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A ~300 meter wide rock, orbiting Sol at roughly the same distance as Earth. The location of [[The Job]] and current home to [[Didymus]].
The Primate of [[Saunt Augustine]], where all the weirdos come to worship The Pulse. He is a devout believer, but Being a Primate, he has no illusions as to the purity of the Church. He takes a strong stand against Pulse manipulations, believing that Man should study The Pulse so he can serve it, and not so it can serve him.
A Charm is a [[Miracle]] that is preformed not for the imps it generates, but for the secondary effect the manipulation of The Pulse has on the soul. It's circuitous nature makes it expensive and unpredictable, but once you pass a critical mass it becomes immensely powerful.

Officially, the Church forbids Charms, and they are considered highly immoral by the general public.

It has even been theorised that a strong enough Charm creates its own Miracles which may create their own Charms and so on, to catastrophic results. See [[Daisy Chain]].

Charms have been used in the past by religious figures to varying degrees of success, but all such figures have been declared either false prophets or saints who never preformed a Charm in their lives (often contrary to censored historical evidence).

Charms can't be easily taught, as talent is an important factor. In fact, the best charmers are autistic idiot־savants, which explains why they are usually taken by the Church as soon as they are diagnosed. The official (internal) explanation is that this is done to protect society from [[dangerous feedback loops|Fairy Ring]], but it is naive to think that these individuals are not put to good use somewhere in [[The Tower]].
Church issued technology that lets church issued clerics preform church issued [[Miracles|Miracle]]. And since the prototype was built by [[Saunt Newton]], it's pretty simple technology too.

The Collar works as a bridge between the chasm between the cleric's soul and The Pulse, a chasm created by the original sin. On one side, the Collar helps the cleric know the will of God (which is, generally, along the lines of "let gravity equal g"). On the other, it let's him actively participate in the will of God ("let the gravity operating on this spaceship equal something else for five minutes").

Clerics, who are priests trained in the use of a Collar, are said to have received "The Terrible Responsibility".
A space rigger, operator of the parish boat [[Vicar of Guernsey]], who fell on some hard times, and decided to take on [[a dangerous job|The Job]] on [[Apophis]]. He is about to enter some kind of disaster area there. Accompanying him is his trusty companion [[Maimonides]], a talking owl.
The Fairy Ring effect is the greatest danger of impure faith, and it goes something like this:

#A cleric leads his flock in prayer, preforming the [[Miracle]] of creating [[phlogiston]] for the [[parish ship]]
#As the cleric uses his [[Collar]] to form a bridge between the souls of the participants and The Pulse, that scary looking old lady who lives alone with her cats starts coughing
#A significant percentage of the souls involved go "what a fucking witch"
#Bamn. A witch is born.

Most often the effect will not amount to more than a small [[Charm]] accompanying the Miracle (like having the old lady believe she is a witch), but sometimes – and this mostly depends on the number of the deviants and how talented they are – it can create multiple side־miracles (every time she looks at milk it curdles), change the main miracle completely or just fry the brains of the entire congregation.
> We have been fucking with The Pulse for more than two centuries, it's about time it starts fucking back!

Formulator of the [[Principa Dyonisia]]; founder of the Order of Wine, Women and Song; and, according to the church, Public enemy #1.

Nobody knows where he came from, but it appears he had at least basic clerical training, and in the past decade he has been conducting all sorts of grand scale debauchery while harnessing the debaucher's Pulse using rouge technology.

His orgies are held in remote locations and involve the rich (who can travel) and the poor (both locals and imported).

He is the real contractor behind [[The Job]], which probably has something to do with his great plans for [[Richard Wakeman]] and the pipe־organ he is secretly building, which can make even the purest monks and nuns go sex crazy.

In my head he looks something like this:

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A machine that could read an organ grinder [[drum|]] representing a melodic line, and compute harmonious melodies to accompany it.

It was designed and built by Leibnitz, as an instrumental component of the [[Leibnizian heresy]] experiments, and was therefore burned at the stake along with him.

Not much is known about the Leibniz experiments, as he was burned at the stake along with his papers and constructions (although some claim the church maintains copies of his work). Essentially, Leibniz claimed that //order// (as opposed to //faith//) was the power behind [[Pulse manipulation|four elements of magic]].

He tried reproducing [[Saunt Newton]]'s experimental results without prayer, by using an organ grinder playing a hymn. When this failed, he connected his KontrapunktAparat so that higher levels of order would be generated //during// the experiment (as opposed to an organ grinder perfoming harmonies pre-written into a drum).


