Lumens are individuals who can use magic at will, but need a crystal to properly channel their abilities. The protagonist, Elodie, was born with magic potential and claim to her mother's crystal, but she is far from being the only one in the court to have such powers.
Given the theme of the game, Lumens play a very significant part in the story even if Elodie herself does not become one. Both their reputation and powers can alter the course of the story significantly, and they are the subject of much backstory and mentioned in many of the epilogues.
Spoiler Warning: Plot details follow, read at your own risk
Lumen History Edit
As noted in some texts, many Lumens in synchrony can use their magic to invoke cataclysms. Also, powerful magic can cause a "magic backlash" that summons dangerous, almost-indestructible monsters (like the doomshadow).
|Novan History 80||About two hundred years ago, a great black cloud formed over Nova, bringing cold and sickness. The sun could not shine, and the air was gritty and foul-smelling. Many people died, including the queen at the time and most of the high nobility, before the cloud finally dissipated.|
|Novan History 100||The most famous ruler of ancient Nova was King Latimer. According to the history texts, he began the policy of "gathering light" which led to the predominance of the Empire. Unfortunately, the texts don't explain what exactly that policy was. There's a reference, but that volume is missing.|
|World History 40||You read about the northern continent, Borealis, where the first Lumens in history were recorded, and how the discovery of magic shaped their development.|
|Lore 20||The kings and queens of Nova have all been Lumens for centuries, but in modern times, magic is only used for ceremonial occasions and the direst of emergencies.|
|Lore 30||Long, long ago, the continent of Borealis was ruled over by a single Witch-King, until a rival line of Lumens challenged for the crown. The resulting war went on for a hundred years with powerful spells that damaged the land so badly that even now, no plants will grow.|
|Lore 40||Legend has it that long ago, a horde of Yeveni on the back of tentacled monsters rode into the valley of Mead laying waste to all in their path. Their conquest was only halted when a Lumen raised a great flood to drown the invaders.|
|Lore 50||Legend says that the island domain of Malini was once a single island instead of a crater, until an invading Novan queen raised a terrible pillar of fire that shattered the land into pieces.|
|Lore 60||At the height of the Novan Empire, all major Dukes and Duchesses were Lumens, and they conquered their enemies with beams of light and terrible summoned monsters. Those monsters eventually broke loose, killing their captors and destroying the Old Capital on Kathre Lake. The resulting chaos shook the Empire.|
|Lore 70||Two hundred years ago, a great force of darkness covered Nova, threatening to wipe out all life in the domain. It took the self-sacrifice of the Queen and her complement of Lumens to defeat that doom. Only the Duke of Ursul refused to join in that defense and therefore survived.|
|Lore 80||A Lumen once tried to lift the curse from an enchanted spring whose water was poisonous and glowed green. After dispelling the magic, she tasted the water and fell dead - the green flow was a not a curse, but a spell placed by a Lumen long before to warn everyone away from the spring's natural poison.|
|Lore 90||A Lumen may willingly surrender control of his or her magic to another. This was how the Novan Empire came to dominate the world - a growing force of Lumens focused on a single ruler, granting that King or Queen immense power.|
|Lore 100||It is believed that strong magical power attracts danger. Therefore, after the doomshadow was banished, the crystals of the fallen Dukes and Duchesses were destroyed. Only the crown - and the duchy of Ursul - maintain active Lumens.|
|Foreign Intelligence 60||Agents who have visited Borealis report that all know "Lumen Shamans" seem to have no magical powers at all, and perform their ritual displays with show and trickery.|
Lumens in Society Edit
For centuries, Lumens had formed the nobility of Nova, and many of it's kings and queens had been Lumens. Despite many of Nova's pasts victories being the work of Lumens (in particular the "gathering of light" that allowed them to become the once-mightiest empire of the world), they were also guilty of many calamities. The greatest of these calamities was the birth of the nigh-indestructible monsters that destroyed the Old Capital and now inhabit the Old Forest, and the "darkening cloud" that killed millions in Nova two-hundred years ago and required the sacrifice of the Lumen Queen, Dukes and Duchesses. Events like this made the general public wary and afraid of Lumens, and word spread that their magic attracted dangers and tragedies. Since then public opinion turned against Lumens, with only the royal family being (barely) accepted to be Lumens.
