Annotations of the Great Index

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Annotations of the Great Index (colorless)

Homeworld: The Great Library

 

Spells

  Name   Type
The Foundations of Rhetoric Readied (special)
The Essentials of Mathematics Readied (special)
The Requisites of History Readied (special)
The Disciplines of Naturalism Readied (special)
The Revelations of Beauty Readied (special)
The Intricacies of Design Readied (special)
The Principles of Expression Readied (special)
The Wellsprings of Language Readied (special)
The Fundamentals of Conjury Readied (special)
The Anatomies of Spirit Readied (special)
The Atlases of Worlds Readied (special)
The Hypotheses of Wonder Readied (special)

 

 

Rituals

Name   Duration
Spontaneous Ritualism I 1 minute
Spontaneous Ritualism II 1 minute
Spontaneous Ritualism III 1 minute
Intrinsic Ritualism I 5 minutes
Intrinsic Ritualism II 5 minutes
Intrinsic Ritualism III 5 minutes
Extended Ritualism I 10 minutes
Extended Ritualism II 10 minutes
Extended Ritualism III 10 minutes
Formal Ritualism I 15 minutes
Formal Ritualism II 15 minutes
Formal Ritualism III 15 minutes

Formal Spellbooks
All spells from the Annotations must be cast and activated while holding or reading from a formal spellbook, which is a large tome (at least 5 x 8”) of good quality made with the artistry specialty as an Accomplished Work or better.

Cosmopolitan Rituals
Rituals from this school are cosmopolitan, meaning the school simply does not have rituals of its own. Instead, they are chosen as the caster likes from any other standard, prime world’s rituals of the listed duration. “Standard” in this case meaning an active prime world whose school of sorcery does not have Dire rituals. The nature of the Annotations gives the caster basic knowledge of these rituals, so only cursory justification is required when choosing them. Do note, however, that copying a ritual into the Annotations prevents you from ever picking it in its original school, and you may not copy a ritual you already formally know as part of another school of magic.

Chosen rituals are performed exactly as their original text indicates, though they obviously generate Annotations charges instead of their normal effect.

Spells

The Foundations of Rhetoric
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements

Casting Verbal
“Rhetoric is that faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion, and with a thorough grounding in its foundations, applied judiciously, we make civil the discourse of public life.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

Ethos and the Character Public
This cantrip may only be cast within one minute of the caster becoming the target of a use of Etiquette or the full, active responder to an inspired performance. The Foundations of Rhetoric must be active before the triggering effect occurs. Upon intoning the verbal of this cantrip and spending an activation, the caster gains a free Feat of Will as a non-stackable enchantment effect which lasts until sunset or used, whichever comes first.

Staberinde’s Implications of Pathos
This cantrip may only be cast within one minute of the caster becoming the full, active (non-resisting) recipient of any basic, greater, or heroic Feat of Charisma, and The Foundations of Rhetoric must be active before the triggering effect occurs. Upon activating this cantrip and intoning its verbal, the caster gains a free basic FoCharisma as a standard enchantment which lasts until used or until sunset, whichever comes first. Obviously, this effect may not be cast in response to one’s own FoCharisma, only one activation may be used per triggering effect, and the enchantment-based feat will not stack with itself.

Vexillarium’s Logos Monolithica
This cantrip may only be cast immediately after the caster bids their resources during a formal investigation involving complex, abstract concepts and nothing else (no physical props or a character as a target), and obviously the Foundations must be active before the Investigation is called . Assuming the investigation is not an abject failure, the caster, and they alone, get an extra question they may ask at any time during the investigation. Only one such activation may be called during a particular investigation by an individual caster.

 

The Essentials of Mathematics
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“As far as the essential laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Nevertheless, all knowledge flows from the purity of this uncertain source.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“The Wheels of the Cosmos”
While a willing recipient is in the meditative process for a Divination spell or an act of prophecy, whose means of action is focused on mathematical symbols or runes, this cantrip may be activated to grant them a +1 Mastery or Attuned level for that purpose. This bonus is lost immediately after the divination is completed, and note that the cantrip may be not used for the caster’s own divinations.

“Lorinthia’s Impossible Conjectures”
This cantrip may only be cast immediately after the caster bids their resources during a formal investigation involving mathematical/symbolic text props, schematics, or upon a geometric puzzle or similarly styled artifact, and obviously the Essentials must be active before the investigation is called. If any of the other members of the investigation has to pass on a question, you may instead ask in their place. This effect persists for the duration of the investigation and will work on multiple failed questions. If you pass on any of your questions, however, the effect immediately ends.

