- users of this School are called Cantors or Bards. They "sing" their words of power and charge them with as much faith as they can
- this involves faith used as a vehicle for via. End results are varied and usually aligned with Good by virtue of coming from angels
- Seraphic Magic is one of the first displays of arcane power mortals ever saw, shepherded largely by Metatron and the Thrones
- zeal and love of God motivated them and impressed the mortals, who instigated their own cults
- took time, but even mortals found out how to Sing the way angels could
- unsurprisingly, music comes from an observance of faith, is clearly rooted in cultural and folkloric bases
- see war cries for Orcs or battle chants by Celtic bards, military marching bands, etc.
- is one of the more insidiously popular Schools. Hard to teach formally, because plenty of musicians develop this on their own by virtue of loving their craft
- plenty of musically or orally gifted people are Cantors or Bards without being aware of it
How Does it Work?
- faith is an all-encompassing notion. No specific religious affiliations are needed. You can Believe in Science the same way others Believe in a god
- considering how difficult it is to consciously teach, Cantors and Bards tend to emerge after what the practitioners call Epiphanies
- usually involves traumatic events, moments of intense personal hardship. Musically-inclined sorts will sing to try and overcome their pain and, well...
- ... *something* happens. That can be anything.
- one of the more commonly matching concepts is the Celtic idea of the "awen" - basically a state of grace where everything about the Cantor is enhanced
- either that or, say, a wall of force suddenly repels bullets and projectiles. Or your normally lethal wounds heal
- unfortunately, this means first few displays tend to have a bit of a "slot machine" effect to them. It can be long before conscious control is asserted
- takes a lot of work and dedication. Songs and melodies need to be assigned to practically every desired effect. Takes a lot of trial and error
- even if you have a powerful Cantor's songbook or his set of partitions, there's no guarantee you'll be able to do anything with it. Connection with via is personal
- this also explains why it's so hard to formally teach. Standard music teachers don't really know what to do with Cantors
- most are just *floored* by a Cantor's performance. It reaches so deep down as to defeat any ability to objectively criticize the performer
- this is also why few Cantors and Bards become professionals. The sheer beauty of their faith becomes too much to handle on a regular basis
- ...so record sales plummet and people look away because they're eventually burnt out. Emotionally exhausted.
- both types tend to have trouble performing for the sake of performing, or with making "normal" music to balance things out
- this is because putting their soul in their work is the only way they know how to perform
- all you can really do is contact a Summoner to arrange for a meet-up with a powerful angel. Depending on who you contact, he or she might consent to enlighten you
This is for those who do more than just your average card tricks. Artificers, Wardens, Diviners, Healers and more reprehensible types, welcome!
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