Thaumapista

Thaumapista is the magic of insight, tracking, and enhanced train of thought. It also allows casters to better cover their own tracks through the use of concealment.

Utility

Thaumapista focuses on the magics of tracking abilities, both of the hunter and the hunted. Its spells are divided into three major categories.  

Enhanced Insight

Enhanced Insight grants the caster abilities to better tap into their own intuition and knowledge. While these spells do not provide the caster with any new information they do allow mages to combine all possibly applicable knowledge they possess to find possible links or highlight items of particular interest.   While useful for Game Wardens and other such professionals these spells are also popular among Alchemists and Chemists, archeologists, law enforcement, and Healers.  

Augmented Senses

Augmented Senses are most often used to augment the caster's sense of smell or hearing with that of the animal of their choice. Some also classify the magic of sight enhancement, Thaumathea, as a subset of Augmented Senses.  

Concealment

The magics of Concealment allow casters to not only identify any tracks or other clues they have left behind, but also contains a variety of spells to help conceal or eliminate those traces of their paths. Spellwork to confuse scent, deaden sound with Anemancy, or even temporarily disrupt visibility reside within this classification.
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Enhanced Insight is the most commonly used form of Thaumapista, often taught to students by their more experienced peers during magical training as an aid during exams. Some Chemists have attempted to develop alchemical recipes to mimic the spells but thus far have not been successful.


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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
19 Apr, 2021 06:56

I don't want this to sound dismissive, cause i really like this . Is this, and the other magics in Oramathea, basically a matter of "abracadabra- pooof- i'm sherlock holmes!" if so.... i want it... i want it so bad! I never would have thought to make a system of magic specificly for tracking. and countering being tracked. I love how specific it is and also how useful it is. This seems to be a theme. It matters little just how many spells a single "school" or "System" of magic has, rather, it's usefullness is the key. This describes three magical techniques in a broader umbrella of Oramathea but i find this tracking magic just as useful as any others youve written, in it's own way. Like don't ask me to pick is what im saying. I can't lol i love it! well done as always!

19 Apr, 2021 07:24

Yeah, Enhanced Insight is very Sherlock Holmes-y now that you mention it.   I mean, unlike Divination you do have to have learned the useful information at some point, but the spells make it easier to recall and link the applicable bits.   It's like an evidence board in your brain!   The whole of Oramathea though is all magics based on enhancing vision in different ways. Thaumapista is more the odd one out in the sense that it can reach outside of just literal vision, but truly seeing what you are seeing (or preventing others from doing the same) is a vision of its own in many ways.   So glad you like this one. To be honest I was feeling rather iffy on it when I first wrote it up. I suppose if you love it then it definitely gets to stay. ;D

Author of Fillimet, bright fantasy land of possibilities, and Vazdimet, its darker spacefaring future.
Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
19 Apr, 2021 07:52

AHHHH, well i was close XD so its how you come to that thrilling conclusion rather than the gathering of clues. again. very useful. not iffy for me at all. I'm glad it gets to stick around!

19 Apr, 2021 11:15

Augmented Senses would help with the gathering of clues. Plus likely Thaumathea would help as well. But yes, it also helps you put the pieces together. :)

Author of Fillimet, bright fantasy land of possibilities, and Vazdimet, its darker spacefaring future.
24 Apr, 2021 17:35

Oooo, I didn't realise that this would include concealment, but it makes sense that it does. I'm imagining how useful this would be for missing persons cases.

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