Cryonics allows for the long term preservation of a body for repair and reuse later. The original soul can be drawn back into the body with the aid of Necromancy
, or a different soul can be bound in its place.
The original inhabitant will require no further effort once their soul is returned to the body, as they are already attuned to that body. In cases where the preserved body is no longer of interest to the former occupant they can choose to release it for use by others. In these cases a complex Rune Magic
ritual is required to bind the new soul in place and align it with its new host. These runes are typically tattooed into the skin while the soul is guided into the body, laying a careful spiritual web to keep the soul tied within. Legally the binding must be voluntary, with options to allow the new soul to voluntarily depart the body for any reason including its death, preventing the risk of undead.
Individuals living within a body which was not originally their own are often called skinlodgers
and are recognized by their rune work tattoos. The bodies of skinlodgers tend to degrade faster than those of souls wearing their own skin, possibly due to the less precise alignment between body and soul. In some cases though an individual will bond with their new body almost as if it were their original, in which case their tattoos begin to fade and eventually disappear as the magic itself is absorbed into the bond between body and soul.
Cryonic Freezing requires a mastery of Hydromancy
and an enviable level of control over the freezing process of water. Care must be taken to avoid accelerated or violent freezing, as this will cause catastrophic damage to the body including the rupture of cells and the crystallization of liquids throughout the body. For this reason Cryonic freezing is slow, patient work. Because the freezing process also kills any organism affected by the spells, including any inhabitants of the body itself, it is highly recommended the process never be performed on live subjects.
The soul of the individual is permitted to pass beyond the Veil
. Their body will typically be stored with a durable, personal memento to assist the Necromancer
in guiding their soul back after the Thawing process.
Critically, organic material frozen with Cryonics requires precision in monitoring and maintaining temperature. Fluctuations in temperature will cause additional damage due to repeated thawing and freezing cycles. For this reason, while most facilities so maintain some form of automated temperature controls they are also kept under constant surveillance by someone with the necessary Hydromancy
skills to perform emergency controlled temperature adjustments.
The process for thawing cryonic subjects also requires great care and attention to detail. While more forgiving than the freezing and storage processes thawing must also be performed gradually to prevent any unnecessary stress upon the cells, which are already likely damaged from the thawing process.
An experienced Healer
will supervise the thawing process, applying Curative Magic
to repair and stimulate the cells until the body begins to function and repair itself on its own. This is grueling and exacting work, requiring a mastery of Curative magics as well as intense concentration.
Upon completion of their task the body is ready for the last step of the process, the guiding and binding of a soul within. This process requires Necromancy
to either call the original inhabitant back to their body or attract the intended new soul recipient before binding them within using Rune Magic
Legal soul transplants require a very precise set of runes, binding the soul to the body so it can stay within but also granting the soul permissions to depart of its own free will. Failure to include these clauses will permanently bind the soul within the body even as the body fails. This is one of the possible sources of the Undead