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Runes [Aug. 16th, 2005|09:18 pm]
So, I've got this story with steampunk and alchemists sort of burbling together. This is mostly for yukie1013 but it might be nifty to other people.

See the link below for the common Futhark runes.


Basically, I'm claiming that the army is using the runes as a sort of shorthand alchemy. This is psuedo Britian in psuedo streampunk Victoriana. Colonies, racism, military conflicts in the colonies - all that.

Since some people claim the runes can have double meanings, I'm sort of claiming that each rune could be used in a positive and negative way (so say ansuz isa mannuz would ask God to protect someone from ice.) Now, the runes may not have the Norse meanings, or the Norse _order_ of spelling things, since this is more a way for someone to translate desire into magic.


I bet if someone wasn't taught the full meaning of a rune, you might get runes that either 'look different' to someone else, or a rune that _seems_ to do the 'wrong' thing. Since the result of a rune is dependant on the meaning attached to it, that could mean that runes could be used in the 'wrong' manner.

If the rune meaning is constant, then people may be able to get more complex spells via using them in more subtle manners. So, for example, 'cen' could be used to find someone via 'lighting' a path.

Rune magic is probably considered to be less elegant compared to circles since it has a shorter prep time, and is usually used in a very plain manner. I suspect the mental composing takes longer.

Combining runes with circle magic could also have complications especially since the rune could be both positive and negative. Some people may create a specific 'positive' symbol.

So - what happens if someone has a cryptic document, and has someone draw a rune as part of a long set of instructions? Could you booby trap things that way?

But yeah - basically, nifty ideas.

[User Picture]From: yukie1013
2005-08-17 04:07 am (UTC)
Ed is claiming that people probably could hide things in documents, but mostly all they do is make the document erase itself, or burn up. Or if the document is hidden, a rune on the outside might make it hard to find.
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2005-08-17 05:17 am (UTC)
A sort of Someone Else's Problem field? I could see that.

I was thinking of those bizarre "heat the iron, toss two of silver on the fire with one of cobalt, invoke blah, wash this, draw blah runes" and sneaking a few things in that litany that'd make it either not work, ala Hohenheim's mirroring the circles, or make it backfire (which I think Cartier did.)

Cartier, I'm thinking, is something like - hmm - think the esoteric hidebound artist type? Does amazing work, but is convinced you've got to use X pigments on Y paper between 10 and 3 except when Jupiter is rising with Z brushes. And has this elaborate logic that's not really that logical for all of his rituals. Writes in a super poetic manner with lots of digressions, probably. Does that sound good?
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