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is this curious device known as Dom Adlaw's patented Happy Horus's Horological Hexifractor and Hoodling Hootenanny in a Hogshead
It's a thaumological device the use of which will cause the length of a day to expand from twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Just follow the directions on the box
very carefully and hey presto!, you'll soon be experiencing the wonder of forty-eight hour days, with a soothing folk music background! Bet you can cook a lot
of dinners and paint lots of pictures in forty-eight hours, with Dom Adlaw's Hexifractor!
Works every time, too, so long as you're careful. Some careless folks have noted that, while their clocks do indeed whirl around forty-eight times in a day, their
hours seem quite unaccountably to consist of only thirty minutes. Not quite sure why that should be. Ah, well, one lives and learns!
is a practical integration of light and dwimmery. It is now, in modern times, a well established principle that light can act as a conduit in
which thaumic energy can be corralled and channelled. The only concern then is how to corral and channel the light itself! The answer, of course!, is more
dwimmery, here by means of a thaumologically created glass conduit, perhaps in some ways not too dissimilar to fiber optics.
Heliothaumics is being used in the Uttermost West for certain surgical applications. They have had huge sunlight concentrators on the roof of the Library which
act as a sort of skylight system to brighten the lower levels of the complex and its workshops and surgical theatres for many years. More recently, this system
has been fortified and is now used for rather different purposes as it is now able to concentrate light even more, with the result that the light can be put to
uses other than just illumination. The rather soupy concentrated light of these more powerful concentrators is squeezed through a special conduit and once
exuded, rapidly expands back into normal light, giving off not only a great amount of ordinary light, but also some lights of higher energies and quite a lot of
heat that can be used like a knife. They call it helioparasion
, or cutting with the sun.
The closest phenomenon to "antimagic" in The World is the ability of some extremely powerful Daine individuals to act as thaumic attractors and accumulators
and simultaneously as thaumic dampers and consumers. Such are called thaumophages on account of their ability to sort of suck in magical force from around
them as if they were breathing air. This means that such a one may be bombarded on all sides by powerful works of every kind of magic and not only would he
suffer no ill effects but literally will have "drunk" or "breathed in" the raw power around him.
Such Daine are often sensed by astute or sensitive magic users, and they frequently guard themselves closely around such a potential threat. Some
particularly sensitive individuals have said that especially powerful thaumophages can literally attack and suck magical force from someone. Victims say that
the attack itself makes the heart race and breath comes quick and laboured, and that a kind of giddy or almost exstatic feeling comes over one. After such an
attack, the victim is usually psychically and mentally and often physically drained, but is left otherwise unharmed. Though frightening for an accomplished
magic user to be so violated, their innate abilities and powers may not be so easily stripped, and once the attack is over, magical force refills the area and all
is as it was before. Though little comfort to the victims, the thaumophage himself is left similarly drained after persuing such a psychically violent attacks, and
is generally left with headaches and some level of mental confusion for a time afterwards.