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The thread circle is a powerful magical artifact that is made of four types of ambient magic: thread magic, green magic, metal magic, and weather magic.


The thread was first created in 1035 KF by Sandrilene fa Toren under Lark's direction and was the first thread she ever spun. The four lumps that had been part of the thread were because she was thinking of new life while she was spinning[1].

Sandry spun the thread together later in 1035 when an earthquake devastated the city. They were trapped in the ground and needed strength to keep from getting crushed by the rocks above them. Each of the four imbued a lump with their own power. This is when Sandry first exhibited her ability to spin magic. This ability might have been enhanced by the thread circle, as later she was able to spin pure unmagic and didn't have to use a physical thread[2].

In 1043 KF, the thread circle disappeared and became a part of their hands. Lumps sank into their skin to create a silver mark[3].

Newfound abilities

The creation of the thread circle successfully increased their power exponentially. After weaving this, they were able to mindspeak, to see magic, and to sometimes share different aspects of their magics. They were also able to break into pattern magic[4]—a feat that is impossible according to Niklaren Goldeye; to weave fire[5]; to create a living metal that could grow and change[5]; and to rescue someone from death[6].

Their individual magic also heightened in power. Sandry fa Toren can weave magic—an ability that she is believed to have possessed even before the thread circle was created[7]. Briar Moss could destroy an entire mansion without breaking a sweat[8]; Daja Kisubo continued making living metal objects, including gloves that could withstand fire and mold to someone's body[9]; and Trisana Chandler could see things on the winds as well as use her magic for incredible feats[10].

In 1043 KF, the four brought down an impenetrable magical barrier on the Namorn/Olart border. It was believed to be absolutely infallible, and they used their thread circle to destroy it[3].

Notes and references

  1. Sandry's Book, early chapters
  2. Magic Steps, final chapters
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Will of the Empress, final chapters
  4. Tris's Book
  5. 5.0 5.1 Daja's Book
  6. Briar's Book
  7. Magic Steps
  8. Street Magic, final chapters
  9. Cold Fire
  10. Shatterglass
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