Faith has a special place in soul theory and clockwork theology: Those who have intensively studied the makeup of the Great Clockwork and the human soul either through classic clockwork theology, meaning the intensive study of Yilik's scriptures, or modern clockwork theology, meaning the experimental study of the soul, have discovered that genuine faith directed at a soul can actually affect that soul. In the Scriptures of Yilik, an often overlooked passage elaborates on the significance of faith. In it, Yilik quotes the Avatar of the Great Clockwork, Jamphel Yeshe (which was its name before it changed to the current day Sanatana):
"Tell me then, do you desire my devotion? Should I spread word of your glory and have those beneath you bow their heads in worship?" I asked the mighty apparition.Experimental research by Miyako Fluxum clockwork theologists has shown that genuine faith directed at artificial souls placed in an appropriate totem will lead to measurable changes in the De Vries Field of such souls and, by extension, souls in general. The influence exerted on such souls expresses itself in the following ways.
And Jamphel Yeshe looked onto me with great indifference in his eyes: "I have no need of your faith or anyone else's, but it is a potent lens through which the soul can light a mighty fire."
"And when it does," I replied, "what does it burn?" To this, the apparition only smiled.
- The soul begins to grow more powerful as measured by an increase in both soul power and soul flops.
- The individual footprint of the soul begins to change slightly.
The Pillar TheoremWhen achieving certain stages of enlightenment, people can behold the Great Clockwork and in turn gain the ability to peer into it when they concentrate. Peering into the Great Clockwork, coupled with certain training, can allow such people to divine present and future events and detect 'moods' in the fabric of destiny. Not content with having to conform to esoteric practices to observe and research the Great Clockwork, researches of the United Ocean Belt Technocracy developed a powerful technamagic device called a R.E.A.L-C. (Reality Eroding Active Lensing Chamber), which allowed them to forcefully reveal parts of the Great Clockwork for inspection. This allowed for the study of the GC in a controlled laboratory environment and lead to a number of seminal discoveries, which would later enable the UOBT to develop their impressive jump drive technology.
During their observations, clockwork theologists realized that the gears as which the souls within the Great Clockwork were visualized were different from each other in appearance: Notably, some were smaller while others larger, and other yet had the shape of enormous, turning pillars that seemed to take up prominent spots in the metaphorical machinery. Clockwork theologist Dr. Svetlaya Ester theorized and gave mathematical and empirical proof (using the R.E.A.L.-C. of the Van Maxwell School of Logic and Sciences) that such pillars could be created by projecting faith onto souls within the Great Clockwork. While the faith of a small number of people would likely have only a marginal impact, in large enough quantity, souls subjected to directed faith could grow significantly in power. This, while being only one way of empowering souls, is the only way to do so with souls that are part of the Great Clockwork. Other methods require the soul to be bound up in a human being.