Imagine, if you will, a deck of playing cards.
The top card of the deck, we will say, represents this tangible world of ours. The card immediately below that, I hypothesize, represents the intangible plane from where all eldritch ability is drawn.
A plane of leyline energy. An astral plane. Something I call the Shuffle.
My research at the First University has focused heavily on the Shuffle, on traversing the barrier weaved between the planes, interfacing with leyline energy, and drawing power from the Shuffle itself in a tangible, physical form. It is something that, in my small, controlled tests, anyone regardless of ability or training in magical arts has been capable of if they have the heart and willpower to do so. One only need maintain their composure, as the Shuffle has proven volatile in its reaction to the immaterial bounty of raw emotion.
Not only does interacting with the Shuffle offer us the opportunity to physicalize the metaphysical, if I am correct then harnessing the Shuffle’s power could potentially provide thousands of Shardites with access to what was previously only possible through years of study or innate ability.
We can bring magic to everyone.
Dissertation on the Shuffle, Scientific Applications of - Bell, Proper New - The First University
In today’s episode, The Wanderers complete their trek to Boon with a trip to the First University, Shard’s oldest and most venerated learning institution. With the doomsday clock ticking down, what solutions will the greatest minds of the Interdependency bring to the table? This week we refuse to get hot for teacher, have a meeting of the minds, and maybe, just maybe find a way to fix all this, if you’re willing to risk it.
This week on Play By Podcast: The Interdependency Shuffle 25: The First University
Play By Podcast is Michael Collins (@arealwriter), Leon Barnes (@SlapKatZ), Liam Higgins(@liamhiggins97), and Max Coe (@_NotMyDivision_)
Cover Art by Ariel Corrales (@arielcorrales_)
Music by Cody Ojea (@SixChordCircus)