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Magic 101
Natural Magic, Caster, Caster link, Juice, Scroll, Magic Item, Spell, Grandiocosmic Strings, H-strings, Channels, Nodes, Dictums
Caster proficiency: NoviceAdeptMaster

Proposed Canon

First Mentioned: Hvs.tCF 255

Dictums (or predictums) are entities theorized to exist by the Great Minds. Dictums are compared with daemons and are believed to be instructions (cf. a computer virus) or abstract, unobservable Luckamancy golems that are released into the Grand Cosmos by intuition. It is thought that they can affect the Numbers on Erf, and thus appear as Fate.

The Great Minds believe that Predictamancy spells are actually self-fulfilling; i.e. the very spell they use to Predict the future produces dictums, which act to create the Predicted outcome.

A unit with a strong intent to destroy itself can create a dictum of natural Croakamancy upon croaking. Units dying for vengeance can in effect leave behind a sort of curse against their enemies.


The fact that the dictums are described as "unobservable" means the theory is not falsifiable, and thus not subject to any rigorous scientific analysis. It is little better than superstition at this point.