Commonly, people conceptualize subtle energies as ephemeral, ethereal, and intangible quintessential entities. That assumption means that those entities have no solid substance that we can hold. Various ideas about magic propose that quintessential entities facilitate magical operations and applications such as enchantments. Manipulation of quintessential entities is an intuitive, easy, and common method of augmenting an object’s attributes. A common technique is to anchor, imprint, or link a quintessential, ethereal construct to the physical object so that the physical object emanates the enchantment’s properties. That method of enchantment is like painting or gilding an object. It does not change the intrinsic properties of the object; instead, it only adds layers to it. That coating can degrade so that the enchantment loses its integrity and must be routinely repaired. In addition to that, agents can also disrupt enchantments reliant on extrinsic, ethereal properties of a physical object easily.
- Causal Propagation of Magical Properties
- Magical Alphabets, Magical Seals, and Growing a Magical Crystal
- Alchemical Transmutation
Causal Propagation of Magical Properties
Creating an enchantment that is intrinsic to a physical object makes it so that agents cannot easily disrupt or corrupt the enchantment. Enchantments that lack a physical presence have a more fragile existence than persistent physical objects. It is possible to create a magical object that is intrinsic to a physical one so that the connection between the object and the magic is a consequence of propagation instead of superficial augmentation.
Mathematical sets of numbers provide an intuitive framework for the metaphysical concept of propagation. For example, 10 is an abstract and higher-dimensional number. 10 encapsulates 5+5 or 9+1, or a sum of ten 1’s. Similarly, contained in an instance of an effect are its causes. How things propagate indicates that every effect has information and is correlated with its cause, such that the propagated relationship intrinsic to that effect. The relationship between cause and effect implies that a way to make a physical object intrinsically magically is to make it so that it exists because of magic. The causal dependency implies every instance of its physical existence will recursively reaffirm the magic that caused it to be. So, a way to create a permanent enchantment is to use magic to materialize a physical object. While this might sound unrealistic, it is not.
Through Alchemy, it is possible to use Chemistry and Magic to make an enchantment an intrinsic property instead of an extrinsic property of an object. There are two ways to do this chemically. One method is significantly easier and more intuitive than the other. We can grow a crystal from a solution or create a chemical compound. Creating a chemical compound requires more equipment, more education in Chemistry, and is more expensive. Many enchantments that use “crystals” tend to view it as charging the crystal; however, as was stated, charging a crystal is more like a coat of paint. Technically, such an enchantment is not charging a crystal because it is not storing the magical energy. That magical force did not form the crystal; therefore, it does not exist as an intrinsic property so long as the crystal exists. Crystals formed by magic possess an enchantment that persists until the destruction of the crystal. It is possible to create such an enchantment by crystalizing things magically.
Magical Alphabets, Magical Seals, and Growing a Magical Crystal
An easy way to create a crystal is from it falling out of a saturated solution. One of the most easily accessible solvents out there is water. When water-soluble compounds, like salt or sugar, are placed in water, they dissolve. We can use that property to grow crystals. Alum crystals are relatively easy aqueous crystals to grow. In addition to that, alum/potash is also a very traditional alchemical compound. There are different ways we can grow an alum crystal. The basic idea is to dissolve alum in hot water until the solution is saturated. The solution is saturated when no more of the solute will dissolve. Leaving it alone and allowing the solution to evaporate will result in one alum molecule attracting another. When the structure gets too heavy, it will fall out of the solution to the bottom as a crystal. Playing around with temperature and evaporation rates yield crystals of different sizes. Nature likes low energy states because low energy states are stable states. If left alone, things will try and reach their lowest energy state. Those energy states depend on chemical properties so that things crystallize into consistent shapes.