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"Essence" is the substance used most commonly in the Shaping of new life. It can also be expended in some particularly powerful spellcasting, or any spellcasting in the Healing Craft circle.


Appearance

Essence is at all points inadequately described, though it is consistently said to possess the "acrid scent of ozone," and is several times referred to as "clay-like." However, Shapers are said to be able to store essence inside themselves, implying that it is nearly massless.

That, and the fact that essence can be recharged merely by standing within a certain radius of an Essence Pool, imply that essence is gaseous and is taken in through the breath.

This theory is widely accepted but unconfirmed, and therefore non-canon.


Continuity

Non-Shaper NPCs regularly cast attack spells that require essence, implying that they can and must also work with the substance; however, non-Shaper laboratories or residences never contain Essence Pools.

On the few occasions where essence is manufactured non-organically, the equipment and energy consumption are both massive.

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