It should become second nature
The axe looks old: perhaps older than the rotting stump it is displayed on. Yet its blade is still sharper than ever, and a glint of light shines off it even in the dimmest light. This is the axe of legend, around which Habitus is built.Habitus, known by some as the Most Modest Magic, is a simple affair. Each time one uses a tool, or does a task, does it not seem to get easier? This is not solely because you are getting better at the task, or at handling the tool. It is also because the tool is getting better at handling you.
What does practice make? Perfect? Incorrect! Practice makes permanent!However, Habitus has a problem. After a tool is forged or carved into its final form, that tool can only be turned into a Habitus of one form. If the tool is utilized for another purpose, the intent in the tool is scattered, and the tool is made only a mediocre tool, a normal tool.
It is unknown what tools are Habitus-capable. While it is relatively common, with one in one thousand crafted tools turning out to be Habitus-capable, Habitus-capable tools occur at random within all groups of tools: from the humblest of wooden axes to the proudest of golden ensigns. No correlation has been found based on size, shape, material, or even purpose. The only clue is that grandmaster craftsmen are just one percent of the total craftsman population, yet they make 13 percent of all Habitus-based tools. Similarly, apprentices that make Habitus tools are twenty times more likely to be made masters and three times more likely to be made grandmaster, compared to the general population. Some theorize it is related to passion for work: others point to concentration and hard training. No matter the cause, Habitus tools are in high demand.
On Enhanced HabitusEnhanced Habitus are techniques used to improve the effect of Habitus spells, such that not such a long time is necessary to change a Habitus-capable object into a Habitus. The magic was in its infancy until the late Iron Age, after which serious attempts at study were made. Currently, there are three angles of attack mainly used for casting Enhanced Habitus. The first is an ancient alchemical, or trial-and-error perspective: using an alchemical or higher-magical catalyst to speed up the rate at which intent is transferred into an object. However, few methods of the first type have been discovered. The second Enhanced Habitus is a practical, engineering philosophy: experimenting with a material, and the different ways to shape it, to both determine what practices make objects Habitus-capable, and what practices make objects gain intent faster. This is practiced by many, so much that it is taught at a low level even at non-magic universities. Although leaps and bounds can be made through this method of observation, still, much is unknown. The final, and unproven Enhanced Habitus techniques are from the scientific perspective. So far, a scientific and theoretical analysis of the Habitus techniques have been unable to hold much water in the engineering perspective. It seems that for each theory, a counterexample emerges. The only things the scientists dare say are "mostly" and "weak correlation": any bolder claims are defeated,
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