Mind over Matter

As Savis recovers from the Rituals of Revival, she keeps her mind busy with some notetaking.

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Mind over Matter

Postby Savis Maren on November 16th, 2018, 6:41 am

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2nd of Autumn, 518 AV

Waves of exhaustion coursed throughout the Nuit's consciousness, her lacking synchronization with the corpse shell she wore wearing tremendously on her motivation. Lethargy set deep within the undead, her silver eyes exploring the wooden surface of the table she sat in front of. Her feet scraped along the floor, covered by a pair of worn down shoes. Her attire failed to amuse her, as well. Savis Maren looked more like a patient in a hospital than a mage that'd very recently secured her existence for the Fall season. She found her connection with her legs suffered, not quite reaching a point where the Nuit would feel comfortable in travel. As bells passed in the course of the evening, the changing of the Watchtowers was left in the past, the second morning of the Autumn season parading Syna's light throughout the city.

Savis couldn't bear the idea of continuing here, doing nothing more than languishing. So, the Nuit had several options at her disposal, and she mused upon them for a time as she shifted in her seat, looking over the automaton, Sil and debating calling out for him. She set the thought aside, still holding a great deal of resentment for the automaton and his presumed hand at causing the Nuit to fear, for the first time in ages for the preservation of self.

There are a few things I could do, I suppose. I could begin to catalog my study of Nader-canoch and its written form, Glyphing. I've explored the craft before, but writing a proper review might prove advantageous, she mused. The idea seemed solid to her, and thus, instead of musing further, she immediately began to prepare for such musings. Savis breached into the wellspring of her soul. She found the djed that rooted itself within her ichor and allowed it to travel up the length of her spine before branching forth into her left arm. The Nuit allowed the djed to seep into her forearm, and she imagined very closely moulding that djed into a scalpel.

The Nuit utilized that imaginary scalpel to sever the connection between her physical arm and its astral body at the elbow. Once that link was severed, the Nuit began to will the limb to move forth. It obeyed her command, flying forth and towards her satchel. Rather than lifting the thing off the ground, Savis Maren tried very hard to pull at it, but alas, the entire thing was far too heavy to manipulate. With an exasperated sigh, she allowed her arm to breach into the bag and begin digging through its contents. She felt the cubic surface of the Voice Box, as well as her brush and paint set. She plucked that from its place, willing forth her hand. Lightly, she set the paints on her desk before moving back to the satchel in search of the next object to pull forth.

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Mind over Matter

Postby Savis Maren on November 16th, 2018, 7:10 am

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2nd of Autumn, 518 AV

As Savis' astral limb moved through the air, she considered her course of actions, what was to lie ahead. There was so much information she could compile, but was the Nuit so prolific as to write texts for others to use?

Hardly, she mused, narrowing her eyes as those astral digits encompassed the surface of her journal. She pulled it from its space, invoking her will to carry it through the room and towards her desk, as well. Savis Maren, satisfied with the tools at her disposal now, willed the astral limb to retreat and join her. She began to click her tongue, eyes falling closed as she used the darkness and the sound to narrow her focus and weave at her djed. She worked to restore the strings of the astral body, clipping the arm back into place before she raised her left arm, ready to continue on to her next task. Besides, to dally on with the usage of her personal djed was frivolous to the point of danger, and she avoided such incidents if the Fates allowed her to do so. Rather than wasting more time, Savis Maren allowed her thoughts to compile and she produced a charcoal pencil, refining the point against the body of her desk before she proceeded onwards.

Aside from the commands and basic information about Animated Constructs I create, there will be nothing in this book about the Animation process. Keeping that information fully internalized will be integral to making my work more essential to others as time goes on here. Glyphing, however, is common enough as a discipline. I'd much rather someone find even basic working information about it in my notes, she mused as she began to dig through the history of her understanding of the discipline known as Glyphing. Whirled into the recesses of the past, Savis' sharply pointed pencil scratched against the page.

