I’m thinking about Mythus and Ærth when it occurs to me that my thinking about the magick of Ærth really isn’t all that original. I got it instead from the Derlavi series by Harry Turtledove, Touted as a fantasy version of World War II, it seems to me more like a science fiction version of WWII given fantasy trappings.In Out of the Darkness Turtledove presents magic as a science, as a subject which can be, and is, treated as a science. For in Out of the Darkness the theoretical Kuusamo mage Pekka works with her fellows on the hypothesis that the Laws of Sympathy and Antipathy are in all actuality aspects of the Law of Relationships.
Now I know that a fair number of you are going to be bit put out that Turtledove and I decided to treat magic as a science.But that’s our business. Where Turtledove is concerned he decided that the Derlavi would and could see magic as a type of science, as would and could I where Ærth is concerned.
Well first, because magic works in the two worlds, and in both cases magic can be understood much as, say, physics and chemistry in our world. What magic is and how it can be learned and used is open to investigation. It can be proved and disproved.
The magick of Ærth—to use Gary’s spelling—works. It produces results that cannot be explained away. A wall gets raised thanks to a dweomer, it is the dweomer that does the job and not a work crew using ordinary tools and materials. That is what I mean by working magick.
The Force According to Earth
In our reality we know of 4 forces; Gravity, the Strong Nuclear, the Weak Nuclear, and Electromagnetism. Now the first three do have an impact on our existence, but it is the last that shapes our world, giving it the substance we call matter. For the objects we know and deal with on a daily bases are essentially electromagnetic clouds we interact with using electromagnetic clouds of our own.When I type a letter on my computer’s keyboard it is the cloud it we call a finger that interacts with the cloud we call a key to send a message to the computer to produce the appropriate letter on the screen.
In addition my finger cloud is connected to other clouds in my hand, which are in turn connected through a cloud we call a nerve to the cloud we call a brain, which sends messages through the nerve cloud to the muscle clouds in hand and finger which tells them to take the action which allow me to depress the key cloud, which then in turn sends a message to the processor cloud in the computer to form pixel clouds on the monitor screen in the form of a letter.
Where Ærth and Derlavi Are Concerned
Well I don’t know where Derlavi is concerned, but with Ærth it would appear there are also 4 forces; Gravity, Heka, Magnetism, and Electricity. There scientists are not aware that Electricity and Magnetism can be said to be the same force, and they have no inkling of the existence of the nuclear forces.
But they do have a force we don’t, Heka.
What is a Force?
As I understand it, a force is a phenomenon arising with how spacetime is deformed. More specifically with how it can be deformed. Gravity it would appear is the product of a rather gentle deformation, one where spacetime really doesn’t get bent out of shape to any great degree. Where the Strong Force is concerned the warping of spacetime would appear to be rather radical, though fortunately rather short ranged.
In the case of Ærth’s Heka since it can’t exist in our reality it’s basically impossible to learn just how radical the spacetime deformation can be. For my part I’m going to assume that it is not as gente as Gravity, but now quite as severe as Electromagnetism. But it is closer to EM than it is to Gravity because of what can manifest as a result of the deformation.
What Electromagnetism Produces
You get right down to it, what Electromagnetism ultimately produces is matter.For matter, both and Earth as on Ærth, is essentially an Electromagnetic cloud arising from the object we call the atom. What Heka ultimately produces is an object we shall call a hekon. A sort of “magickal” equivalent to the atom, which produces much of what atoms do, but not exactly in the same way.
To be Continued
And now I’m running out of energy, with my apnea I really don’t get the rest I need from sleep.Hopefully I’ll be getting a cpap in January. But until then I’m going to get what sleep I can, and then continue on with an essay of how I think Heka and the magick it enables works. All I can ask is your patience and forebearance.Till next time.