Some example of Daine magic?Examples of Daine Magic: Healing and Treeweaving
Probably the most spectacular (and truly difficult) magic is that of physical healing. I made mention of one example
here in the thread already. The idea of transplanting a body part from an animal or beast to a Daine who has been severely injured. Even the dwimcrafty healing of a broken limb is pretty spectacular.
Contrary to how "magical" healing is depicted in movies or DnD type games, it really is quite the process and no easy one at that. Any healer among Men can make or obtain a "healing potion", dab it on a wound and expect with reasonable surety that the patient a) won't die from the wound and b) the wound will heal over. But the results will be far from entirely functional and nothing at all like cosmetic. This is undoubtedly why warriors and soldiers and long-time adventurers and explorers and donjon spelunkers alike all sport horrible scars.
The reason why Daine rarely sport horrible scars, apart from their hearty constitutions and natural ability to heal, a Daine healer's familiarity with anatomy and physiology coupled with a refined and powerful ability to focus thaumic energies results in a nearly 100% functional and cosmetic result.
For example, a hunter allows himself, most ungracefully!, to be mauled by a bear. His fellows have dealt with the bear, but he's left with some terrible gashes on the flank, some broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken arm. No big deal. If the wound is cleaned and bound, it'll eventually heal over and close up (by secondary intention). The un-set bones will either form a bridge of new bone and heal in its awkward position, or more likely just kind of be left hanging --- in the arm, that would not be a good thing! His lung will eventually heal, though the recovery will be long and painful and he'll experience considerable difficulty breathing for quite some time. The muscles and subcutaneous and skin tissues will all form initial scar tissues and over the course of time will remodel themselves into a pretty good semblance of their uninjured shape. He'll end up with some nasty scars and slight loss of function, possibly with some discomfort on movement of the affected parts.
A healer will manipulate thaumic energies to move and seal and remodel damaged tissues. What actually happens for example with the broken rib is that she'll first let her own mind's eye wander into the broken body and explore the extent of the wound. She'll be able to see (kind of x-ray-wise) what needs doing. Thaumic energy can be used to manipulate objects. This is very difficult to do, because it's acting like a lever, and as you know a lever needs a fulcrum in order to work properly. The fulcrum in this case will be the healer herself --- she pays a price of some kind deep within for her services. In this case, it's tissues that will be moved and manipulated.
The mechanics are rather simple: she'll use that thaumic energy to mobilise and nudge the fractured edges of bone back into place. Next, she'll use some of that energy to nudge the osteoblasts into action. She may even mimic their action in remodelling the broken bone matrix and cause it to reform a new, unbroken matrix. She'll do the same with torn blood vessels, lung tissue, muscle, tendon and skin. Unless the boy rather fancies long scars on his side, she'll take care that even his skin is remodelled and regenerated. Over the course of the few days while he's in her care, he'll be restored to something like 97% of his pre-injury condition. His body will quickly take care of the other 3% and in no time, it will be like nothing ever happened to him. There will be no obvious evidence of any kind of injury.
Transplanting the body part of an animal or beast is technically similar, though there are other considerations that will yield some different and perhaps spectacularly peculiar results.
The usual reason for transplanting a body part is when a male Daine suffers a destructive injury to the testicles. When that happens, and he's left untreated, he no longer gets the hormones and other chemical infrastructure formed in those organs and his body will eventually undergo the Change --- it will, within about a month's time, transform into the appearance of a female. Visually appealing, but non-functional. This also happens if, for some reason, the testes of a male baby don't form properly in the womb and are unable to effect the development of male characteristics. Such a boy will be born looking like a girl. No hope for that, but there is a slim chance of effecting a cure for a boy who is injured later in life.
Here the magic is quite deep indeed. It will involve ancient magics of the hunt and blood and sacrifice, not to mention the skill and power of an accomplished and mighty healer. The combination is rare, and many boys who suffer such injuries must simply face up to life after the Change. Suicides after the fact are not unknown.
The injured boy must first seek a healer able to do the task. She will enter a trance and inform him what animal to seek for. He must then track down that animal --- be it wolf or bear or wildcat or warg or boar or something else --- must engage him in battle and fight him without weapons. He must subdue the animal and bring him back to where the healer is, then fight him again and kill him. During this time, the healer will have prepared her house for the work ahead. Teas of various kinds (to ease the pain of the operation, to make the boy sleep, to strengthen her own body and will) will have been prepared and aromatic herbs and woods will have been gathered for the fire.
When the beast has given up his own life for the boy, both are brought into the healer's house and laid out on the floor. She'll first skin the beast and wrap his body in it. They drinks their teas, he's zonked out and she goes to work. She'll use her own power to manipulate tissues, just like the other healer did, only this time it will be to remove the destroyed organs and reattach the new, healthy ones. Technically, not difficult. Spiritually, much more so. Because not only is she marrying together two pieces of flesh, but she's marrying together two antagonistic pieces of flesh --- the nature of the beast and the nature of the boy are inherent in the tissues and the one must be made subservient to the other. She will also heal his other hurts in a more normal fashion.
But as you might suspect, as with any use of dwimmery, there is always a price to be paid, and sometimes the price is high. In the process of subduing the beastly nature of the new tissues, it will actually become part of the boy. His body will not only end up with warg nuts, but he might end up with changes in hair or feather color, he might end up patches of warg fur in his chest or arms, his eyes might change colors to that of the warg. His personality might change some, too: he may take on some of the instincts and innate capabilities of the warg. He may be able to understand warg and wolf speech. He may even gain the ability to skinchange into a warg.
There is also the possibility that some aspects of the beast will transfer to the healer as well --- usually memories, sometimes fears or anxieties. She may experience guilt over what she's done --- needlessly, mind! But that's one effect of using dwimmery.
Another spectacular kind of Daine magic is that of dendrothaumology
. This is where a practitioner will take tiny seedling trees and arrange them in a desired position and then sing them into their final, mature configuration. He'll do this by entering a kind of trance where he'll join his own spirit with those of the trees and growing iman
(plants) around him. He will manipulate thaumic energies to encourage the trees and other desired plants to grow rapidly and into a desired shape. This kind of magic may take a month or three of near continuous singing enchantment. But the result is spectacular indeed!
Here is a couple good ideas of simple examples:
This is a very common form of magic done by the Daine of Onutumun / Auntimoany. The houses of the Great Families almost always involve veritable forests of woven trees. And the mechanics are similar to healing, except in this case he's manipulating dwimmery to gently move the growing tissues of trees and vines and plants into position. The resulting trees, interestingly enough, may look like they've grown into place over the course of centuries, but in reality, they are no more than a season or two old!
Something like this, where trees are actually part of the architecture and not just bits of landscaping:
Men pooh-pooh this kind of magic, basically because nothing seems to happen. There's no obvious signs of activity, no bubbling cauldrons, no wands, no spells, no naked women lying about on divans within brocaded alcoves chanting ensorcelments. Just a sleeping patient and a slightly entranced healer gently touching the patient. Not even a glimmer of magical glow. Just a slow and gradual change in appearance of the patient's body as what was broken becomes mended.