The Green Road is physical, biological birth, life and death, cycles, growth, decay, and all the urges and needs that come with life. If the White Road is spirit creating the physical, the Green Road is, sometimes, the opposite-the spiritual born from the physical.
Green magic can repair and regenerate the body, enhance physical attributes, and control creatures motivated only by life. Green spells can also siphon off or suppress life force to weaken foes while strengthening the wielder, or even snuff out a creature’s life all together. A Green mage can purge diseases by killing the organisms that cause it, or inflict sickness by encouraging them to flourish, or call upon the powers of decay to slowly crumble and erode objects and creatures. The most advanced forms of Green magic can elevate life-forces, allowing them to evolve into sentient souls. Green also has some control over basic impulses such as hunger and lust, and can fill dead organic forms with new life-force though the things born from such magic are primitive, savage, hunger-driven things.
The philosophies and concepts of the Green Road include the belief that all living things arose from Green and that sentient spirits evolved from basic life force (the opposite of the White Road belief that spiritual forces created the physical world and biological life), survival of the fittest, hedonistic focus on the pleasures of the flesh, the sacredness of life, the sacredness of death, the idea that procreation, growth and abundance are the purposes of life, the belief that the purpose of life is to end, the sacredness of cycles especially those of birth, life, and death, growth and decay and the seasons, the belief that the living world is the foremost, or even only, aspect of reality, the idea that sentience is a curse and the idea that sentience is a long-evolved privilege and the goal of the evolution of all living things. In one aspect, Green teaches that all living things should aspire to refine and evolve themselves; another aspect says that sentient beings should embrace their more primitive biological side, giving in to the savage impulses of the flesh.
Green mages range from wild and savage wood-woses who embrace the most brutal and predatory aspects of physical life to gentle pacifistic healers that deem all life sacred. Some seek to understand the spiritual journey of life from the soil up (as opposed to from the transcendent realms downward, as some White Wizards do.) Some Green Wizards serve as the linchpin for a community, healing people and livestock and lending strength to crops. Others are mystics who contemplate the cycle of life or the dichotomies contained within the world. A few who walk the Green Road see awareness and the civilization that tends to rise from it as aberrations and seek a return to what they consider a more natural state of being, focused more on the worldly and physical than the spiritual or conceptual. A few worship death and rot, seeing the end of the life-cycle as the ultimate purpose of the whole.
Things associated with the Green Road include emeralds, blood, leaves, soil, buds, copper, bones and chrysalises.