Lars Silberg Hanson asked a question about my write-up on the Shaman earlier, and after some thinking I hope I’ve come up with a reasonable reply.
Sorry Mr. Hanson, but after giving your question some thought I just don’t think that the Mediumship K/S really fits the Shaman. And given that Mediumship is the only K/S dealing with spirits in Mythus, then I’ll just have to create a new one.
This new K/S Area I’m calling Spiritology, the study of spirits. I know it’s a neologism, but I’m an American and we invent words. If you can come up with a better term for dealing with spirits,be my guest.
- Trait: Spiritual
- Attribute: Metaphysical Power
- Heka: Steep + MPD
Description: Spiritology is the study of spirits in a Mythus world and the knowledge of them. With the K/S the persona will have some idea of what spirits are most commonly founds where he lives, and how to interact with them. In addition to communication Spiritology also allows the persona to open up gates to other realms where he can travel and learn. Most often the shaman or other persona will find himself going through a spiritrealm version of his home and the immediate environs. Most often the persona goes on spirit quests seeking out information and possibly treasure. Or he may ask that a spirit attend to him so that he may ask the spirit questions or for advice.
Unlike Mediumship Spiritology is only rarely used to contact a specific ancestor, and most certainly not for some immediate descendent. Ancestor spirits can be called, but most often such are ancestral to a family or clan as a whole, and not to any particular member of a family or clan.
For the most part when a Shaman or similar person calls on a spirit he is doing so on behalf or his family, clan, band, or village. What the spirit imparts to him is up to the spirit in question, and not all spirits will tell the Shaman—etc.—what he wants to hear. Also keep in mind that the spirit may be actively hostile or even manipulative. It’s a good idea for the Shaman to take precautions, and knowing Apotropaism to a fair extent is always a good idea.
Keywords: For this K/S they are; preparation, knowledge, bargaining, negotiation, and courtesy.
Mr. Hanson, what do you think of this?