Deep within the Unforgiven, a much younger and miserable Savis Maren unwillingly followed the command of a Nuit far older and greater than herself, who was far too busy to bother with the hassle of teaching a stripling servant how best to accomplish the tasks set before her. Instead, he passed her a tome, personal notes and research compiled over the centuries and told her to only read the first thirty pages, or else. The threat hardly bothered an increasingly suicidal Savis Maren, but instead, she allowed herself to step into the art of Glyphing described in the pages. The younger Nuit initiated the Sight, breaching into the wellspring of her djed as her 'master' advised. It seemed the elder Nuit had a means of disguising the text to those that tried to read it without the aid of djed.

As the memory surfaced within the Nuit, she began to write, the principle lessons carving into her own journal, decades upon decades later.

Glyphing is a discipline of world magic that invokes the use of runes known as glyphs to create sigils that can manipulate or alter the manipulation of other magicks. Any mage that wishes to advance in the world calls Glyphing their guide, as this study allows personal and world mages alike to broaden the scope of their disciplines through the use of the five principle building blocks. Runes can be utilized to accomplish the following: Store magic, release magic through the implementation of a trigger, restrict magic into a fixed location, channel and guide magic, split magic, combine different magicks, stabilize wild djed/magic.

With the header of her notes completed, Savis Maren thought very hard about the lessons she'd learned in that tome, regarding those 'five principle building blocks', as she so eloquently referred them as in the paragraph.

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Mind over Matter

Postby Savis Maren on November 16th, 2018, 7:31 am

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The five Glyphs.

Savis Maren wrote the header before beginning with the creation of the Glyph she had in mind to make the case study out of. In the center of the page, Savis Maren began to write a word in the Ancient Tongue. It was a term she knew very well, seeing its use in multiple automatons designed by her master so very long ago. Perhaps, when this case study of Glyphing was completed, Savis Maren might begin to properly utilize the world magic of infinite uses as her former master referred to it, in the practice of her precious Animation. However, the time to consider that option wasn't in the moment, and Savis Maren allowed a pause so that her thoughts could spill from her mind and leave behind only the subject she sought to breach.

Abase. "Life. Beginning. Spring. That which Moves. This particular word strikes the sensibilities of an Animator," she muttered as she completed the focus, stylizing the Glyph with careful flourishes of her charcoal pencil before she utilized the rest of the page for notes about the focus and its uses.

Foci are generally the largest Glyphs, as they are used to physically store djed. As magic is siphoned into the focus, it disappears until released. Djed flows easily into these Glyphs, and they often exist in every usage of Glyphing, from scrolls to painted runes set on the flesh of a magic user seeking to gain familiarity with their discipline. Further uses include the possibility of storing magical items in the focus itself, though this is reserved to skilled practitioners and, obviously, requires the use of other glyphs to keep it contained in the focus.

With that explanation, Savis Maren was satisfied with the growing prolific qualities that dwelled within her. Of course, self-respecting mages kept notes, information about their projects as a reflection of their growth and understanding of djed. But, to what extent was it considered wise? How self-serving was it to contain all of one's knowledge purely in the mind? Savis Maren debated the merits of being a prolific writer even as she moved on with her case study to the second glyph of the five.

Barriers are series of Glyphs arranged in a line that either surround or section off another part of a sigil. These glyphs block the flow of djed or personal magic at higher levels of practice within the confines of the barrier. Barriers that wish to restrict personal magic are often surrounding a focus. she wrote. Savis left a large section of the page open, and decided to utilize it to draw a circular barrier. Savis Maren employed the use of her absolute favourite Glyph to use for such a task. It was one of the only words in the ancient tongue that she felt encompassed everything that Barriers wanted to accomplish. Savis linked Daeq together over and over again, forming a crude circle out of the glyphs before she wrote a single instance of the word in the center.

"Daeq. Shape. To make by defining the boundaries of," she mused aloud before she looked over her notes on the first two glyphs. Satisfied with her brief, but comprehensive case study of both types, she decided to add an additional note on the bottom of this page. One she'd likely replicate.