“Principles of Internal Symbology”
The caster may activate this cantrip (after 3 seconds of concentration as a touch effect) in order to reduce the time of the next Meditative ritual undertaken by the recipient by five minutes, to a minimum of five. The enchantment lasts until used or until sunset, whichever comes first.

 

The Requisites of History
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“History is written by the victors, for the benefit of the survivors, according to the requisites of power. To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity, yet this ambiguity does not rescue us from the responsibilities of knowledge.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“Taleflower’s Origin in Thrall”
During a conversation with an actual Ounish person, Automaton, or refined spirit media, or with an articulate Fleshcrafter being or Excrescence, you may activate this cantrip in order to call a free use of Etiquette. Multiple uses of this cantrip may be called on the same target, but no quicker than once per minute.

“The Myth of Antipodes”
This cantrip may activated only after one minute of concentration during which the caster must reside in complete darkness. Once complete, they create a source of magical light of any color of their choice, as per the standard rules for such.

“The Mantle of Forgotten Time”
This cantrip may only be cast immediately after the caster bids their resources during a formal investigation involving historical texts, holy books, or personal correspondence from long ago, and obviously the Requisites must be active before the Investigation is called. Upon doing so, the marshal in charge of the investigation will grant each interlocutor a private vision relating the target of the investigation to their own personal history in a significant way. Only one use of this cantrip is permitted during an investigation.

 

The Disciplines of Naturalism
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“So profound is our ignorance of nature, and so high the presumption of our own discipline, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of any phase of being; and as we do not see the cause, we invoke cataclysms to desolate the world, or invent laws presuming to bracket an age.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“Farblind’s Book of the Wild”
The caster may activate this cantrip to add 1 to the Explore value of a willing target as a touch effect following 3 seconds of concentration. If the recipient does not have at least one level in Survival, this enchantment has no effect. The enchantment persists until sunset or the recipient takes an Explore Tag, whichever comes first.

“The Path of Wort-Cunning”
Upon concentrating for 3 seconds and touching a willing recipient, the target gains an enchantment which increases, by 3, the effective Treatment level of any healer that attempts to treat them. The enchantment lasts until sunset or until the recipient is successfully treated for persistent conditions, whichever comes first.

“A Treatise on Vital Forces”
The caster may use an activation of this cantrip as a touch effect on a willing and aware target (who must be given full knowledge of the consequences prior to casting), immediately rendering them Critical and Stabilized. Upon doing so, the caster gains a non-stackable enchantment which they may expend as a touch effect to Stabilize any other critical target. The enchantment lasts until used or until sunset, whichever comes first.

 

The Revelations of Beauty
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“Among the most tragic of contradictions there is this: beauty gives of itself only to those of unencumbered joy, while the understanding of the beautiful, however, is given only to those burdened with Sensibility, whose dull labors run contrariwise to all revelation.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“The Life and Death of the Arts”
If cast upon a willing target within one minute of having partaken of an Inspiration effect from a standalone piece of Masterwork art (medium or large), they gain an enchantment which provides them with the Tenacious ability from the Tough trait. If they already have this ability, this cantrip will be of no use to them. The enchantment persists until sunset or until the recipient is Stabilized or otherwise restored from being Critical, whichever comes first.

“The Genius Aspirant”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster can activate this cantrip as a touch effect to give a willing recipient an enchantment they may use after spending at least ten minutes drawing, painting, making calligraphy, paper folding, sculpting, or doing any other visual art intended only for aesthetic purposes. Upon doing so, they restore a single feat of their choice. This enchantment lasts until sunset or until used, whichever comes first, and cannot stack with itself. A recipient cannot benefit from this cantrip more than once per day, but it does not count against them for the purposes of partaking of Inspiring art.

“Morganthall’s Creatrix”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster can activate this cantrip as a touch effect to give a willing recipient an enchantment that grants them +2 to Craft production for the purposes of any in-game production actions involving lumencraft, jewelcraft, or artistry. The enchantment lasts until the recipient uses their in-game production period, or until sunset, whichever comes first. This effect obviously may not be used during check-in.

