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Narrative Causality (obsolete terms: Psionics, Molecular Control, Hardening of Hearts) is formally what seems to have replaced hard-and-fast physical laws, at least outside of Blue Zones. At minimum, it means that a number of physical constants are now variable, with what is incorrectly known as the "observer effect" being a determinant for them.

To most people who aren't practicing quantum metaphysicists, NC means that everyone who develops sufficient willpower and becomes good at finding good situational excuses for what they want to do, can do a lot more than natural law would allow. (Incidentally, there was an attempt to rigidly define the word "magic" to only refer to illusionism and stagecraft, although that went out of the window within two years despite dictionary-writers' best efforts. That said, illusionists by virtue of their skill set tend to be very efficient NC users).

Narrative causality is invoked in all sort of ways, but there are a number of trends, some of which are estabilished enough to allow for formal courses of study to appear. This is, of course, self-reinforcing.

Passion: Raw NC can produce wonderful results in allowing someone's labor of love to outperform a nominally superior equivalent that benefits for no such affection... this is excellent news for performers and athletes, but has the unfortunate effect of making mass production of any new designs a lot more complicated.

Tradition: Local traditions, even pseudo-Christian ones, have held the place of magic in the collective unconscious since there has been civilization. That they would start working was fairly predictable. Of course, due to globalization first and a general scattering during the Tribulation after, practices have gotten more syncretistic.

Song-magic: The power of song has been universally known and accepted in many traditions, but the simple fact that it was the power of song that trapped Jesus in his airless prison boosted its efficacy considerably -- never mind that CATS agents used known physics to corral the Messiah.

Strands: Some people have an easier time thinking of their narrative causality as an independent entity (a minority of scholars use the term "guardian angel", although this is understandable not popular). These externalized strands of consciousness perform most of all NC effects for their user. Strands tend to be highly specialized in their abilities, though many seem to have stronger NC to compensate.

Prayer: The Christian Remnant may be a minority, but they are probably the largest extant subculture out there, and they have first-hand experience of how prayer can be efficacious. While it is uncertain whether the Messiah hears them in any metaphysical sense -- He certainly doesn't aurally, in His containment chamber -- Remnant prayers have been shown to be a very effective if subtle means of narrative control; they'll never get a fireball, but Christian prayer has been shown to be the most effective form of NC probability manipulation in existence. For example, being a Christian has shown itself to be the single most effective metaphysical factor in getting a long-distance radiophone to work reliably.

Narrative causality takes as many forms as there are narrators, but two major subcategories have emerged as a field of study: reification, the temporary conjuring of simple shapes from "hard light", and daemonscripting, the giving of a simple animal intelligence to inanimate object. Scripting a daemon for a reified object is extremely difficult; it's generally one or the other. Narrative control is reflexively used to enhance one's movements, whether in obeying fight or flight instincts or during craftwork -- this is referred to as directed anisotropy by scholars and as magic by nearly everyone else.


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