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« on: 24 April 2007, 18:43:49 »

Overview
Druidic magic is the magic used by those who revere nature and is practiced by the Druidic orders. It is based on their belief in "essences" and the ability of the sentient mind to merge with it and then to manipulate it. Learning and performing Druidic Magic are long processes, but the results are often quite spectacular.

Prevalence
Only druids are known to practice the merging of essences. These people can be found throughout the remote areas of Southern Sarvonia and in some parts of Northern Sarvonia. However, this researcher believes that there may be some scattered communities on other continents as well.


Concept/Worldview
Druids teach that all things in this world exist on two levels; the physical level, and the spiritual level. An "essence" is the spiritual side of any given object. Essences are not visible to humans, or any other known race, but with the proper training, it is possible to interact with them. If an essence is changed somehow, its material counterpart changes to accommodate it. One could say that an essence is the spiritual make-up of its counterpart.

Each essence comes into being at the same exact time that its material counterpart comes into existence. For example, a human essence comes into being as soon as a child is conceived. However, it is rare for an essence to die, despite whether or not its physical counterpart has died. The physical counterpart must be completely and utterly destroyed for it's essence to die. Example: If a tree were to die, its essence would not die, merely change from the essence of a live tree, to the essence of a dead one. However, when a fire burns out, it is completely gone, and thus its essence has died. It has left its mark in the form of ashes, but it is completely dead. It is also possible for an essence to be consumed by another, such as when eaten. This could be said to destroy the "eaten" essence, but the druids believe that they just become one. An example of this is whenrain droplets are absorbed by plants, the water essence disappears, consumed by the plant's essence.

Each essence is as completely unique as its counterpart, but like its counterpart, it shares similarities as well. All Essences fit into one of the seven sub categories, which are: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Plant, Animal, and sentient being. For instance, a small rock's essence is as different from a mountain's essence as their physical manifestations are, but the essences are still earth based. Nothing in this world has an essence that fits into two categories. It always has a dominant essence type. Sometimes this is confusing, for it seems that some objects in the world could theoretically be classified as two, but this is mainly due to confusion. For example, if one were to mix sand and water, a new essence would not be created, there would merely be two essences next to each other, water and sand, and while their physical aspects may be mixed, their essences are still quite separate.

Jerick Du'malle of Ximax, after many lengthy conversations as to the nature of Druidic Magic with the earth druid, Elgaril Viikogyim, tries to elaborate further on the 'essences' his master speaks about, which are so central in druidic magic. In his last work for the Academy, the "Treatise on Matter and Being", the Ximaxian mage tries to point out differences between the Academy's interpretation of magic and the druidic one: "Once in a while our scholarly researches of the magical art are challenged by the simplicity one encounters at practiconers, who have never studied magic as such," he writes. "With the ease of the legendary Weavers I have seen druids that connect with nature as they sense that they are part of it. Druids look at the heart of the matter, while a Ximaxian just fiddles with the surface. Even a Xeuá mage, who has left the elemental mage's obstinacy of focussing purely on the components of magic behind, still connects strings in the web of the fabric of being - but his understanding does not reach far enough as to see into the being itself. Nevertheless Ximax has borrowed the term "cár'áll" from the elves, the "aura" or even the "essence" as some say, just as if men could copy the elven way of life and intrinsic understanding of nature and its magic.

The elves have an affinity to creation however, to earth, sky, mountain, river and tree, a love for matter and being itself the druids share. Not because some scholar told them to listen to the windsong and get the feel of things, but because the desire to unite with being itself emanates from within a person. Yes, the druids have elements as well if you want to call them that way, categorizations that help them to find ways to make their magic work better. But unlike the Ximaxians the druids embrace the world and have their eyes wide open. They connect with the heart of nature itself, the elements being what constitutes that heart, what allows to see into it. A Ximaxian on the other hand builds bridges between elements, and he simply manages to accomplish an effect, while a druid brings change from within."
And Jerick concludes: "Upon seeing a druid working his magic, one can't help but notice: Druids live their magic as part of the life they lead, while the Ximaxians merely study to cast."


Basic Principles
Druidic magic is based on the druids’ belief in essences. The way they explain it, they merge their own essence with the essence of what they want to change, and from there merely will it into changing. This of course takes time, for they have to meditate to actually complete the merger. The older the essence one is trying to merge with, the longer it will take to merge with it. For example: a coastal redwood that has been standing for over two millennia will take longer to merge with than a seedling flower. An older essence has "gotten used" to being the way it is. It is set in its ways, and thus harder to merge with. A younger essence is less set in its ways, and thus easier to merge with. It should be noted, that a changed essence is not a new essence, merely an old one that has taken on different qualities over the years.