 

The Intricacies of Design
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“At the intersection of utility and aesthetics sits Design: the practice whose intricacies grant us the means by which we are able to live, and yet also the means to create what we live for. The same hand that can draw art for the sake of emotional expression can give shape to a model of useful purpose.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“Yesha’s Hands of the Father”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster can activate this cantrip as a touch effect to give a willing recipient an enchantment which grants them the Intermediate Repair ability. This enchantment ends as soon as the recipient repairs an item or until sunset, whichever comes first. If the recipient already has Intermediate or Advanced repair, the enchantment will be of no use.

“The Spontaneous Machine”
Upon triggering a trap without being rendered unconscious or critical, or by being in the immediate (15’) presence of another tinkerer upon their disarming a trap, picking a lock, or calibrating a Railcaster, you may activate this cantrip within 1 minute of the triggering effect to gain the Basic Devices ability until sunset. If the caster already has the Basic Devices ability from some other source, they instead gain +2 to their Tinkering Production until sunset, for all purposes. Intricacies must be active prior to the triggering effect in order for this cantrip to be activated, and the bonus this spell provides may not stack with itself or other enchantment-based sources..

“The Transcendence of Labor”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster may activate this cantrip as a touch effect to give a willing recipient an enchantment which can be expended after they bid their resources during a formal investigation involving a material, crafted object that is of superior or masterwork quality, or is an overtly magical artifact.. Upon burning the enchantment, the user must willingly Destroy a set of Tinker’s Tools or a Repair Kit as a strict requirement, the effect of which is to immediately increase the success level of the investigation by 1. Only one use of this enchantment is viable during a single investigation. The enchantment persists until sunset or it is used, whichever comes first.

 

The Principles of Expression
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“All blessings to the dreamers, to those who know no principle but expression; let them ride with the spirits upon the wind; let them run on the top of the dishevelled tide; let them dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“The Unities of Beholding”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster can activate this cantrip as a touch effect to give a willing recipient an enchantment they may expend at will to restore one of their feats upon calling an Inspired Performance, in a similar fashion as the Audience of One ability. Note that this effect only restores a single feat, regardless of the level of inspiration called, however. This enchantment lasts until sunset or until used, whichever comes first, and cannot stack with itself, and obviously is useless if the recipient cannot call an inspired performance ability.

“Periclinian’s Stirrings of the Blood”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster can activate this cantrip as a touch effect to give a willing target an enchantment they may expend upon partaking of any inspired performance involving dance or focused on some other form of bodily motion.. As they do so, in addition to feat restoration, they gain a level of enhanced healing which lasts until sunset or they are stabilized by any means.

“Kelspeth’s Life of Small Passions”
The caster can activate this cantrip as a touch effect on a willing target within one minute of them performing a ritual directly involving song, gift-giving, the playing of tricks, or the playing of games. Upon doing so, they gain +1 maximum Vitality as a standard enchantment effect until sunset. This spell may not be cast on oneself.

 

The Wellsprings of Language
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful language are corrupt. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful language are pure. Those who find beautiful meanings in ugly language are the wellsprings of madness.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“The Librarian’s Concordance”
Within one minute of being allowed to read from the living text of a Pagefolk, the caster may activate this cantrip in order to gain the Gift of Tongues (Scholarship) ability explicitly for the purposes of reading a text in a language they normally do not know. The enchantment persists until they read a single example of such a text, or sunset arrives, whichever comes first. One’s own living text may not be used to trigger this spell.

“Tsopix’s Guideposts and Wordstones”
This cantrip may only be cast immediately before joining a formal investigation involving poetry, arcane runecraft, or iconography. Doing so allows the caster to partake in the investigation without counting against the total number they are allotted per day. If the caster has the Advanced Inquiry ability, the cantrip instead allows them to call a free Greater Feat of Learning once during the investigation.

“Stylistics of High Disquisition”
This cantrip may only be cast immediately after the caster bids their resources during a formal investigation involving dense, scholarly prose texts of any sort. Upon completion of the investigation, the marshal in charge must ask and answer a question that they believe is the most important among those the participants failed to pose.

 

The Fundamentals of Conjury
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, and see into the unlikely places where the greatest secrets hide. Let nothing in the depths of the fundament nor under the dome of the sky refuse your tempting conjury.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“Elithiomel’s Principles of Abjuration”
After the caster concentrates for one minute and activates this cantrip, it grants them a standard Magic resist as a non-stackable enchantment. This cantrip may only be cast if the caster has no active charges of any kind.

“The Rede for All Seasons”
During a conversation with a representative of a Seasonal court or minion thereof, the you may activate this cantrip in order to call a free use of Etiquette. Multiple uses of this cantrip may be called on the same target, but no quicker than once per minute.

