Something something /quest/ wants to be the little necromancer girl. By Nahkh.
In a few more words, the quest details the story of one Tiffany Blake, seeking to learn the black arts of necromancy to bring her brother back to life. Unfortunately, it now seems she has gone over her head.
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- 1 People
- 2 Factions
- 3 History
- 4 Magic
- 4.1 Known Runes
- 4.2 Compound Runes
- 4.3 Known Spells
- 4.3.1 Sever Soul Piece
- 4.3.2 Al-Asmari's Atonement
- 4.3.3 Animate Familiar with Sense Spirit
- 4.3.4 Anti-scrying Protection Spell
- 4.3.5 Terror Ward
- 4.3.6 Friend Circle Spell
- 4.3.7 Knockout Spell
- 4.3.8 Labyrinth of Hak'keth
- 5 Creatures
The Protagonist Tiffany is a little girl. Her grandfather teaches her magic.
Gregory Blake Dad is still hurting over the death of Tony, but lately he's been expressing it as a protectiveness of Tiffany.
Julie Blake nee Kinsley A powerful warlock
Alexander Kinsley An old man who is skilled in necromancy. He is deemed a heretic by the Conclave.
The girl from the Goth shop. She's attracted to Dad.
Boy with BB-gun
Little Boy Outside School
The Reaper Man
Death AKA Guardian of the Underworld AKA Watcher from the Abyss
A warlock who's job it is to hunt evil stuff
A wise-cracking brand new apprentice from the Kinsley family.
Wolfgang Eidhart von Rothwald
The patriarch of the Rothwald Family.
A warlock from the Rothwald Family. Cousin to Julie Blake.
Turns out not everyone in the world is one big happy family working together in perfect harmony. Who'd have guessed?
The Kinsley Clan
A British Magical family. They have ancient magic stuff, a school, and some regulations regarding what is too evil to use.
The Rothwald Family
A German Magical Family. They have money, and are willing to use anything they can.
Lords of the Underworld
There are thirteen great Lords of the Underworld. All but two have signed the Compact, the missing two are Khezet the Unseen and Hakuman the Dreamer.
Long ago there existed powerful city-states ruled by wizard kings. They did all sorts of stuff that pissed off the Lords of the Underworld, who eventually went to war with the mortals. The war was known as the Harrowing, and was apparently devastating for the mortal side. Eventually the wizards did something that forced the Lords to agree to peace, and the peace treaty is known as the Compact. The exact contents of the Compact are so far unknown, but it essentially forbids the extension of life by magic and returning the dead to life etc. It also defines the duties and rules of the Guardian of the Underworld. It also tasks the mortals to create and maintain the border of the Underworld, known as the Threshold.
Every creature is composed of three parts. There's "tuaftia" or "soul", "hanku" or "breath" and "haftsusha" or "spirit". Tuaftia is like that part of your soul that is uniquely yours. It was created when you were born and it will travel to the Underworld when you die. Haftsusha is more of a hand-me-down. Some time after your birth a spirit will choose you as it's host and when you die it will eventually find a new host. The exact criteria that spirits use to pick hosts is a little hazy, but they do tend to stick to specific family lines. It's also connected to the person's name. That's where the tradition of naming children after famous ancestors comes from, by the way. The haftsusha carries personality traits and stuff like that. It's what does magic. Runes are used to define the manner in which an effect should occur, and the haftsusha makes it happen.
Runes are the basic components of which spells are made. These are all multi-function units, which are used to compose larger and more complicated spells.
Can be interpreted as 'enemy', 'threat', 'danger', or 'attack'.
Can be interpreted as 'detection' or 'warning'.
Can be interpreted as 'reversal', 'remove', or 'prevent'.
Can be interpreted as 'seeing' or 'scrying'.
It means what it says. A common expletive.
This one means 'touch'. Presumably, that refers only to physical contact.
Directs the spell in a forward direction.
The hook carries a myriad of meanings, the most prominent being to ensnare, to capture, to keep hold, to catch.
Splits the power flow. (used to devote a part of the power into the barrier and another part into the attack)
Can be interpreted as 'gently' or 'no harm'
Can be interpreted as '(to) close', 'night', 'darkness' or 'sleeping'.
The oldest symbol of them all. A boundary. The circle divides the world into an inside and an outside. Often used as a base symbol.
Combines the runes inside it tightly together. Often used as a base symbol.
These are associations of runes which serve a given purpose, and can be integrated as a unit into a spell. In terms of logical hierarchy, a compound rune is equivalent to operator within parenthesis.
