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30th May '16 5:04:50 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Generally speaking, one does not need a special language to work magic in TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse.'' However, the most powerful spells are written in "old Thak," the dead language of a VestigialEmpire, and there are also "Words of Power" which are generally unpronounceable and only pulled out for ''very'' special occasions.

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* Generally speaking, one does not need a special language to work magic in TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse.'' However, the most powerful spells are written in "old Thak," the dead language of a VestigialEmpire, and there are also "Words of Power" which are generally unpronounceable and only pulled out for ''very'' special occasions.
28th May '16 6:13:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', every western mage has a personal [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull magic release key]]. Most [[HermeticMagic western spells]] are spoken in Latin, though some of the higher level ones are done in Ancient Greek. Specifically, the main body of your spell must be an actual phrase in Latin (or Ancient Greek), but the aforementioned "key" can be any random string of sounds that tickles your fancy.

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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', every western mage has a personal [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull magic release key]]. Most [[HermeticMagic western spells]] are spoken in Latin, though some of the higher level ones are done in Ancient Greek. Specifically, the main body of your spell must be an actual phrase in Latin (or Ancient Greek), but the aforementioned "key" can be any random string of sounds that tickles your fancy.
26th Apr '16 12:59:55 PM narm00
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* The Speech in the ''YoungWizards'' series. A spell consists of talking to the Universe using the Speech, first saying what you want to happen and then saying how you want it to be accomplished. The Speech can also be used as TranslatorMicrobes, but not the most convenient type -- people who don't know the Speech will automatically hear their first language when it's spoken, so, for example, a European wizard working in Africa might surprise {{Muggles}} when he not only appears to be speaking several languages he shouldn't know, but also speaking all of them simultaneously.
* In the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', magic works exactly like this. On the negative side, screwing up can result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt fairly easily. That's why wizards avoid doing anything as much as possible. Language of magic is also the language of dragons (somehow, they avoid reshaping reality every time they lie). The True Speech is a LanguageOfTruth to humans, but dragons can and do lie in it. From ''A Wizard of Earthsea":

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* The Speech in the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series. A spell consists of talking to the Universe using the Speech, first saying what you want to happen and then saying how you want it to be accomplished. The Speech can also be used as TranslatorMicrobes, but not the most convenient type -- people who don't know the Speech will automatically hear their first language when it's spoken, so, for example, a European wizard working in Africa might surprise {{Muggles}} when he not only appears to be speaking several languages he shouldn't know, but also speaking all of them simultaneously.
* In the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', magic works exactly like this. On the negative side, screwing up can result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt fairly easily. That's why wizards avoid doing anything as much as possible. Language The language of magic is also the language of dragons (somehow, they avoid reshaping reality every time they lie). The True Speech is a LanguageOfTruth to humans, but dragons can and do lie in it. From ''A Wizard of Earthsea":



* The Divine Language in ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'', spoken by Servant Caster, which allows her to summon plague winds or 'rains of light' (read: [[BeamSpam lasers]]) with a single word. Represented by Ancient Greek, but supposedly, it's cannot be pronounced by modern humans (which was probably a problem when they were making the voiced edition). The Fairy Letters written on [[WaveMotionGun Excalibur ]] also count.
** Also from {{Nasuverse}}, the [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Unified Language]], which was 'spoken' to another plane altogether; it allows for the retrieval of a soul's 'recordings', essentially giving access to all knowledge possessed by every human being in existence.

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* The Divine Language in ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'', spoken by Servant Caster, which allows her to summon plague winds or 'rains of light' (read: [[BeamSpam lasers]]) with a single word. Represented by Ancient Greek, but supposedly, it's cannot be pronounced by modern humans (which was probably a problem when they were making the voiced edition). The Fairy Letters written on [[WaveMotionGun Excalibur ]] Excalibur]] also count.
** Also from {{Nasuverse}}, the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, the [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Unified Language]], which was 'spoken' to another plane altogether; it allows for the retrieval of a soul's 'recordings', essentially giving access to all knowledge possessed by every human being in existence.



** Most spells have "[[MagicalIncantation Verbal Components]]" that most be uttered to cast spells. The exact form of these "components" is unspecified, and appears to change depending on the spell - indeed, several spells (most notably the [[BrownNote Power Word]] spells) are just their verbal components, so that the words themselves are magical. It's implied that the language of dragons, Draconic, plays a part.

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** Most spells have "[[MagicalIncantation Verbal Components]]" that most must be uttered to cast spells. The exact form of these "components" is unspecified, and appears to change depending on the spell - indeed, several spells (most notably the [[BrownNote Power Word]] spells) are just their verbal components, so that the words themselves are magical. It's implied that the language of dragons, Draconic, plays a part.



* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' had Enochian, but because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve magic works the way you believe it does]], Latin or other ancient languages will work. For that matter, so will the jargon of contract law. However, some seem to be better than others; one sourcebook includes a young mage worrying about an older mage whose house he's broken into using Latin, but the older mage tells him it's Sumerian that should concern him.

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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' had has Enochian, but because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve magic works the way you believe it does]], Latin or other ancient languages will work. For that matter, so will the jargon of contract law. However, some seem to be better than others; one sourcebook includes a young mage worrying about an older mage whose house he's broken into using Latin, but the older mage tells him it's Sumerian that should concern him.
14th Feb '16 3:01:33 PM Lullaby22
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven apparently uses one of these; normally all we hear is "Azarath, metrion, zinthos!" the mantra she uses to focus her will so she can safely use her inborn magical abilities, but on occasion (most notably in "The Prophecy") she'll go into an extended incantation in what sounds like the same language. The episode "Spellbound" also shows has Raven learn other spells with different incantations, but she refrains from using these after that episode because she can't control them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven apparently uses one of these; normally all we hear is "Azarath, metrion, zinthos!" the mantra she uses to focus her will so she can safely use her inborn magical abilities, but on occasion (most notably in "The Prophecy") she'll go into an extended incantation in what sounds like the same language. The episode "Spellbound" also shows has Raven learn other spells with different incantations, but she refrains from using these after that episode because she can't control them.
14th Feb '16 3:00:35 PM Lullaby22
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven apparently uses one of these; normally all we hear is "Azarath, metrion, zinthos!" the mantra she uses to focus her will so she can safely use her inborn magical abilities, but on occasion (most notably in "The Prophecy") she'll go into an extended incantation in what sounds like the same language.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven apparently uses one of these; normally all we hear is "Azarath, metrion, zinthos!" the mantra she uses to focus her will so she can safely use her inborn magical abilities, but on occasion (most notably in "The Prophecy") she'll go into an extended incantation in what sounds like the same language. The episode "Spellbound" also shows has Raven learn other spells with different incantations, but she refrains from using these after that episode because she can't control them.
18th Dec '15 1:19:19 AM Azek
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' games have angels speaking Enochian, incantations written on various in-game props and magic users (Bayonetta, Jeanne, Balder) use spells in Enochian for summons.
10th Dec '15 2:44:39 PM SailorPtah
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* Also the language of the Contract in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'', and the focus of much of the research at Cohen's Being-research division.
8th Dec '15 1:24:58 AM Adept
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* ''{{Everquest}}'' included the requirement to learn Dragon languages to master higher level spells.

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* ''{{Everquest}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' included the requirement to learn Dragon languages to master higher level spells.



* In ''FireEmblem 9'' and 10 spells are recored as simple pieces of ancient tongue (such as "The light of life! Shine a ray upon my path and...strike my enemy!" or "O light, gather. Open my path...") that are said as part of the casting process.
* In ''TreasureOfTheRudras'', the magic system is based on a LanguageOfMagic, and you can create custom spells by stringing the right syllables together.

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* In ''FireEmblem ''VideoGame/FireEmblem 9'' and 10 spells are recored as simple pieces of ancient tongue (such as "The light of life! Shine a ray upon my path and...strike my enemy!" or "O light, gather. Open my path...") that are said as part of the casting process.
* In ''TreasureOfTheRudras'', ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', the magic system is based on a LanguageOfMagic, and you can create custom spells by stringing the right syllables together.



* In the ''ArTonelico'' series, all magic uses the Hymmnos language, which most of the time is sung rather then spoken.

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* In the ''ArTonelico'' ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' series, all magic uses the Hymmnos language, which most of the time is sung rather then spoken.
22nd Nov '15 10:49:07 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', [[http://xkcd.com/353/ computer programming languages]] occasionally fill this role. A recent [[http://xkcd.com/824/ guest strip]] by Bill Amend of ''{{Foxtrot}}'' fame demonstrates the power of UsefulNotes/{{Unix}}.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', [[http://xkcd.com/353/ computer programming languages]] occasionally fill this role. A recent [[http://xkcd.com/824/ guest strip]] by Bill Amend of ''{{Foxtrot}}'' ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' fame demonstrates the power of UsefulNotes/{{Unix}}.
17th Nov '15 6:52:33 PM Woggs123
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*** It should also be noted that in previous Elder Scrolls games the spell to keep other magic users from casting is known as "Silence" which implies that normal magic also has a verbal componet

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*** It should also be noted that in previous Elder Scrolls games the spell to keep other magic users from casting is known as "Silence" which implies that normal magic also has a verbal componetcomponent
** The shout in question also doubles as FridgeHorror: It's a BrownNote that forces its target to the ground [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation as the pure concepts of Death and Mortality are injected into their minds.]]]]
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