The Aspects of Reality and Magic
These aspects are that which formed all of existence in the past and that which will continue to create and destroy more in the future as well as what stabilizes each present moment. Similarly, these aspects are also directly tied to the use of magic, for mortals are born aligned more closely with some aspects than others even if they are not capable of magic.
It should be noted that, in Astoniae, each aspect is revered and looked to almost as one might a god. The aspects each have philosophies associated with them (these are pending) that tie into their nature. The actual nature of the Eight is somewhere between God and Fundamental Force in that Gods are sentient beings of divine or infernal origin, who choose to make reality, but are often more closely tied to the material realm in their behavior or by way of their power whereas Fundamental Forces just are, and they have no will.
The aforementioned reveals that while the Aspects do have “personality” in a fashion and even consciousness, that they are not truly “gods” and are closer to fundamental forces than anything else. It is unknown if the Aspects arose from some other force, it is only known that--as far as mortals are aware--they have simply always been.
Associated with emptiness, nothingness, the unknown and death. Absence is both the state of total lack of substance in any form, and the uncaring apathetic void that slowly eats away at any given thing, reducing anything it touches from a state of wholeness to a state of non-existence. Often known as the Forbidden aspect.Movement.
It is the prime force that keeps reality changing, in motion. It is like the kinetic energy that your muscles use to drive movement, but it instead is the energy that drives the universe forwards.
It is often thought as synonymous with life. “Forward” flowing transmutation uses this, meaning magic that improves something or brings it into a more developed or complex state.Suspension.
The state of stasis, a frozen moment of the present time. Making something persist in a single state for a period of time. However, suspension is never permanent. It is the aspect of the fleeting moment, a snapshot of the current state of reality in an instant. This is used for sealing or preservation magic.
Harmony, treatise, the agreement to cooperate. This aspect can link or attune things to one another, it is what unites the other aspects, and while it is essential, it is not quite as potent or necessary as the aspects held within the Trinity. This aspect has no true and proper opposing point.
It is the middling aspect which helps to unite or harmonize the others, maintaining balance and the connections even between those disparate aspects who revile their own interactions with one another. Concord is connection, harmony, and while it is sometimes balance, this may not always be the case. Concord possesses no opposing point among the aspects, 'cept the oft opposing points of all aspects: Absence.
Representing that which cannot be changed, altered, or moved. This aspect is unyielding, immovable, and solid in the most literal sense. Adamancy is what allows the existence of solid substances and it governs defense, durability, and along with its counterpart, the manipulation/control/creation of any non-etheric manifestation. It is resolve and stability, the physical world in its least malleable form.
Mages with the aspect of Adamancy are those who focus on defenses or reinforcement of existing structures. They might preserve something--in a more permanent, lasting fashion than a mage of Suspension might, for the act is one of material rather than one of time, whose nature is to ever flow. Similarly this magic might be combined with other aspects to embolden and empower the mind, making people more willful and certain of the validity of their actions and thoughts.Inconstancy.
It is the fickle, the malleable, and the easily influenced. Inconstancy is an aspect tied to the physically malleable substances and states of existence. It is hesitance, it is impressionability, it is the easily affected winds, and most of all it is the unstable and ever changing physical state of existence.
Mages with the aspect of Inconstancy are those who reduce, but not through deterioration like those of Absence, but rather through shifting physical substances from more complex states into less complex or more easily malleable ones. Combined with other magics it might make one more impressionable or easily influenced and manipulated. Additionally, one might use Inconstancy magic to make work something that--through conventional methods--would never be worked due its sheer durability.Dynamism.
An aspect governing those forms of ether which often interact with physical reality, Dynamism is something that allows physical motion, heat, electrical energy, light, and even life and magic to an extent. It is the more tangible of the two etheric aspects, and the translating force of the mind. It is the seat of perception.Abstraction.
The realm of ideas and concepts, of that which hardly ever tangibly interacts with the physical realm/aspects of reality. It is knowledge, philosophy distilled. It is the the intangible, insubstantial aspect of the mind. It is the seat of comprehension.