A Breaking refers to a ritual designed to forcibly break the connection between an and their Slate. The ritual came about as a result of an outbreak of Anarchus 2 Virus in various smaller settlements in northern Nas Isca. Despite causing a drastic interruption in the link between the individual and their Slate, and therefore being very dangerous, it became a popular response whenever it was suspected that a settlement or group had become infected with Anarchus 2.
Breaking involves snapping a Slate in half, then further shattering it to release its stored Kata and render it non-functional. Initially, this was all that was required. However, Breaking a Slate had unexpected consequences for the individual, including severe trauma, short- and long-term psychological distress, and even seizures. Sets of ritual practices, intended to prevent such effects, were introduced. Some of these were practical, involving the presence of a qualified Watcher to be present, or even a Sifra. However, the rapid and unpredictable spread of Anarchus 2 quickly caused enough concern in settlements that even one or two infections would lead to a formal Breaking.
Rather than simply breaking one Slate belonging to an individual, settlement leaders and administrators would gather the entire population together in the agora, and break every Slate. Shattering the Slates together was seen as an effective means of preventing the spread of Anarchus 2, but the consequences for the settlements involved were severe. This including breaking connections with the Amnet, preventing communication with other settlements and the major Amnari Hubs. The was initially little performative about conducting a Breaking. Over time, however, leaders and others introduced spoken components, attempting to call on High Ashad Isha to prevent any more infections and to heal anybody already infected. Individuals would spread salt or even snow if they could around their homes, dig up local Hubs and destroy them as well, if they were seen as potentially being a source of infection.