It is the source of the energy that the Teragardians use to power their devices... a great black hole surrounded by a corona of red crackling lightning, that arched to nearby obelisks that stored the energy
So is described 'The Schism,' a mysterious artefact that sits at the heart of human civilization on Teragard, birthplace of humanity. The humans of Teragard possess no magic, and so rely on arcane technology, powered by the Schism's extant energies.
Seven Magisters control the Schism, and thus, Teragardian society. They dictate law and religion, they restrict access to the Schism, and they methodically obscure its true powers from the public. Robert the Strong encountered extensive evidence of the Magisters' doctored documents and clandestine directives. Among these 'hidden' powers is the ability to act as a portal - the Schism provided Robert access to Gielinor.
Kindred Spirits reveals another one of these latent abilities, in a book written by one of the Magisters:
It even seems as though the Schism has more difficulty in snapping such souls free from their current host.
The Schism apparently severs the bond between the body and the soul, a function performed by Harold/Death on Gielinor, Eir on the Fremennik homeworld, and the first cognizant mortal to die on every plane/planet.
So, the Schism is:
-a power source that takes the place of magic
-a portal across worlds
-the reaper of Teragardian souls
Magic is a manifestation of 'anima,' focusing magical energy both within and from the environment/one's home plane into practical effects. A plane without an Anima Mundi is incapable of sustaining magic.
25-May-2016 23:06:45 - Last edited on 24-Sep-2016 23:24:41 by Rondstat