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Ceremonial Cleansing of Dorums

We found this document in an Oakenshield cache near Midpoint back in Deepfrost of 403, with the help of Ravenswing.

A Discussion on the Ceremonial Cleansing of Dorums

Guest Speaker, Ramerius Morely



Good afternoon. Today I will speak to you on the subject of cleansing, focusing on the various practices and methods of cleansing and purifying Dorums. This is no light subject that I speak to you of today. The cleansing of a truly corrupt Dorum, whether of spirit or of Element, is of the most serious matter. There are several methods of approach depending upon the nature of the corruption and the type of Dorum that has been corrupted and I shall do my best to touch upon at least the most common here today.


Before we discuss the nature of the corruption and methods of purification, let us first discuss the components of a ceremonial cleansing. As all of you should already be aware there are essentially five major components to any ceremony: time, location, atmosphere, concentration and physical components.


The timing of a given ceremony can be key. The time of year and the time of day are both factors to consider. Each element corresponds to a given time of year and certain rituals are best performed at certain times of day. Even the alignment of the stars can have a significant impact. Cleansing rituals are usually best performed in the spring and at the height of the day. Of course, depending upon the circumstances, you may not have the luxury or ability to follow these guidelines, especially the there is some urgency involved in the need for cleansing.


In the case of a corrupt Dorum, choice of location is usually pre-determined with very little choice. Of course, if it is an item to be purified, the location can very important. One would think that a Dorum would be the best location for the cleansing of an item and this is often the case. Of the course the nature of the corruption must be taken into consideration along with the risk of the corruption infecting the Dorum. However, today we are discussing Dorums. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to speak to you on the cleansing of items and people at a later date.


Many novices to ceremonial magic neglect atmosphere when performing ceremonies. The atmosphere can have a very powerful impact on any ceremony. Atmosphere reflects not only the ceremonial trappings, such as robes, the burning of incense, etcetera, but also the spoken word. It is been proven definitively that the use of the language of the ancients in invocation of a ceremony can have a powerful effect. For example, one of the phrases of power used in a popular Dorum Tal cleansing is: With Body and Spirit I Heal and Restore. However, the use of the phrase: Fin Madar u Tal ki Theris u Pheris has proven to have a positive impact. The words themselves seem allow easier access to greater power. - almost ctreating a conduit to spirit or element. The exact reasons for this are unknown, and though many theories abound that is a discussion for another time.


Maintaining concentration during a ceremony is important to any ritual, however it can be even more important during a ceremony of cleansing. If concentration is lost at the wrong moment one may open oneself to the corruption, or worse yet release the corruption upon the world.


Finally, physical components are always a key part to any ceremonial ritual, however, in the case of cleansing the nature and quality of the physical components are of utmost importance. Components act as a focus for the energies evoked during a ceremony. Though Sorcerers are known to regularly use their magics, without the focus required by an Alchemist, even they must rely upon components when performing ceremonial rituals. The physical components often represent many facets of a ceremony. In the case of a cleansing ceremony the usually represent both the problem and the cure. A circle of some sort is almost always erected. This is both a means of focusing and binding the summoned energies but also of protecting the surrounding area in the case of failure. The actual form the circle is not as important as how well bound the ceremonialists are bound to its form. Again I will refer to the ceremony for cleansing a Dorum Tal. In this ceremony both the blood of the casters and an imbued crystal, created by the ceremony leader is formed into a chalk that is used for the creation of the circle. Other similar ceremonies have used rope made of the hair of the caster and other items or even candles crafted by those involved.and then somehow imbued with their essence.


The other components are equally important. Physical components come in many forms. There are those that are simply raw energy that help to power the ritual. Example of this might include Tal Doril, Essential Elements or other items that are imbued with the essence of spirit or the elements.  Secondly, there are those that help to focus and define the ceremony that is being worked. These may be items that directly represent and aspect of the ritual or they may be more representative. Some ceremonialists prefer more practical and obvious components such as a sword for breaking the hold of the corruption - while others prefer the more metaphysical, such as the tears of a maiden to represent purity. Yet others combine both of these in the creation of the ceremony.


I shall now touch upon the various methods of purification or cleansing. There are basically two schools of thought concerning Dorum cleansing, both of which are further subdivided by additional theories and practices, each with its own merits and drawbacks. The quickest method is simple purification. The more destructive of the two schools, it involves purging the Dorum of its corruption by destroying the source of corruption. Not my favorite means, this method can often cause permanent damage to a Dorum. When destructive means are used it can destabilize the Dorum or even damage the Ley Lines themselves, wreaking further havoc. This method is often preferred by those who practice the Alchemy of Fire, though some more radical Sorcerers have been known to use it as a means of purging Dorum Tal that have become corrupt


The second method, and that which I most prefer, actually draws forth the corruption, like poisons form a snake bite, so that it may be dealt with directly. The Ceremony of Dorum Tal Cleansing discussed earlier is similar in nature to this sort of cleansing. This method of cleansing does carry with it a greater risk of infecting either the ceremonialists or the surroundings with the corruption. For this reason, extreme care should be taken in the preparation of the ritual circle so as to provide the maximum level of protection for all involved.  When attempting this sort of cleansing, generally the corruption is drawn out with something that represents the corruption itself.  Once the corruption is removed from the Dorum, it may then be dealt with in the manner deemed most appropriate. Unfortunately, we do not have the time in this one sitting to discuss all of the possibilities. There are simply too many.


Unfortunately, that is all I have time for today. I hope to be able to return soon.


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