"... when the first people entered the woods, they were powerless at first. The animals were cautious and swift, some fruits that seemed edible were revealed as poisonous, and little food was found anywhere. Harsh times it were, and they might have perished, if the Boar Spirit had no mercy with them. And she has shown them where to find the good fruit, and which to avoid, what roots to eat, and what herbs to seek if one is ill. Thus have the people learned how to survive in the woods, and closed friendship with the boars."
- that claims the myth the Order spreads as the only truth, and most other people consider bogus. Deep in the woods they live, only rarely they visit the civilization, to liberate the unlucky pigs humans have enslaved over the years (or so they say). Naturally, many consider them insane. It is no surprise they are forbidden this meat.
"The Order" is more a loose tradition than any organization, its members living loosely in deep woods, considered primitive by the civilized world.
The Boar Spirit prefers to have little contact with others, tending to its own affairs and offspring. It may attack if approached at the wrong time or in the wrong way, so beware. It teaches self-sufficiency, and a peaceful nature, that responds strongly on any threat. A follower of her will not start a conflict, but may well bring it to the bitter end.
Swine Magic is a wizardly School of Magic, specializing on mimicking the abilities of the Boar Spirit (who supposedly taught these long ago). These magic-users are wizards, and can teach their spells to other wizards, should they be considered worthy.
Rarely, it happens that the Boar Spirit touches an adept of this school for his devotion, and confers him a deeper insight into this magic, making him or her a true shaman. This does not seem to happen with more than one person at any given time, though.
"The Order" are the remains of the Tribe of the Boar. As civilization approached the forest, the tribe found it's way of life under a subtle siege. For long have the followers of Boar been proud of their mastery of the woodlands, where they could eke out decent living, at least compared to other tribes. But then came agriculture and towns, many permanent settlements started appearing around, and suddenly it was not so great to live in the forest.
As tribes have been vanishing, the small roaming family groups have come into many contacts (and occasional conflicts) with other folk. Too frequently, young people have abandoned the old ways and left to see the new world. The elders have made the decision to retreat deeper into the woods.
But the damage has been already done. Limited trade exists even today, with tools of metal and other comforts exchanged for what can be found there. Still they are distrustful of strangers, and isolate themselves as far as it goes. Even literacy has reached them, through wandering sages and wise men (an easy plug for a druidic tradition if you want), allowing them to write down their magics and wisdom, something unheard before.
"The Order" represents a counterculture to the civilization around, determined to not leave their woods for any price. Rarely, young idealists of the towns and cities will develop a philosophy of a 'return to the nature' or 'the noble savage' (yes, they are savages to the outside), and join them in their uneasy, but 'natural' life. One day, there will come a direct clash of these two ways of life; most likely violent. For now are the woods deep enough, the arts learned from Boar used on hiding, and deterring intruders.
The Boar spirit has sensed the changes in its sponsored people. It does not understand what is happening from its time scale, but time will show. For now, it chooses the rare men and women which are close to the former ideals of tribal existence, and would make good shamans back then. Respect for the Boar is of course mandatory.
Typical spells and abilities:
Enhance senses - namely taste and smell. The target is partially able to track with his nose; as many of the Order know common, visual tracking, they can be very adept at it. Edible roots can be also found if you are not too noble to get down to earth. It takes some experience to fully use and appreciate.
Blend - moving little or standing still, the target is hard to discern against natural background (foliage, wood, etc). Wrong clothing may give him off easily, so dress properly. It is speculated that old followers of the tradition have this effect permanently on them.
Iron stomach - with this spell, almost any organic matter can be eaten, and digested to a degree. Note that while ingested poison may be resisted with this spell, there is no guarantee. The spell is seldom used, because it does not change the taste, and most often produces severe cramps afterward. It is useful to prevent starvation and is rarely used for bets ("I bet you won't eat this...").
Enhance hair-growth - occasionally used on the liberated pigs, to make them better blend in nature, some use it to grow beards or long hair. Fashion in any way.
Charge* - roaring mightily, the caster runs towards the enemy. The spell can help to intimidate some opponents, and to have a good start on others, but is only usable at the start of the fight. Do not forget even powerful wild boars withdraw sometimes. Not all enemies can be defeated.
Boar Bellow* a non-combat variant of Charge, an inhuman LOUD scream is produced by the caster. (Louder than a jet engine taking off - thanks to Murometz for this one!)
Flee* - the target can evade physical combat or direct capture. Shouting madly and moving erratically will confuse the enemies, and may give enough time for escape. It is very entertaining to cast it on a domesticated swine during an attempted slaughter.
Guardian - cast on a group; the caster or a selected person will know, if a member of that group leaves a certain distance from him/her, or is in immediate danger (while still close). The Boar Spirit is remembered as a good mother, that never leaves its children behind.
Huddle - for deep winter, the people/creatures that huddle together with the caster while in some cover from outside, stay comfortably warm, and can rest even in not ideal conditions.
Burst - the target becomes able to run a large distance at a solid pace without much exhaustion, for a time. Beware though, as taking on the power of the Boar means taking the weakness as well: especially in summer it is easy to overheat one's organism, so remember to cool down.
Resist Parasites - the swine do not have fleas, as their skin is so thick. The target is similarly protected from the various little buggers that want to get his blood. (thanks to Murometz for this one!)
So ugly it is cute - some say the Boar blesses with this effect all small piglets. It allows even a bit unnatural, or some might say, ugly, appearances to appear cute and harmless. The effect can be dissipate with too extreme looks or improper actions, it also won't hinder anyone really wishing to do harm; but it's a potent protection if used right. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This school of magic was made for the K10 game rules, "just because", to show that anything can be made with them. Have fun if you use it!
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very interesting, though I am at a loss as to what K10 is.
I like the 'Swine Magic' details and examples, particularly Iron Stomach.
Anytime swine are involved, it adds a sinister connotation for me. This one is no different. Boar reverence in the deep, dark wood. Very nice!
Here are some more pig facts to consider:
-Pigs dont sweat
-A pig can run a 7 minute mile
-Pigs have four toes on each foot, but only stand on two.
-Pigs can get sunburned
-According to some African tribes lore, human meat tastes VERY similar to pork.
-One of a pig's favorite meals is rattle-snake, second favorite? Other pigs! Third? Acorns.
-Pigs kill more people than sharks do each year.
K10 is my little game rules system, to be finished sometime this century. :)
Thanks for the facts, I have to consider expanding the spells a little... *wrings hands*
Spells expanded a little. Thanks again.
I'm loving piggy magic! (Huddle :D) cute!
here's two more fun facts:
--Pigs can scream LOUD. The scream of a jet engine taking off measures 113 decibels. The scream of a frightened pig can measure 115 decibels. (SM-'Boar Bellow'?)
--Pigs don't have fleas because a pig's skin is so thick. (SM-'Resist Parasites'?)
Four clicks later, a common submission has turned into a Scroll. Wonder what time will bring it...
...and a few clicks and weeks later again, it is a normal submission. The suggestions have been implemented. Thanks!
I like, though I would like to know a bit more about the loose organization and what sort of people Boar chooses.
Ask and you shall recieve. Added a historical bit that should answer your questions.
I'm *sure* I can use this somehow :)
It adds nice texture to a local area and its beliefs. It is something different than the expected, yet follows perfectly in line.
I greatly enjoyed this post.
BUMP, in honor of all the updates!
Updated: Polished a bit, added one spell. BUMP!
And another one. Those piggies can be nice, too!
Good one, visualized the Boar God in Mononoke while reading this.