Although Leibniz has succeeded in his experiments (a fact attribute to the devil by the church) – he was actually mistaken and died in vain: the KontrapunktAparat merely served as the focus of a ritual (see [[Miracle]]) he inadvertently preformed while programming the harmony rules, with his Pulse measuring equipment acting as a primitive [[Collar]].
While [[Saunt Newton]] was [[discovering|The Pulse, discovery of]] The Pulse and the means to manipulate it, sitting on the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland was the Merry Monarch, King Charles II.

In our world, he spends the following decade walking the fine line between Protestants and Catholics (for more info wikipedia [[Secret Treaty of Dover|]], [[Royal Declaration of Indulgence|]], [[Exclusion Crisis|]], [[Popish Plot|]], [[Rye House Plot|]], [[Whigs|]], etc.) and then dying, possibly poisoned.

But in the story, Newton's discovery gives him a way out. A third option. He confiscates Newton's research, along with Newton and the entire Royal Society and builds his own Manhattan Project, and instead of a bomb, he ends up with a new religion that turns England into a superpower – and Him into an immortal.

There is, of course, some talk of HRH being a senile old fool, a puppet of the Church, a rubber stamp that they enjoy keeping around. There is even some talk of necromancy and of the Church's "Zombie King". But most people got used to it. Long lives The King.

Are we giving Charles II too much credit here? Possibly not. He did have a soft spot for proto־science, which at the time was alternatively called "natural philosophy" and "alchemy", and alchemists are usually very much into immortality. Also, many religions promise immortality. It's good PR to have one that actually delivers.

The big problem is a psychological one. Knowing that death is optional might cause unrest. People will want a sip of that fountain of youth – some of them powerful, some of them just very very numerous.
A [[talking owl|talking animals]], trained to fly (and poop) in microgravity.

Prone to long naps, good at maneuvering in three dimensions, great ratters. What other pet would you keep in space?
Miracles are the most common type of magic, and the only one sanctioned by the church. Miracles may be preformed only by qualified clerics using a church issued [[Collar]] and according to church developed rituals.

The rituals (chanting, praying, waiving of lulavs, etc.) manipulate the psyche of the participants which manipulates their Inner Pulse. This the Church calls "faith". The presiding cleric uses his Collar to form a connection between those Inner Pulses (which the Church calls "souls") and The Pulse External (see [[four elements of magic]] for more details on how this works) and thus conjure a collection of improbabilities, or imps for short.

Each imp is a bell-curved spike in a physical constant at a specific position in spacetime, often defined relatively to a natural object being its focus. Such imps can be moved in spacetime along with their focus. Imps are heavily skewed on the time axis towards the future, but there's some leakage to the past, which means clerics can develop a sort of spider־sense for miracles.

For a stronger spike and/or a larger curve, you need more power, which means more participants or better qualified ones. And this could spell trouble.

Miracles are vulnerable to a potentially malicious, usually oblivious, and sometimes very dangerous hack called "the [[Fairy Ring]] effect", in which the connection between the two Pulses is used for something else, other than the intention of the presiding cleric and the all־knowing all־good Church.
> We are told that miracles require belief in something no words can prove, but mine require only that which you are convinced of beyond words.
> ([[Graf von Sexndrugxn]])
Rick is a drunken church organist who gets recruited to play at the most irregular sermons – ones conducted by [[Graf von Sexndrugxn]].

He has the natural skill to make people enjoy his music. He's not really as good as they think, but he believes his own hype to a degree that he preforms this subtle [[Miracle]] without any external technology (although perhaps he has something implanted). Unknowingly, Rick is harnessing the Pulse of his audience, which causes all sorts of trouble when he plays at conventional venues; but it always ends well because he's a charming fellow and everyone forgives him.

Also unknown to him is that the Graf is gently guiding him remotely, hoping to turn him into the first saint of the Order of Wine, Women and Song – The Pied Piper.
A monastery Located somewhere cold and remote on Earth, where [[The United Church]] sends all the weirdos.

!!Notable Residents
*[[Barnabas]] - Primate of the monastery
*[[Shariputra]] - a young monk
Born in the City of Westminster, orphaned at an early age, and raised in a temple, as most orphans are. From the very beginning, Shariputra showed great promise and devotion, but he kept asking the wrong questions, and by the age of 13 he was sent to the remote monastery of [[Saunt Augustine]], which is pretty much the sanatorium of the United Church. As the story begins he is 17, still a devout believer and a talented acolyte, who is suddenly assigned a dangerous mission which no one else wants to undertake, and which very few wish to see fulfilled. He, naturally, considers this the highest honor.

It is our plan, in the game, to see Shariputra lose his immaculate faith, and find something else instead.
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Finessing [[Apophis]] into a stable orbit mirroring Terra from the other side of Sol. Will involve using [[phlogiston]] rockets to construct a rig around it, then setting the [[gravity sails]] and riding the sucker like a cannonball.