With training, one could learn to merge one's essence with the essence of something else. If such a merging occurs, the stronger willed of the two objects will be able to influence the essence of the other object, thus changing its characteristics. If the spiritual side is changed, its physical side will follow, and vice versa. If the physical side is changed, its essence will change to accommodate it. The exceptions to this are sentient beings. The merging of the essences is resisted by sentient essences. Its corporeal counterpart has a vague notion of something trying to control him, but they are not sure what is actually going on. However, if one can get past that, then they are able to merge. If one's essence is not as strong willed as the essence it is merging with, then one might find his own essence being manipulated, instead of vice versa.

Abilities
Once the merger is actually complete, the essences of the druid and what he wants to change are one. The actual changing is quite natural. He changes something like he would move his arms, he merely wills it to change, and it changes. Of course, the more complex or intricate the change, the more a druid must concentrate on said change, or he may wind up with unexpected results. Making a seedling grow into a full grown tree is fairly simple, for it merely "speeds up" what the seedling naturally wants to do, while making it grow into a tree of an odd shape or into a different color or texture than what is natural, that is a bit more complicated, and requires more concentration, and more practice.

There a few factors that may reduce the amount of time needed. For instance, the greater the number of druids working towards the same goal, the faster said goal will be accomplished. This is accomplished because the experience of all the druids is put as one, and they all merge with the object at the same time, thus the time is divided between the druids. Thus, if an inexperienced druid is added to the task, the task will get done faster, but not nearly as fast as if an expert druid was there, for experience is another factor. A practiced druid gets his task done much faster than one who doesn't use his gifts. Therefore, it is quite possible for a young druid who uses his abilities often to be more skilled than an elder who rarely finds need to use his skills, even though the elder has been a part of the order for a longer amount of time. The last thing that effects the time is how often a druid has merged with a particular essence; the more a druid merges with the same essence, the faster it takes every time.

Druids also have the ability to physically merge with their element. In Green Druids, this produces the Kroi’lon, or war dryad; a gigantic half man, half tree being. In Red druids this produces the phenomenon known as the firedance. The Druids body is completely turned to flame, but retains its humanoid shape. Gray Druids can merge with an animal of their choosing. This often makes for interesting, often bizarre and horrific, transformations; such has a half-man/half-flunki, or a half woman/half-Cartashian Bear. The Brown druids can merge with the earth, making the Sfomm-Kereen, Thergarim for stone baby, who have bodies of movable rock, not unlike a golem. Stone baby is a misleading name although, for considering the Somm-kereen's size, very few of the people of Caelereth would consider it a 'baby'. Similar to the Brown Druids, the Blue Druids can merge with ice, making their bodies a sort of movable ice, again, not unlike a sentient golem. The druids all retain their sense of self, and their intelligence during these transformations. These transformations last for three days, and they cannot revert back during those three days, for that would require changing one's own essence, which is not only tabooed, it is thought to be impossible. After these three days, the druid dies, for causes unknown not only to this compendium but to druidic society as a whole. Because of this, these transformations are only used in a last desperate attempt to protect nature. Black and white druids do not use this ability, for White druids are too aloof to become martyrs, and Black druids do not love sentient beings enough to die for them. Considering how formidable these transformations are, the attempt often works.

Limitations
However, there are limits. The main thing that must be remembered is that the druid must maintain his meditation while performing what he wants to perform. If his concentration is broken, than the merger is also broken, and any control over his element is lost. To maintain this concentration, the druid can only merge with, or attempt to merge with, one essence at any one time. Beyond that, the druid’s limits are few. He can change anything about the essence, as long as it remains based on the same category. For example: A Gray druid can do anything he wants to an animal, except give it sentience, because that would change it from an animal based essence, to a sentient based essence. Also, druids may not do anything to 'create' a new essence, merely change the one they have merged with. For example, a green druid could not cause a branch to fall off a tree after merging with the tree, for that would create the new essence of a 'broken branch' as opposed to just changing the essence of the whole tree.

