Unlike most other magics, Cleansing Magic relies heavily on Alchemy
to achieve optimal effects. The rituals for preparing the herbs and other ingredients used in cleansing spellwork serve to unlock their full powers while grounding them in the magical fields. Cleansing spells are therefore more powerful when using materials prepared by more powerful mages, while properly grounded ingredients prepared by meticulous casters allow for safer cleansing spellwork with no fears of complications or curse rebounds. Cleansing Magic also has little use for Rune Magic
, as the Alchemy itself stores its own imbued magic, although some practicioners prefer to store their ingredients on cabinets lined with protective runes.
Curative alchemical preparations are often available from the local Chemist
or even many merchants
, although it is important to ensure these are from a reputable source when not purchased directly from their manufacturer. Alchemical cleansing products may take the form of dried potpourri, teas, infused oils, herbal food additives, and even basic hygiene products such as soaps, body washes, and bubble baths.
The simplest form of Cleansing Magic, Psychic Shielding serves as a protective measure against negative psychic or spiritual energy, to prevent the need for further cleansing and protect against most curses. In practice this takes many forms, depending upon the culture, requirements, intentions, and resources of the individual. Most of these methods are also useful in more potent forms for active cleansing.
Burning alchemical herbs, specially mixed to produce the desired effects, remains the most widely recognized form. Burning is most effective when wishing to cleanse a space rather than a person or object as the smoke binds to the harms in the air, drawing them out. Often the resultant ashes are then spread outside to serve as an additional protection.
In smaller spaces alchemical incense may be used instead, although this form is not as potent and therefore more effective as a shield against undesirable smells than negative energy. Individuals well-versed in Psychic Magic
often burn aural candles
as defense against the emotions of others, allowing them to maintain their own emotions without becoming overwhelmed by the emotional imprints of the objects and people around them.
Steeping and Infusing
Sometimes steeping the alchemical mixture inside a liquid, thereby infusing it with the preventative cleansing, allows for a more effective delivery of the necessary magic. This method is especially effective when wishing to cleanse an individual or object as they can be targeted directly. Many varieties of herbal tea
provide protections in addition to flavor, with the added benefits of defending the imbiber from the inside out. Alchemically infused oils remain a popular option, typically to spread on items but also available in moisturizing skin creams. High end bubble baths, body creams, and other hygiene products often contain some degree of preventative cleansing, with specialty products available for a more potent application.
Steam baths and saunas serve as another possible delivery method. Here the alchemical ingredients are infused in water before that water is heated and vaporized into steam for inhalation, allowing the Alchemy
to pull harms from both internally as well as externally. Some public bath houses in Rol'na
specifically cater to individuals seeking preventative cleansing, offering an emotional and spiritual detoxification.
And how have you been sleeping at night? Much better, right? I told you! Those aural candles are a life changer!
Cleansing Spiritual Residue
When prevention is insufficient or applied too late and an individual has already been affected by negative spiritual or psychic energy, more potent versions of cleansing spellwork are required. In these cases the application will remain the same as used for preventative Psychic Shielding, but the alchemical concoctions and their preparation become more potent. Burning, steeping, infusing, and steaming are all effective delivery methods despite the more potent recipes. Individuals accustomed to encountering negative spiritual energies on a regular basis, such as Ghost Hunters
or Portal Guides
, have further encouraged the development of convenient methods for regular application of cleansing rituals.
The cleansing filter
, an additional filter for installation into the shower, remains particularly noteworthy. Burnt alchemical herbs, still infused with cleansing magic, are compressed into activated carbon water filters which also infuse their magics into the shower steam. Air filter versions are also available for use with specialized Circulators
, although these are less effective than burning. In severe emergencies activated alchemical carbon may also be ingested to help absorb negative spiritual energies, although the carbon must be fresh (preferably specially manufactured for ingestion, and absolutely never pulled from a used filter). This form of treatment is intended as an emergency measure to slow symptoms until help arrives to apply a more directed treatment, as the carbon remains in the digestive tract and does not enter the bloodstream.
