Candle Charms are one of the oldest folkways of magick, stretching back to the ancient Egyptians and beyond. The Candle Charms of the Alchemist True are NOT to be confused with the ceremonial candle burning that takes place as a part of many of the rituals performed by those who practice more traditional forms of Druidecht, Wizardry or Witchcraft. As the name implies, the charm is embodied or imbued in a candle during its making, a protracted process that is, in and of itself, a sort of ritual.
The magick expressed by charmed Candle is always the positive or additive aspect (however applicable, GM’s discretion) UNLESS the maker specifies that the primary purpose of the candle is the negative, To manifest the opposite effect is also inherently available to the user if they but turn the candle upside down, so the negative or subtractive aspect (however applicable, GM’s discretion) manifests – or vice versa if the maker has created the candle with the primary purpose of expressing the negative aspect. Unless the top and bottom are marked somehow, and marks renewed as the candle’s ends are burned down, telling the top from the bottom in order to get the desired effect of the candle is problematic to non-practitioners. Any Alchemist True that picks a Candle Charm up can automatically feel the “positive” end from the “negative” end AND which of these the make deemed the primary purpose of the Candle.
Candles can be dipped to form tapers, poured into a glass, cup or dish or poured in a simple cylinder mould to take the form of a pillar, but they manifest only a single charm throughout, top to bottom. Those that are poured in a simple cylinder mould may be poured in layers, each with a different charm, as the Alchemist desires, so the charm transitions from one to the next in whatever order the Alchemist desires.
Alternately, candles may be poured in a partitioned container or the cylinder, horizontal or vertical, to manifest multiple charms at the same time. The vertical candle poured this way manifests all charms it contains simultaneously, as the enchanted wax for each charm contained in it touch the same wick, and a candle said out horizontally may be similarly partitioned so all charms manifest simultaneously, also, BUT those laid out horizontally may be partitioned and poured in such a way that each charm has its own wick and may be lit or not as desired to manifest as many of them as desired at one time, from one to all.
Layered candles are more difficult to make than simple candles containing a single charm, the more layers, the more difficult.
Partitioned candles are even more difficult to create, the more partitions, the more difficult.
These two variations can be combined, as well, so one or more layers of many that make up a single candle may be partitioned to manifest a number of charms simultaneously when it burns down to that level. As many layers of a candle as desired may be partitioned this way, so the array of charms manifested by each level transitions from one set to the next, layer by layer, as the candle burns down.
For making a Simple Candle Charm (1 candle, 1 charm), the DV is equal to the POT of charm.
For making a Partitioned Candle Charm (1 candle, more than 1 charm, all to manifest simultaneously), the DV is equal to the sum of the POT of every Charm imbued in the Candle, PLUS a Progressive modifier based on the number of charms.
For making a Layered Candle Charm (1 candle, more than 1 charm, to manifest in succession as the candle burns down and the DUR of each charm expires), the DV is equal to the sum of all layers in the Candle, PLUS a Progressive modifier based on the number of layers.
Partitioned Layers: add the DV for each Partitioned layer to the overall DV for the Layered Candle
IF more than one (1) Candle Charm of the same kind (Simple, Partitioned, Layered, Partitioned Layer/s, and same charms imbued) is made at the same time, add an additional Progressive modifier to the DV based on the number being made.
The Alchemist’s art produces a candle of a color appropriate to the purpose of the magick it contains, which is released to manifest when the candle is lit, BUT these colors may be varied as desired if the Alchemist applies his knowledge of pigments. The color of a Candle is entirely up to the maker, BUT the seams between the wax bearing different charms is always going to be visible even if it is made all one color. An Alchemist True may be able to discern how many charms there are within a candle by laying hands on it, and if the same charm is repeated anywhere within it, BUT he may not discern the nature/function of the charms in any part of it unless he devotes an amount of time in a full lab testing it by means of his Assess/Identify Substance/Compound skill, with a minimum time requirement of one (1) mile way (20 mins) per charm to be identified in it.
While Bottle and Candle Charms may place certain constraints on appearance and thus the likelihood of being recognized for what they are by nature, they have a higher yield than the fancy concoctions that the potions, philtres, salves, unguents, etc. in which Magickal Formulas are rendered. When an Alchemist sets out to make Candle or Bottle Charms, he ends up with exactly what he planned to make. There is 0% of loss with them as there is with the former.
It is likely that the simpler folk who muster the courage to seek an Alchemist’s skills for magical aid are going to be looking for such items as Bottle and/or Candle Charms. These items describe the limits of the magical skills of Cunning Men and Wise Women Alchemists, who are more easily located than those that practice any sort of conventional magick, or even
Tales of Bottle and Candle Charms and folkways such as Cabalism or Knot-magick (Great Weavers) are freely and regularly circulated among the common free and landbound folk. Many Alchemists studying at university pick up the Magisters’ condescending attitude towards all such “primitive” practices, eschewing their pursuit, but this does not diminish the effectiveness of Bottle and Candle Charms, not one bit.
The target, subject or beneficiary of a Candle’s magick must be in RNG (within sight) at the moment the maker/owner of the Candle kindles it, or the charm cannot take hold, UNLESS he is sufficiently familiar with the target, subject or beneficiary through previous personal experience.
For a non-practitioner to use a Candle Charm it must be made for his/her use in particular, either with him/her present, or with an artifact of his/her person (hair, nails, etc.), or sufficiently familiar with him/her by previous personal experience and the target, subject or beneficiary of the dweomer similarly designated at the time it is made.
When they are protective or otherwise beneficial in nature, they must be lit either by the maker/owner or the intended subject.
One of the aspects that set Candle Charm magicks apart from most common, traditional castings of magick is that each candle (or layer of a candle) provides magick that lasts for a fixed amount of time, in total, burned from top to bottom. While the effect of the charm is set by the maker according to the Charm he is creating and the POT he is investing, which dictates the ultimate amount of time that charm may endure, the one burning the candle has the option of burning the DUR away in any manner he likes, off and on, by lighting and dousing the candle over and over according to his need until it is burned away.
Once a Candle Charm whose dweomer is governed by an AoE is lit, its effect is measured from that position, and it MAY NOT PHYSICALLY BE MOVED so long as it is lit/the magick remains in effect. If it sits upon a moveable piece of furniture, it too becomes immoveable. It becomes a fixture of the setting.
Candles may ONLY be doused with milk, requiring a number drops no less than the POT of the charm it is manifested at the moment, EXCEPT by the hand of the maker/owner.
IF snuffed or pinched out by the maker’s/owner’s own hand, a Candle Charm may not be relit by anyone else but him,
“Owner” here, as opposed to maker, acknowledges the possibility of the maker’s work being taken in hand and stolen by Attunement to another practitioner of magick.
The effective SL an Alchemist can apply to making a Candle Charm is equal to the average of his SL with Candle Charms and his SL with the specific Formula(s) he is imbuing in it, with a bonus based on his SL as a Chandler.