THE XEUÁ PRINCIPLE

DEGREEs OF XEUÁ - LINKING ELEMENTS - LINK TYPES - THE XEUAGRÁM

Xeuá (Styrásh: Xeuá, "the connecting") is believed to be the great elemental force that holds everything together. Cár’áll ("magical energy", "natural astral aura" is the substance and quality of everything, but it is Xeuá that helps to define true shape and nature, how all the elements react with one another and how they affect an object or person as a whole. Xeuá therefore is often also refered to as the "in-between", the "medium", the "linkage of things" or simply as the "chain" or "key".

The Xeuá

Many - especially the elves - believe that Xeuá itself is the mutual dependence and realization of the two ever-fighting cosmological principles of ahm ("responding", "passive" and soór ("talking", "active"). This relation is introduced in detail in Chapter II of the famous elven myth, the Cárpa’dosía and has been adapted by the Ximaxian mages to found their system of magical categorization on it.

Human philosophers tend to see Xeuá as the spirit or soul, that which holds together all the elements: Wind, Water, Earth, and Fire. In this way, Xeuá is often also called the “fifth element” or the "element of creation", a transitory element that holds the rest together and gives life and meaning to things that would otherwise have no real life at all. Philosophically spoken, Xeuá represents the "category of existence" (as defined by the famous Xeuatán Khaelvan III.).

Opposed to Xeuá is the elemental force "Ecuá" (Styrásh
Ecuá for "breaking", "disconnecting"). Ecuá is interpreted as the other side of Xeuá, sometimes even as the "sixth element" or the "element of destruction", which co-exists with Xeuá by the same right, though the latter is still heavily debated among scholars. Return to the top

Degrees of Xeuá. As stated before, Xeuá is the mutual dependence of the two principles of ahm and soór, one of which is believed to be passive (receiving) and the other which is thought to be active (speaking). It should be noted, however, that ahm and soór aren't completely static principles existing within an entity's cár'áll, but that this "simplification is mainly necessary to define magic and its predictablity" (Khaelvan III., "Treatise on Xeuá", p.4). It is supposed that ahm and soór within an object's cár'áll are in fact constantly shifting (elves often refer to this as "breathing" , though there exist clearly reproduceable tendencies towards certain states regarding the conjunction of elements within the cár'áll. Ximaxian Xeuatáns prefer to negelect these objections whatsoever, claiming that the "breathing shifts" of ahm and soór do not substantially influence the success of spellcasting.

Xeuá magic targets these connections between elements by changing their state from ahm and soór or from soór to ahm.

Linking Elements. Linking elements is a magical art. Each of the four elements which is being linked to others has its advantages and disadvantages as described below:

Link Types. There exist basically two kinds of linking: linking the same element with each other (Oé’xeuá) and linking two different elements (Vér’xeuá):

The Xeuágram

Basic scheme of the Xeuágram showing the arrangements of the elements within the cár'áll.

The Xeuágram. The Xeuágram is a model illustrating the relationship between Xeuá and Ounía (Styrásh Ounía meaning "elements", singular = Oún) in a cár’áll. The Xeuágram was created by the famous Xeuatán Khaelvan III. in the 9th century, and is still commonly used by students and teachers at Ximax to understand the difficult process of spellcasting. A short summary on the scheme of the Xeuágram reads as follows:

All contained within the schematic circle is considered to be the cár’áll, the astral aura of a certain enitity, item, whatever. In this circle are contained those links and elements that make it up. The Xeuágram shows single portions (Oún), each Oún representing one of the four elements (fire, water, wind and earth). The relationship in quantity is apparent in the example diagram shown to the right (e.g. the three earths and a single fire element). The Oún is represented by symbols that are defined at the bottom of the Xeuágram.

The Xeuágram also shows the intricate weaving of ahm and soór links (Xeuá). Those that are darker and stronger represent soór links, or ‘speaking’ (active) links working in the cár’áll, while ahm represents the ‘listening’ (passive) links in the cár’áll.

The arrangement of the Ounía often has some sort of relevance in determining what’s going on in a Xeuágram. For example, if Oún of the same element are made bigger and more defined than the other Ounía, it can be assumed that a spell of the first elemental sphere has been cast, which intensifies or removes intensity from a certain element. If the same elements are seen in the center of the cár’áll connected through strong soór links, it can be assumed that a spell of the second sphere has been cast, which bring the Ounía closer together in the cár’áll. If elements outside the cár’áll (represented by being outside the circle), are connected by strong soór links, then it can be assumed a spell of the third sphere has been cast. For more details please refer to the definition of the magical spheres in the entry on the Schools of Magic.

All cár’állía have what is called an Anar’oún, or a dominating element. This Anar’oún is often critical in determining the success of a spell, because most spells rely heavily on getting an Anar’oún into position. In the example Xeuágram, you see that the dominating element is quite obviously water. Xeuágrams can be helpful in deciding how difficult a spell will be to cast on a certain cár’áll, because if a mage wished to make the Anar’oún in this example cár’áll to fire, he or she would need more will to do this as opposed to just say increasing the fire oún around it (e.g. thus casting a fire spell on something burnable is easier than on something with little fire affinity). Xeuágrams often aid learning mages in thus deciding the best way to get a desired effect.
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