Of the means of war that has been best implemented by men in Tersā, the most well known, for it was well used during the Ages, is "soitos," or magic. However, this is not it's true name nor its true being. In the ancient times of Tersā it was known first and foremost by its impact upon the people of Tersā as "tādhis," or corruption.
Man has spent much time concealing the true origin of tādhis, despite their best efforts, however, its origins is found in the Kadō. When the Ambassadors of man showed their lack of trust in their King by disobeying his command, they committed the first at of tādhis. And even though it was the first, it's impact upon Esmi and indeed on Tersā and within man can still be felt to this day.
After the Kadō, man, being a slave to the tādhis, became inclined to the nurturing and promotion of tādhis wherever it could be done.
Simply put, tādhis is a spiritual perversion. A poison upon the essence of all things that are material and spiritual in Esmi that man was deemed the steward of. Because of this, planets, stars, plants, water, earth, air, and all thing material were smitten with it, and tādhis is infectious. After the Kadō, the tādhis permeated all things in Esmi that the Ambassador governed, and this was to such an extent that all were enslaved within themselves and inclined to do all that they could do to their own benefit, even to the downfall in those whom they loved.
Although tādhis is first found in the spiritual realm, when it becomes manifest in the material realm, through means of embraced and encouraged depravity, it takes the form of both vaporous ash and clinging tar.
- Parasitic Cysts
- Fusion (both between two material things and between two spiritual things)
These are but a few of things which man is subject to in light of the tādhis, but it is not limited to these.
Although the tādhis is a poison that festers in the being of everything that stood within the governorship of the Ambassador, man can tap into the tādhis and use it to manipulate the tādhis in other things, both of man and the inanimate. Because of this, many things, which man has come to call "spells" or "enchantments" or "incantations" or "curses" or anything else of that ilk, are not as they seem.
When a "spell" is cast, the caster is not sending a command to his/her target nor are the words spoke invoking anything. In actuality, when a "spell" is being cast the caster is commanding the tādhis within his/her self and commanding it to agitate the tādhis in another thing, since the spiritual realm is outside of space, and the same can be said of "spells" that are directed towards the caster.
Here are some brief examples of spells and how they work:
- Shape-shifting - when this spell is cast, the caster is manipulating the tādhis within him/her self to be made manifest and to cover themselves. Once this is done, the tādhis morphs into the shape of whatever is desired. If a creature or man is desired, the tādhis can only shift into something of equal or greater shape, but not of lesser shape.
- Invisibility - when this spell is cast, the caster commands the tādhis in all things near him/her self to pass over the notice of the caster. At a glance, the caster goes completely unseen, but if sought, an outline of the caster is found in the peripherals.
- Fire/Ice - when either of these spells are cast, and others like them, the caster is commanding the tādhis in other things, or sometimes within him/her self, should he/her desire to take the form of a fire or ice wraith, to emulate the properties of the tādhis that is found in fire or ice. By this, when the spell is cast the material follows in the direction of the tādhis.
Given that tādhis is found in all things, first in the spiritual than second in the material, it must be known that tādhis can collect and be pronounced in certain areas and, by contrary, be scarce in other areas. But it must also be noted that tādhis is equal regardless of quantity, a drop of tādhis is equal to a sea, therefore, less does not mean "better" or morally less burdened.
However, this does effect the results of the spell.
Since tādhis is found in all things, yet can be pronounced in some places while lacking in other places, and still equal, this means that the intensity of the spell lies in the quantity of tādhis in the target. A forest fire might be greatest in a forest that is overflowing with tādhis, and a person might only get a rising temperature if a fire spell is cast upon him/her. Also, the strength, or the ease, of magicians is found in the allotment of tādhis in the world. A mage with minuscule tādhis would struggle to accomplish even the simplest spell and a mage with over-abounding tādhis could bring a city to ruin with a single thought.
Because of this, some people are more influenced by spells than others, places are more influenced by spells than others, and some things are more influenced by spells than others.
It must be said that tādhis is not an entity. In fact, the tādhis is more akin to a parrot than an actual entity: it speaks but does not talk. The tādhis, when made manifest, can influence other sources and collections of tādhis, and each, though separate, interact with each other and against each other. For tādhis loaths and loves itself in certain respects.
It must also be said that tādhis cannot kill anything on its own, all it can do is influence the tādhis in other things, and if it is potent enough and directed and focused it can agitate the tādhis in others to such a degree that it can cause the tādhis in other things to irk in rage, madness, and/or envy. Such an example is when a location is a true source of tādhis that whenever someone or a creature walks into it, they are consumed with such feelings, and if they remain, it is possible that they are overcome and explode or collapse into themselves, the tādhis is reacting violently towards the greater tādhis.
Also, tādhis does not forget. Whenever a great act of evil is done it is imprinted upon the tādhis and it sends ripples across the universe and throughout time. Because of this, there are some accounts in the Pulkrdinusos where man was able to perceive this vault, and within it was all that was evil, all that was mad, all that was envious, all that was cold, all that was hollow, and all that was undesirable to the righteous. People, places, and things can be imprinted upon the tādhis and it can be invoked in another place and time.