Maelstrom is a world that consists of three planes: the Overworld thatís ruled by Deities, the Mortal Realms--home of humans, and the Underworld where Demons dwell. Though the living is able to call upon the spirits of the other worlds through the art of sorcery, it is impossible for the inhabitants of each plane to travel to the otherplanes. Because of this limit to their scope of the world, the names "Maelstrom" and "Mortal Realms" are often used interchangeably.
Magic is commonly practiced by the inhabitants of Maelstrom. The Sorcery of humans draws power from Demons of the Underworld, Deities of the Overworld, and Souls of the Mortal Realms. In addition to humans, many other intelligent races of Mortals and Immortals inhabit the Mortal Realms. These races practice unique elemental magic that humans are incapable of performing.
At the beginning of the story, the kingdoms of Maelstrom had recently prohibited all uses of Common Magic--alias for Demon Magic. This is due to the suspected link between summoning upon Demon spirits of the Underworld into the Mortal Realms, Demon-infected human souls, and the sudden appearance of an assassin that is immune to magic.
NOTE: It's been a few years since I wrote up this part of the website; as I fleshed out the world more, some of this information became outdated and is no longer accurate. I will update the lore with new and revised information when I have time in the future (: