The Telluric Threnody
Theories on the tearing of the Telluric
There are many theories among those who are learned and studied in the arcane as to just why or how the Telluric’s Prime Material weave shell rends asunder and exposes it to other planes of existence. However, no true truth exists. For every learned and studied theory, there are 100 ignorant or conspiratorial competing theories generated from all corners of the world and originating in all social strata of each race.
The learned among the Elves mostly agree on variations of the same theory. They ascribe to the theory of temere vis or random force. The idea is that the weave shell of the Telluric is similar to a bubble of arcane resistance, or pressure, and this bubble insulates reality from outside planar forces. These forces, in turn, color and ‘heat’ portions of the weave shell with their specific energies motivating the weave to arcane motions and allowing beings to utilize magic. However, use of magic on its own causes outward pressure on the shell, which according to the Elves, is not an issue if magic is practiced in statera. Once the knowledge of Arcane workings was gifted to all sentient races, their brasher and cavalier attitudes towards its use led to rampant use of magic that was not in statera, and eventually pressure was applied where there was no counter force pressing from a planar source, leading to the Telluric tears that exist today.
The Dwarves, while mostly spared the wrath of the tears, assert that their race is the most important in fighting the destruction caused by them. Only through Arczonite can the rampant magical energies gushing from a million tears
be contained. They use this theory to instill an almost religious purpose in their downtrodden mining and processing castes, urging them ever onward with their dreary and dangerous tasks to produce more usable Arczonite for the Dwarven state. They believe when there is enough Arczonite distributed around the world, the stabilizing effect will reach an operating level, and begin to heal the weave shell.
For the most part, Gnomes have been far too busy to develop theories as to why there are invading demonic armies crushing the city of Zezoaggk, but a few have developed a similiar theory to Dwarves in an attempt to learn anything that might help their race stop the onslaught leveled against it. The basic idea is that Arczonite might have some sort of stabilizing effect on the weave shell. Ideally Arczonite would be dispersed evenly and randomly throughout the world, shoring up the bubble everywhere at once. These Gnomes assert that the only way to repair the world would be to build a mechanical device capable of supporting a world wide Arczonite matrix, thus stabilizing the weave shell. Such an undertaking would be virtually impossible for the Gnomes during the best of times, but given their current state, it is an unattainable goal.
Halflings do not suscribe to any uniform or learned theory about the cataclysm. However they almost all attribute it to some sort of either divine punishment or cosmic test. In either case, the Halflings will remain pure and ready to face their deities in this life as in the next.
The Orcs brook no theories regarding the Telluric tears, and instead expend what little arcane and divine energy and learning they have into better understanding their current world and situation in order to better leverage it towards the success of their species.
Humans do not have a universal theory, as most human arcane learning is separated from others due to the constant power struggles between city states, colleges, and enclaves. Most arcane scholars ascribe to modified versions of the Elvish or Dwarven theory when their personal research bears out.
A subset of the Elven theory is that of ad maius bonum, practiced mostly by Wood Elves calling themselves the Auxilia’leath, which implies that reduction of weave shell pressure, by any means, is preferable to further damage. This usually takes its followers to a course of action which includes the violent elimination of any who would put pressure on the weave shell. The physcic pain caused by Telluric tears on the Elves only drives them to further acts of barbarity in pursuit of relief and healing. Practitioners have been known to enslave or employ dark races and tend to take little stock in what type of magic is being performed or by whom before taking action.
Among the adamantine hat wearing dissidents of the Dwarves, led by learned and now Untouchable scholars, there is a theory that the Arczonite deposit being mined in the spine of the world acted as a rod supporting the weave shell, and that rampant Dwarven mining of the deposits have weakened the weave shell and allowed The First Tearing. If caught expressing these views, dwarves are punished in penal work camps or simply made to ‘disappear.’ Adherents to this idea have resorted to acts of random violence, sabotage or equipment and facilities, and attacks on workers and overseers to stop further mining of the deposits. This has led to them being labeled as terrorists, and earning appropriate governmental reaction.
The most prevalent theory among the unlearned of humanity as well as a theory adopted by many other sentient species is that magic users, through unethical and rampant use of magic, have caused the damage to the Telluric. This theory is widely popular as most non magic using humans can easily imagine a magic user as the source of all their ills in life, as they have been the real cause of so much hurt and tragedy, adding imagined slights to their list of sins is an easy logical leap for most. The pervasive idea is that a magic user can pull planar energy to embolden their magical efforts, and in so doing can cause the damage to widen and worsen.