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.......... *@  *@  ---  ..  MAGIC  ..  ---   @*  @* ..........
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=-........   MAGIC IS ABOUT BEING UNACCOUNTABLE,    ........-=
==-....... ABOUT REMOVING THE SOURCE OF THE  ACTION .......-==
*==-...... FROM YOURSELF. IT WORKS BY  EXPLOITING A ......-==*
@*==-.....        KIND OF GRAVITY, CALLED THE       .....-==*@
¶@*==-....              ARROW OF TIME.              ....-==*@¶
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#@¶@*==-.. THINGS IN THIS UNIVERSE ALWAYS SEEK  THE ..-==*@¶@#
##@¶@*==-. LEAST ENERGETIC STATE.  ALL POTENTIAL IS .-==*@¶@##
#@¶@*==-.. GRADUALLY  LOST INTO  LESSER FORMS (SUCH ..-==*@¶@#
@¶@*==-...                 AS HEAT).                ...-==*@¶@
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@*==-.....     MAGIC THEN, IS CREATING TUNNELS,     .....-==*@
*==-...... SPECIFIC AND INTRICATE CANALS,  FOR THIS ......-==*
==-....... TO HAPPEN  IN A CONTROLLED MANNER. THINK .......-==
=-........ OF IT  AS SETTING AN ELABORATE  TRAP FOR ........-=
-.........                 ENTROPY.                 .........-
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.......... AND THEN,  WHEN  THE CIRCUIT CLOSES, THE ..........
.......... ARROW IS  FORCED  TO  DO  YOUR  BIDDING! ..........
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=-........   OF COURSE, YOU'RE ALSO IRREVERSABLY    ........-=
==-....... DRAINING  TIME  FROM  THE UNIVERSE,  BUT .......-==
*==-......                  YEAH.                   ......-==*
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#@¶@*==-.. THE  DANGER IS A RUNAWAY  SPELL - IF THE ..-==*@¶@#
@¶@*==-... FILAMENT OF  YOUR CANAL IS TOO WEAK,  OR ...-==*@¶@
¶@*==-.... THE POTENTIAL IS  HIGH ENOUGH TO  ESCAPE ....-==*@¶
@*==-..... ANY SELF-CLOSING MECHANISMS -  A BREACH. .....-==*@
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==-.......     THESE ARE USUALLY CATASTROPHIC.      .......-==
=-........ ALTHOUGH  MANY   ARE  LOCAL,  THEY  STAY ........-=
-......... ACTIVE   UNTIL  CLOSED  OFF  BY  COUNTER .........-
.......... SPELLS (HARD TO PULL OFF) OR  THERE'S NO ..........
..........       MORE ENERGY TO FALL THROUGH.       ..........
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-......... IN THAT CASE THE  OUTCOME DEPENDS ON THE .........-
=-........   SPELL. SMALL-SCALE BREACHES MIGHT NOT  ........-=
==-....... EVEN BE NOTICEABLE  BY THE  UNINITIATED; .......-==
*==-...... BUT A  SPELL MIGHT ALSO  VERY WELL BRING ......-==*
@*==-..... ABOUT  THE  HEAT DEATH  OF THE UNIVERSE. .....-==*@
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@¶@*==-... WELL.  IT IS WHAT  IT  IS. A DYING ART.. ...-==*@¶@
¶@*==-....            MAYBE FOR THE BEST.           ....-==*@¶
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