Many of the herbs used in cleansing rituals are edible, leading to the development of cleansing-based food items, especially hearty soups and stews. The Rol'nara
have developed an especially potent spirit stew
, combining savory meats and vegetables with cleansing-based flavors into an effective and tasteful alchemical concoction.
Removing curses from individuals or objects, and especially removing cursed objects from individuals, requires a much more complicated process. While many of the basic concepts remain the same the nature of curses requires a strict order of tasks and rituals for the cleansing of the target and subsequent banishment of the curse. Failure to adhere to these processes risks a failure to remove the curse or, in the worst cases, a false sense of success as the curse seeks its opportunity to reattach itself to the target.
Severance of the Curse
Before any cleansing the curse's link to the item or individual must be severed. This requires access to the higher planes where the magic anchoring the curse to its target will become visible, as well as the ability to interact with the appropriate plane in order to physically sever the link. For this reason Necromantic
Plane Phasing serves as a required skill when removing Curses, as Astral Projection
will only serve to verify its presence. As long as the anchor remains the curse cannot be removed, only temporarily weakened.
Once the anchor has been severed the cleansing can begin. The specifics of the cleansing rituals depend upon the nature of the curse as well as its target, but tend to follow similar patterns with only the components themselves changing from curse to curse.
For cursed items the cleansing involves burning a carefully prepared mix of dried Alchemical
reagents in an enclosed space with the cursed object, then coating it with the resultant ash for several days to leech out any curse remnants. The ratio of ash in relation to the object's size has a proportional effect on the length of time required to remove the curse. Large objects are therefore particularly time consuming to cleanse.
To remove a curse from an individual, on the other hand, one must burn the suitable alchemical mix while also drinking a complimentary cleansing tea. The preparation of the tea and its components is a separate ritual, required to be prepared first and then set to steep while the burning mixture is crafted. Once the tea has been consumed and the suitable herbs burned some people will also rub the resultant ashes onto their skin to further assist in leeching out the curse. The wet tea herbs can also be ground into a paste and mixed in with the ash before spreading on the skin. Coupled with the correct rituals by a mage skilled in Cleansing Magic this paste can boost the effectiveness of the consumed tea, but only when applied soon after consumption of the tea created by steeping the pasted herbs.
If the cursed object has attached itself to an individual then both the item and individual will require potent cleansing, using both tea and burning. In this case the ash tea paste becomes a requirement, to be spread around the area where the object and individual touch. Once the object can be removed both the individual and the object must be cleansed a second time, this time separately, to remove any vestigial traces of the curse and prevent reanchoring.
Once the curse has been cleansed the affected targets of the curse must be shielded against its return. For objects this means application of a ritualistically prepared oil, infused with the applicable concoction of preventative herbs. Individuals require a similar alchemical mixture, steeped in heated water rather than oil, and must either bathe in the infused water or breathe in the warm steam in a sauna-like setting. Some choose to do both as an extra precaution, often with complimentary shielding soaps. Consumption of the infused water is not required, as the curse has already been removed.
Did you hear about Killa? My cousin Tarly says she's not dying after all! Those beautiful earrings that cheating husband of hers gave her on their anniversary? Cursed!
Course, I could have told her that. That lazy zombie doesn't even remember their anniversary for four years and then suddenly he's buying her jewelry? Oh no. Something just doesn't add up. There's no way that's not suspicious.
But Tarly says Killa had a Ghost Hunter come through, check out the sounds in her basement. Turns out it wasn't a ghost, just squirrels. But he found the curse while he was doing that Necromancy thing, marched her straight to the Chemist and the two of them got her all sorted. Tarly says she's never seen Killa in such good health.
Course, dropping that husband of hers probably helped. Did you know he just moved right on in with her sister? Ooooh if anyone deserves to be cursed it's him. Good for nothing zombie, leeching off the folks too good natured to do otherwise. Some day, someone's going to give him what he deserves.