"The Iron Heart" -- My entry into Gorgonmilk's Community Project, "D12 Sources of Magical Energy."
All initiates into the Order of the Iron Heart spend
their first years studying the alchemy of metallurgy, in addition to whatever
clerical or menial tasks appointed by their Magister. The first true work of
magic by an initiate is the creation of their Iron Heart, the Star Regulus, out
of iron and other stranger materials. It is with this talisman that they begin
the second stage of their training.
The initiate begins to train with
their talisman in preparation for the final rite that completes their training.
The first exercises include sensing the location of their talisman without
sight. Once this has been mastered, the initiate will then practice sitting
across a room from their talisman while visualizing their Star Regulus moving
across the floor towards them. This has been mastered when the talisman begins
obeying these cognitive commands.
The final test is a 24 hour Ordeal of
keeping their talisman in perfect suspension mid-air under the supervision of
the Magister. Once the initiate can manipulate all the gravitational force
around their Star Regulus are they ready for the final step the process --
The process of Tuning begins with the physical restraint of the
Initiate-to-be-Adept supine in the ritual chamber. At this point certain Orders
allow for numbing drugs or ointments to be applied to the initiate, but
tradition dictates that this procedure be performed WITHOUT drugs of any kind so
that the initiate's mind is absolutely clear.
The skin of the breast-bone
is sliced open to the sternum, spread and held open with hooks. With the sternum
exposed a chisel is applied to bone, shaping a depression deep enough to hold
the initiate's Star Regulus. The talisman is then hammered into the depression.
Once the installation is complete, the initiate is carefully sown back together,
muscle and skin.
Following the Tuning the initiate is now know as an
Adept, a Gyromancer.
The Order of the Iron Heart has several compounds
spread across the land. Entry into its mysteries is always begun at an early
age, during adolescence, after some degree of observation by members of the
Order that the adolescent is a "Child of Promise" -- some latent magical
ability. Adult initiates are rare, but not unheard of -- typically the result of
a large sum of silver paid directly to a greedy Magister.
Ahtibat's Scintillating Spear
The partial incantation of
Ahtibat's Scintillating Spear brings forth a crackling shaft of pure energy into
the Magician's hand. This "spear" can then be thrust as a melee weapon into any
opponent within range. If the spear hits, the Magician can choose to discharge
the energy to send the opponent hurtling back.
The full incantation brings
forth what will appear to be a bundle of crackling spears of energy into the
Magician's hand. The Magician can then hurl at this at any number of opponent's
at range similar to a volley of javelins from a squad of soldiers. These jets of
energy also create pulses of gravity on their landing, send the Magician's
opponent's flying back.