“The Immortal Enchanter”
Within one minute after receiving an enchantment from someone else which would normally persist until sunset, you may activate this cantrip in order to increase its duration to that of one full event. Note that this cantrip will not prevent an enchantment from being dropped for a special effect.

 

The Anatomies of Spirit
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“Spirits of the green sea and the azured vault, of wind and rattling thunder dread, I bid thee rejoice and make merry! Let those of shadowy oak and anatomies of stone, those of wild and of well tame’d fire harken unto me!”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“The Apocrypha of Blessed Dignities”
During a conversation with a Spirit being you may activate this cantrip in order to call a free etiquette upon them. Only one such effect may be used on the same being by the same caster on a per-day basis. If, after calling this effect, you are able to gain a token from that spirit within 5 minutes, additionally gain +1 Mastery until sunset as a standard enchantment.

“Shanthi’s Memoriam and Eulogy”
Once activated as a touch effect on someone who has died but has yet to have their soul pass on, this cantrip will reset their count for their passing time. This cantrip be cast only once per recipient, until such time as they are Coaxed or Resurrected.

“Mirrors of the White City”
After the caster concentrates for one minute and activates this cantrip, it grants them a non-stackable enchantment which may be burned in order to call a True Reflect against a packet-delivered spell cast by a Spirit. This cantrip may only be cast if the caster has no active charges of any kind.

 

The Atlases of Worlds
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“The Singularity of Worlds is a pattern of deception, a puzzling atlas of surpassing complexity incomprehensible to even the wisest of us. It is the truest purpose of Ounish Worldstriding, then, to solve the riddle, to answer that greatest of all questions.”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“Sheltem’s Geomantic Principles”
After 3 seconds of concentration the caster may activate this cantrip in order to grant a willing recipient an enchantment which will, when burned, allow them to immediately cast a Circle or Wall spell (spent for and cast as normal) at +2 Mastery. The enchantment lasts until used or until sunset, whichever comes first.

“Mysteries of the Ancient Builders”
After 3 seconds of concentration while within the boundaries of a place of power, the caster may activate this cantrip in order to grant a willing recipient +1 Mastery on the next spell that they cast. This mastery bonus is a standard enchantment that will not stack with itself or other sources of the same, and it persists until the recipient casts a spell of any sort or until sunset, whichever comes first.

“Ume’s Glossary of Artifacts”
After 3 seconds of concentration, this cantrip grants a willing recipient Artifice 2 for the purposes of artifact requirements. If they happen to have Occult, it instead grants them a +2 bonus to their Artifice as a non-stackable effect as limited above. This enchantment persists until the recipient uses something which requires Artifice, or participates in an investigation for which their Artifice is used, otherwise it dissipates at sunset.

 

The Hypotheses of Wonder
Type: Readied (special)

Requirements
(see below)

Casting Verbal
“My hypothesis is a contradiction? Magic itself is contradiction made real! What of the multitudinous impossibilities that all Workers of the Art most hold within themselves to cast the simplest of spells? Nature abhors contradiction, you say? How wonderful, then, to be supernatural!”

Activation Verbals
(see below)

Description
Once cast, this spell grants the caster a number of activations equal to their Mastery, which can be used to cast one of the following three cantrips. Note that the activation verbal for each effect (cantrip) simply consists of its name, but is still a verbal and can be flubbed, theoretically. Universally, and as a strict roleplaying requirement, the caster must nod their head thoughtfully when intoning an activation verbal, as if reminded of something they actually read in that work.

“The Rantings of the Mad Sage”
After 3 seconds of concentration, the caster may grant a willing recipient, who must be Hallucinating at the time of casting, the choice between ending that hallucination immediately OR extending the condition’s duration to the next Sunset while granting them a +1 Mastery as a non-stackable effect. If the latter is chosen, this cantrip, regardless of source, will have no effect on the recipient until their condition ends.

“That Which Lives Behind Your Sight”
If this cantrip is cast after the caster bids their resources during a formal investigation involving vile potions, gory preserved specimens, rotting fetishes, or creepily alien artifacts, it will have an unknown, chaotically transformative effect on the target of the investigation as dictated by the whim of the Marshal in charge.

“Peto’s Jaunt Into the Land of No Where”
If cast upon a willing recipient who is in the midst of meditating or preparing for a Divination or Prophecy of some kind, this cantrip will have an entirely unpredictable effect on their vision and upon the caster themselves.