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Enchant, Another Mysterious Magic
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- Written by Direna/Lute -
1. Definition and Effects
So, you think you know about enchanting? Well, there's more to the system than elementary enchants like Understanding, Fine, or Good. If you've spent some time in Erinn, you may even know about enchants like Water, Gray Wolf, Fox, and Fox Hunter. But what, exactly, are enchants?
Think of enchants as the "ancient magic" of Erinn. Today, you find this ancient magic in the form of scrolls. Someone who equips a weapon that's been imbued with an enchant can feel the ancient magic surging through them, increasing their abilities.
2. Reverse Enchanting
You've picked up an item, and realize you feel a strange power emanating from it. Maybe the item is enchanted!
In this Reverse Enchanting section, I will use Fox Popo's Shirt of Crab as an example.
Reverse Enchanting: The process of transferring an enchant from a piece of equipment, an article of clothing, or an accessory back to an Enchant Scroll. --Erinn Encyclopedia - Published by the Kingdom of Aliech, Price: 998 Gold
This job required 3 materials:
The Holy Water of Lymilark can be obtained from a church. The Mana Herb can be obtained from the old boxes in dungeons or from the damp areas in a field. You can either set up a campfire yourself or request someone around you to set one up.
Once you have the item you'd like to Reverse Enchant and have prepared the 3 materials mentioned above, you are ready to begin!
First, find a flat surface. Pour the Holy Water of Lymilark on the surface, and then place the Mana Herb into the pool of liquid. Grind them together. Once ground, spread the Mana Herb into a thin layer. That will provide the wet scroll to imbue the magic.
You are borrowing from the power of the divine to make this scroll, since today's magic is not strong enough to hold an enchant. Don't believe me? Try using the Mana Herb without the Holy Water of Lymilark. It won't even be able to hold light dust, let alone an enchant!
Now, the next step is to throw the Fox Popo's Shirt of Crab into the campfire. Allow me to explain why. Enchants have a tendency to gravitate toward areas and items rich with magic and mana. (That is the rule of the Magical Return of Enchant Phenomenon.)
Therefore, when an enchant loses the item it clings to, in this case, because the item was burned, it naturally drifts toward the nearest and strongest magical item, in this case, the magic scroll. And that is how you get a completed enchant scroll.
However, there are a few unexpected variables. For one, you can't always tell what enchant you're going to get. You could get a Fox enchant... Or you could get a Crab enchant, which is a penalty enchant. You could also get Magic Powder, which is useful for enchanting (see Section 3 for details).
Also, your chance of success at Reverse Enchanting depends on the enchant level of the final item. If you're already a skilled Enchanter, your chance of success is, of course, higher. Practice makes perfect, after all, so keep practicing!
3. The Enchanting Process
Now that you've successfully obtained an enchant scroll via the Reverse Enchanting process, it is time to apply the enchant to an item.
In this section, I will use the Fox Enchant as an example.
Enchant: The word either refers to the Ancient Magic itself or to act of applying that Ancient Magic itself or to act of applying that Ancient Magic to an item. --Erinn Encyclopedia - Published by the Kingdom of Aliech, Price: 998 Gold
To enchant something, you don't need a lot of materials, just an enchant scroll and the item you'd like to enchant. In this case, I will use a long sword. However, if you wish your enchant to be successful, make sure to have a Magic Powder handy. The extra expense will be worth it.
Now, let us begin. First, unfurl the enchant scroll and spread it open over a flat surface. Place your hand, palm down, on the enchant scroll, and focus your body's natural mana into your hand. You should be able to see wisps of mana flowing out of your fingertips. Now, for the most important part.
Based on the Magical Return of Enchant Phenomenon (a.k.a. Magic Return), the magical energy of the scroll will follow the mana in your hand. Transferring that magical energy into a weapon and making it stick to it is the art of Enchanting.
The difficulty level increases as the enchant rank increases, due to lower levels of Magic Return. That's where the Magic Powder comes into play. The Magic Powder essentially gives you another chance if you make a mistake.
Here's how you use it. Pour 3/4 of the bottle of Magic Powder onto the enchant scroll. At this point, you may be wondering why the magic enchant energy doesn't absorb into the Magic Powder instead of following your hands. This is because the energy of the enchant is too dense to be affected by the Magic Powder.
Now, spread the remaining 1/4 of the powder on the item you'd like to enchant. Make sure your fingers are coated in the powder as well. Then, follow the steps of Enchanting as described above.
If all goes well, you will discover that the enchant energy sticks to the item a little more easily, thanks to the Magic Powder. However, that is not the real benefit of the Magic Powder...
The real benefit is when you make a mistake and the enchant fails. As the enchant disperses into the air, it becomes light enough to be affected by the powder, and the powder grabs onto the enchant, like a magnet. You can grab the collected enchant energy and try your enchant one more time.
By following this process, you should be able to successfully enchant your long sword into a Fox Long Sword. However, if the enchant fails, the magical energy clashes with the item, damaging it by lowering it's durability.
Unlike Reverse Enchanting, your skill level plays no part in Enchanting. All you need for a successful enchant is figure out the right amount of Magic Powder, the perfect speed at which to lead the enchant into the item, and the perfect distance to transfer the enchant.
4. The Right Attitude and Enchanting Tips
As an enchanter, always remember that you are risking an item by enchanting it. There is always the chance of lowering an item's durability when you make a mistake. Be mindful of that. The same is true of Reverse Enchanting.
(In my experience, it is wise to have your clients sign a form promising not to hold you liable should the above happen, which it will, no matter how careful you are.)
1. Enchant Scrolls expire. Use them before they do. Enchants consume the mana of the scroll they're absorbed into. Eventually, the scroll's mana will run out and the enchant will disappear into the ether.
2. I have heard of an item called "Elven Mana Powder." However, as it is rare and I have never encountered it myself, I have not gone into detail about it. I mention it here only for your reference.