Glyphs are made to work together and, granted, often stem from each other or into each other. Some glyphs, such as the focus, can be useful alone, but something like a Barrier is almost always accompanied by the utilization of foci, with the exception of in the utilization of other world magic. For example, an Animator might make use of barriers in order to section off part of an automaton from the astral body. Additionally, an Animator might make use of a Barrier for 'partial activations, she noted. The Nuit wrote the entirety of the note in Nader-canoch, for she'd gone far too into detail about the possible uses in relation to her precious Animation.

Well, onward to the next one. I'm making fine progress, she mused.

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Mind over Matter

Postby Savis Maren on November 16th, 2018, 8:13 am

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2nd of Autumn, 518 AV

Next, Savis Maren was moving into the territory of more complicated Glyphing. The first two glyphs seemed to her the most basic uses of the art. It is the simplest of things that are often the most used, she mused as she began to write the header for the next section of her notes. Each glyph was taking a page, with diagrams drawn by the clumsy and ill-suited script the Nuit utilized. Surely her writing was legible, but using a pencil to draw glyphs was stressing Savis out somewhat. The movements took longer, required much more caution to draw correctly. It was fortunate that Savis wasn't drawing Glyphs she intended to use, but rather, demonstrations intent on educating the reader.

Whoever they are, she mused. The idea of education rose steadily within the Nuit as she oft mused in the privacy of her room or the Bharani Library. Of course, while Savis preferred to keep herself busy with review or plotting out the automatons that filled her non-existent dreams... there was always the quiet moments. Or rather, the lethargy.

Sleep was the perfect levity for mortals to allow their mind a respite from the complexities of living. Savis Maren did not possess a living body that required rest, nor did she grow tired without a massive drain of ichor from her body. However, her mind wasn't so stretched beyond the limits of mortality that she was always active, alert and craving. Lethargy steeped deep into her consciousness, and she drifted off into 'daydreams' when there was little else to captivate her.

At times, even when there is, she grumbled in hermind. She sought to loose the foreign thought, and utilized a tactic she'd never thought of before. The Nuit closed her eyes, and counted aloud, allowing her thoughts to wither away as she focused entirely on the speaking of the numbers, their enunciation, until all else became irrelevant. As the tapestry of her thoughts voided, the silence arose within her as the idea manifested.

Trigger.

The Nuit's mind filled with instances she'd implemented the use of a trigger, and one rose prominently into her mind. The Nuit imagined the creation of a barrier, weaving it as a parallel to the foci she painted over her wrists. She imagined the rigid line where she sought to sever the connection between astral body and physical. She utilized the barrier in her initial learning of Projection, hoping to take to the concept of it on the island of Sahova. She imagined pulling djed into the focus, her astral body shifting in that moment before that very same movement triggered the dissolution of that barrier, the clean break signalling her very first independent use of the discipline.

How many years ago was that? she thought before forming a circular glyph, then a square, each suffused with a single letter of the Nader-canoch.

Triggers are glyphs that specify conditions, activating or de-activating other glyphs in a given sigil upon the fulfillment of that condition, she wrote, shifting her pencil in order to refine the point and allow her to continue on.

The usage of Triggers if often associated with Barriers, as a Trigger aids in the dissolution of a barrier when one wishes to unleash the magic captured inside. However, other uses exist, she reasoned. She'd never used a trigger for anything but that, but she also neglected her practice of magic for a large portion of her life.

Foolishness, but there were... other things that occupied the time then, she reasoned. Compassion, understanding, and unconditional love were things that certainly did exist within the mind of Savis Maren. However, oftentimes, such emotions were reserved entirely for Savis herself.

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Mind over Matter

Postby Savis Maren on November 16th, 2018, 8:36 am

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Glyphing is starkly different from other disciplines of magic, the Nuit mused as she wrote the notes and created the diagram for the Barrier. The Nuit formed the barrier 'Daeq' as two circles, one smaller than the other and settled directly in the center of it. The word, for a mortal, might've been tedious and tiring, resulting in muscle cramps or at the very least discomfort. Perhaps the corpse shell might've felt those things too, if she had any perception of pain. No, Savis Maren's undead shell was just that, flesh worn to carry the ichor that housed her soul.

