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Thesis on Ritual Cadres

Thesis on Ritual Cadres – By Anya Greymane
Ritual Magic is a fluid and ever-changing practice. While there are the most basic of tenants that must be adhered to, the rest is based upon those within the circle or place of power, their actions and their intent.
What’s certain is these few simple things:

• The place of power, be it a circle or a silo, must be properly sealed to contain the power within.
• The ritual proper must last at least 12 minutes but no longer than 15. Too short and the ritual will not have gained enough momentum or power to ensure success. Too long and the build up of power can reach dangerous, potentially even fatal levels. The gods, deities, powers or spirits you request to aid you will anger if their presence is required for too long.
• The ritual requires a summonation or a request for the presence of the powers you wish to invoke. Then follows the statements of intent and the request for the outcome you desire. The ritual ends with thanks to the powers, and, if appropriate, permission or instruction to depart.
• Some rituals, depending on the intent or desire, will require a price or sacrifice.
• All rituals must have a leader. This is the person who takes on responsibility for the powers invoked, and who ensures that all within the place of power perform tasks or functions appropriate to the ritual itself. Anyone within who is not actively aiding the leader or standing guard will anger the powers that you have brought to you and will detrimentally affect your outcome.

On the subject of the ritual participants, In the years since the Great War, professional ritual cadres have been formed. Much knowledge was lost amongst the devastation, including many of the lost arts of sorcery and magic, including the harnessing and wielding of ritual power.

Those with a keen understanding of enacting rituals, combined with active experience, have found that it is possible for a team, or cadre of experienced ritualists to enhance the power within the circle significantly. Until recently, it had been assumed that the power of the ritual lies within the leader, and that those inside who were actively contributing to it would only increase the power by the smallest amount. But it is apparent that this is not necessarily the case.

These rituals still require a lead ritualist, however with the right knowledge and experience, each of those aiding the leader can contribute much more.

It is also the case that a cadre of experienced ritual assistants, combined with a leader of great power, who are all advocates of the same ritual path, can bolster the power even more. This is also further increased if all the participants have an alignment with the particular circle or silo they are working in.

The experiments I have witnessed have yielded great results. Where some of the most trivial of requests once required the expenditure of all one’s power and energy; now it would seem that with a group of trained advocates, what once seemed impossible is now within reach.

The problem is now apparent… if the seemingly impossible is now made possible, then how can they resist temptation? Power over life and death? The power to wipe out towns and cities in an instant? Another Great War? They continue with their experiments, but where will they stop?

Ritual magic is a gift to this world. It flows throughout Af’ael in synergy with the diversity of life. We control it and tame it so that we may communicate with it in the hopes that it will fulfil our desires. But it is not our slave. Not our prisoner. We harness it’s power, but, as with all things, there must be balance. There is always a price… I dread to think what the ultimate price will be…

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