We write you this to you in trepidation, for we have been paid in your thoughts to write you a ritual and it would be hard to enact this payment if you die. Now in an interest of understanding we are going to lay the ritual out in it's entirety here for you to read. This being said, you may find yourself in temptation to change something within the ritual. Don't. You may find yourself wishing to support in some obscure side ritual, again.... Don't. We have been perfecting and constructing this ritual, ceaselessly for the past few years. It has burned itself into our minds like hot coals to linen. Any action you may take the breaks the beating heart of this ritual will bring all of us to ruin. If you where ever to take such a ritual seriously, treat this one like a sharp knife hanging above a babe. Safe in theory, but chanced for tragedy.
We fold a circle four, to twist and fashion our craft,Not divided,Held inside it - Are the labors of our Heart.Then we fold the circle more,Till it points at four score,Be the Star to center our resolve,A circle in a circles son,Held inside the eldest one,To weave the strands,Leech the power,Heave and Hoe,And before the light is gone,To the outer circles song,Beats the Hearts,Beats the Drum,See’s the Stars.To look within one’s craft,Swaddled in a darker mass,Shed away,Bleed today,Let it go.For we know a Darker one,And one that's Brighter than the sun,So hear our cry,Live and Die,Be no more
Sitting upon the center is to be the tower, around it a circle written by one of this powers antithesis, a Sorcerer of Light, White Magic, A Mage, using white ash of the Flame Rose Petal.
The folded circle, the Star; our focus, our guide, something bright written in darkness, crush the Shard of Darkness and lay it to the ground, then sprinkle with filings of our deep found Silver.
Outer more we build our line of intent; Lay this circle with the bones of a creature blacker than the night, Bless it with the Pontiffs Aspergillum; then at the terminations of the star using the Fea’s Favor, it's bearer inscribe the Constellations upon the ground, those of the months now and past. Northmost being this month, to it's right the future, and counter clockwise to the left being the past.
Entwine the ritual with a folded circle more, creating four corners, four pockets, four powers. Lay this with Mummy Dust, and the broken bits of an Artisans final work. To inspire and bind us further more.
Inscribe once more the writings of thought, movement, to hold, and to erode in Astral where shown. Each inscription made of inscriptions more in Magic and Fate.
Marking the extremes of the outer Drum lay four spears, each holding an offering of Ground Scale, a Memento’s past, and Once Stolen Gems. Warpaint then draws the lines between them.
Each Ritual should be performed in two part, one by the Effusion, Hecatomb, Rapacity, and Largesse; the other by their cohorts, who stand in the looping circle behind them. Here alignments are crucial, and only those of that power should enter, only a number equal to the others should be present. Any caught between litter the second unfolded circle, and move the power, feed the ritual, and keep those in the ritual stable. Once ready the Ritual Leaders will flood the star, keeping each force in equal, perform their functions, hold their power tall and proud, and instruct their cohort to begin their individual rituals. Each using their sacrifice as a focus; Water from Amanthyre Held in a Quartz Mountain Crystal Chalice, Void Beast Crystal, Beholder Eye Lens, and The Crown of a King.
Each done in tandem, each done in equal, each beating to the Drum, will build in power until near unstable. Then and only then, Rapacity and Largesse will clash turning on each other in shear opposition, this action uplifting the Effusion and Hecatomb till all are only left of their powers. The Effusion tearing through the barrier and the Hecatomb cleansing what remains. Largesse will focus on holding them together, while Rapacity will tear them apart; This conflict is reminiscent of those past, stories of beginnings, creation, destruction, tragedy, defiance ~ much of this ritual is given this deep contemplation.
Outer more is the Drum, a ritual separate in itself, holding this display together, channeling their ancestors, their spirits, their wills to keep this torrent contained. For with such grand amounts of power at play, aberrance are sure to form as Ooze, Slimes, Mana Eaters, and any sort of vile creature. They not only keep the heart of this ritual beating with each stroke of the blade and beat of mallet, but fend off the flood of these beasts that will surely threaten this ritual.
Part 1 - Dark - Ritual of Effusion
To give all you have taken, expel with a violence the sheer power you have amassed.
Part 2 - Light - Ritual of Hecatomb
To harness and heal, to give yourself to the ritual, and weave yourself into its very core.
Part 3 - Chaos - Ritual of Rapacity
To alter and excess, to take in abbarance and create possibility.
Part 4 - Order - Ritual of Largesse
To direct and focus, to guide the Hecatomb and direct Effusion and Rapacity.
Part 5 - Defenders - Ritual of the Drum
As a Drum holds water, to contain the spiraling forces held within. A beating heart is strong in it's surroundings.
Please ask questions, but we urge this works like a clock, take a gear, add a gear, the clock will stop working.