The antiphoners of Pavelle—magic users—give flowery names to their art.
Basic techniques taught to beginners include things such as the Zephyr’s Gavotte or the Breath of the Pegasus.
Lealle, the heroine of A Talisman Arcane, is learning advanced techniques such as the Nest of the Phoenix and the Flight of the Phoenix.
All of the techniques involve the manipulation of an inner energy referred to as energea.
Aural practitioners hear the energea as music. Kinesthetic practitioners feel it as weight within the body. And visual practitioners see it as glowing, sparking light.
Lealle is a visual practitioner, and her reach within for the energea shapes the both the result (such as healing a bruise) and the pattern of the flow of light.
If you were to cut across one of these currents of light and draw the cross-section, you would see a delicate snowflake of a pattern.
I imagined the magic of my North-lands long before I ever tried to tried to draw it.
And when I first put pen to paper, I didn’t realize what I was drawing. I thought I was creating images that had lain within my imagination unrealized until the tools from Zentangle unlocked them. This was true, but incomplete.
It was only when I explored the idea of publishing my drawings as a coloring book that I realized they were renditions of energea, and that there was a story about energea and a young mage I needed to tell!
You can read about the first stirrings of my inspiration, and see two other patterns of energea in these blog posts:
Nest of the Phoenix (Story for My Coloring Book)
Flight of the Phoenix (Page for a Coloring Book)