Countdown to Addergoole: Words

52 34 Days To 52 Weeks

For the 52 days leading up to the 52 weeks of Addergoole: Year 9, I will be posting something Addergoole-related (almost) every day.

Today: Words and Workings.

The world of Faerie Apocalypse has spoken-Word-based magic, based on 11(*) Domains and 11 Manifestations, controlled by a number of modifiers, which together can do just about anything in the world.

For a few examples: Cynara digs basements by using Abatu, destroy, with Eperu, earth, modified with a series of Greek words (usually Delta for level, and then the words for cube, level, and smooth). In lieu of a large series of tools, Howard has Meentik, create, and Unutu, Worked Objects, and a long series of specific Greek words for the tools he needs.

(for more on the Greek, see It’s All Greek to Me).

With Buli (ignore) and Kwxe (energy**), you can walk through a fire unscathed. With Aistrigh (transmute) and Tlacatl (Flesh of Makers***), you could turn tears into blood. Want to kill power to an entire building? Abatu Hiko (electromagnetic energy).

Those are Worked magic; each Ellehemaei (fae) also has an innate power. The pure-blooded of any given breed all have the same powers, but every half-breed’s power is different. Porter makes Doors to anywhere. Aelgifu exudes a calming light. Professor Shira Pelletier sees the future. And so on.

There are those that speculate that the Laws that bind all Ellehemaei (the things that make, for instance, Keeping possible) are just an immensely complicated Working. Only the Gods who made those Laws know, and they’re not talking.

(*) 11 that most fae know of
(**) All translations are loose, not exact
(***) Makers: sentient beings, prim. fae and Ellehemaei
(****)Thanks to Inventrix for the Workings examples, and Capriox, whose character Howard is.

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