It should be noted here that druids have placed a ban on changing one’s own essence. They have gone so far with this ban that they even teach that it is impossible to do. Not only that, one would have to be a Black druid to do it (for changing oneself would usually mean changing a sentient being essence, unless one is less than sentient), which is also banned by druidic society. There are stories of the elven Black druid, Mehán’chón, who figured out how to change his own essence. The stories say he made himself grow wings, and jumped off a cliff to learn how try them out. Unfortunately, he made the wings too small to hold his weight, and, much to Mehán’chón’s dismay, he remade acquaintanceship with the ground much sooner than he originally intended. However, for the most part, druids believe the story of Mehán’chón to be only a fairy tale.

It should be made clear that the merging process takes far too long to have any practicality whatsoever in battle. Although, if one wanted the grand effects of a "siege" style of combat, the druids are the people capable of fulfilling that role. Druids are capable of creating smaller effects; it just takes far too long to be practical in some cases. For example, a fire druid could burn down a tree, but it would be much faster merely to chop it down with an ax.

Training
Of course, one must learn how to do all this, and to get training one must first find a druid (which is a task in and of itself.) If the druid decides that the hopeful has the personality and drive and love that are required, then the druid trains him. This training mainly consists of how to learn to meditate effectively which takes up a huge amount of time, and learning how to merge with an essence that is so unlike that of the druids.

It usually takes roughly fifteen years for a human to learn Druidic beliefs and magic, although there are rare cases of people taking a faster or , in some cases, longer amount of time to learn it. It should be noted that if the druids cannot use Druidic magic until after they have completely learned the belief system and completed their training.

Black druids however, must first become a druid of one of the other six orders, and then learn by themselves how to merge with a sentient essence. They are able to do this because they already know the basics of merging with essences, even though they know not how to merge with a sentient one. Thus it takes much longer to learn to become a Black druid than any other druid. Black druids are far too distrustful to take on apprentices, and the other six orders hold a taboo on Black druidism. Thus, there are very few Black druids in the world, if any at all.

Origins
This compendium holds no concrete evidence on the actual origins of the magic of Druids, although there are several reports, stories, and myths concerning it, and depending on which druid you ask, you will likely get a different story, assuming that the druid would be willing to tell you his stories in the first place, which is not likely unless you have proven your worth to him. Elven Druids tend to tell people that Avá, and the Aeolía placed the essences, or énh’cár'ámn in their tongue, in to their physical ‘bodies’. Some druids say that the first person to access an essence was an old farm lady, who managed to merge with one of her many cats, although this story is unlikely. Some Druids say that everything started as one essence, and thus one body, and slowly split into many, until finally all the essence that exist today, exist, as do all the bodies.

Another theory is that Druidic Magic, as well as the very druidic way of life, is actually an offshoot of Elven magic. Some say that Druidic Magic was wrought of humans trying to mimic the elven way of life, and thus their magic. THe largest similarity between the two being that both the Elven and Druidic Magics go directly to the heart of the element, while the Ximaxian approach manipulates in a more indirect fashion. While similarities can be seen between the two lifestyles, there has yet to be definitive proof that Druidic Magic was born this way.
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« Reply #1 on: 24 April 2007, 18:50:09 »

Ok, I figured it was time to finally dust this entry off and try and get the durned thing done! However, looking over the comments, I have no idea what they were trying to tell me, and have lost what they were trying to say.

So I think we have to start from scratch (unfortunately) comment-wise. Anyone interested can give it a read through.

original thread can be found here, as well as original comments.

http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php?topic=10632.0
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« Reply #2 on: 24 April 2007, 19:17:45 »

Great you dusted this up again. Unfortunately I don't have the time to go over it agin and it needs some time to think itover again, there i agree with you. Maybe next week. I think the most important were the comments from art somewhere and one from me where I tried to explain it..
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« Reply #3 on: 07 May 2007, 03:24:08 »

I have a question:

Let's go back to your "tree" example. You described a 200 year old tree, with a 2000 year old essence. Would it be possible to change the physical part, the tree, and like in your "splitting a mountain with an earthquake" description, change it so that there would be a brand new essence there. In other words, could you slice a tree in part, and thus change the corperal being, and then affect the essence as well. To me, it seems like you could make a very minor change to the corperal being and then change the essence that way to something new. The result would be a brand-new essence that you could mold like a newborn baby by merging. Any thoughts on this?