Path, the Nuit wrote, allowing her thoughts to drift to the past as she mused on the usage of Paths in the disciplines of magic. And, in truth, there wasn't much the Nuit could come up with. Glyphing was a very useful, diverse magic, and it was so different from other magicks in that even its most basic lessons included an explanation of all five types of glyphs.

The reason being, of course, that every aspect of Glyphing can be performed at any level of mastery. Increasing efficiency and proficiency serve the purpose of making more complicated sigils. Each individual Glyph is just that... a piece of a whole, the Nuit surmised. She completed her creation of a Path, musing that it'd function to some reasonable degree before she defined the tool for the sake of her notekeeping.

The path is a combination of two Barriers (See above) that form a passage for djed to travel through. Djed is readily transported to and from a focus using a path.

The definitions of each of the runes were simple, but it was their utilization and combination that created measures of complexity within the discipline of Glyphing. In fact, the Nuit considered it closely and Glyphing was, perhaps, far simpler to understand, but far more complex than Animation in terms of just how mutable it was.

With other magicks as their muse, a mage that utilizes Glyphing can quite possibly defy the very laws that govern magic without its use, she thought. The idea of defying well-regarded principles, of guiding magic she had no business using, or accelerating the use of magic she did... It simply didn't make sense for a mage to be ignorant of the principles of Glyphing.

Ill-prepared mages are often killed by their craft, she mused as she moved on to the last section of her notes. Today, she reasoned, she'd only begin with the principles of Glyphing and save her notes on the combination of such for another time.

Or perhaps never, she reasoned. After all, prying eyes were everywhere.

The Switch.

Savis Maren reached for the paints she'd retrieved from her bag. She created a Focus utilizing the dark paint, utilizing one of the most basic runes she could imagine.

Djed. "Spine, backbone. That which stands upright. Vertical line," she translated. The practice of terminology, she figured, was never something to avoid. Savis Maren utilized a basic Glyph before creating a barrier around the focus. Savis Maren formed 'Daeq', looping the word over and over again, taking her time in keeping the glyphs curved in proportion before closing it up. Savis waited for the paint to dry before creating a box on the interior of the Barrier. She created the switch Radjud on the inside of the Barrier. If Savis was correct in her understanding of switches, would only work if she created a second focus adjacent to the first.

"Damaged. Broken. That which is imperfect,[/i] she translated before she wrote another note on the page.

CAUTION. DO NOT USE THIS SIGIL, she wrote in large, capital letters, a warning she suspected some fool who acquired the book might never know.

This is a poorly formed sigil. The switch has nothing to adjust, for there's only one focus and appending it to a Glyph won't make it a trigger. If djed enters this sigil, the entire book might just break apart, she thought to herself.

As an extra precaution, Savis Maren scratched at the paint, ruining the Barrier but leaving the focus within intact.

Better safe than sorry, she reasoned before at last she closed the journal, intent on allowing her mind some respite from the effort of breaking down information.

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Mind over Matter

Postby Madeira Craven on December 13th, 2018, 7:13 pm

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Savis Maren

Skills
  • Planning: 2xp
  • Projection: 3xp
  • Meditation: 2xp
  • Writing: 5xp
  • Teaching: 4xp
  • Glyphing: 4xp
  • Logic: 1xp

Lores
  • Projection: weight limits of novice projectionists
  • Lore of the pros and cons of writing down trade secrets
  • Meditation: finding a focus
  • Glyphing: can be utilized at any skill level
  • Glyphing: The Five Principle Glyphs
  • Glyphing: Drawing a Sigil

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Notes
I couldn't give you research or the specific lores you requested, because you were not learning anything new, just writing down what you already know. I gave you writing and teaching instead, because the journal she wrote reads very much like a textbook. If you disagree PM me and we can duke it out like honest gentlemen. (ง'̀-'́)ง
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