The Geomancy System
The Geomancy System
Mostly out-of-character document
- Geomancy is the manipulation of Ley Power.
- Geomancy can perform feats outside the realm of normal magic at much greater risk.
- Ley Power comes from Ley Lines that run through the world
- Geomancy must be performed on a ley nexus
- Geomancy is unstable
Geomancy is the art of shaping Ley power into a variety of effects. These effects can be many measures more powerful than regular magic, but Geomancers that attempt such arts do so with incredible risks.
The power used in Geomancy comes from Ley Lines. These are lines of magical power found throughout the world and are known to cross at various points known as Ley Nexi. It is in these places that it is possible to perform Geomancy, performing a ritual in other places has no effect. Because of its chaotic source of power Geomancy is unstable and unpredictable, it is widely known that the same ritual performed twice can lead to different outcomes.
Performing a Ritual
- Performing a ritual can be done by anyone, but it is more risky for those who have not studied the art.
- Rituals begin by calling forth the power of the Ley nexus and end by dismissing it.
- Geomancers use words to shape their rituals.
- Power words can be used to make a ritual more precise.
Rituals may be performed by anyone; there is no special skill required for the performing of Geomancy on a Ley nexus. However, those that have studied the art are more resistant against some of its negative effects and their advanced knowledge gives them the ability to approach Geomancy in a generally safer way.
When on a Ley nexus, in order to begin a ritual words similar to I call upon the power of this Ley Nexus must be used. Similarly some form of dismissal, e.g. I dismiss the power of this Ley Nexus, is used to finish a ritual.
Geomancers use words to shape and perform the effect of their rituals. Many styles of geomancy exist, but the power is also shaped by their will and intention, though it has been known for words to come back to bite the unwary geomancer, there is room for a varied style of approach and no one format is known to be superior.
Geomancers sometimes use Power Words to help shape their ritual. There are two such words in a ritual. The first word reflects how the world presently is in regards to the effect desired. This word is uttered before beginning the body of the ritual but after calling upon the power. The second word reflects how the world is to be shaped by the ritual and is to be uttered before dismissing the power of the Ley nexus.
- Ley Nexi provide finite power.
- The Moon seems to affect the amount of power
- Gods, Elemental Lords/Ladies and similarly powerful entities can be called upon to add power to a ritual
- Magical, spiritual and demonological items can be sacrificed as part of rituals in order to power them.
- In extreme cases, souls of the living are used to power rituals.
- Insufficient power is extremely dangerous.
Ley Nexi are not capable of providing infinite power in order to power rituals. There is a finite amount of power within any given Ley Nexi. This is effected by the moon. Geomancers use a standard unit to measure Ley Power. When there is a Full Moon the power is weakest; 2 units. When the Moon is at half this increases to 5 units. When the Moon is new this increases to 10 units.
Geomancers are known to call upon God’s, Elemental Lords/Ladies and other such entities in order to increase the power of their rituals. These entreaties can cause potential problems as they allow the entities to shape the ritual against the Geomancer’s whims, this may result in unintended side effects if the entity disagrees with the purpose of the ritual.
Similarly Magical, Spiritual and Demonological artifacts can be sacrificed in rituals. They provide power proportional to their own power; for example an item that is created within the 5th circle of fire magic will provide around five units of Ley power. Likewise Mana and Spirit can be offered as part of a ritual.
It also possible to move existing Ley power from one nexus to another. Some even claim it is possible to store such power, but doing so requires a ritual which is risky in and of itself.
In extreme cases the souls of the living have been used to power rituals. This often results in the damage to the soul or death of the person surrendering it. This most commonly occurs as a result of an insufficient power.
If a Geomancer attempts to shape an effect for which they do not have sufficient power, then it is unclear what may happen: it has been known for them to face considerable unintended consequences and yet the ritual still occur, the power of the ritual to merely be wasted or other unintended side-effects.
- Flux is caused by Geomancers channelling Ley power into their bodies
- A Geomancer can experience up to 10 units of Flux before they experience adverse effects.
- A Geomancer will die if their body contains 20 or more units of Flux.
- Flux dissipates over time: more experienced Geomancers are able to clear it more quickly.
