I have often been presented with the problem of magic, for while it appears in nearly every faerie-story, it does not seem a logical element. I do not like to write of something that I cannot explain with logic, and so I have spent much time puzzling over the subject of magic, or genia, as I have chosen to call it. What I have contrived is but the mindless ramble of a senseless provocation, but over the years I have managed to formulate a concept that makes sense to me. Here it is:
I have always been both fascinated and a little terrified of magic and, for that matter, anything that cannot be explained. I think this is why I try so hard to make any concept I create as logical as possible, and why I have chosen to create a fictional universe based on the one we live in, rather than one that is absurdly magical and so blatantly contrived. But one thing that I have found especially fascinating is the concept of psychic powers. Among my most favoured stories involving the control of a psychic universe is the game Psi Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy which is set in a universe where certain individuals possess the ability to control other’s minds, move objects with but a thought, and see things that are hidden. I found this vision quite favourable, and I wanted to implement such an idea into my own writing, but how to do it logically? Well, I recalled that some people believe that we only use but a small portion of our mind. The rest is locked away and hidden; inaccessible. So, given my own spiritual belief that men were much greater before God destroyed this world, and also given that I believe quite fervently that there is a bit of truth in every story, it seemed a logical conclusion to assume that the human mind is in fact already in possession of said psychic powers. The problem is, of course, that we lost.
My next problem was then to explain how this power would work, if we had access to it, and the only sensible solution that I could come up with was the creation of a certain energy like an EMR, or particle like a photon(not so dissimilar from George Lucas’s midichlorians controlling the force). This energy I had christened dientia. It would be a part of every element or bit of matter on earth, and the human mind would be hardwired to use it in a number of ways, external control and telepathy to name but a few. My own knowledge and study of physics, and especially of quantum physics, has only proved to deepen my belief that such a hidden force may actually indeed exist here on this planet. There is so much that even the most knowledged of our race do not know, and so much that can only be speculated upon. At any rate, it certainly is not a ridiculous concept for science-fiction, and hence it is not such a large stretch to suppose that this same force could be the real culprit behind this word magic that has been a part of so many faerie-stories (as I said, there is truth in every legend).
Well, now that you know from where my maniacal idea has come, I will explain how it pertains to my work. Keep in mind that this is based solely on my fictional universe, and not on reality.
The concept of magic, or genia, has become the instigator of an ongoing war between fact and faith. Some see it as just a part of our world, or the brilliant work of that nasty little buggar we call chance, while others see only the power of their specific deity behind it. Both are inherently true, but the rift and division has been a crutch that humanity has never quite managed to escape, and it lasts still to this day.
While we now know very little of what earth and humanity were like before the First Fall, we do know that ever since the beginning of time almost all civilizations have been deitous. They worshiped their gods as the source of genia, and many cultures had such spirit men or women who were said to commune with the gods, and possess strong magic and knowledge of the uses thereof. It wasn’t until much later in the 59th century that the concept of genia without any form of god was introduced. It spiralled from there into a wild theory in which the age of our planet was put into question, and men tried desperately to simply be rid of any idea of a deity at all. This view was held by an ancient society of men who believed they were of superior intelligence. They called themselves the Illuminati (which comes of the latin word illuminatus, meaning enlightened) and for many years they sought to control the way the world viewed science. They strove with the study of dientia and they longed to master the power of genia, but it wasn’t until in the later part of the 60th century that they began to actually put their knowledge to use. For nearly five-hundred years they gave their time to experimentation, aiming mainly to unlock the secrets of the mind and explain with science what religion had failed to accomplish. Their endeavours, however, did not provide much insight until quite near the end of the 65th century.
Cue the Second Fall, or Cataclysm, as some called it.
In the year 6488 the world saw its second major catastrophe. It was the result of escalading conditions in world government that scorched virtually the entire surface of the planet and caused the near annihilated its population. Up to this point the Illuminati, desperate to unearth the secrets of the mind and prove themselves above any deity began to manufacture weapons based on their research. Their work was terrible and destructive; however, it was not they who dealt the final blow. Their greatest adversary and the only form of government that the world then knew was the NWO, or New World Order, and it was they who were ultimately responsible. The conflict in those final days was more rampant than ever before, and it ended quite abruptly in a “final solution”. It was in this aftermath that the earth and its conflicting views were divided into those who were left behind with the descendants of the Illuminati as their guidance, and those who were driven to the far corners of the earth to scratch a meagre living off rock and bone. They became the New World and the Men of the West, respectively.
The New World solved their problems by means of walls and power. The Illuminati’s work did not die, and it was not long after the catastrophe that men actually found (or were shown) the key to the secrets of the mind. They began to put them to use in their new society. They saw this newfound force as a means to power, and those who had first wielded it used it to seize control and to make a very clear distinction between their tyrant elite and the rest of the populace. Thus they carried on the traditions and beliefs of their forefathers and implemented them upon a society that would live in fear of the power of genia for seven centuries.
The Men of the West, however, found themselves in a land that would not forgive. They sought new ways to combat the elements and, while some still retained the ways of their forefather and the belief that any god was but a faerie-story, a surprisingly large number turned instead to a newfound source of guidance in faith. It was in those early years that men once more had knowledge of Calandra—of how He crafted the earth at the sound of his voice, and how he set men therein to be the stewards of the land. This faith led men to rely on what had been gifted to them. Knowledge, magic, and the soil beneath their feet were their tools, and of course they thanked Calandra for these things. They went to war against the races that sought to befoul the beauty Calandra had made, and they made peace with those whom were also wise in the way of things. But foremost in their newfound belief was genia. They strove to understand it and to know how to use it as Calandra had intended, and indeed, within far short of another millennium they had such a profound knowledge of it that even the Illuminati at the height of its reign would have been ashamed. Not even the most magical of the other races could contend with the Men of the West when it came to geniaic power. And so, just as history had begun with magic relative to faith in a deity, so to it had found its way back once more.
Yet, interesting it may be to note that, while the Men of the West had profound knowledge and use of genia, they understood little of the actually physics with which Calandra had bound it to earth, and in that respect, the New World was far more knowledgeable.
So there it is: seventy-three centuries of the history of magic. Now you may call me absurd, you may call me illogical, and you may call me naive, but whatever you choose to call me may it be said in the nicest way possible. I do not scorn you for your views, do I? Although, perhaps I have considered it… Like I said, while I do believe in some form of psychic attribute in this world, all I have written here is fictional speculation designed for the simple purpose of giving life to the universe I have created, and reason to the otherwise absurd concepts. Yes, magic is an absurd concept.
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