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24th Aug '16 9:37:57 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''Murgen''', ''TheBlackCompany''

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-->-- '''Murgen''', ''TheBlackCompany''
''Literature/TheBlackCompany''
22nd Aug '16 4:40:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheElenium'' and ''The Tamuli'' trilogies by Creator/DavidEddings the language used in the worship of the pagan gods is the LanguageOfMagic, since magic is [[ReligionIsMagic asking the gods to do things for you]].

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* In ''TheElenium'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''The Tamuli'' trilogies by Creator/DavidEddings the Creator/DavidEddings:
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language used in the worship of the pagan gods is the LanguageOfMagic, since magic is [[ReligionIsMagic asking the gods to do things for you]].
21st Aug '16 12:38:27 PM JustinCognito
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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' uses Enochian as the language of magic. It tends to work best when assembled not as spoken language, but as programming language.
26th Jul '16 10:10:35 PM PaulA
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* 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. 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":

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* In the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series, 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. 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":
19th Jul '16 9:49:46 AM Veanne
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* ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'' has vaguely Asian/Persian writing that represents the language of magic. Ara speaks it for mundane purposes, though.
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.
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