Q:On the topic of magic, what can and can't magic do? Does each person have the ability to use the same magic skill, or is everyone different and/or specialize in a certain area of magic?
Hmm. Magic. Magic is…hrm.
So. The magic in Armeis is known as “The Voice.” This is totally different from the voice which is the speaking language of the nolms.
Essentially, it is a communication between natural forces and the heart and soul of the world. It is an innate connection to the life force of the Deity and the First. Think Passive and Active, internal and external, life and action in terms of classifying what type of magic it is.
Passive magic affects internal systems. It’s like a conversation with the internal life force of a person or object, because everything has life. Everything has a soul and can be communicated with.
Active magic is a conversation with the active energies and beings outside of someone’s body, whether it is your own, or someone else’s. Think of the wind, the sun, the sea, etc. Active magic effects the exterior surroundings of that person.
Some limitations (I’m still thinking up some more):
- No resurrection
- No forcing something that would not have come about naturally (if someone’s heart is cut in half you cannot heal that shit)
- No love potion hullaballoo
- No time fuckery
- You can’t just do magic because you feel like it, at least, not right away. You have to get in tune with the language of the universe and the stream of life that flows through it and everything in it. And in the beginning it’s going to be really hard to tap into that. It’s not just about clearing and focusing your mind, you have to clear and focus your heart, and your body, and your soul. A lot of non-Paudwa (who are the only ones who can “easily” tap into it without a ton of proper training) can actually go insane because feeling that much connectivity is overwhelming. It can really strain a Speaker to suddenly feel such a rush of presence in everything. It’s a complete awareness of everything in the world around you—not just the leaves blowing in the breeze in the tree nearby, but the leaves being blown along hundreds of miles away by that same interconnected wind and air and sky.
The source of magic is the connectivity throughout the universe, the strands of inevitable life and ineffable creation in every being, everywhere, as threaded by the First and the Deity.
The tecnique is a silent conversation using the universal language of the world. Think about it like this: you are using something’s true name in a true language that remains unspoken, untainted, and unused. There is no actual dialogue, and yet, there is.
Some examples with my two Ardokki twin Speakers:
- If a person is actively falling from the sky and actively interacting with the forces around them, Zherda can speak with the wind and the water, to even billow up a huge breeze to bring the person down to earth safely.
- If a person has a deep wound and is succumbing to it, then Terrana can basically converse with that person’s soul and lifeforce to get them to stay around long enough while she also speaks to the unmoving herbs and poultices and plants to coax them into wounds or something. The same technique could be used to, say, get water out of someone’s lungs.
Magic is essentially the same across the board. BUT. Among Paudwa tribes, there is a definite difference in specialties. Some are born with an innate ability towards Active Speaking, some are born Passive. Some are born without the Voice, and that’s fine too, there’s jobs for em. But depending on who Speaks in what way, there is a different life path for them. Actives are trained on how to defend and attack, Passives are trained as healers.
Ardokki Speakers are similarly trained, but less formally, as magic is rarer.
Among humans, however…to be a Speaker is incredibly rare. Totally rare. It’s been known but it’s so poorly documented. Which is why the fact that Oskandr exists, and the fact that he’s shown prowess in both Passive and Active communication, is so intriguing!