Affinity

You never know what you are going to find with Affinities. Heirlooms and History, Trauma and Triumph, Destruction and Protection. There are unlimited combinations with just as unlimited potential hidden within every object we handle.   I have seen affinities that can destroy entire planets, I have seen affinities that can turn death into life. Yet they all start with us. We hold the power in our Souls to make our universe better, or worse. It all relies on how we react to what happens around us.
- Educator Archivist Run'chl

A Break of Reality

Affinities are a term given to a class of item that has begun to exhibit supernatural properties no matter how powerful or mundane the ability is. These objects can be created anywhere that has Meta. The biggest factor to making an affinity is time. This time requirement is a reason why Heirlooms and historically significant pieces often begin to exude supernatural properties.   The creation of affinities can also be traced to the emotional level that surrounds an item. An object that is obsessed over will develop far quicker than an item not used.

Common Traits

Personality

All Affinities develop a personality that will grow stronger over time. This means some ancient Affinities can be confused for Sophontic life.

Movement

All Affinities contain and ability to move themselves of their own accord. Depending on the strength of the Affinity this can be as weak as rolling itself down a hill to actual teleportation.

Self-Preservation

While Affinities can be damaged or destroyed, unless properly disposed, Affinities can regenerate and repair of their own accord. How they manage this feat is a mystery.

Affinities or Metaphysics

Recognizing the difference between an Affinity and a Metaphysically enchanted item can be difficult, as the line is often blurry. Some Metaphysical items can exude Affinity-like properties and vice versa.  

Mundane or Potent

Affinity abilities can range from simple tricks to extremely complex and powerful. A lighter that can never be blown out, a firearm that always packs a punch on the last shot, a weapon that can devastate those wicked of heart, or a watch that always counts down to an important event are just a few examples of affinity powers.   Affinity items much like Sophont are able to improve over time, developing new powers or refining their current abilities.  

A Culture of Heirlooms

Because of the nature and potential power of Affinities, many families and other organizations will encourage the preservation and usage of artifacts and heirlooms. Many of the most powerful Affinities known to exist are ancient technologies that have been refurbished over millenia.


Cover image: This Machine Kills Sinners by Ademal

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8 Oct, 2019 02:27

I like that the items can change over time and kind of gain personality. Kind of sounds like a tsukumogami (item that comes to life).

8 Oct, 2019 02:37

It's inspired by Animism and other such beliefs, yes!

8 Oct, 2019 06:11

Ok, I loved the article, I enjoyed the new spin on magical items and how they had their own life to them.   Now after i'm done with the reading I want to know what the affinity is in the image! =]

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