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8th Nov '17 5:13:21 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheFlawInAllMagic'': The ''lingua magica'' is an artificial language designed to have each word have one meaning, and each word have a single rune representing it. Tane explains that you could technically use any language for magic, but it's a terrible idea due to connotative meanings, synonyms, and all sorts of other ridiculousness that comes from a language that has arisen naturally.
4th Oct '17 10:47:01 AM BeerBaron
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*** How powerful are the Greybeards' voices? When they called Wulfharth, the [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] [[SemiDivine demigod]] champion/[[{{Avatar}} possible avatar]] of [[TopGod Shor]], to High Hrothgar, they blasted him to dust just to show him [[spoiler:what it will be like when he gets betrayed by [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]]]].

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*** How powerful are the Greybeards' voices? When they called Wulfharth, the [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] [[SemiDivine demigod]] champion/[[{{Avatar}} EternalHero[=/=][[GodInHumanForm possible avatar]] of [[TopGod Shor]], to High Hrothgar, they blasted him to dust just to show him [[spoiler:what it will be like when he gets betrayed by [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]]]].
29th Sep '17 8:01:30 AM Rytex
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* ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'' has two instances.
** First is a precursor to modern Equestrian magic, where magic was spoken through spellwords. It functions as a ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'' as the language in question is referred to as "an ancient language" and the one word we see used is lifted directly from it.
** The second, which appears to be the "written" form of the above, is the language of spells, used to arrange traps or other enchantments. It doesn't have a script, but the characters all treat such spells as though they had a language of their own that could be manipulated to do what they want.
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7th Sep '17 10:47:09 AM BeerBaron
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* In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], the language used by dragons works this way. A loading screen factoid helpfully explains that when two dragons use their breath weapons against each other, they're actually having an intense philosophical debate.
** Extending from this are the Words of Power, which you learn and string together to create magical "Shouts". [[spoiler:It is later revealed that every true dragon's name is a three word Shout]]. This includes the Dragonborn, or "Dov Ah Kiin"--"Dragon Hunter Born/Child".

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Nirn's [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] are the [[DragonsAreDivine divine children]] of the [[TopGod chief deity]] of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines Pantheon]], Akataosh, the Dragon God of Time. (They also may be fragments of his actual being, and serve of a role similar to being [[DragonsAreDemonic very destructive]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]].) They inherently speak a Language Of Magic which gives them small scale [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] powers. Essentially, they "make real" whatever they speak in this language. For example, when a Dragon is "breathing" fire, they're technically commanding fire to come into existence, and battles between dragons are essentially [[WordsCanBreakMyBones very loud debates]].
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In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], the ancient past, the dragons and their [[ReligionOfEvil Dragon Cults]] took over much of Skyrim. Seeking a way to defeat the Dragons and their Cults, the ancient ProudWarriorRace [[HornyVikings Nords]] prayed to the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]] for aid. Their prayers were answered and they were taught how to use the language used of the Dragons themselves, which they called the Thu'um (or the "Voice"). Led by the Tongues, masters of the Thu'um, the ancient Nord armies vanquished the dragons works this way. A loading screen factoid helpfully explains that when two dragons use and their breath weapons against each other, they're actually having Cults, then forged an intense philosophical debate.
Empire that covered nearly all of north Tamriel. A succession crisis would eventually tear it apart, and then the use of the Thu'um as a weapon of war dropped dramatically after their [[ShockingDefeatLegacy defeat at the Battle of Red Mountain]], following which one of those Tongues (Jurgen Windcaller) [[HeelFaithTurn founded the "Way of the Voice" to use the Thu'um only honor the gods]].
** Extending from this In modern times, the Greybeards continue to follow Windcaller's "Way of the Voice." They live in a monastery known as High Hrothgar near the top of the [[TheTower Throat of the World]], the tallest mountain in Tamriel. So powerful is their Thu'um that they are usually sworn to silence in order to not [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroy everything around]] them simply by ''talking''. Even their faintest whispers are known to shake the mountain on which they live. They Greybeards accept anyone who wishes to learn the Thu'um and follow the Way of the Voice. It is explained that [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower anyone can learn to use Thu'um]], but it takes a great deal of training, mostly to learn the true ''meaning'' of the words in the shout. Anyone can try speaking it, but you need to put your ''soul'' into it for magic to happen.
*** How powerful
are the Words Greybeards' voices? When they called Wulfharth, the [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] [[SemiDivine demigod]] champion/[[{{Avatar}} possible avatar]] of Power, [[TopGod Shor]], to High Hrothgar, they blasted him to dust just to show him [[spoiler:what it will be like when he gets betrayed by [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]]]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is the first game in the series in
which you learn the Thu'um is seen in action. The PlayerCharacter is a legendary Dragonborn (or Dovahkiin), a rare mortal blessed by Akatosh with the immortal Aedric soul of a dragon. Akatosh creates those who are Dragonborn to be the [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]] of the Dragons, being capable of ending their ResurrectiveImmortality by [[YourSoulIsMine absorbing their souls]] and string together using those souls to create magical "Shouts". [[spoiler:It is later increase their mastery of the Thu'um. After being revealed that every true dragon's name is as a three word Shout]]. This includes Dragonborn, he/she will be summoned by the Greybeards to High Hrothgar for training. When they call for the Dragonborn, ''all of Skyrim'' can hear it.
** Others in ''Skyrim'' are revealed to be able to use the Thu'um as well. Ulfric Stormcloak, [[RebelLeader leader of the Stormcloak rebellion]], studied with the Greybeards and used the Thu'um to win his duel with High King Torygg, kickstarting the Skyrim {{Civil War}}. Additionally, many of the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Draugr]] EliteMooks (the ones with the words "death," "over,"
or "Dov Ah Kiin"--"Dragon Hunter Born/Child"."lord" somewhere in their names) were the leaders of the ancient Dragon Cults and can use the Thu'um as well. Miraak, [[spoiler:the ''first'' Dragonborn and BigBad of the ''Dragonborn'' DLC]] as well as the BonusBoss Ebony Warrior can also use the Thu'um.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'' introduces Daedric Titans, dragons who have been corrupted by [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]]. While stated to be only a "crude imitation" of the "true" Thu'um, Titans possess the ability to speak a spell of flaming essence-drain that can debilitate an opponent with a single word.