Currently, only the duchy of Ursul (currently held by Duchess Julianna) and Queen Fidelia were publicly known to be Lumens, and because of the latter case, it's kind of expected for Princess Elodie to take her mother's crystal. Outside of Nova, King Togami made himself notorious for his usage of magic in his conquests, and the old country of Borealis is led by false "Lumen Shamans".
Depending on Elodie's actions, public opinion concerning Lumens may turn for the better or for worse.
For a list of Lumen and potential Lumen characters, see Category:Lumen.
Lumen Training Edit
Elodie may choose to become a Lumen herself. To do so she will need both her crystal and a magic tutor. Since Joslyn heavily dissapproves of magic Elodie will have to find a way to get her crystal before the year is over. As for tutors Julianna will offer to teach Elodie very early into the game, but if refused Selene will step up instead.
See Lumen for specifics.
Lumen Crystals and Magic Edit
Lumen crystals are the artifact neccesary for an individual to acquire magical powers. While studying Lore reveals details such as Lumen being able to pass down their crystals, or the reason why the formerly Lumen-centric Nova has so few nowdays, it's through conversations with other Lumen (particularly Julianna) that reveal more detailed info:
- Despite legends and rumors of the contrary, Lumen crystals cannot be destroyed. The crystals of the fallen Dukes and Duchesses may be interred somewhere.
- Crystals are "hidden" inside the bodies of their Lumen. They mostly remain invisible and intangible by anyone other than their user, but said user can project a physicial image of their crystal in some cases.
- No one can take the crystal of a living Lumen by force. The Lumen has to die before their crystal can ever be taken away from them.
- Despite the above, a Lumen can willingly channel their power into another Lumen, (temporarily?) empowering the latter.
- Crystals resonate with their Lumen's personality. If a person inherits a crystal whose former user had a personality oppossite to them, or was an enemy of them, they won't be able to activate it.
- Despite the above, there is one way to change the resonance of a Lumen crystal: through a ritual duel. As expected, this has to end with the death of one of the Lumen involved. When one of the challengers dies, their crystal changes color to that of the victor's crystal to evidence the change of resonance. In-game, this is shown with most of the outcomes of the duel of Week 36.
While Elodie transforms after using her crystal, no other Lumen are shown or described to do the same. Even Elodie herself only explicitly transforms during her first activation, while her transformation costume is only usable after enough Lumen training.
Any person is capable of becoming a Lumen by activating a crystal. Characters like Joslyn and Briony were non-magical humans before their respective activations (in the latter case, it's not shown but implied to become a Lumen in the future of one epilogue).
Having a crystal is not the only way of channeling magic powers. Children of Lumens can inherit weaker magical powers even before activating a crystal. Also, some other types of magic, like Meditation techniques, can be used by non-Lumens (mostly priestesses).Of the crystals not shown in the game, Togami's is indirectly described as red in color, and the wife-killer's (Week 20) is described as orange; should she be killed at the Grand Ball (Week 17), Lucille's is described as purple. This proves that Lumen Cyrstals can be different colors (maybe based on their personality?).
Elemental Affinity Edit
While the powers of a Lumen are varied, there seem to be some particular types of magic some Lumen are more adept at channeling than others:
|Magic Type||Users and description|
|Light||Elodie herself is attunned to light, given the descriptions of her Wield Magic and Meditation training and some abilities she demonstrates like projecting beams of light or creating a sword of pure light. It's possible that Fidelia was also attunned to light.|
|Earth||Julianna is apparently attuned to earth. While not shown as often, she will do things like shaking the earth if Elodie taunts her while imprisoned, and one epilogue suggests she is responsible for the freak earthquakes that keep Tombulan invaders away from Nova.|
|Water||Selene is attuned to water, which she commonly uses for her divinations. She's also described using her powers to drown enemies or "make then sick", creating water out of nothing and detect enemies and monsters in the ocean.|
|Void/Absence||Lucille has dominion over the "absence" of things, for example being capable of taking sound, light (sight) and movement from an individual permanently (as she will do to Elodie during a dead end); in another dead end, she drains the life out of Elodie with magic. One epilogue describes her conjuring beams of darkness that explode silently.|
|Healing||Charlotte, despite not having a crystal, can heal wounds and "extract damage" from bodies (such as extracting the milk viper's poison from Elodie's body or the illness of a dying boy).|
|Chains||The wife-killer of Week 20 could conjure magical chains to strangle targets. Though Julianna is shown to be able to do the same during one dead end, so it may be a more "common" Lumen spell.|