Santharian Development

Organization and General Discussions => The Continent of Nybelmar => Topic started by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 21 April 2013, 06:26:30

Title: Nybelmarian magic systems
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 21 April 2013, 06:26:30
Need a place to store my thoughts as I don't have access to my laptop. Just reminders for myself. Transcribed from hand-written notes. Aiming to work these into entries later in May. :)

  • Flowmancy: Krean monks of the Way of Wind and Water
  • Eldritch Monks: monks of the Eldritch Tree
  • Magic of the Mage-Priests of the Morchini
  • Magic of the Priestesses of Ankriss
  • Water-sight
  • others...

Title: Re: Nybelmarian magic systems
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 21 April 2013, 06:27:47

Everything flows, and therefore the understanding of water is the understanding of life. The flow of water, of wind, and of fire is obvious, as is the flow of thought. The flow of earth and rock is less obvious, but in the long run the hard is as liquid as the soft.

Krean monks of the Way of Wind & Water believe that behind everything we see is a streaming (“streaming emptiness”). And if we look deeply to see what is streaming, we will not find an answer, even though we get the definite impression that “It” – some current, some basic energy – is streaming – is streaming in every kind of stream, streams of rock, streams of light, streams of air, streams of consciousness. And that this “It” is not different from the streaming itself. This, they call the Flow.

The Flow signifies the energy of the universe as a way, current, course or flow which is at once intelligence and spontaneous, yet not personal like a deity. It cannot be defined – for the simple reason that one cannot stand aside from it and examine it as something out there.

The magic of these monks is the art of Flow, of going with the stream. The mountain stream is not pushed from behind, but falls with gravity. The Way, the course of nature, too, like the mountain stream flows of itself, unpushed and unpulled. Flowmancy is therefore the understanding that energy is gravity, and that magic, like brush calligraphy, or dancing, or sailing, or pottery, or even sculpture is following patterns in the flow of liquid.

Flowmancy is a way of sailing the Flow, a form of moving meditation (note: think Taiji) in which the whole art is to generate immense energy from going with one’s environment, from the principle of flow, or following the gravity of water and so making the self one with it. For gravity, as Krean monks say, is the root of lightness.

Inspiration: Taijiquan, Taoism, Buddhism, the works of Alan Watts, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

Link: Taijiquan (