* The Thu'um in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. It is the language of the godlike Dragons, which they use to bend reality at a whim. Mortals can learn the Thu'um as well, though they need to devote their entire lives to mastering it and most can never speak normally when they reach that point. The Dragonborn doesn't have this problem since he/she is technically a Dragon too. Interestingly, mortals were able to invent a Shout that embodies concepts that are wholly alien to Dragons [[spoiler:"Mortal, Finite, Temporary"]]. Yes, mortals invented words in the Dragons' language that the Dragons themselves don't know.
** The Dragons likely knew those words but cannot truly understand the meaning of them, and are therefore incapable of using them in a Shout. It's similar to a human trying to wholly understand the concepts of [[spoiler: Immortality, Infinity, and Permanency.]]
*** 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 component
** 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.]]]]
27th Aug '17 9:44:44 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' series, all magic uses the Hymmnos language, which most of the time is sung rather then spoken.
** ItMakesSenseInContext with MagicMusic and MagicFromTechnology. Reyvateils literally communicate (verbally) with their local server to cast magic.

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* In the ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' ''[[VideoGame/ExaPico Ar tonelico]]'' series, all magic uses the Hymmnos language, which most of the time is sung rather then spoken.
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spoken. ItMakesSenseInContext with MagicMusic and MagicFromTechnology. Reyvateils literally communicate (verbally) with their local server to cast magic.
18th Aug '17 7:11:50 PM Fireblood
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* Some Wicans and other Neo-Pagan users of Magick prefer the use of ancient languages in their spells. Mostly languages related to their Pagan tradition like Gaelic for Celtic Wicca and Neo-Druidism, Latin for Nova Roma, Greek for Hellenistics, etc.

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* Some Wicans Wiccans and other Neo-Pagan users of Magick prefer the use of ancient languages in their spells. Mostly languages related to their Pagan tradition like Gaelic for Celtic Wicca and Neo-Druidism, Latin for Nova Roma, Greek for Hellenistics, etc.
7th Aug '17 5:10:18 PM Malady
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* Common to the works of [[ThingsOfInterest Sam Hughes]]:

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* Common to the works of [[ThingsOfInterest [[Website/ThingsOfInterest Sam Hughes]]:
20th May '17 11:27:45 AM nombretomado
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* All ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games mention magical incantations of some kind (usually something Latin-sounding in the first games), but starting with the [[VideoGame/UltimaV fifth installment]] mages in the Ultima universe started using a standardized set of short words to form their incantations - for example, "In Lor" (literally "create light") illuminates your surroundings, and "An Nox" ("negate poison") cures poisoned characters.

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* All ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games mention magical incantations of some kind (usually something Latin-sounding in the first games), but starting with the [[VideoGame/UltimaV fifth installment]] mages in the Ultima universe started using a standardized set of short words to form their incantations - for example, "In Lor" (literally "create light") illuminates your surroundings, and "An Nox" ("negate poison") cures poisoned characters.
15th May '17 6:21:36 PM nombretomado
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* The language of the Sidhe seems to be this in the WhateleyUniverse, although it's hard to tell since the Sidhe were wiped out millennia ago. (It looks like they're getting better.)
* An unusual example in ''TrintonChronicles'' is that there are true and half-[[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom dragons]] who learn to speak two different languages, one for magic and one for everyday speech. The magic one is so ancient in fact that even they don't fully know what it means. Most magic users (who we presume were taught by dragons in the distant past and then passed it along) utilize this language to cast spells and call to the universe to change reality in some way. The language has not been written down in the story to keep it's sounds a mystery but is mentioned whenever someone starts to cast spells. Interestingly some magic uses speak their spells in an [[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage odd]] language that only works when adding the word "manu mea" at the start of each casting.

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* The language of the Sidhe seems to be this in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, although it's hard to tell since the Sidhe were wiped out millennia ago. (It looks like they're getting better.)
* An unusual example in ''TrintonChronicles'' ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' is that there are true and half-[[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom dragons]] who learn to speak two different languages, one for magic and one for everyday speech. The magic one is so ancient in fact that even they don't fully know what it means. Most magic users (who we presume were taught by dragons in the distant past and then passed it along) utilize this language to cast spells and call to the universe to change reality in some way. The language has not been written down in the story to keep it's sounds a mystery but is mentioned whenever someone starts to cast spells. Interestingly some magic uses speak their spells in an [[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage odd]] language that only works when adding the word "manu mea" at the start of each casting.
10th Apr '17 1:46:33 PM MrBadAxe
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** Similarly, in ''Literature/Ra'', [[https://qntm.org/what use of magic]] involves the speaking of magic words.

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** Similarly, in ''Literature/Ra'', ''{{Literature/Ra}}'', [[https://qntm.org/what use of magic]] involves the speaking of magic words.
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