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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 ...:~^†*@@
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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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