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Summoning is a type of Magic which involves creating a magical object or creature, possibly animating it with its own subconscious or the mind of a pre-existing creature.

Summoning has not yet been explained in general terms, so the following is mostly a generalization of existing examples.

Types of summoningEdit

ObjectEdit

Item
Object summoning involves the creation of a non-living thing out of magic. The look of the object can be defined by the spell or can be a copy of an existing object. Summoned objects will disappear if the spell that created them ends and may be more fragile that real objects. Magic weapons are more effective against some types of monsters.[1]

Note: Susan's magical weapons vanish if struck with much force,[2] but this is unlikely to be an inherent property of summoned objects; Noah's tonfa seems much more resistant despite probably also being summoned.[3]

CreatureEdit

Bloodgrem
Creature summoning involves the creation of a magical creature out of magic. Such creatures can be animated by the mind of an existing creature, like the Bloodgrem or (probably) the Demonic Duck, resulting in a fully sentient creature; it can be animated by the subconscious of the spellcaster like Dex's fairy or Nanase's Fox, resulting in a semi-sentient creature; or it can be non-sentient, like the crows created as part of Adrian Raven's Murder Shroud spell[4] (unless this is actually counted as object summoning; the crows first formed a shroud, which is an item).

The summon can't really be killed, but it can be dismissed (unsummoned).[5] How hard it is to dismiss something through physical harm varies with the spell and possibly the power of the summoner; some may be dismissed easily with a single blow, while some resist unsummoning so well that it's useless to fight them.[6] Summons are also dismissed if the summoner is killed or loses consciousness.[7][8] When a summon is animated by the mind of an existing creature, it can be summoned again with a full memory from the previous summoning up until the point when it was dismissed.[9]

If the creature is animated by the mind of an existing creature, it can choose to ignore instructions from the summoner.[10] Creatures animated by the subconscious may at least in some cases also be controlled consciously, but learning to do so takes a while.[11]

Disputableness of divisionEdit

Susan uses the same spell when summoning weapons and Nase. That may either be a case of interference between Nanase's and Susan's magic (similar to when Ellen copied Nanase's guardian form[12]) or proof that there is no difference between object and creature summoning.

Disputable casesEdit

Nanase's fairy doll spell may or may not count as a form of summoning;[13] the fairy doll doesn't disappear after use, even if Nanase loses consciousness, and Nanase can (and by default actually will) occupy an already existing fairy doll.

Known summoners by typeEdit

ObjectEdit

CreatureEdit

Notable summons by typeEdit

ObjectEdit

CreatureEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-05-21
  2. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-05-26
  3. 3.0 3.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-05-12
  4. 4.0 4.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2009-07-04 ("If You Make a Cloud of Crows, You Just Might be Goth")
  5. EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-08-27 ("...I'm Sorry, What? I Was Distracted by Lavender")
  6. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-05-13
  7. EGS Main Story Comic for 2009-08-23 ("Taken")
  8. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-05-19
  9. EGS Main Story Comic for 2009-03-06 ("Dirty Minded Bloodgrem?")
  10. EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-07-28 ("I Grab-a the Broom!")
  11. 11.0 11.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-06-27 ("Pet Fox: Some Training Required")
  12. EGS Main Story Comic for 2013-07-25
  13. EGS Main Story Comic for 2013-09-18
  14. EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-01-25 ("Where DID that come from?")
  15. EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-05-29 ("Say Hello To Susan")
  16. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-06-30
  17. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-07-12
  18. EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-05-02 ("Phone Call, Avatar Style")
  19. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-04-27
  20. EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-06-02 ("Everything's Better With Monster Gremlin Monkeys")
  21. EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-11-18 ("Blue's A Crybaby")
  22. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-04-30
  23. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-06-02
  24. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-09-22
  25. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-06-02
  26. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-04-18

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