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Koldar Mondrakken
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« on: 14 November 2001, 15:50:00 »

As this topic seems to be quite coherent among the people I'll write together how it might work. Of course, feel free to critisize, flame, whatsoever! :)

The powers of the priests derive from the power of their gods. Depending on the Gods/Goddess the priests and the more earthbound clerics may be granted special powers that enhance their skills as long as they follow the path of their god.

There are two different ways of 'blessings'. One being temporarily and the other nearly lifelong.

The temporarily ones are called "Mantras". The priests are calling their Gods for help/guidance/protection for one certain purpose. Depending on the temper of the God he might listen or not. Esspecially clerics rely on them when going into battle for the 'right' cause or needing help. Often these "Mantras" don't influence the person who spoke it but do something precisely as healing a wounded body or protect you from magical attack.

The other way is a blessing that is also called "Gift of God". In long rituals priests have to prove to be a loyal and religious men and seek for special powers to serve their temple even better. In some rare cases a God would gift someone for certain tasks without these rituals and those are the most powerful gifts but in most cases these rituals are neccessary to gain power in the hierachy of the temples.

Think this might be a general overview and yes, it should be more before it is completed.

Till then!  

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« Reply #1 on: 14 November 2001, 15:58:00 »

"Mantras" are usually the words you speak in order to summon something or in this case to receive a blessing perhaps. Or as www.dictionary.com puts it: "A sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities." I wouldn't say that the blessing itself can be called "Mantra".

Concept can serve as a general entry, agree here:)  

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« Reply #2 on: 14 November 2001, 17:00:00 »

Soldiers, before an important battle would get a blessing from a priest. The priest would say for example: "Be they ever so brave and find mercy in the halls of Queprur" That would be an innvocation of a god wouldn't it?

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« Reply #3 on: 14 November 2001, 18:53:00 »

Mantra is totally correct then?
I meant those to be short prayers, rhymes, calls, whatever directed to the God/Goddess as a request for help/guidance.

The Blessing of a priest would grant him some real strengths but I think the blessing of soldiers,... would have the same purpose. But the priests see themselves as tools of their gods so they would gain these special abilities from the god more likely.

If blessing is too spiritual to you perhaps we might find a better term?

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« Reply #4 on: 14 November 2001, 19:04:00 »

Invoke?  Or am I on the wrong track?

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« Reply #5 on: 14 November 2001, 21:52:00 »

What we need is a Benedict Monk, he would know what to say. Of course he's probably from a sacred cult, or something. :lol  

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« Reply #6 on: 15 November 2001, 10:19:00 »

No actually Uragel has the correct word/meaning it is invoke.

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« Reply #7 on: 15 November 2001, 19:48:00 »

Don't you dare to torture me with unknown English terms?!?!
Invoke seems to be correct... but it doesn't sound nearly as cool! :lol  

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Edited by: Koldar Mondrakken at: 11/15/01 1:48:31 am
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« Reply #8 on: 16 November 2001, 06:13:00 »

:o    Go the mighty thesaurus! :lol     (Actually reading of several    witch based fantasies series which used invoke instead of blessing, there was a small conversation about it in the book from memory.

Umm I mean glad that I could help! 8)  

I’m still in the “I’m new and don’t want to tread on any toes stage” and a little post shy. Glad that I did since I’ve helped :)  

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Edited by: Uragel at: 11/15/01 12:19:40 pm
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« Reply #9 on: 16 November 2001, 17:49:00 »

Uragel, that will get you almost nowhere. Look at me! In my first topic here, I proposed a (I'll admit rather monumental) task that I'm still working on, a Magic list.
As I need to keep this moderately on topic...
I believe that an Invocation is what you're looking for, in that (at least as I understand it) Invoke is a verb, meaning to call on something. An invocation is the actual act of invoking, so that might be a shade better. Compare it like so.
Bless is to invoke as blessing is to invocation.
At least that's how I see it, this might be another place where us Yanks are wierd linguistically.

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« Reply #10 on: 16 November 2001, 20:45:00 »

Another possibility is charm.... Unless you all see that as an object only.  I think it works... but im ignorant as hell, so pay me no heed...LOL

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