Fluidism and its Technological Applications
The magic is based on the theory of the four fluids. According to medical professionals, the four fluids are blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. Each corresponds with one of the four classical elements, air, fire, earth, and water. Teneterra's physicians, particularly the Diakai and Venian ones, have devised medical treatments based on this theory and work closely with mages, called fluidists. The following article will focus on one of the four fluids.
Melan - or black bile - is associated with earth. Its qualities are cool and dry, meaning its magical qualities are external and creation. The associated season is autumn. It is related to the mouth, stomach, and intestines. Melanism is the art of creating objects, or at least forming new ones out of raw materials or repairing already existing ones. Another use of Melan is to strengthen their integrity, either for its sake or to resist someone using Kholer. The unique ability of Melan is to restore someone's access to fluidism. When using Melan, the user feels a cool and dry sensation inside their body.With any magic use, of course, there are downsides. Diseases related to Melan include:
- Stomach ulcers
- Loss of appetite
- Impacted bowels
- Neurogenic bowels
- Stomach, colon cancer, etc.
- Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative colitis
- Other gastrointestinal disorders
If a person breaks a vase by dropping it, for example, one can gather the shattered pieces and reassemble it. One could even create a new vessel out of wet clay. Melan's typical applications include mending broken equipment, making new objects out of raw materials without other equipment, etc. Craftsmen also take advantage of Melanism to produce higher-quality products. Many artisans rely on Melanism to facilitate the process, including goldsmiths, silversmiths, glassmakers, potters, sculptors, smiths, armorers. However, one cannot rely too much on magic because there is a high chance of breaking whatever material the person is working. This problem necessitates the use of non-magical tools. Melan’s flaws, combined with the gastrointestinal problems that arise with too much use, prevents making things partially by hand from becoming obsolete.
Access & Availability
Anyone can use the four schools of magic, including all four. Most specialize in one or two that are the most useful to their station in life.
No one knows who discovered fluidism. The magic system and its practical applications gradually evolved out of humans experimenting with its use.
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