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Symbol Magic
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China Sorrows, a user of Symbol Magic.
Symbol Magic
Magic Type Adept
Power Use of symbols
Notable User(s) China Sorrows
China's students

Symbol Magic is most likely a branch of Adept magic, known to be used by China Sorrows and her students.

Symbols can be placed either on the body as a tattoo, or drawn on to other objects as well as dirt, as seen in China's Library. The signs are activated by a series of taps on them, and serve many different purposes. They can be used as offensive energy attacks, defensive walls, escape methods, and other miscellaneous things, such as making tea. Ghastly Bespoke also has façade symbols tattooed onto his collarbones that will hide his scars and give him a normal face when activated, and Skulduggery has the same symbols to get rid of the skull and have a face, which is different with every use. The face is very realistic, but the skin is slightly waxy. Both were made by China. Nye also put symbols into Valkyrie's heart to seal her True Name. When Valkyrie was attacked by Crux in her bedroom, she asked China to put symbols around Haggard to stop any sorcerers from coming through apart from herself. In the Sanctuary the Administrator put symbols as a trap for Mr. Bliss. The Administrator died in the trap after the Cleavers saw her and Bliss.

It is unknown whether Reflections are Symbol Magic, as Elementals are able to use them.

While symbols may be considered to be adept magic, they can be used by anyone. An example Derek Landy has used is that Tanith's chosen Adept disciplines are magical lock picking and shifting her centre of gravity; she could do many more things with the help of symbols.

Known users

Known applications of Symbol Magic

  • Making a façade tattoo
  • Energy attacks
  • Defensive walls
  • Escape methods
  • Sealing someone's True Name
  • Healing a wound
  • Detection magic
  • Opening portals to other realities (requires a Teleporter)
  • Enhancing physical capabilities
  • Barriers
  • Moving objects
  • Activating magical or mortal objects from a distance
  • Tricking echo stones into believing that someone is in the room
  • Looping the Surge around until a sorcerer becomes a self-recharging battery of magic
  • Make solid matter translucent

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