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Phanerothymancy

Phanerothymancy

Phanerothymancy may once have been a practical discipline, Gaz The Dark is said to have used it (among other disciplines). However, in modern times the practice is purely the domain of hucksters, charlatans, and con artists. It is true that magical talent, divine gifts, and true sight can crop up anywhere, but Phanerothymancy feeds on the desire to gain such abilities without trial or effort. This supposed discipline finds all to many willing to listen to a con man in the interest of gaining "magical sight." Any works covering the actual practice are completely lost in the flood of scrolls simply penned to sell to the gullible.

While this practice is of no use whatsoever, attitudes toward it vary strongly among the nations in and around the Sea of Durmstrang. The laws range the gamut from illegal to completely unrestricted. For the most part it is considered a discipline of the peasantry, but certain aristocratic families have fallen under the influence of a charismatic phanerothymancer.

    -Sir Galyan Foamhand

Although mostly the demesne of frauds, I have witnessed rather potent Phanerothymancy in the small island nation of Imajibar, where the royal family still practices a mostly undiluted form of this art. It is disappointing (though, I imagine, inevitable) that the discipline would attract such mountebanks as currently hawk the promises of the discipline, and so I applaud the Sultax for protecting his family's methods.

 -Baron Nortelrye

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This is an entry in The Encyclopedia Yulari.