Magic Users are a unique species in Dorohedoro similar to humans, aside from the fact that they have a set of organs in their bodies that allow them to produce a black smoke, which creates a certain magical effect that varies depending on the user.
To the humans of Hole the sorcerers seem like cruel tyrants, because a portion of the population frequently use humans as magical test subjects. But not all Magic Users are malicious and some have even shown the ability and willingness to live and procreate with humans.
Created in Hell thousands of years ago by Chidaruma as a way to ease his eternal boredom, the Magic Users used to be nothing more than Mud-like creatures with no feet, though slowly evolved to a more human-like appearance, ultimately becoming an exact match to the humans.
Due to the fact that they would end up in Hell anyway after they die, the Devil Lord created a dimension for them to live, The Magic User World.
The key aspect that separates them from humans is their unique ability to produce magical smoke. Magic Users have organs that allow them to pump magical smoke through their hands and sometimes their mouths. Almost all Magic Users can produce smoke, some in smaller quantities than others, with the only known exception being Risu, whose Curse magic only works after death, leaving him completely smokeless until that occurs.
Magic Users are very segregated based upon their magical ability. Many of the elites of the magical world are very powerful business owners, including the En Family, which has some of the strongest. On the other hand, the less powerful ones are very poor and many have resorted to joining the Cross-Eyes to gain access to the mysterious black powder that amplifies ones magical capabilities.
In general, there are two categories that distinguish a Magic User's power level:
- Volume of Smoke - The amount of smoke that one can produce is probably the greatest factor in determining one's magical worth. The weakest magic users, like Fujita, can practically produce no smoke at all, while the strongest magic users, like En, can produce enough smoke to affect an entire city.
- Type of Magic - There are many different types of magic in the world of Dorohedoro, some very rare and some very common. The En Family has acquired many rare magic users, Kikurage, who uses revival magic, Noi, who uses healing magic, Chota, who uses dispelling magic, as well as many others. It would seem that the most common types of magic are transformative in nature or purely destructive, and anything else is typically on the more rare side of things. The rarest magic of all is Nikaido's time based magic.
Devil Tumors Edit
The special organ that is essential to the Magic User physiology is the mysterious Devil Tumor.
The Devil Tumor, which is located in the brain of each Magic User, seems to house the soul of its owner and their unique magical ability. When Kikurage revives somebody, she is actually reviving their Devil Tumor. The Cross-Eyes' Boss has a technique in which he steals Magic User's Devil Tumors and implants them into his own brain, thus gaining their ability. This is doubly painful for Magic Users, because it makes the Boss harder to kill and reviving their friends impossible. If the Devil Tumor is destroyed, the Magic User will die and reviving them will be impossible.
The Magic Users are a very spread-out race with little to no ruling authority. The closest thing to a ruling body they have is the En Family, that basically controls the majority of the Magic User world with powerful hitmen and various henchmen. However, there doesn't seem to be much written law and the strong predominately control the weak. As a result, some weak magic users have grouped together and learned fighting skills outside of magic and formed the Cross-Eyes group, which is the counter culture group against the En Family.
While En's ruling is almost absolute over the magic world, the Devils are the true power in Dorohedoro. The most basic rules of the magic world are 1) Don't cross En and 2) Don't cross a Devil. Besides their omnipotent leader Chidaruma, the Devils are a race of transformed magic users with supposedly limitless power. The Devils don't often interfere in mortal business, but they maintain the jail facility, Hell and they create much of the culture and tradition in the world.
One of the traditions of Magic Users is to wear a mask. There are as many types of masks as there are Magic Users. The Masks are mostly made by Devils and they trade them for gifts that are specifically home made, as a better gift can influence the quality of the mask.
In general, the poorer Magic Users have the cheapest and worst quality masks, and some don't even have a Devil-made one and rely on home made solutions, while the rich magical elite have high quality expensive masks.
In the world of Magic, it is a common practice to establish a bond between two individual Magic Users who then become partners.
A partnership can be established every four years on the Blue Night, which is a festival conducted by En and the Devils. The process to become a partner is simple. Two partners find each other and sign a contract, after which a Devil opens their hearts and the Magic Users insert their contracts into each others hearts. This can either be done willingly or forcibly; if forced, the one who forced the contract onto the other can change the personality of the receiver to make them more docile. The contract lasts four years untill the next Blue Night.
- Magic Users fall ill when it rains.
- Residue from Magic Users' smoke cause it to rain in Hole.