EXERCISE The Language of Magic

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  1. In most fantasy worlds MAGIC is there in some shape or form.

    This exercise specifically focuses on the LANGUAGE or words of magic!

    What to Detail:

    • Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in? (Latin, Elven, Something else?)
    • Is there a way you have to say the words?
    • Are there specific words that are magical?
    • Can anyone speak these magical words, or does someone need to be magical or know how to do it?
    • Are people born knowing these words, learn through, or something else?
    • Is this a written language or only shared through speaking?
     
  2. We feel that this has been done before.

    But we would like to give a different spin to this.

    It is more of a magic system, to be honest, not so much of a language. But since the challenge is as such, we would like to combine said magic system with language.

    Cliche, perhaps.

    But hey, as long as it works. Here we go:


    RUNE MAGIC
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    While this was popularised as a divination tool in our world, in this realm, runic symbols are everywhere around us. They are in the air, in water, in stone, in trees, in the sky, in the earth, and in you. Should you know them by name and have power over them, then you may bind them to your will and they will grant you their magic. They may be surrounding us this very moment, but it takes a certain skill within you to be able to see said symbols.​
    Thus, one must first acquire the Sight.​
    Sight
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    The Sight is the ability to be see the runic symbols surrounding the lands. That is all there is to it, but having the Sight does not necessarily mean they can manipulate the runic symbols to their whims.​
    For that, they would need Draw (temporary term, will change when I find a cooler name.)
    Draw and Cast
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    To Draw is to summon the runic symbols to you. This cannot be done without the Sight, as you would need it to see what runic symbols surround you. In order to draw, you either call its name aloud. One must be in full concentration with the intent to use it to be able to draw it. Advanced users would be able to do so through their mind, if their concentration is fixed towards their intentions on using the Runes. However, in order to draw, one must know the names of these runes and what they represent.​
    Upon knowing the runes, one would be able to Cast (ditto) the runic symbol towards their target.​
    For example, say a torch is nearby and you use the Sight to see its symbol. You would see Kenaz, The Beacon, flaring before your eyes. You then Draw Kenaz by uttering its name (verbally or in mind), and it will come to you, its symbol formed in your hands (know that without the Sight, you wouldn't know it's there). You can use Cast to direct Kenaz towards a target, form your intention around the name (it has to be something close to what it is meant to be. Kenaz is Beacon/Torch. Thus, the form you choose has to make sense).​
    But the fun doesn't end at just basic runes.​
    Manipulate
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    Being able to Cast and Draw is one thing, but being able to Manipulate is another. Taking the method of Casting and Drawing, Manipulate requires you to Draw as many runic symbols as you can. By Drawing multiples, you would be able to Manipulate them by combining the properties of the runic symbols and creating a new form.​
    Take Sowilo (health/life) and Algiz (protection), Manipulate them, and you will get a healing-protection spell/magic.​
    Take Raidho (chariot-travel) and Uruz (Auroch-strength & speed), and you will get a speedy and buff spell/magic.​
    Take 3 or 4 runic symbol, and you will get different combinations. But this all depends on the person's knowledge of the runes and its properties.​
    Runes
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    Runes, or runic symbols, are the ones surrounding us in this realm. They are what we see through the Sight, what we Draw, what we Cast and what we Manipulate. Without the knowledge of the runes, one would not be able to accomplish such feats, even if they do have the abilities mentioned above. As mentioned in the example above, different runes have different properties. By understanding its meaning and its properties, one would have proper control over it.​
    There are 24 runes altogether, plus one unmarked rune. Perhaps, out of all the runic symbols there are out there, the ones that has puzzled users the most would be the Wyrd rune (fate). It cannot be read as it is a blank rune. As such, it cannot be Seen, Drawn, or Casted. Despite all this though, Wyrd is as real as the runic symbols around us; it is just blank.​
    Though there are rumours of users being able to Cast Wyrd into play, and its effects were either devastating or magnificent; more often than not, rather devastating. It is a powerful runic symbol with its properties related to fate. The fact that it is so tells you how much power this rune holds.​
    But it chooses who to reveal itself to.​
