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27th Jun '16 3:07:54 PM F-Lambda
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** Additionally, when taught additional words in [[LanguageOfMagic Dovah, the Dragon Tongue]], by the [[TheObiWan Greybeards]], their [[CallingYourAttacks shouts]] carve runes into the ground, which you then [[IngestingKnowledge absorb]].
25th Jun '16 11:45:18 AM nombretomado
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* In ''BattleForWesnoth'', the Scribe line of units from the [[GameMod user-created]] (and very well-done) faction Windsong use Instant Runes to attack. No projectiles or anything, the rune just appears over the scribe's head and the enemy mysteriously takes damage.

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* In ''BattleForWesnoth'', ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'', the Scribe line of units from the [[GameMod user-created]] (and very well-done) faction Windsong use Instant Runes to attack. No projectiles or anything, the rune just appears over the scribe's head and the enemy mysteriously takes damage.
13th Jun '16 6:56:39 AM Kakai
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* Magic in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' is casted by summoning geometric shapes and runes made of light into the air.
12th Jun '16 4:24:03 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. For the most part these don't even require prior construction, but a significant aversion to this occurs in the Magic World Tournament finale, when Negi [[spoiler:activates a massive set of runes out of nowhere to absorb Rakan's power, and Rakan realizes with a shock that Negi had written them in the ground unnoticed while in his FragileSpeedster mode much earlier in the fight]]. The inscriptions in the outer circle pictured above are in Armenian. Negima also features an aversion in the Pactio circles, which must be drawn by hand.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. For the most part these don't even require prior construction, but a significant aversion to this occurs in the Magic World Tournament finale, when Negi [[spoiler:activates a massive set of runes out of nowhere to absorb Rakan's power, and Rakan realizes with a shock that Negi had written them in the ground unnoticed while in his FragileSpeedster mode much earlier in the fight]]. The inscriptions in the outer circle pictured above are in Armenian. Negima also features an aversion in the Pactio circles, which must be drawn by hand.
11th Jun '16 6:31:56 PM nombretomado
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* In TanyaHuff's ''Literature/TheEnchantmentEmporium'' the characters with magical abilities are able to trace or sketch charms very quickly with their fingertips onto any surface, even the skin of another person. These charms can be used for anything from protection to healing to a form of mind control. Some characters are able to trace charms in the air and one character is able to mark people from a distance with charms using MagicMusic.

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* In TanyaHuff's Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Literature/TheEnchantmentEmporium'' the characters with magical abilities are able to trace or sketch charms very quickly with their fingertips onto any surface, even the skin of another person. These charms can be used for anything from protection to healing to a form of mind control. Some characters are able to trace charms in the air and one character is able to mark people from a distance with charms using MagicMusic.
11th Jun '16 3:56:09 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, at least early on. When Darken Rahl's doing an epic-level spell, he draws his magic runes by hand. It takes hours.
* In DianeDuane's ''YoungWizards'' series, a lot of wizardry requires diagrams drawn out in the wizardly Speech. At first, these are mostly drawn out in the dirt, on paper, etc., but as the characters become more proficient, they can learn to conjure glowing diagrams (or sometimes 3D models) in the air, which can be stored in their manuals and later pulled out to be glowing diagrams in the air again. And one character uses a computer program to plot out and save spell diagrams.

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* Averted in the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, at least early on. When Darken Rahl's doing an epic-level spell, he draws his magic runes by hand. It takes hours.
* In DianeDuane's ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, a lot of wizardry requires diagrams drawn out in the wizardly Speech. At first, these are mostly drawn out in the dirt, on paper, etc., but as the characters become more proficient, they can learn to conjure glowing diagrams (or sometimes 3D models) in the air, which can be stored in their manuals and later pulled out to be glowing diagrams in the air again. And one character uses a computer program to plot out and save spell diagrams.
22nd May '16 6:41:57 PM Anicomicgeek
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* Shows up for some spells in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', where they appear to be made out of colored flame.

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* Shows up for some spells in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', where they appear to be made out In the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''-based WesternAnimation/DCUniverseOriginalAnimatedMovies line, ComicBook/{{Shazam}} is depicted with the lightning bolt on his chest and parts of colored flame.his gauntlets glowing.


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* Shows up for some spells in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', where they appear to be made out of colored flame.
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9th May '16 2:24:07 PM margdean56
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** There's also one who did the same on a fast flowing river, and didn't ''notice'' that the runes had just been carried away by the water, and proceeded to summon a demon without any protection. [[TooDumbToLive No points in guessing what happened to the sorcerer]].

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** There's also one who did the same on a fast flowing fast-flowing river, and didn't ''notice'' that the runes had just been carried away by the water, and proceeded to summon a demon without any protection. [[TooDumbToLive No points in for guessing what happened to the sorcerer]].



** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that magic is explicitly stated to be highly complex ''statements'' in an actual, speakable language - akin to programming code for reality itself.
* The [[MargaretWeis Weis]]/Hickman series ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' features 'instant' glowing runes in the air when Greater Magic is being worked. They do key off of movements, song, and (for the Patryn) pre-existing runes tattood onto the body, however.

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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that magic is explicitly stated to be highly complex ''statements'' in an actual, speakable language - -- akin to programming code for reality itself.
* The [[MargaretWeis Weis]]/Hickman series ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' features 'instant' glowing runes in the air when Greater Magic is being worked. They do key off of movements, song, and (for the Patryn) pre-existing runes tattood tattooed onto the body, however.



* Harry Dresden in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (sometimes averted). In the books, runes and circles are explained as not actually required to perform magic, but make magic easier to use by offering a sort of focus or map for the magic user to concentrate their power with. Where this trope comes in is that a practitioner can simply ''imagine'' the runes and circles he needs if necessary, but it is difficult to maintain while performing the actual magic.

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* Harry Dresden in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (sometimes averted). In the books, runes and circles are explained as not actually required to perform magic, but they make magic easier to use by offering a sort of focus or map for the magic user to concentrate their power with. Where this trope comes in is that a practitioner can simply ''imagine'' the runes and circles he needs if necessary, but it is difficult to maintain while performing the actual magic.



* In ''{{Elantris}}'', though they don't appear automatically, Elantrians can "draw" [=AonDor=] runes in midair to activate their magic,

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* In ''{{Elantris}}'', though they don't appear automatically, Elantrians can "draw" [=AonDor=] runes in midair to activate their magic,magic.



* Averted by Creator/BarbaraHambly; none of her characters have short cuts, they have to laboriously draw out every line and character every time, then scrub the floor and draw them all over again the next time. However, if you are a Mage you do get the glowing, if not you just see two old men drawing and muttering.

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* Averted by Creator/BarbaraHambly; Creator/BarbaraHambly: none of her characters have short cuts, cuts; they have to laboriously draw out every line and character every time, then scrub the floor and draw them all over again the next time. However, if you are a Mage you do get the glowing, glowing; if not not, you just see two old men drawing and muttering.
9th May '16 2:17:42 PM margdean56
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* Averted in ''ComicBook/MadameXanadu'' by... Madame Xanadu herself, while her magic circle is quite impressive and it shines, she has to draw it by hand... with a knife.

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* Averted in ''ComicBook/MadameXanadu'' by... Madame Xanadu herself, while herself. While her magic circle is quite impressive and it shines, she has to draw it by hand... with a knife.



* A 1975 ComicBook/DoctorFate story by Walter Simonson (from [[http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?q=%22Walt%20Simonson%22&qloc=N&TID=179751 issue #9]] of the try-out title ''1st Issue Special''), where, rather than the simple glowy effects and occasional Ditko Ribbons of previous appearances, the magics of Fate and his {{Mummy}} adversary manifest as ''glowing ankhs and hieroglyphics''. Almost every subsequent ComicBook/DoctorFate artist has used the ankh motif for his magics. Simonson is also the artist who first depicted the [[ComicBook/NewGods Anti-Life Equation]] as glowing glyphs orbiting the head of its possessor as a halo.]]

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* A 1975 ComicBook/DoctorFate story by Walter Simonson (from [[http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?q=%22Walt%20Simonson%22&qloc=N&TID=179751 issue #9]] of the try-out title ''1st Issue Special''), where, rather than the simple glowy effects and occasional Ditko Ribbons of previous appearances, the magics of Fate and his {{Mummy}} adversary manifest as ''glowing ankhs and hieroglyphics''. Almost every subsequent ComicBook/DoctorFate artist has used the ankh motif for his magics. Simonson is also the artist who first depicted the [[ComicBook/NewGods Anti-Life Equation]] as glowing glyphs orbiting the head of its possessor as a halo.]]



* In the "ArtemisFowl" [[ComicBookAdaptation graphic novels]], the [[TimeStandsStill time stop]] forcefield is covered in [[CypherLanguage gnomish]] runes.

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* In the "ArtemisFowl" ''ArtemisFowl'' [[ComicBookAdaptation graphic novels]], the [[TimeStandsStill time stop]] forcefield is covered in [[CypherLanguage gnomish]] runes.
15th Apr '16 2:38:01 AM CrypticMirror
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* ''Website/TLFTravelAlerts'' came down with a case of this on [[https://twitter.com/TlfTravelAlerts/status/720872812106264577 April 15th 2016]] where they spontaneously manifested out of thin air leading to much consternation and trains being held at stations.
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