A commonly used combination of "Detection" "Reversal" and "Absolutely". It conceals the spell to which it is applied. "Seeing" is most commonly the rune on the bottom.
- Holds a captured soul or piece of soul in place for use later in the ritual.
- Watch out. It bites.
Moves a captured soul from one container to another.
It transfers power
Note: For purposes of this article, a "spell" is any rune, chant, or specific combination thereof which have been invoked or observed in-thread to accomplish an effect. Any known or speculated effects of the spell should be recorded, and the source of information should be noted if possible. Images should be the spell in as complete a form as possible, copied directly from the thread to minimize the possibility of inaccurate information. Spell-related speculation is permissible in the Notes section, but please reserve the Procedure section for as pure a mechanical description of the spellcasting process as possible.
Sever Soul Piece
This spell was used as the initial step in the creation of Tiffany's familiar, Mulder the raven. According to Grandpa, this spell summons a soul eater, which he called "a common enough critter from the outskirts." That creature attempts to eat a portion of the caster's soul, but since the soul anchor holds the soul piece in place it is unable to escape with it after severing it from the caster. The soul eater will begin to digest, but the soul portion remains intact for long enough to prepare significantly complex rituals. There is no known reason to doubt this information.
Grandpa also implied that stopping mid-spell, either the chant or pulling the hand from the circle, would "get real bad". It seems likely that while casting the spell he used his mental controls over Tiffany to stop her from pulling her hand from the circle. His motives for this are potentially questionable, however; he may have been merely pushing Tiffany to create a familiar which he could manipulate, as Mulder later proved key in his plans.
The right hand is held above the central circle in the Soul Anchor rune of the diagram. The rune is focused upon, and the following chant is uttered repeatedly.
lafta nian tuaftiatsa
tuaftia nian 'iaianuutsa
As the chant is repeated, the rune appears to come alive as a giant mouth, which devours the caster's hand and with it a portion of their soul. After the hand is completely severed, the caster may stop chanting with the spell complete; they will find their hand intact, if pained. A severed piece of the caster's soul is held within the soul anchor, with a soul eater slowly digesting it.
This spell was used as the second step in the ritual to create Tiffany's familiar. It banished the soul eater being held in a soul anchor after it had severed a portion of Tiffany's soul, successfully separating the creature from its meal. Grandpa said that Tiffany would feel an easing of tension when the spell was complete, but if she did or not was never noted; it is possible that she did and was simply too agitated to effectively perceive it at the time.
It was mentioned that the banishment would take place "using the outer circle", referencing the runes involved. This may imply that the circle surrounding the soul anchor in this spell could actually be used as an independent rune in other contexts, but this has yet to be confirmed or investigated.
When asked about dangers, Grandpa said that "Al-Asmari is pretty failsafe against this kind of thing", implying that the spell is quite reliable. Exactly how broad "this kind of thing" is has yet to be determined. It was implied that a stronger type of creature might be able to somehow fight back, but that the soul eater being banished would not be able to; in spite of this it was able to make the table upon which the spell cloth was set groan and detonate a nearby lamp. Other creatures would likely be able to accomplish substantially more.
The following chant is uttered three times while the caster focuses upon the rune circle.
hiat luut laha hanku
uftus niaftfta hx'ä 'anku
nxs kasua shu taatsa
That completes the spell.
Animate Familiar with Sense Spirit
This spell was used to bring Tiffany's familiar Mulder to life. It defined his familiar ability, specifically Sense Spirit, placed part of Tiffany's spirit inside him, and reanimated his corpse.
This spell is obviously comprised of several discrete parts- use of the spirit pump, the application of the sense spirit ability to the familiar, the binding of the soul fragment to the body, and the body's reanimation- and could likely be broken down into separate spells, all connected and cast in sequence. Unfortunately, lack of background knowledge regarding the diagrams used and the error which occurred during spellcasting make it very difficult to extricate them from one another for more generalized use.
An error occurred in the casting of the spell, which came very close to resulting in Tiffany's demise. The spell was completed successfully in spite of this. Exactly why the error that we made caused Tiffany's near-death, and how Grandpa managed to keep her alive, are at the moment unclear. It seems likely that the anchor on the severed portion of Tiffany's soul gave her the ability to find her way back to her body and thus revive herself, but beyond that the details of why exactly things occurred as they did remain uncertain.
When asked, Grandpa said that stopping between each section of the spell would be safe, and that it was stable for as long as a few hours between each part. However, stopping in mid-sentence would be unsafe, and stopping during the binding section of the spell would result in "a world of hurt". The reanimation section was described as much less dangerous- even stopping after a mispronunciation would result in nothing worse than needing to repeat the spell.