If I am blabbering like I have no idea what I am saying, ignore me completely. Or ignore me anyway. Whatever floats your boat.
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« Reply #4 on: 07 May 2007, 05:38:19 »

Pikel, if you don't mind, I would like to postpone revising this until the summer holidays. I have a tight RL with every single weekend something else (partly showing our soon vanishing guest daughter around) and want to post some of my stuff first which need just a last look through.
Of course others can work through it, but I thought I should help you as well to finish it after we had already quite a hard time with it. And it will be tough again. I think it would be easier for me to look through a religion concept then this one. What do you think?
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« Reply #5 on: 15 May 2007, 06:58:17 »

Take your time in re looking over this Talia. I know it's a long, difficult entry and I have no problem whatsoever if you wait until the summer to look over it.

I'll work on some of my easier stuff in the mean time, and post some other stuff on the boards :)

as for Mahvalan:

You hit the nail on the head (I think)

if one were to split a tree right down the middle, it would destroy the trees essence, vreating two new essences (each being the essence of half a tree)

These new essences would be easy to merge with since they are so young :)
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« Reply #6 on: 17 May 2007, 10:28:22 »

I guess you could take what I said that way. I meant more or less that if you slice a shaving that would change the tree physically, but not much, would it change the essence enough for it to count as a bradn new baby essence? If this would be teh case, any small change to any physical thing would make two or more new essences?

I would think that if even a small change can make something be a new essence this should be counted as Black Druidic Magic. I say this because you would be changing the nature of something so that you can modify nature for your own means. If the above is not true, this statement is not accurate IMHO.
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« Reply #7 on: 17 May 2007, 10:43:13 »

Two things

In regards to your question: yes. even the smallest inkling of a shaving creates a new essence (two even).

For instance, say a rock existed for 2000 years. the essence is 2000 years old, but say a grain of sand breaks off of it. Now the rock is a new essence (since it has changed, even remotely. and the grain of sand which broke off is also a new baby essence.

As for black druidism: Black druidism has nothing to do with intent, but through methods. Black druids deal with sentient essences. Thus, they change the essences of Sentient beings. Thus, i don't see how they fit in your above statement :s
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« Reply #8 on: 17 May 2007, 12:21:15 »

Won't all essences be very young then?  After all, changes are always happening.  The rock in your example has existed for 2000 years, but surely it's been getting eroded all the while? 
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« Reply #9 on: 17 May 2007, 16:27:26 »

After making that post, i realized that very same problem mina.

Methinks this should be changed. Perhaps then *main part* of the rock would remain the same essence, yet slightly altered, while the grain of sand would be the completely new essence
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« Reply #10 on: 18 May 2007, 04:33:56 »

Yeah that seems like a better idea.  Also, a question from my part(If this has already been asked and I missed it just tell me).

If I were to say split off a chunk of rock with a hammer, would the essence of the new chunk contain part of the essence of the hammer or would it be solely the essence of the rock?
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« Reply #11 on: 18 May 2007, 09:01:47 »

just the new part of the rock :)

Consider the essence merely the spiritual mirror of the physical manifestation.
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« Reply #12 on: 18 May 2007, 14:25:30 »

Hmm...is it necessary to distunguish between new and old essences?  I see you use age to determine how easily it is to merge with one, but perhaps there is another way. 

Here's a suggestion:
Perhaps it's not age alone that determines how hard it is to merge with an essence.  Perhaps essences that have been altered become easier to merge with depending on how great the change was.  Thus, a rock that's been eroded for thousands of years but otherwise untouched would still be very hard to merge with, since erosion causes only very minor changes (the large changes caused by erosion are due to tiny changes accumulating).  However, splitting the rock into two would be a very big change, and would cause the essences of the resulting two fragments to be much easier to merge with. 

It's not very from what you have I think, just a different way of looking at it. 
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« Reply #13 on: 20 May 2007, 03:34:03 »

That actually sounds like a really good idea....

I'll incorporate it shortly :)
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« Reply #14 on: 20 May 2007, 03:43:46 »

Another question.  Would the rock that was split exactly in half have identical essences?  You state that no two object's essences are exactly the same, but if they come from the same source and are broken in the same into the same quantity, what prevents them from being mirror images?

Also what about naturally occuring things, such as twin animals, humans ect.  If they are identical, what prevents them from having the same essence?

And finally, you state that if the physical structures are mixed, their essences are not mixed and they can still be strained apart to get the seperate essences and such.  However, if a druid were to mix the essences of say water and sand, would it be impossible to physically seperate the two without a druid seperating their essences first?
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