URTENGOR SPELLS: ETERNAL LOCK (3RD TIER)

SPELL EFFECT - CASTING PROCEDURE - MANTRA/PRAYER - TARGET
TYPE - RANGE - CASTING TIME - DURATION  - FURTHER MEASURES

Eternal Lock is a defensive clerical spell used to seal gates, whether they be of material, spiritual or astral nature. The deity addressed is the God of the Forge, Urtengor (or TolGerKorim in the dwarven tongue). Once a holy dwarven ritual, this spell is degraded by humans to the level that it is cast to lock earthly doors. Usually one cleric of the third tier is enough to cast the spell, but as in all cases more casters make it easier to achieve better results.

Spell Effect. Eternal Lock was formerly cast by only the strongest of dwarven clerics to block areas with magically constructed bars. In the course of time the use of this spell has changed so that it is now used by human priests for the sealing of gates - whether they are of material, spiritual or astral nature.

Taken from one of the many lectures of Master Il-Merenun on the Urtengorian Mantras, the spell is described as follows:

"If ye wants to seal a worldly gate, heed ye this warning:"(Much to the surprise of the apprentices, the so-called sermon of Il-Merenun the Ill-tempered – a title declared b y most to be well earned- continued with what later became a reknowned clerical quote:) "Gods doth not like to be commanded to do thy house keeping!" The remaining part of this infamous speech is the fierce scolding of the nearest initiate, which can be briefly summarized as follows, “Art thou not listening to a word I’ve said? I have been lecturing thee on the importance of completing thy tasks without asking the Deity’s assistance! And all ye ask me is to teach thee a prayer to lock the door of thy bathroom?”

Despite the efforts of Il-Merenun, the Eternal Lock spell is commonly used today for the sealing of hallways and the shutting of doors and gates from afar. Some claim this is due to the undeniable fact that the shutting of earthly doors can be considered undemanding compared to the more complicated manipulations and usages of this mantra.

The success of then Eternal Lock Spell depends on the belief of the cleric and can be described in three varities, set in conjunction with the God's awarded blessings:

Casting Procedure. In the teachings of Be’o Jarel the Sharp Tongued you can read the following details concerning the casting of the Eternal Lock spell: "Thou shouldst begin by meditating upon the desired effect of the spell for a quarterhour or more previous to casting. Then place thine hands upon the door and focus thy energy, which must travel from thy heart descending through thy right arm, across the portal, and ascending thy left arm to form an unbroken circle. Initiates are advised to begin the chant as it is recorded, and change not a word.

Do thou continue to chant as thou dost build up thine energies, and visualize the circlet of energy moving more and more speedily. Then, as thou releasest the power, picture in thy mind's eye a shield of power forming before the portal. Some do favor the shield to be of a green hue, while other mages say that blue doth work as efficaciously.

The sealing of an ordinary door doth requireth nothing more than two capable hands, but in thy case Homyr, it would prove most prudent to have an adept person around to perform the rituals of praying along with thee, just in case…” When Be’o Jarel the Sharp Tongued, a human high priest of Urtengor, gave this bit of advice to an extremely clumsy apprentice the day after Homyr spilled an entire mug of hot baien-cha tea on his parchments, signs of approval and laughs were heard in the temple - apparently Be'o Jarel was not the first - nor the last one- who had been subject to similar accidents.

Few know that Homyr had later named himself D'cyah (which is said to mean "Bringer of Death and Decay" in an unknown ancient tongue), and became a notorious priest of Querprur. Yet even fewer know that he is referred to as “the Fickle Bane of Be’o Jarel” by the few priests of Urtengor who had been a mentor to Homyr, met D'cyah years later, and - miraculously - managed to survive. Return to the top

Mantra/Prayer. In the - according to the dwarven claim - “stolen” journal of a cleric of TolGerKorim (which stands for “King of the Deep Earth” in the dwarven tongue), you can read the following concerning the mantra of the Eternal Lock spell: “Through proper prayer and earnest necessity, we, the Favorites of Trum-Baroll (Rock-Father), can call upon the Mighty One to forge a magical lock in the desired location, thus keeping the raiders from invading our sacred mines!” Yet, if one is to listen to the dwarven priests’ assert, humans have degraded the honorable purpose of the mantra, and translated this divine text into their distorted languages. “Consequently,” as the dwarves often say, “the distorted creatures found no holier use for this most valuable blessing than the locking of the doors to their chambers of sin!”

A common human Urtengorian prayer asking the Lord over the Forge to grant the Eternal Lock spell, is the following:

"Portal be mine,
One with my mind,
I hold thee fast,
to make to last,
open thou not,
as I weave the knot,
of my power from within." Return to the top

Target. Eternal Lock can be cast on any kind of items/structures, which serve as containers, doors or gates, whether they be of material, spiritual or astral nature. Return to the top

Spell Type. Defensive Spell of the Third Tier.

Although it has been asserted that the intention of the caster defines the ultimate outcome, this particular prayer was meant to have a defensive nature. Hence, it wouldst not be wise to try to encage a cleric of the God of the Forge's dearest race, the dwarves, with magically shut doors. It has been recorded that a human priest has once aggravated the Great Earthen God Urtengor by requesting his help to accomplish a similar goal of trapping a dwarf of good intent. Much to the dwarves’ delight, the imprudent priest was cursed by the deity so that he would never again pass through a doorway without the gate hitting him on the face. It has been further chronicled that this priest had to spend his remaining years in a house that had open hallways instead of doors, and thus had to deal with shrewd thieves every single night before finally committing suicide on the 6th anniversary of the notorious God’s bane.

“Generally speaking, my pupils, there is a fine line between locking the doors to keep unwanted eyes and hands away and slamming the door at thy mentor’s face the moment he doth starts lecturing thee” – quoted from the 606 Sayings of Tsef the Tolerant. Return to the top

Range. The cleric needs to be in direct contact with the object/structure he/she wants to seal. Return to the top

Casting Time. Eternal Lock is not an easy spell to cast, and requires a lot of time and preparation from the cleric. A quarter of an hour of meditation is recommended even for smaller locks, additional time should be added for even more difficult ones, depending on the proficiency of the cleric and the tier he/she is capable of reaching. Return to the top

Duration. The natural duration of an Eternal Lock spell is difficult to define. If an overblessing is given, even a third tier cleric may achieve higher results than intended. In general the following rules apply:

Counter Measures/Enhancing Measures. Though nothing on the subject can be proven, it is rumored that the worshippers of the Wind Gods would be safer against the effects of the spell. It has also been chronicled that on one rare occasion, a priest of Grothar has been teleported out of harm’s way the instant before the spell was activated. Another reason this spell is counted potent among the wise is that there are no armor spells or common prayers that would protect a being, whether it be a person or a place, from a granted Eternal Lock prayer. However, the Academy had once stated that if the victim’s concentration and focus, consequently his or her power to alter the possibilities of the cár’áll is strong enough, he or she might, (still) in theory, mayhaps escape the magical lock – yet no such case has been reported. Return to the top

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