which mages can draw power there is also the fifth source, variously referred to as the quintessence (fifth element), spirit, idea or just the magic. To utilize its power one must either combine the primary elements or draw from the mysterious plane called Ether or Astral Plane. The Ether is inhabited by a variety of non-corporeal entities such as hyms; visitors from this strange dimension are sometimes called Astrals.
Many useful magic spells are based on this element, such as teleportation. It is worth noting that while they can be obtained just by mixing primary elements, creatures such as unicorns perceive drawing from them as cheap trickery, which could suggest that they either draw from the Astral Plane or are Sources with innate power.
Invocations and spells
For the full list of Quintessence-based abilities, see Category:Ether magic.