It is a very delicate job. If the sails are attached too close to each other they will be very hard to control (and will interfere with each other, which might break them), but if they are spread too far apart they might crack the asteroid, crashing the rig and the riggers, to say nothing of their life support.
The Pulse was discovered in 1675 by [[Saunt Newton]] as a direct continuation of his work on opticks. Newton hypothesized that there is an external force governing the fundamental laws of nature, and that this force has to be highly dynamic. All the so called "constants" are actually variables in flux (which was, incidentally, Newton's original name for this force).

The problem is, of course, that not the force nor the changes can be detected using any objective point of reference, because objectivity itself depends on the "constants" of nature. Planck units can change all they like, as long as everything else changes with them the change is meaningless.

But Newton, who was reading way too much Theosophy at the time, had a solution. Instead of an objective POV he used a subjective one. Human beings carry within them an immortal soul, which is a spark of the divine and must therefore have its own Pulse, separated from the external one by original sin! Our bodies, and especially our minds, are governed by the interaction of the external and the internal Pulses, and the potential difference between the two can be measured (see also [[Leibnizian heresy]]).

His first tests involved something that looked a lot like a gold־leaf electroscope (some of the early devices are still on display at [[Westminster Abbey]]) that measured the external Pulse, timed it (relatively to his own internal clock, which was held steady in prayer) and in general proved its existence. And that was great. But the relationship didn't end there.

Newton quickly discovered that not only do the two Pulses affect the mind, but the mind also affects the Pulses. Especially the internal one. In general, the mind has a far stronger interaction with the internal Pulse. Probably something to do with with the inverse־square law. And while the external Pulse, being so massive, does affect the mind greatly, you can't use the mind to manipulate the external Pulse without a technological aid or a very large number of internal Pulses working together (believers).

Newton was not big on socializing, so he developed the technology instead. And once he had the "flux lever" (upon which the design of the modern [[Collar]] is founded) he pretty quickly almost destroyed the world. This aroused the king's interest, and the rest is (alternative) history.
The world's population, which is very large, is pretty well spread. Big cities are rare, and most people still live in villages (probably because people are less dependant on geography and weather, what with church subsidized Miracles and all). Society, however, is very hierarchic and centralized, mostly thanks to a road system that puts the Romans to shame.

Every village is connected to its neighbours with a couple of superconducting cable, laid on the ground, usually over older roads. Special (church issued) magnetic platforms float above these cables. Some people place cargo and passengers on the platforms themselves, some strap their own carts on top of them. Some pull them with horses, some use steam, others use Miracles.

The best part of it is that it's a toll road, where the toll is paid kinetically. It always takes a little more effort to move these platforms than it really should, and the surplus goes straight to the Church (which uses it to propel important shipments or to charge their cell phones or something). And when the Church wants more juice, everyone has to push harder.

Still, on most days it's much better than wheels. Not to mention the fact that transporting goods off The Righteous Path is considered smuggling, and smuggling is considered harshly. Still, if you need to get somewhere fast without everyone knowing, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire one of those crazy rubber-wheeled steam־powered smugglers.
For millennia, the British have been talking about the weather; finally, with the advent of high availability magic, they have been given the tools to do something about it. One would say that the majority of miracles performed by priests at the local level (vicars, curates, city bishops) is centred around ensuring 365 days of sunshine. There are light rains late at night to keep the grass green, a week of snow around Christmas, but in general, if you want to experience actual adverse weather, you'll need to venture out to remote places, such as the middle of the ocean.

of course, sunshine here might mean rain there, and both other parishes and the natural weather patterns often fight back. The results were not pretty, but they spurred the church to create a network of weather monitors, moderators and regulators, and spurred the growth of a weather satellite industry and thus, of space occupation.
A lexicon for a role-playing game I'm playing with my friends. Check out the [[main page|index.html]].

If you were here before, check out the timeline to the right. If you think it's kinda sparse, go ahead and do something about it.

If you want to edit this wiki and are not sure how, check out [[the instructions|how to edit this wiki]].

*[[Shariputra]] - a humble monk
*[[Barnabas]] - a humble Primate of the Pulsist Church
*[[Didymus]] - a humble space rigger
*[[Richard Wakeman]] - a pretentious organist
*[[Graf von Sexndrugxn]] - as bad as he sounds

*[[Saunt Augustine]] - a remote Pulsist monastery
*[[Apophis]] - a remoter asteroid
*[[Westminster Abbey]] - the universal center of The United Church
*[[The Tower]] - secret police H.Q.