Flux is a side-effect of Geomancy; for every unit of Ley Power they channel as part of their ritual, a unit of Flux is generated. There are other ways of generating Flux – additional Flux is generated in the following circumstances:
- Whenever multiple ritualists perform a ritual, the amount of total flux generate is increased by one per ritualist. The Flux is then spread evenly across each ritualist.
- An additional two units of Flux is generated whenever a ritual creates an effect which endures instead of immediately ceasing after the ritual has worked. Such Flux cannot be removed until the effect ceases.
- Whenever a Geomancer creates an effect is delayed such that it does not happen on completion of the ritual. An extra unit of Flux is generated if this effect is within a week. If this is within the season (Term) then an extra two units of flux are generated. If this effect is delayed to within a year, three units of flux are generated. Longer than this it is hard to tell. Such flux does not dissipate until the effect ends.
It is possible to perform a ritual to end effects of Geomancy early. While risky, this is often less power than the initial ritual and one of the few ways to end the effects of additional Flux without waiting for it to decay.
Sentient Races are reasonably tolerant to the effects of flux and are able to have 10 units of Flux affecting them before feeling ill effect. Each unit they go over, the chaotic magic begins to afflict them. No known person has survived having twice that limit (i.e. twenty units) of flux and lived. The effects of Flux make themselves known over the course of a week, save death which occurs within minutes of the rituals completion; but is a slow and painful process (nonetheless it usually renders the Geomancer completely inert). Some examples of what may occur due to Flux are found below.
(However Flux is at the discretion of the Refs these serve as guidelines for both Players and Refs rather than a definitive list)
|Decay Level in excess of 10.||Possible Effects|
|One||You take +1 Degree of damage from spirit OR cold iron (Not both). Odd roleplay effects.|
|Two||You take +1 degree of damage from a single elemental source (e.g. flaming) OR Silver (not both). Fear of something rare or unusual.|
|Three||Wither one limb. Lose one spirit. Can’t heal damage of a certain type.|
|Four||-1 hit per location. Fear of a particular person familiar to the person|
|Five||Unable to tell a lie. Fear of an everyday item/stimulus.|
|Six||Can’t be healed by one of alchemy or spiritual healing.|
|Seven||Harmed by one of Alchemy or Spiritual healing|
|Eight||Lose the ability to speak. Blindless.|
|Nine||Temporary Madness. Inability to communicate or act rationally.|
Flux dissipates over time. Every creature removes one Flux over the course of a week. Certain levels of the Geomancy skill permits the Geomancer to lose Flux more quickly.
The Power of Individual Rituals
- The power of each individual ritual is down to ref-discretion. As is the exact amount of power available to you.
- The following are designed as guidelines to assist both Players and Refs in their calculations of power.
- In general a Geomancer will rarely know the exact power of their ritual but by study can usually work it out within 1-2 units.
The Power of each ritual is down to ref discretion. In general if the ritual replicates the effect of an existing spell, miracle or skill then the ritual should be close in power to the level of the thing replicated. This is also a reasonable guideline for when Geomancy is used to do things outside of the normal power level which is accessible.
The following Guidelines are recommended to both Players and Refs for the calculation of ritual power. However Refs may modify them freely if they feel in the specific circumstance that greater or lesser power should be used.
The following things increase the power required:
- Permanent: 12+
- Year: 8
- Seasonal (Term): 4
- Week: 2
- Day: 1
- If your effect lasts a day or longer -1 from the above.
- Each additional target: 1
- A room size worth: 4
- A City size: 7
- Larger: 10+
- Range (making the ritual target something not on ley nexus)
- Participating in the ritual: -1
- Out of sight: 4
- Out of city: 6
- Out of country: 8
- Out of plane: 10+
The following things help provide power:
- Moon Phase (Base power available)
- Full: 2 Units
- Half: 5 Units
- New: 10 Units
- Sacrifices (Grant Power):
- Objects: Worth the level of their effects
- Souls: worth midpoint of their size, unless exact level is known
- Mana: according to amount given by elemental skill.=one unit. For example 16 Mana must be sacrificed to gain 3 units of power, but only 10 for 2 units (as per elemental skill)
- One spirit: Spiritual Favour rank of the character granting spirit – 1, additional spirit has a limited or no effect on the ritual after the first.
- Gods and Elemental Lords/other entities of comparable power: up to 5 depending on attitude towards the ritualist.