Tuning, alternatively called sorcery or magic, is the means by which certain experts manipulate matter and energy. There are several different forms and means of tuning, though most share basic principles. The major divisions of tuning are aletheia (arcane), teleion (divine), empeiria (natural, ‘the knack’), and aliquot (bardic). Each of these divisions requires a different catalyst to fuel their tuning. Those that practice aletheia burn away the wisps along the Istós, while the clerics that practice teleion draw their strength from their Ascendents. The natural sorcerers that practice empeiria can fuel their tuning with the strength of their own radiant souls, and the bards that practice aliquot tuning borrow strength from the interpenetrating souls around them.
All tuning, regardless of school, require that a practitioner be able to apprehend the Istós. Though those with the knack are able to do this almost from birth, most require years of meditation and practice to even glimpse Istós.
Aletheia, the tuning practiced by wizards, requires precise meanings. This is why arcane incantations are always spoken in a constructed language, as natural languages are too easily corrupted by the inconstancies of daily use. The precision and otherness of the arcane languages serves to protect the semantics of aletheia from the inconstancies of real lives and thoughts.
Arcane incantations require the tuner to say and think two separate things simultaneously. The spoken segment of an incantation, the utterance, must have its meaning focused with a silent segment, the thought, that is simultaneously thought. The thought incantation sharpens the meaning of the spoken incantation. Preserving and expressing the pure modalities of meaning is the heart of Alethia.
Teleion, the tuning performed by those that bind themselves to Ascendants does not require the precise knowledge of wizardry. These tuners sacrifice the precision of knowledge for the nascent revelations of divine intuition. They can summon the tone and timbre of a sliver of the Istos even as the true meanings that make up aletheia escape them. In order to perform tuning in this way a practitioner must braid their soul with the Ascendant to which they bound, never deviating from the moral boundaries of their patron.
Empeiria is the tuning performed by sorcerers. Sorcerers are those with a uniform soul, a knot of all one shade. It is much more limited than other forms of tuning, as these practitioners can only manipulate the strings that they share with their own knot. Unlike other forms of tuning, empeiria requires little training and no catalyst beyond the reserves of a sorcerer’s own soul.
Practicioners of aliquot tuning are known as bards,
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