“A mage’s soul is forged in the crucible of the magic”
― Margaret Weis, The Soulforge
We are the clay and the sculptor, the writer and the story.
In the great fires of adversity the dross is removed, the impurities and weaknesses burned and hammered away leaving the strong pure core that we forge into our weapon of self.
Do not fear the flames even if they burn hotter than Hell, for on the other side you shall be quenched and unbreakable, magical and magnificent for what you have gone through.