Transcendence

Monoliths are Sophont which have transcended to a higher consciousness by self-mastery to the point of sparking a divine serendipity within themselves.    

Becoming a Monolith

 

Ascending Grace

Monoliths Ascend by gaining or furthering Domains.This is done by achieving mastery of a trade, skill, or hobby to the point that they achieve a deeper level of flow. That which they have mastered becomes their Domain.  

Transcendent Monoliths

A Transcendent Monolith is a Monolith who has transcended to an even greater level of mastery and whose power pushes even beyond the limits of our understanding of the Universe. They are said to be able to accomplish feats such as slowing time, teleporting an indeterminate distance, disobeying the conservation of mass, and other such feats.  

Descending Grace

It is nearly impossible for a Monolith to lose their status. It is typically only after some event which severely breaks or wipes the Monolith's mind, utterly changing who they are and how they perceive their world—something deeper and more horrifying than sheer grief.

A moment of insight, a spark of inspiration, and suddenly the thing you've been doing your entire life just clicks into place, becomes real in a way you can't comprehend until you experience it firsthand.   No matter whether you're doing, whether it's the most mundane task or the most revered, it all makes sense to you in a wider context. Your eyes open, and you see the rhythm of the universe.

Capabilities

 
Though they stood no taller than any other, their presence placed them head-and-shoulders above the crowd. An ethereal sense clung to them, something holograms and glamours couldn't replicate on their best day. Their glowing eyes scanned the clouds with a sort of removed, languid grace, seeing in a glance what I would miss in a study.
 

Domains

A Domain is the specific set of knowledge and skill which the Monolith has gained mastery over. There is seemingly no limitation to what a Monolith's domain can be, which has lead to many amusing cases such as with Monoliths of Cooking. What is important is that the Domain be one which the Monolith has been able to fully dedicate themselves too, and which took great effort to master.  

Transcendental Feats

Monolithic Feats are Metaphysical powers (passive and active) unique to Monoliths which relate to their Domains, Race, and Affectations.   Monolithic Feats are not inexplicable—while they seem to defy reality they still use ambient meta like any other Spell Cast. What isn't understood is how and why Monoliths are capable of such fantastic feats.

Examples of these feats include: roars as loud as thunder, rays of healing light, summoning extra Projections, cracking stone with a bare-knuckled punch, deflecting a bullet with a sword, bursts of flight, and putting off an aura of sheer terror.

Affectations of Grace

As Monoliths Ascend they gain ethereal markers of their power called Affectations. These Affectations can effect any one of an onlookers senses, though will rarely fool them entirely. The higher the rank of their ascension the more Affectations they gain and the more intense and complex their previous Affectations become. The appearance of an Affectation seems to be directly related to a Monolith's core beliefs and philosophies; many adherents to The Church of The Somnolent manifest angelic Affectations such as halos, wings, a projected sense of awe, and voices which resonate with great power while Monoliths from The ValuSelu Pact may gain tusks, mouths which simmer with meta that flows like flame, and roars which roll like thunder.     Affectations rarely ever fool the senses—something about them will always register as illusory—but creatures of sub-Sophont level are fully convinced by them. Monoliths can willfully enable and disable them, but they return during passion or while casting.  
Affectations of Grace
Physical / Metaphysical Law | Jul 11, 2019

Affectations of Grace are the ethereal markers which appear around Monoliths, distinguishing them from their peers. Affectations take many forms, and correlate to the Monolith's identity.

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Affectation of Grace by Ademal
 

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