Pythian physics allows its researchers to delve into the various states of matter and affect them through the use of phase resonance. Pythian physics is split into four separate categories of solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. These are the four states of matter. In the past, these states were once called elements and were named earth, water, wind, and fire respectively. Modern science has done away with such terms, and the newer divisions are more in keeping with the scientific system.
The States of Matter
Solid is the state of matter characterized by its rigid structure and resistance to change in shape or volume. Practitioners of solid phase resonances can often manipulate rocks, dirt, metals, wood, as well as other forms of solid matter. Most laymen call those who practice this form of magic as “earth wizards,” but such terms merely show their uneducated states.
Liquid is the state of matter characterized by its ability to flow and take the shape of its container. Liquids, like solids, maintains a fairly constant density, but like gases it can flow. Those who practice liquid phase resonances are able to control all liquids, such as water, rain, and even blood. This fact allows practitioners to become well versed in the medical arts, as their ability to control the liquid state makes them perfect to work on the human body, which is mostly liquid.
Gas is the state of matter characterized by its ability to spread throughout a space. Unlike solids or liquids, gas has no definite shape or volume. Those scientists who work with gas must have supreme mental faculties, as concentrating on the wide spread of particles in this state of matter require much energy. Thus, it is very rare for any scientist to be a general practitioner of both gas and another state. Those who practice gas phase resonances are able to shape the wind to their will, to concentrate it or disperse it, to form impenetrable barriers or create focused areas of vacuum. Also, through combustion, they are able to control the movement and intensity of flames. Unfortunately, they can not create flames, only manipulate it. They require both a fuel source and heat in order to create combustion.
Plasma is a distinct phase of matter. Like gases, plasma has no definitive shape or volume. Unlike gases, plasma has mysterious properties that are not fully known. Many scientists speculate that stars are made of plasma. Those who master plasma use their knowledge to create illumination, such as the lanterns and sun jars that light up our homes in the night. Plasmic sorcerers can also create flames, though unlike gas masters they do not require combustion or fuel, creating the fire through phase resonance.
The term Phase Resonance is used to describe the process in which a researcher or sorcerer uses their skill and knowledge to manipulate the various states of matter in order to perform magic. In the days before the Great Scientific Enlightenment, such a process was called spell casting or conjuration. Despite its origins in superstitious mysticism, modern magic still operates in the realm of science. Thus, phase resonance operates under strict laws of physics. The absolute foundation law for phase resonance is thus: matter can only be reshaped and formed, it can not be created. This is known as the Law of Conservation of Mass, which is a founding doctrine of Pythian physics. In layman’s terms, “what comes from nothing remains nothing; everything that exists has always existed.” Therefore, a sorcerer can not create fire or water from nothingness; this is why phase resonance is impossible inside a vacuum. Therefore, in order to perform phase resonance, you must have some form of matter at hand.
There are many different methods in which scientists perform phase resonance. One method is to increase or decrease the temperature for the item the scientist wishes to manipulate. This is perhaps the best way to change phases of matter so that their favored phase of matter available to the scientist is always at hand. For example, a martial sorcerer of the solid state may need weapons to combat an enemy soldier. If there is water nearby, the solid practitioner can perform a phase resonance, lowering the temperature of the water and thus creating ice. Once done, he can freely manipulate the solid ice to his heart’s content.
Temperature control is a very simple and easy technique, and is the most popular among scientists. Unfortunately, it is not without its weakness. Temp control is extremely dependent on having ideal material as a base source. If one does not have water to freeze or a suitable compound to melt, then one is out of luck. The time it takes to change the phases of matter are also dependent on the scientist’s skills as well as the material composition. It may take a long time for an apprentice to heat up a block of metal in order for it to melt, thus providing the necessary liquid to perform their experimentation. Thus many sorcerers who use temperature control always carry some type of raw material upon their person. Some popular items are blocks of clay, flasks of water or other liquids, and even balloons filled with gases that can be superheated into plasma.
Scientists who use temperature control are: SOLID, LIQUID, GAS, PLASMA
Another way is through the use of magnetic stimulation. This is the primary method that Plasmic sorcerers use to perform their arts. Through the manipulation of magnetic fields, the sorcerer is able to bend plasma through their will, allowing them to shape and move plasmic flames as well as form illusionary images out of thin air.
There are several branches of study whose practice and research have been strictly forbidden by the Universities. This is due to the dangerous nature and ethical uncertainties these practices entail.