Lore note Q&A tidbits from Discord
These notes were written for readers in the Discord channel many months back. We took them out again for Chapter 206.
I'm releasing for public reading as a reference for The Golden Quiche. Enjoy!
Q1) Can Aspects be converted into other Aspects? Like Red into Blue? Or is this a trait unique to Determination?
A) As a rule, Aspects cannot be converted. DT, however, can be used for amplification of the other six. This makes it appear as if Red was converted into Blue.
Q2) How does the Seer's Eye work?
A) The Seer's Eye burns Determination as fuel to amplify the primary Aspects, allowing them The Eye to receive visions.
Q3) Primary Aspects?
A) Primary and secondary Aspects respectively refers to the Aspects that the Seer's Eye can and cannot use. Primary Aspects are those Aspects a Seer has affinity for, and thereby define their personality. Secondary Aspects are the opposite of those.
Q4) How does The Seraph System use all Six Aspects?
A) The Seraph System places a lens over The Eye that governs the flow of Aspects, Determination included. The System then calculates which Aspects, primary or secondary, are amplified to which degree to produce the desired effect.
Q5) How did Papyrus get stronger after being struck by the WESS?
A) The WESS (WEaponized Seer's Seal) forcibly extracted Papyrus' Determination from within. This damaged his body's ability to regulate DT toward The Eye, as it would now leak out through cracks known as "Seal Scars". By binding his magic-imbued scarf around his head, he supported his wounds, and learned to use his Eye while receiving less DT than normal.
When he returned from The Void to his real undamaged body, with full access to his Determination, his proficiency greatly improved.
In turn, however, this worsened the risk of Overburn.
Q6) What then is Overburn?
A) Overburn is a phenomenon where The Seer's Eye receives too much Determination. This amplifies the primary Aspects to the point of overpowering and outcompeting the secondary Aspects. As The Seer's Eye is closely connected to the brain, this results in permanent alterations to a Seer's mental faculties in the form of behavioral quirks and societal dysfunction.
Overburn can affect a Seer as early as their Awakening, though the condition severely worsens with repeated use of The Seer's Eye.
Q7) How can the Seraph System be used as a treatment for Overburn?
A) The Seraph System is capable of keeping DT-levels within safe operational limits as a preventive measure. Furthermore, by amplifying underutilized Aspects, damaged brain functions can temporarily be restored until the next burning of The Eye.
Warning: Use of the Seraph System is a double-edged sword. Side effects include the very illness it is meant to treat. Exercise caution when DT-amplifying Aspects beyond operational limits.