Yan is the Gachdak word for soul or breath. It is the force that drives living things, as well as the old-world technologies found in the forest. Yan replenishes over time after being put into a spell or machine, but using too much at once can result in a curse from the gods.
Origin & Source
Yan is said to come from Miiran, Goddess of Light, who breathed a soul into the first human. The ancestor civilization developed the ability to put yan into man-made machines, and angered the gods in doing so. Today, any mage can use yan to create a spell, provided they have enough energy in their body.
History & Usage
All spells require yan, so most residents of Sipmach know how to access a small amount for farming or crafting spells.
Cultural Significance and Usage
Yan is sacred in Gachnif culture, and is a popular subject in tapestries. Misusing yan is taboo, as it can result in the offending mage being cursed and putting the village at risk.