    The Wyrd/Odin/Blank rune
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    Also known as the Rune of Fate, this rune is said to exist all around us, much like the other runic symbols you would see through the Sight. However, Wyrd does not have a symbol of its own, unlike the others.​
    Despite what others have theorised about Wyrd being an unobtainable runic power, there have been cases where some claimed to have seen Wyrd themselves. Those who have seen it claimed that it was in a form that was readable to them, not blank. Even so, what people have realised upon hearing such stories was that its runic symbols differed from person to person. And yet another strange incident; they would be able to remember their experience in seeing it, but when it came to trying to draw the rune, they would not remember its shape.​
    To those who have seen it and claimed its power was granted a very powerful symbol in their hands; it was strong enough to change another person's fate, depending on the target. Its strength differs, depending on the will of its user. The most devastating record of its use was during the Sindarin incident, in which its user, Haleth Yr Sraosa, wiped out an entire civilisation of people.​
    But such powers come at a great price. Upon using Wyrd, its user will be cursed with a nidstang.
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    Similar to a geas or a curse, after using said powers, a nidstang curse will be upon the user. As ever- changing as the shape of Wyrd is, so is its curse. Again, it differs from person to person. In one recorded incident, its user was made mute. In another, it cursed a man to repeat his life over and over again. In Haleth's case, it cursed him with eternity. As such, it can be theorised that these nidstangs are related to what the person has done with the power of Wyrd.
    However, such incidents, old or recent, has only ever recorded seeing Wyrd once in their lifetime; it has never appeared more than once. Those who claimed to have seen Wyrd and never use it have never seen it again since then.​
    Yet, most events involving Wyrd seemed to be connected...​
    It is almost as though Wyrd has a mind of its own...​
    ...and a plan.​
    FAQ
    Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in? (Latin, Elven, Something else?)
    Unless you count the Elder Futhark as a language, then yes.​
    Is there a way you have to say the words?
    You can say it aloud or through your mind. The important part is that you have to know what it is and what it does in order to Draw it. See Draw and Cast for further reading.​
    Are there specific words that are magical?
    It is not so much magical as it is more of manipulating the elements around you. They exist in their own way, but with your abilities, you can Cast and Manipulate them to your desire.​
    Can anyone speak these magical words, or does someone need to be magical or know how to do it?
    Speaking is fine, but to use it, you must have the Sight, the Draw, the Cast and the Manipulate skills to be able to make use of it. If you lack one of these skills, them it's probably rather useless to you. Manipulate may be considered as a small loss, but it is only through Manipulate can the users ascend and acquire advanced runic magic usage.​
    Are people born knowing these words, learn through, or something else?
    While most of them require learning, one must acquire the Sight above all else. It is the most important element in Rune Magic. Sadly, this ability is limited to those who are born with it.​
    Is this a written language or only shared through speaking?
    It was a written language in our world, historically speaking, but in this realm, they are symbols of the elements and things around us.​
    - - - - -​
    We edited, but we have not been able to come up with a weakness to the magic.​
    We will continue thinking on this.
    Until then, enjoy our update on Wyrd, the Rune of Fate.
     
    #2 Pattern, Jul 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2013
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    • Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in? (Latin, Elven, Something else?)
      No
    • Is there a way you have to say the words?
      Yes, in a way; intent is very important, and intent often affects inflection
    • Are there specific words that are magical?
      Not by themselves. Magical language is less words and more sound and inflection
    • Can anyone speak these magical words, or does someone need to be magical or know how to do it?
      You need to train the mind to find and channel magic energy; the energy travels through the breath, which is why certain sounds help it along. Truly accomplished mages can cast spells silently
    • Are people born knowing these words, learn through, or something else?
      They must be taught
    • Is this a written language or only shared through speaking?
      It is preserved orally, lest the spells fall into the wrong hands; it can be written, but this is taboo
     
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  3. Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in? (Latin, Elven, Something else?)
    No.

