Author: Richard STAATS at LMI Date: 9/22/94 2:10 PM Priority: Normal Subject: Re: Continued.. ------------------------------- Message Contents ------------------------------- Tewks, Balinor has had a chance to do some basic glossing of the Book of Infinite Spells. He can generally see categories of spells, but it would take decades to really start to grasp the book in its fullness. Remember that Nigilranthrib had the book for centuries, and he was an arch-mage prior to obtaining the Book. Even at that Nigilranthrib enhanced his abilities, but he was not quite ready for demi-god status. Balinor has found that possession of the book seems to fill him with a sense of POWER! Balinor feels like he could cast spells all day long. Balinor sees a pattern to the spells one can cast too. They are related to structures. The structures appear dimly connected to what the party has referred to as Runes up till now. There appears to be a basic structure that the Runes interface with. Oddly enough, none of the Runic structures mentioned in the Book have Chaos, Void, Man, Law, Dragon-Newt, etc. in them. The reason this is odd is that Balinor knows spells that allude to these constructs. However, Balinor is able to see how to use these Runic structures within the context of some of the spells within the book. For example, Balinor learned how to substitute Plant for Disorder in a spell listed in the Book, and Balinor believes that rather than causing a disruption spell, the variant will make the effected portion of the body turn green for a time. Hmmmmm.... It would appear that a total mastery of the Runes of Magic, Mastery and Infinity are enough to perform any type of magical feat. The other Runes provide a support structure for these, i.e. they focus the spells for a particular manifestation. Balinor flipped through the Book before reading each section in detail, and the final sections deal with creation of new associations (read that creation of Runes). It also appears that in addition to creating Runic constructs, spell casting involves identification of one as being ``worthy'' of causing the desired effect. Some spell effects seem dependent on who you are. To some extent, rituals are a process of creating the aura of one worthy to create the effect; this allows the magic to be cast. There are phrases or thought patterns associated with Runes and combinations of Runes. These patterns appear to be tiered. The functioning of the World Machine appears to be connected with the possibility of performing certain types of spells. Invocation of the True Runes was not possible until the World Machine was assembled. Greater or lesser feats were possible depending on to what extent the World Machine was repaired and access to the True Runes was available. Now, nearly anything appears to be possible. When the great beings cast spells, they invoke the True Runes so directly that their images glisten in the air before the spell caster. Balinor shudders when he realizes that this is the second time that Zhalindor has endured this. Something in his ponderings on the construction of the World Machine and the capability of performing magical feats is registering in Balinor's mind . . . it is a little hazy at the moment, but Balinor is starting to get an idea why someone might have wanted to disassemble the World Machine to begin with. Hope this helps, In service, Rich PS You are free to share any of this you desire with the other PCs.