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Dunamancy is a new school of magic derived from Dunamis, which is in turn derived from the Beacons.

History Edit

"Commerce & Chaos" (2x31)Edit

While spending down time in Archive of the Cobalt Soul in Zadash, Caleb Widogast researched methods of controlling time. He discovered information about some newer arcane experiments being conducted by the Soltryce Academy in Rexxentrum. A newer magical energy seems to have been discovered, or possibly rediscovered, from the Age of Arcanum. This energy is being referred to by the Soltryce mages as "Dunamis". Other than that, there's very little information: anything else is the proprietary knowledge of the Academy.[1]

"Homeward Bound" (2x48) Edit

While searching the basement of Yeza Brenatto's apothecary in Felderwin, the Mighty Nein find notes of a Cerberus Assembly researcher. The Assembly has been doing experiments with a Beacon. The "dunamis field" from the experiments has covered large areas, causing people to sometimes feel sluggish and sometimes move at unnaturally fast speeds. The Kryn Dynasty of Xhorhas has the ability to use Dunamancy to manipulate gravity, entropy, and time. The Kryn have been researching its use for centuries in Ghor Dranas.

It has been difficult for the Cerberus Assembly to create an object that can sustain the energy of a dunamis field. Yeza Brenatto has been working with the Cerberus Assembly and distilled one vial of dunamis. They have plans to make more once they can remove the Beacon from the process. The notes say that Trent Ikithon has found some students who show signs of being skilled at Dunamancy.[2][3]

"Xhorhas" (2x51)Edit

After emerging from the worm tunnels into Xhorhas, the Mighty Nein were ambushed by a pack of gnolls, a Kryn Dynasty warrior, and a mage. The mage cast two dumanancy spells- Compress Gravity[4] and Vacuum Blast.[5]

"Domestic Respite" (2x62)Edit

Essek Thelyss teaches Caleb two dunamancy spells during his visit in the episode. He mentions spells that revolve around "density, gravity, things that manipulate the relationship between objects or are you more interested in the bending of fate, destiny or do you wish to find ways to sap and scatter the potentiality of your enemy."[6] In the end, Caleb chooses to learn about fate and Essek teaches him two dunamancy spells.[7][8]

Known Spells Edit

  • Gift of Alacrity[9][8]
    • 1st-level
    • Target gains 1d8 to initiative rolls for 8 hours
  • Fortune's Favor[10][8]
    • 2nd-level
    • Target gains 1 Fragment of Possibility for 1 hour
  • Compress Gravity[11]
    • Compress Gravity causes targets to make a Constitution saving throw. The targets take force damage and their speed is reduced to half for one round.
  • Vacuum Blast[5]
    • Creatures in a 20 ft radius around a point of the caster's choosing make a Constitution saving throw and take force damage.
  • A high level spell involving quantum entanglement[12]

TriviaEdit

  • The Dunamancy school of magic and its spells are a homebrew creation of Matthew Mercer.
  • Dunamis appears to heavily rely on a notion not entirely unlike the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics - that multiple versions of us exist based on possibilities explored or left to explore across multiple timelines. Each of the members of the Mighty Nein, save Mollymauk Tealeaf, who opted never to use the Beacon, have experienced this sensation in their use of the Fragments of Possibility. However, having much more experience with this magic, the Kryn echo knights and dunamancers seem able to call upon their alternate selves to aid them in battle, in the forms of shadowy echoes.
  • "Dunamis" is the classical pronunciation of the Greek word δύναμις (dynamis), meaning power, especially of divine origins.

References Edit

  1. See "Commerce & Chaos" (2x31) from 1:40:28 through 1:41:00.
  2. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) from 3:48:14 through 3:52:33.
  3. Liam O'Brien shared pictures of the notes pages used in game on his Twitter.
  4. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:56:25.
  5. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:58:07.
  6. See "Domestic Respite" (2x62) from 1:53:30 through 1:53:53.  Essek Thelyss mentions the possibilities with dunamis spells
  7. See "Domestic Respite" (2x62) at 1:54:15.  Caleb learns two dunamis spells
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 See Liam's tweet about the two new dunamancy spells acquired in "Domestic Respite" (2x62), available on the Internet Archive.
  9. See "Intervention" (2x63) at 1:57:10.  Caleb casts Gift of Alacrity.
  10. See "Intervention" (2x63) at 1:20:52.  Caleb casts Fortune's Favor.
  11. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:56:25Compress Gravity is cast at 3rd level
  12. https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/1096608856430395392
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