Thaumaturgy - Artifice
Don't drop that, whatever you do.Just as a Thaumaturg can channel magic through their flesh, they can channel it into objects and through the art of Artifice bind them there. It is the art of catching fleeting moments of power and brilliance in a physical form and force it to wait until called for, and they are some of the most potent objects in Araea. Such objects are called Artifacts, able to hold a rote magical effect until unleashed.
Form & Function
Don't judge a book by its cover, especially not that one.
FormArtifacts can take almost any form, but they share a few similarities. All are adorned with runes and engravings, similar to the ones that adorn the bodies of a Thaumaturgy, and which serve to hold the energies of the spell within the object. In addition, many Artifacts are made specific to the form of the object - a sword, a pair of boots, and so son. Almost invariably, all Artifacts show the wear from trying to contain its power, warping slowly into impossible shapes or colors. As a result, most artifacts ruin with age, as the mutating material obscures runes and ruins engravings.
Like their form, Artifact are made from any number of different materials, with some trends. When making armor, most turn to steel or Chitin, and so on. The choice of material determines both the lifespan of the Artifact and how much power it can hold - something flimsy as bone or iron warps quickly and holds the least, while rare and valuable material remain unchanged for ages.
FunctionArtifacts hold magic made for it by the creators, and mimic its effect whenever they are triggered. Unlike the spells of a Thaumaturg, these work the same, every time, and the complexity of the magic worked is limited by the material used and the skills of the Thaumaturg. Most keep it simple and to the point, with no less a horrifying effect. Such spells might be something as simple as twisting stone or tearing metal when stroke to extinguishing fire or mutating flesh.
The greatest advantage of an artifact is that the wielder does not need to be a Thaumaturg to get a taste of its power.From there, the function of an Artifact comes down to two factors; how it is unleashed, and from where (or who) it gets its energy.
RepositoryRepositories are recepticles of arcane energy - rare and valuable containers of channeled ichor. Like Artifacts, the often suffer from degradation and mutation from holding the power of spirits within them, and most are used by the most sturdy materials the Thaumaturg can find. Usually, accessing the powers in a Repository requires the user to be a Thaumaturg, but those made together with an Artifact connect directly do the power contained in it. Once empty, the Artifacts no longer work until the Repository has been charged by a Thaumaturg; a slow and draining process.
LeechingLeeching Artifacts draw their energies directly from the spirit-world around them, a constant tick against the skein of reality, drinking the power of the blind, ancient horrors on the other side of existance. These artifacts require no charging and function at all times, but deteriorate quickly, as a constant conduit to the worst of Thaumaturgy's transforming powers. Unless made from powerful materials, most have a lifespan of weeks, if not days. Some Leeching artifacts taint the world around them in subtle ways, bleeding an excess of ichor into the world around them.
Thaumaturgy Great power always calls for great sacrifices, and nowhere in Araea is that more so than with the magical arts. Thaumaturgy is the manipulation of the ichors of spirits, using it to weaken reality until it can be reshaped. While powerful, there is always a price to pay. Always. Read The Introduction to Thaumaturgy
SpiritsAll magic in Araea draws their power from Spirits - alien, unknowable things that lurk across the treshold of reality. Most spirits never notice the gnats that bleed them for droplets of energy, and it is never good when they do turn their gaze upon humanity. Most have minds that share so little with how humans percieve the world that only terror and madness follows contact.
Like an ant trying to understand a whale.
Ruined FormJust like the flesh of Thaumaturgs, Artifacts are twisted and ruined by the ichorous energies contained within them. Over time, the spell will mark the object and twist it to according to alien whims and unknowable designs. The more an Artifact is used, the faster it will degrade. Careful use can help an artifact endure for much longer, while the addition of a Repository can further extend its life time.
Artifacts shattered by such fates are considered particularly unlucky, and believed to draw the attention of the spirits whose blood was drained to craft it.
Thaumaturgy - Repository
Technology / Science | Dec 2, 2020
Containers of magical power, scabs on the skein of a bleeding reality.