WHAT IS KI?
"You must first learn to feel your ki before you can learn to channel it, Fawkes," Grandfather explained. "And to do that, you must first learn to breathe." "But I already know how to breathe, Grandfather!" Fawkes protested. "I can even breathe when I sleep." The boy looked up at Grandfather. "Besides, I can't learn to feel my ki unless I know what my ki is!" Grandfather heaved out a long sigh. "Try listening this time!"
Ki is energy found in all living things. The world has it. People have it. Fish, birds, and trees have it. Some define ki as breath or air. Either way, ki is the power of life and it powers all we do. Our sense of calm comes from ki. Our feelings come from ki. Our very breathing comes from ki. But to truly use our ki we must first learn to feel it beyond feeling alive. To do that we use Boki-ro. But, you must always remember, without ki, there is no boki-ro.
WHAT IS BOKI-RO
"Grandfather!" Fawkes burst out. "Boki-ro is fighting!" The boy jumps up and kicks. "Hya!" "That is merely tech --" "Hya!" Fawkes shouts as he spins around and kicks again. Grandfather raps his staff against the floor. "Sit down and listen!"
Boki-ro is the path of enlightenment through ki. It begins with controlled breathing through techniques to first feel your ki then to channel it. As you master boki-ro, you can fight with power and even cast spells. You can then learn to feel the ebb and flow of ki within the world. As a true master, you will be able to taste the foulness of those who destroy ki for their own foul and unnatural purposes. And through it all, it will bring you closer to our divine Boki. But, before all that can happen, you must learn to feel your ki. Feeling your ki is as simple as feeling alive yet as hard to do as discovering what that means to YOU. And that is why you must learn to breathe. You will then learn to combine movement, breath, and ki into one unified purpose. Boki-ro will grow and enhance your ki. Once this has begun, you can truly begin to learn the arcane.
Ki And Magic
"Woohoo!" Fawkes jumped up and cheered. He then ran about the training room. "I get to learn magic! Yay!" Grandfather rolled his eyes. When his grandson ran past him, he reached out and caught the boy by the shoulder pad of his training clothes. "Yes, you do." Grandfather told him. "But you cannot learn if you are running around crowing like a cockerel. Sit back down and listen!"
Casting magic with ki requires movement and intent most often expressed by speaking words. This can be a movement as soft as turning your eye or an intent so hard it's a ringing shout. Of course, this leads to learning a style of fighting as well. You must be careful when using Boki-ro magic for wizards are very proud of their priviliged learning. It is best to learn to softly cast magic to bring as little wizard attention to oneself. Even in the temples when we pray to Boki, it is wise to be humble with your magic around the priestly ranked clerics. Humble and discreet is the wisest path to magic and enlightenment.
"Breathe slow, Fawkes. As you breathe, feel your heart beat. Follow its echo through your body. This is your inner drum. Your breath is your tune. Together, they are your song. Your life energy. Your power. Your ki." "Grandfather ... it's beautiful!"
The Art of Boki-RoBoki-ro was first taught to the human crew of the Goddess Boki's divine ship, the Desh Honka. Aboard her ship, she introduced them to ki then taught them how to use it to enhance their fighting and to even cast spells. When Boki returned to Godsheim, her crew carried on the teaching of Boki-ro. They call themselves the Acolytes of Boki. It is here that the acolytes expanded the teachings of Boki and gained even greater enlightenment. A more secret sect within the acolytes called The Brethren are discreetly active throughout the world. They use their ki to protect the world from those who would use magics in foul ways.
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I loved reading this conversation between the two characters, and the images made it almost feel like I was reading a comic (but with more lore)! An elder teaching a child is a fantastic way of explaining a complex topic whilst also making it entertaining to read. I featured this in my inspirations article for the reading challenge! :D
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Glad you enjoyed it! And thank you very much!
I say well done, you have added quite the layer of detail and world-building in this, even better my version of chi in my writings to a certain length. You have masterfully used the child trope in introducing worldbuilding very well indeed. Well done.