The spell should begin with a piece of the caster's soul already in the soul anchor rune.
For the spirit transference, a drop of blood is placed on the rightmost circle in the modified spirit pump diagram. Then the following chant is uttered five times.
A krudk vavk kravk dhlaikh avai
At this point, the hook on the right side of the soul anchor should be smudged out. It was not.
For the sense spirit ability, the following chant is uttered while focusing upon the bottommost rune.
uftan ha"anu tuftnas
sha utansanu ku"as
At this point, the hook on the left side of the soul anchor was smudged out in an attempt to correct the previous mistake.
For the soul binding, the following chant is used seven times, focusing once on each symbol on the binding section of the diagram. The first symbol focused upon is the one closest to the caster, and each subsequent symbol is the adjacent rune when moving counter-clockwise.
tuaftia tian 'iaianutaat
At this point in the spell, an error became apparent. As described, each repetition of the above chant should cause increasing discomfort; other evidence of the spell's working is unknown. As performed, the binding circle began to glow and the table to shake as the final chants were uttered. No discomfort was experienced until the seventh repetition was completed, at which point the caster experienced excruciating pain and was rendered unconscious and close to death; outside action was taken to ensure her survival. In spite of this unanticipated event, the binding apparently succeeded.
For the reanimation, the following chant is uttered once while focusing upon the binding circle.
Osa tuaftia, tugu haftsushaan
usa haftsusha, tugu tuaftiaian
tugu 'iaianut, tugu aftana,
hangan kiaftsautaftfta ftangaftfta
Upon completion of the chant the corpse is reanimated, and immediately emits a mind-piercing screech. It should obey commands.
That completes the spell. To fully realize the familiar's potential a name must be chosen, but this can wait for some time if necessary.
Anti-scrying Protection Spell
This spell was used by Tiffany's mother to protect the key used to unlock her wardrobe. It disabled Tiffany's postcognative abilities entirely for about a day.
The chant for this spell is unknown. It shares a few runes with other spells (notably Concealment and the Postcog dampener) but uses two unknown runes in its construction.
This spell was used to protect the contents of the wardrobe. Causes intense paralytic fear to anyone who beholds it.
The chant for this spell is unknown. Its rune incorporates "Enemy" and an unidentified rune, withing "Blade". It can be countered via a friend circle spell.
Friend Circle Spell
Tiffany improvised this spell when countering the Terror Ward in her mom's wardrobe. While not completely effective, it "lessens" the feeling of fear.
This simple spell has a chant, but was not explicitly mentioned. Adding a "Concealment" rune to the outside will make it become invisible. It incorporates the runes "Enemy," "Reversal," and "Circle".
Martin cast this on Tiffany after cornering her in an alley. It's unknown how this was cast, as it appeared out of nowhere, not written on anything in particular. However, Grampa at one point mentioned that it is possible to prepare a spell ahead of time, so one might surmise that this has something to do with that.
This consists of "gently" "Extremely" and "sleep", unified by a blade. This causes the target to be made unconscious while remaining unharmed. It is connected to "forward" rune, which defines the target as a person in front of the rune. The purpose of the three brackets around it is unknown.
Labyrinth of Hak'keth
Grampa had Tiffany prepare this in the second chapter. It is a trap with the purpose of causing a target's huftsasha to fight itself. It is extremely dangerous for the person caught in it. Technically, the Labyrinth of Hak'keth consists of only the circle and those portions within in it; the outside items are modifiers to the manner in which the Labyrinth interacts with things that are not within it.
The base is a circle.
The hook on the left covertly lures someone into the trap. Grampa said it lured an enemy, but in practice it seemed indiscriminate, and it lacks an accompanying "Enemy" rune, so it is likely he used that word merely in keeping with his facade. Were we to be more discriminate, we could likely bind the hook and enemy runes together in a blade.
The circle to the upper right is the location in which Gramps was stored. It serves to allow a mage control over the whole shebang. It could be omitted if the purpose were merely to cause harm to or neutralize the target. In this case, the victim would likely eventually die.
Concealment conceals this from the target; it would not be a good trap if it could be seen.
The central circle on the line is a reference point. It appears to refer to the victim, but this is not entirely certain.
The right side contains the Mad Eye of Hakuman. It determines the place from where the enemy is least likely to defend. We know very little about this compound rune, and thus should not mess with it. It is connected to the reference point with "touch".
Above the reverence point is an enemy rune, which likely identifies our victim. It is connected to Power Transference, which is in turn connected to the Mad Eye of Hakuman.
Below the reference point is the Golden Scale, which redirects power into the barrier and back at the enemy.