- The scientific study of the spiritual and paracosmic and the nature of the essences pertaining to it (thavma)
- The practice of the utilization of such energies in order to manipulate natural forces. In this sense, the word Thaumaturgy (θávma-arke miracle-working") is formally used, with Magic, referring to the methodology.
Ideas, concepts and subjects that are relevant to the study or pertain to thavma are referred to by the adjective thaumic. In Conditary sciences, the thaumic field of study is separate from the mundane fields.
Thaumaturgy has existed since the dawn of civilization, and is regarded as the decisive factor of the development of various sentient races into much more centralized and advanced societies. The elven people are considered to be the first Thaumaturges, owing their divergence from Humans as due to their increased affinity and exposure to the thavma they have encountered.
Currently, thaumatological study is a diverse and convoluted field. Various religious authorities, long been the main proponent of such knowledge, have differing interpretations and models of thavma and so is the organization of its study. The rise of extra-religious studies of the thaumic world would later divide the field into two schools of thought: Divination, its religious application, and Mundane Thaumics, the study utilized within a secular lens. An ancient debate regarding the moral and theological implications in regards to the usage and study of magic still persists to this day.
Thaumatology is different from Thaumaturgy (i.e. Magic) in that their scopes, while sharing the same basis, go at separate paths. Thaumatology refers to the scientific and quantified study of the nature of thavma, Thaumaturgy refers to its active and practical usage and application—the word "Magic" itself was from Bazgro-Antraean root referring to power and capability to do something (*meh2gh, also the source of the word mechanics).
Outside the Conditary and Western magical traditions, the distinction is blurred and nonexistent—the most extreme example being the elves which do not make a distinction between cosmic laws and thaumc principles. True enough, the distinction between "legia" and "urge" (and thavma and natural science) was a modern innovation, a codifying of scientific knowledge within higher learning (see neo-scholastic movement of the 18th-19th centuries).
Thaumatology and Thaumaturgy are Lavinate terms adopted during the Xth century Hallegian English was becoming distinctively Conditary from the traditional register in Ancria. Antraean English still uses faremains for Thaumaturgy and creftemains for Thaumatology. In an archaic and Eastern Antraean context, the (Telancri root ⲡⲣⲛⲏⲙⲓ prnēmi (Lavinian Para, "of the beyond") is used, leading to the terms Paramancy (ⲙⲛⲧⲡⲣⲛⲏⲙⲓ mnt.prnēmi "arts of the knowledge of the beyond") and Paralogy.
What is thavma?
Thavma, in scientific terms is a fundamental force that pervades much of the world, in a similar sense as the electro-magnetic field does. Thavma however differs from electro-magnetism as it is a force that could alter energy and matter on a macroscopic scale--such as switching between states of matter, making waves and particles more matter-like and vice versa, and directing energies without a need of conducting matter.
Ancient and contemporary studies outside the empirical tradition of science have been interpreting the phenomenon in variant but complementary ways. More esoteric teachings of the white-blood elves, istanic hierology and higher Madradaic practice adhere to the idea that thavma itseld is permeating force that binds all things--a cosmic will that which turns the world of interactions into one of objects.
Thavma and the soul
Shaping the physical world
- Main article: Thaumic affinity
Effects in society and humanity
- see sections experimentation and current schools for further exploration of the tangents proscribed.
- Philosophy and thavma
- Religion and thavma
- society and thavma
- Hyratian era - The Abaraghans and Elvenkind is introduced towards magic, spreads to the Tacanias and throughout the Metharian ring.
- The Mutation of Humans to Elves, Centaurs, Naga, Harpies
- Lack of magical activity though results of the Posthyratian Aganicarum event still lingers
- Revival of Thaumaturgy in Antraea, first through the cannonians and later the Latians and Tetarchans
- Downfall of the Lavinian Confederation due to magic (Treachery of the sisters)
- The Cannonian
- Imaleic Salacism introduces a more philosophical thaumaturgy
- "Quandary of the Tampering Mortal"
- Secular Thaumatology begins, alchemy and esoterica "translated" to scientific terms
- Hrdaya School
Neoclassical to Modernity
- Progressivist Thaumatology
- Revival of the Tampering Mortal debate
PATTERNS IN NATURE - CONDUCTING THROUGH MOVEMENT AND NATURAL ESSENCES
Spells and patterns
Spells and Patterns are regarded as "hands-free" forms of ritual. Similar to its more pronounced and complicated variant, usage of spells and patterns involve the conduction and channeling of Thaumic essences through the utilization of patterns in nature, either organic (petition) or artificial (invocation). The possibility of such are due to the fact that the body is a conductor of Thaumic energy.
Current schools of Thaumatology
Istanic majuzim nairiyah
- Main article: Elven thaumatology
Thaumaturgy of the elves, particularly in Orissia, is considered the oldest living tradition in the world, purportedly dating back to the antepyrian world. Compared to the rest of the world today, the Orissian sciences does not distinguish between natural and thaumic sciences, acknowledging the active role of thaumic essences in natural processes. This mostly owed to the fact that the Elves are thaumically-imbued themselves, seeing themselves as one with both the harmony of the natural and the paranatural. Thaumaturgical principles are present even in sociological and philosophical studies, the common cosmology of the Elves serving a similar role as the para-mythos of medieval Antraea. Among the three groups, only the Telancri distinguish between para and peima, most probably due to influence from the Imaleans and the northern Tacanians.
There is no singular school that encompasses either of the three Elven tribes, the commonalities that exist between them are a result of a fluid religious situation that has existed for millenia, developing a "common cosmology". There are a myriad of currents that sprang up during the Orissian classical period that solidified this common cosmology, called the praknyikra (百義家)
The elves purport a complementary and spectral duality of two categories of thaumic essence: the infinite and the pure. (kriem-lang).
- Main article: Abhorrent thaumaturgy
Soul-alteration, a relatively ancient invention (revived by the Futurist-Totalist school) is a form of abhorrent magic, in which the caster (or a particular device) manipulates its target by tampering with its soul, resulting in the total transformation of the host to whatever character and being the caster desires. The results depend wholly on the willpower or thaumic capability of the caster. Irreversible effects require extensive thaumic energy, mainly through elaborate ritual or augmentative devices (i.e Tslavoye dolls). Sometimes, it involves tampering a person's noumen (if they have one), influencing the host.
Cases of self-inflicted soul-alteration has been recorded in history, usually from attempts at augmenting oneself by tampering the noumen. Most of these end in horrific terms, such as the case of Vaung Khakhara, the Spider Queen.
Soul-alteration has been a constant security issue among the world powers, mainly due to possible usage by traffickers and slavers to protect their tracks, or by subversive organizations to compromise state security. Separately, the Conditary Community and the Great Western Triangle have instituted measures in order to control and stamp out the practice.