All Quiet in Music City
The Jedi call it “the Force.” Awakened know it as “Quintessence.” Regardless of nomenclature, it is literally what surrounds us and binds us together. Nothing in the universe exists without Quintessence, and each of the spheres uses Quintessence in its effects, and mages who study Prime magic are better prepared to channel this primordial force. Channeling Quintessence via a Node or Tass into a magical effect makes the effect significantly easier for the mage to pull off. Futhermore, Quintessence is required in order to conjure anything from nothing. Most spheres allow their users to transmute one form into another, but conjuring a weapon from thin air, or other similar effects, requires Quintessence.