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Magical strength - variable? posted 19 Jul 2009, 23:07 by WrathOfMe, Commoner

Hello, first topic, blah blah. I have a question regarding the nature of magic in PoN and TJE. We are told that the strength of Cishaurim varies considerably, and that this is a known fact. There are multiple levels of Cishaurim strength, as delineated by the Scarlet Spires, Imperial Saik, and so on. It is also referred to as however much of Indara's Water they can carry. I have no problem with this, it makes sense in the same way that it makes sense to me that some people are physically stronger than others. Now, my question is - how would power be variable among Anagogic and Gnostic schoolmen? We know that such a power divide exists, because Eleazaras is clearly the strongest Scarlet Spire and certain Mandate sorcerers are hinted at being stronger than Akka. Also, there is a difference between initiates and sorcerers-of-rank. But how would their power be varied, when the magic is predicated upon language and meanings? Would simply the speed and strength of one's incantations be the deciding factor? Is there some inborn trait among the Few that determines how strongly they can influence the world with God's voice? Or, perhaps, strength is dependent on how skilfully they can maintain a true inuttered meaning to their sorcery. I don't know what it is - I wondered if anyone else had thoughts to share, or even better evidence from the series. Thanks! view post

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