Creation

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All conjuration disciplines manipulate matter and the creation discipline enables wizards to craft physical material out of raw mana. Its antipode is destruction. Once regarded as a miracle, creation is inherently difficult and complex, doubly so when creating organic substances, such as skin and tissue. Healers (that is, organic creation wizards) are the prime example of creation magic and highly sought after (though frequently expensive). Inorganic creation wizards, referred to as 'creators,' fabricate unique equipment and items.  

Creation Mana Structure

In general, conjuration mana structures are associated with geometry and repetition. The geometry varies by substance, but the manner of repetition is similar across materials. For creation, the repetitive process is called 'recursion,' wherein a pattern repeats as long as specific circumstances exist (that is, rules). Creators define both the geometry and rules based on the desired outcome, imbuing mana to continuously feed the spell as it generates matter.   Fine control is fundamental to maintaining the structure, requiring practitioners to use the mana vectors in the tips of their fingers to manipulate the spell. While these do not output as much mana as the palm of the hand, they command more precision.  

Organic Mana Structure

The base structure for organic creation magic is called a 'dual-strand.' Two streams of mana are intertwined and linked as they flow out of the wizard's fingertips. Some refer to it as a 'twisted ladder.' The index and middle fingers together produce one strand and creators use both hands in spellcasting. Typically, the caster crosses the fingers of each hand across one another. The thumbs point into the center and inject mana periodically to connect strands, forming the ladder. As healing is the most common application of organic creation magic, students learn to consistently place the dual-strand on wounds and other injuries to promote and accelerate rehabilitation.   The quality of the structure is directly proportional to its healing efficacy. Poor implementation causes physical pain or permanent issues post-recuperation. Healers must have advanced knowledge of medicine and anatomy because healing accelerates natural processes. For instance, healers should not attempt to repair a broken bone without setting it properly. Otherwise, the body's restoration advances both rapidly and incorrectly.  

Inorganic Mana Structure

To minimize the amount of mana required, inorganic creation magic starts with the base compound in its raw form. For example, building components out of iron or steel may begin with ore or discarded metal from broken machinery (rusted or otherwise). In these cases, the first objective is to extract the appropriate substance, which can done by the creator themselves (if they have experience in destruction) or with the aid of a destructor. Once the material is ready, the wizard orients their fingers into an interlocking clasp. Several variations exist to match the variety of materials, but the key characteristic is overlaying fingers on top of each other, creating a repeatable arrangement. The structure is officially and regrettably referred to as a 'crea-hedron,' a poor conjugation of creation and polyhedron adopted by Agranthor. Modern creators define it as the 'geometry.'   As mana flows out, it adopts the configuration of the creator's fingers (and is further modified by verbal components). As the spell progresses, the existing material is rearranged into a different form, usually a stronger one, and the shape is extended by suffusing additional mana to generate more matter (if needed). The results can be striking and intricate, capable of far more detail in the hands of a skilled creator than manual labor.  

Creation Verbal Component

Conjuration spells, creation included, require repetition in the verbal component, just like the repeating patterns of the mana structure. The verbal component is focused on enhancing or refining the shape of the dual-strand or geometry. Tight, consistent strands or geometries consume less mana, limit variation in the result, and, in the case of healers, minimize pain for the patient.  

Duration

Creation spells rarely have a component extending the spell beyond its initial cast due to the deterioration of the spell over time. While a long-lasting healing spell seems an excellent idea, the quality of the strands deteriorate quickly with time (when not actively managed by the healer). The same applies to creators: long-duration casts slowly alter the consistency of the material. Instead, the only effective way to extend a creation spell is for the wizard to continue casting. Fortunately, anything already made with magic does not degrade.  

Shape / Design

Almost all verbal components for creation magic affect the shape and design of the mana structure. In healing, the chant refines the strand to curve, loop, fold over itself, or compact. Different configurations serve different purposes, such as folding the strands over themselves in proper sequence to adjust a patient's metabolism, which the extremely wealthy may use for weight management and muscle growth. In inorganic creation, the chant defines how the structure connects to itself. Without the connection component, the wizard essentially creates tiny crystals of substance no larger than a grain of sand.  

Triggers

Trigger conditions are uncommon in creation magic because it is performed in the moment rather than left for a future event (see Duration above). That being said, there are some circumstances where triggers may have use. In regulating a person's sleep, the healer could choose to implement a trigger based on sunrise or sunset. Alternatively, there might be chemical triggers initiated by specific foods or fluids. Alchemical potions are sometimes suffused with creation magic set to activate upon consumption. For inorganic materials, pressure triggers serve as a magical trap to encase the target in newly created substance. However, this is an especially costly method compared to utilizing transformation magic or conventional means.

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