The pen is mightier than the sword.Sometimes called doodle magic, Scribblomancy and its enchanted Scribble-Quills infuses words with magic, to pull them off the page and manifest with meaning. A quick scribble can become a bullet or a key, sentences turn into chains, and doodled-beasts bite at the command of their mistress. It is a quick and dirty kind of magic, each spell lasting no longer than a few moments outside the Beyond. But with skill and imagination, Scribblomancy is a potent art. In the hands of a skilled scribblomancer, words - no matter how hastily scrawled - have power.
The Art of Scribbling
Hold on, let me write down... YOUR DOOM!Scribblomancy is the art of turning quick scribbles into spells. Writing 'FIRE' will launch the words at the target to engulf it in inky flames, while 'ARROW' might spear them on the spot. Words transform as they escape from where they were jotted down, shaping themselves to become what they mean.
Words build on themselves for Scribblomancy spells. FIRE might burn, but 'RAZOR FIRE WITH SPIKES' means you're in for a bad day.
Most of its spells are simplistic and straightforward - but so is a bullet.The time it takes to scrawl the spell is another factor - many Scribblomancers know to use no more than is needed, unless they're feeling particularly vindictive. The more words used in a scribble, the more power has to be used to fuel it, after all. Additionally, doodles or concepts too complex often collapse under their own weight, after a brief life as an inky abomination.
All Scribble-Spell are two-dimensional, something that can make them difficult to counter or even see coming as they slice through the air.Despite all that, Scribblomancy isn't without its complexities. Some magi have mastered ways to leave scribbles 'hanging' to be activated later and use it to set traps or contingencies, while others incorporate color into their scribbling for additional effect. Like the words, the colors carry whatever meaning the user attribute to them, usually influenced by their upbringing. Red burns brighter, blue soothes, while black and grey can be oppressive and smothering. Other scribe words with little flourishes that add to their effect - like hooks at the end of every letter carry over as the words transform, for instance.
The best Scribblomancy spells are something immediate and concrete. It doesn't do well with abstract concepts, and failed spells produce nothing more than a puddle of ink.At its core, Scribblomancy can be broadly divided into two styles; Scribbling and Doodling. There's plenty of overlap, and most Scribblomancer use both.
ScribblingWords with power, Scribbling is the traditional application of the art. Quickly scrawled words or sentences turn into spells, functioning like either tool, weapon, or entertainment. It is more commonly used than Doodling, requiring less power to fuel them and less artistic talent to draw the damn things.
DoodlingArt imitates life - never has it been more true with a doodle made by a Scribblomancer. Doodles often, but not always, live longer than scribbles, at an equal increase in cost and complexity. These two-dimensional critters sometimes display archetypical personalities, though it can be hard to tell what that archetype is supposed to be with some artists.
Magic Markers & Pact-Bound Pens
You can have my pen when you pry it from my cold, ink-stained hands.No matter what they want to scribe or draw, no Scribblomancer can do so without their pen. Traditionally called a Scribble-Quill, no matter its actual shape, these enchanted tools of writing and drawing are as much a part of the Scribblomantic art as the words. They are a focus for the magic, allowing the spark of creation to flow into ink and turn words into wonders.
Most Scribblomancer would rather lose a finger than their quill.
In a pinch, a regular pen can be used to sling a Scribblomantic spell, but it won't be half as good - or last long.Some magi combine their Scribblomantic art with other spells for the same effects, but without the fuss of making it permanent.
PactsPacts are contracts signed with entities of power, usually from the Beyond, where a Magi makes a promise in exchange for some boon. These range from small and fleeting, such as safe passage through a part of the Beyond or the Key to a particular Gate, all the way to immortality and forbidden, blasphemous powers. The price paid rises accordingly, and only fools make such promises lightly. All spells need a source of power, and Scribblomancers looking for an edge sometimes make pacts to make it a razor-sharp one.
Murderous MoonFor whatever reason, scribbling a moon always have some unintended consequences. A potent source of arcane energies even removed in space and dimension, it exerts influence on all things magic. Though few know the details, the moon has always been trouble. When it is full, the wall between worlds weaken, monsters awaken, and trouble brews. Magic itself shifts, depending on the magical tradition. It might be a prison, it might be a great magic focus, it might even be a god. Whatever it is, it's the kind of thing it's better if no one goes poking around on.
The Moon Wants To Murder You: Fact or Fiction?
The moon; innocent turner of tides, or malicious bastard just waiting for a chance to stab us all in the back?
Launching a scribbled 'MOON' at someone is a wildcard - though the power of the spell remains unchanged, the effects is anyone's guess.
Scribbling in the BeyondThe Beyond is a realm of monsters and magic, of wonder and horror, far from the mortal world. Here, spirits, gods, and demons dwell among impossible, myth-shrouded lands. Getting there is difficult, and getting out can be even worse. In this realm of raw magic, ink comes to life almost unbidden, and Scribblomancers are able to draw dreams into existence... Although the results are rarely under their control.
The world beyond all other worlds, a place of wonder and horror in equal measure.