    Is there a way you have to say the words?
    In a way yes, unless you are skilled enough to silently cast spells you have to know the words of the spell.

    Are there specific words that are magical?
    Yes, the ancient language of runes, it is a purely written language and many runes found today can only be inerpreted by the few who still knows the language.

    Can anyone speak these magical words, or does someone need to be magical or know how to do it?
    Talent makes the process of learning faster but everyone who have the will and strength can learn it, although the rune magic is harder to master as runes are very similar and can also mean different things depending on who wrote them and why.

    Are people born knowing these words, learn through, or something else?
    While some races are more in tune with magic but those wanting to learn magic must still learn it from a school, parents or a mentor.

    Is this a written language or only shared through speaking?
    The ancient rune magic is shared only through writing but the more common spell magic is both spoken and written.
     
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    • Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in? (Latin, Elven, Something else?)
    Magic can be spoken in any language. In some cases, magic doesn't need to be spoken at all, but rather a focusing of thoughts. This is why magic can be very hard to learn for some people.
    • Is there a way you have to say the words?
    Words reflect the caster's feelings; they are one medium in which magic is summoned. If words are muddled and unclear, the caster is too. If the words are fierce and harsh, so it the caster. In order to properly, safely, and appropriately conjure a spell, a beginning caster must be in a clear and calm state of mind. Experienced magic-users can often times use emotions such as anger, hate, or sorrow to amplify their spells. However, in most cases emotions can cause a spell to be potentially fatal to the caster, or completely change the results expected.
    • Are there specific words that are magical?
    Yes. Despite the fact that magic is very internal, certain words carry magic within them. This is caused by a group of people seeing a certain word as significant, saying the word with reverence, using it in prayer, and even worshipping the word. This is how runes came to be, as they were not originally magical. The continued ritualistic usage by many people is what gave them their magical qualities. Another example is one more commonly used. During childbirth, life magic flows through the mother to her newborn. When the mother grants her child a name, that word becomes imbued with a bit of magic as well. This magic can only be utilized by people who know of the child in question. You cannot use that which you do not know. The magical aptitude of motherless, nameless, or orphaned children is absent.

    • Can anyone speak these magical words, or does someone need to be magical or know how to do it?
    Anyone can say magical words, just as anyone can feel the pull of magic. It takes practice, understanding, and skill to do anything more than that, as with any profession. Magic-users must be able to pull and consolidate magic from themselves or other things, causing it to manifest in far more substantial forms.
    • Are people born knowing these words, learn through, or something else?
    See above
    • Is this a written language or only shared through speaking?
    Magic can manifest itself without a single word spoken. Magic can be attained simply by looking at a provoking image, a rune or relic, a person- anything. Magic is the language of our thoughts.
     
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    • Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in: It can be spoken in any language luckily, though English is the only one anyone really uses anymore.
    • Is there a way you have to say the words: They can be said in any way, you just need to be able to understand and hear yourself.
    • Are there specific words that are magical: No, any words can be made into a spell.
    • Can anyone speak these magical words, or does someone need to be magical or know how to do it: It takes a lot of training for most people, and on occasions some people are born without the ability to ever use any magic. Though sometimes, on very rare occasions, an individual is born that can cast spells from the time they can speak, some are feared, some are loved, it really depends how they use their gift.
    • Are people born knowing these words, learn through, or something else: As I said, some are born with it, but most learn through years of training. Training usually involves harsh situations, everyone has a trigger. First you must be smart though, usually very smart. Triggers are always emotions, sometimes someone will manage their first spell during extreme anger or fear, others when they are very happy or when they are filled with love.
    • Is this a written language or only shared through speaking: Words can be written to show to people over distance or to cataloged them but they MUST be spoken to work.
     
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