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Focuses of "Ultimate Power"

Totems of All-Powerful Destruction, Geneses of the All-Mighty, Manifestations of the Will of Gods

Conspectus


Throughout the ages, many rituals have claimed to result in providing the user with an object of "Ultimate Power". These rituals all turn out to follow the same outline, bar religious specifics for each ritual. This is a look at the rituals that serve to create a focus of ultimate power and provide guidance on following in the footsteps of legends.12

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A note-card ready to be made into a focus of ultimate power, created by Paul.

Knowledge

Traits: All rituals that result in the creation of focuses require absolute faith in the respective religion or god3 and an item to focus the power in. Generally, these items hold importance within these religions, such as the Christian Cross or a Jedi Lightsaber. The performer of the ritual must also keep focus on the item at all times throughout the ritual, or risk failure. The specifics of the ritual must be defined by religious text and is generally passed down through 3 generations before being lost.4 There must be a great sacrifice made, which is generally defined as the closest loved one or an object with overwhelming sentimental value. Failure to follow all of the above and attempting the ritual anyway, or substituting materials in said ritual, will result in either the creation of a "world-breaking object"56 or the death of all life in the immediate area.

Nature: These rituals generally create these focuses of power by either imbuing them with a manifestation of the performer's absolute faith or by the head god of the religion blessing the object with some of their power. Focuses of power are also generally too powerful to be handled by those not strong-willed, or must be handled in parts and in unison.7It should also be noted that the definition of ultimate power varies, however the consequences of failing the ritual are constant and well documented. Various examples of manifestations of power are listed in the below History section, while any failure so far has resulted in all participants of the ritual dissolving into ash.

History & Associated Parties: The first ritual to originate around the creation of focuses of ultimate power came from the Greeks, whose cults would often attempt to have the Greek gods imbue various items with power. They only came across a ritual to gain ultimate power accidentally when one cult met the aforementioned conditions when attempting to enchant a vase. That said, soon after all members of the cult dissolved when unable to handle the mighty power imbued within the vase.89 Over time other cults and religions have rediscovered the base ritual to focus ultimate power, manifesting into items such as a ceramic teapot containing a spirit, a vial of water that cleansed all it touched, a fountain that reverses age, a legendary sword whose power only manifested for the true king of England10, a stopwatch that controlled time, a microphone that allows the user to speak things into existence, and most notably in recent times, a note-card. The note-card was an attempt by a resident of the Library 5 years back, who created a religion for the express purpose of focusing ultimate power, and disappeared after focusing the power into a note-card, prompting the name of note-card of unlimited potential.

Approach: Generally, if you are foolhardy enough to attempt a ritual, you can start by creating your own religion so as to speed up the process of obtaining the head position of a religion. This also allows you to define the ritual itself, although you will still have to sacrifice something of great value to you.11121314 Once you define the ritual, and are sure of your own unshakeable faith in the religion you have just created, follow whatever ritual you have setup, make your sacrifice, and focus the power of your faith into the item you are imbuing with ultimate power. All the while, you must stay absolutely focused on the ritual, lest you dissolve into a pile of ash for straying from your purpose. Any item will suffice for being imbued, however small items, or items that have an intended purpose, tend to be more useful.15161718
Other Detail: The ritual, contrary to popular belief, does not have to be complicated in the slightest. The resident from the Library simply shouted his name 5 times while focusing on his attention on the soon-to-be note-card of ultimate potential.1920 Although he vanished after the event, we can assume that he was successful, as his ashes (if he failed) were nowhere to be seen. Complexity of rituals do tend to help focus the individual and ensure absolute faith, which is likely why rituals of established cults and religions tend to be over-complicated.

Observations & Stories

"… let all of your followers make a tremendous din, and the winner of the race be the one to focus Pan's power… let him perform the most maniacal dance and focus his mind fully onto the lute, and his power shall be yours."

- A recovered passage from a ritual book of a Greek cult who worshiped Pan, circa 250 B.C.

"Yeah, I remember Carl. He was a bit of a nut, was always obsessed with making the next Excalibur, or as he liked to call it, "an item of unlimited power". He created his own religion, based on worshipping himself, called it Carlism. He set it up with an official document and everything, a religion of one person, for one person, being himself. I helped him write up the ritual for ultimate power too, he wanted to kill off some Library members and draw a circle with his face inside, but I reminded him it didn't need to be complicated (and I didn't want to be involved with the murder of my friends and fellow Library members). And so, the ritual was he had to shout his name at the top of his lungs 5 times while focusing on a note-card that had some Latin written on it, with the goal being a note-card that would let him reach peak Carlinity. The day comes, and after he stuffs a full Monty down his throat and made his sacrifice21, I'm looking over some old ritual stuff and all of a sudden hear his name shouted 5 times. Moment I turn around, its like I get flash banged, and Carl's gone. I hope the old guy got his note-card of ultimate potential or whatever, and I wonder what it does."

- retelling of the creation of the note-card of unlimited potential, as told by Paul who had assisted in its creation, circa 2013

Doubt

There is some debate on whether or not Carl actually succeeded in his attempt to create the note-card of unlimited potential, as he disappeared in a literal flash along with it. Some say that the truth is that he was the first to experience the consequence of creating a world-breaking object, although it cannot be confirmed, nor can the definition of such an object be obtained, since no-one has ever created one before. All previous rituals have either succeeded or dissolved all participants into a pile of ash. The creation of a world-breaking object is only referenced in out-dated Catholic rituals, and even then there is no evidence that one was ever made.

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