*[[gravity sails]]
*[[Long live The King]]
*[[talking animals]]
*[[The Righteous Path]]

*[[The Pulse, discovery of]]
*[[four elements of magic]]
*[[Leibnizian heresy]]
*[[Principa Dyonisia]]
*[[Fairy Ring]]
Unglamorous but oh, so essential for the proper workings of vast bureaucracies such as the Unified Church, copypaper is a standard office supply produced in monastic factories throughout the civilized world. Whatever is written on one sheet of copypaper is duplicated onto all its quantum-entangled siblings, thus saving a lot of trouble when filling out forms and reports in triplicate and quintuplicate.

You don't even need to mail the copy to the head office if you both have paper from the same source – the duplication of whatever is written works regardless of the distance.

Also, you don't need ink – whatever your quill scribes upon the page appears as an unerasable darkening of the paper (again, some sort of trans-temporal quantum interference effect). Destroying a sheet ruins ("burns") the entire batch. All the copies simply go black.

Travelers often carry notebooks of copypaper with them, allowing them to correspond with a confidant who owns a matching notebook throughout their journeys, but only a fool would trust publicly available copypaper with confidential information. The smallest batch size of copypaper is a dozen (the word "dozen" often refers to a "dozen page sized batch"), and one of each batch is sent – via pneumatic tubes – to the inquisitor's vaults (where there are many guards to make sure the other guards don't peek).

Rouge plumbers replace some of the stuff that goes to the vaults with faulty copypaper, and sell the original in the black market. Most of them don't know what it's worth until someone starts writing on it, and they have to be careful not to write anything on it themselves (kids sometimes look for something to draw on) or spill gravy on it, because this is how they get detected.
The four elements of magic are mind, soul (Inner Pulse), nature and Pulse:
*The mind is directly influenced by the soul and by the laws of nature
*The soul is directly influenced by the mind and by The Pulse
*The laws of nature are directly affected only by The Pulse
*The Pulse if affected only by the soul

According to the Church, this influence of the soul on The Pulse used to be direct, but then came sin and the expulsion of Man from the garden, and the soul was disconnected from The Pulse. Which is why today we require technology (like a [[Collar]]) to do magic. It's the bridge between the soul and The Pulse.
Defying gravity is the "hello world" exercise of good, church-approved magic. For completeness-sake, once one has defied gravity until there is none left to defy, it behoves a mage to have some means of re-applying gravity. Hence, artificial gravity and flight. Mix the two, and you have a [[Diametical Drive|]]. Acceleration requires only patience; deceleration is the true art.
There are many ways to edit this wiki. Following is a description of what I think is the path of least resistance. If you have a better way, feel free to use it and edit this page.

#Install the ~TiddlyFox browser plug־in – also available for Chrome
#Download [[this page|]] – you can right־click and save as
#Open the html file you downloaded in the browser with the extension
#Edit as you see fit and click the save link (on top) when you are done

Now you have a new lexicon.html which you can commit to git or send by email or bring to lunch on a thumbdrive.

In case you make mistakes, you can find (in the same dir as the html) a timestamped backup for every save.

I suggest you test it before you do any serious editing. If it seems too much of a hassle, the Dod found something called ~TiddlySpace where you can log in and edit a ~TiddlyWiki online. So let us know.

Oh, and you can always email me entries instead.
Phlogiston is the theoretical element responsible for what was later named "oxidation". It exists in all combustible materials and is released upon combustion. It's like anti־oxygen.

Phlogiston is released from matter in a sort of phase change, where fire plays the role of latent heat being released. This means, somewhat counter intuitively, that free phlogiston is actually fire retardant. Once the air is saturated with it, no new phlogiston can be released and no further combustion is possible.

It also means that the air recyclers that are used in space are technically dephlogistication tanks, as they clean the air of all the smothering free phlogiston.

And of course, rockets can't be propelled using free phlogiston. It is only useful in its high energy form, which could be a powerful oxidizer used to burn stuff in space, or even just a fuel that burns extremely hot.

But the best phlogiston, as far as propulsion goes, is pure phlogiston, which can make anything "burn". This has nothing to do with oxidation, and is simply [[Miraculously|Miracle]] produced (and contained) antimatter.
We have the technology to let animals talk. Because it is cool.

At the moment, we do not want to know how this works. It will probably be revealed later on, and it will be cool, and it will probably seem obvious. But it will happen later.

It will probably have some serious repercussions. This PETA and Jehova's Witnesses having a baby. But this will also come later.

What we do need now is the look and feel of it. And especially the sound of it. Does [[Maimonides]] use a Hawking synth to communicate? Is it telepathy? Another cool sounding idea?

Bring it on.