“Magic implies we do not understand some aspect of it, so yes, to you it may be magic, but to us… how would we wield it without understanding? It is a tool, embodied in the very fabric of reality. We speak to it and it responds, not because it is mysterious but because we know what to say and think to make it so. A combination of will and language that gives us command over the very world itself”Praxitor Taemaest
The Axial Theory of the Lingua Arcana
as proposed by Olthter of Hyperion, Scholar of Urul; text recovered by Cadlyn Grey of Selene
The gift of the Lingua Arcana has elevated humanity from mud and sorrow to greatness. The gift was a demonstration of generosity beyond all others and a symbol of the altruism and nobility of the Vox and through this gift, those with the fortitude and discipline are granted the opportunity to remake the world, themselves, and their brethren. For many it has become hard to conceive of a world without this incredible tool.
And yet, while there are many masters of the Lingua themselves, there is precious little understanding of the mechanism by which the Lingua operates on reality. There are as many theories of the fundamental nature of the Lingua Arcana as there are Linguists who wield them. Use of the Lingua requires comprehension of the use of a technology and even the rules upon which the use operates but out understanding stops well short of the fundamental principles which enable this celestial gift.
It is natural that humanity seek some understanding of such potent power and many theories have been proposed:
- Adala of Selene proposes that the Lingua are a form of access to a hidden sub-strata of reality. This ‘listening layer’ defines rules and reactions for all reality and responds to the coded language of the Arcana as such.
- Akinar of Hellioth proposes that the Lingua are not merely a gift, but a function of the Ayr, and that all arcane acts are petitions to, and enabled by, and through said Ayr.
- Xaer of Astraeos proposes that our understanding of reality itself is flawed, that there is no solid and tangible world, but instead that the Lingua are themselves formative, manipulators of a fluid and illusory reality.
- The Olth Kel eschew complexity and instead attribute to the words intrinsic power; that the shape and tone of the word itself are where the power lies.
Herein I add to the conversation by proposing my own theory. Roughly translated the term the Ayr use to refer to Humans is ‘fewer-axial-beings’. From this term and my own close study of the underlying principles of mathematics, geometry, and the Lingua Arcana I believe that the Lingua are the component of a higher axial interaction perceptible to 4-dimensional beings…
The Lingua Arcana or languages of magic in Aeldos take several forms. The most well known forms derive from the Celestial Lingua, given to humanity by the Ayr.
Shapers: use the words and formulas of creation to bend matter, forces, and elements to their will. A Shaper can unmake the bonds between atoms, quiet or enrage gravity, or transmute and transform materials.
Shifters: use the words of flesh, bone, and spirit to alter and adapt their physical form. A Shifter can take on the traits and bodies of beasts and monsters.
Singers: use the tones and harmonies of creation to inspire or quell emotion in organic life. A song sung using these tones can drive an army or quell a riot.
With the right tools any human can learn the lingua but not all can endure and control them. Learning a lingua requires either a tutor or a semantic artefact, a prodigious will, and considerable discipline of mind. Without all of these the words can corrupt, corrode, or even unmake the user. Only the brilliant or exceptional can truly utilize the Lingua.
Other forms of arcana exist, deriving from powers other than the Ayr.