- Andrew Genever
I've always seen the Waystone as a focus rather than a power in it's own right.
Let me toss this out. All matter is energy, just energy that vibrates at a frequency that allows it to be appear to have attributes that we don't normally associated with energy (solidity, tactility [is that a word], malleability, etc.). If this is the case than anything can be a source of energy.
If the energy is manifesting as matter then it can be a focus for energy.
If the energy is conscious and sentient (define that one... I dare ye) then it can be a conduit for energy.
And likely there are more ways to look at this.
When I was reading this past weekend, I paid more attention to the information about the lanes and the Paravian rites that drew on the to replenish the land. (She sure does pack the writing tightly!)
Just interesting to realise now how the paravians kept Athera so 'clean' and at such high resonance.
Makes one curious about Arithon's potential: that as Masterbard, Mage and sanctioned prince, he can fire the lines. Certainly the hidden Paravians took note of it... Would he be able to make new ones?
I doubt anyone could create new lines, it would be like trying to create new rock. The lines are an integrel part of the planet and as all matter is considered to be sentient (defination: aware of itself and enviroment) I think Athea might object slightly to anyone even trying (think of it as a person performing plastic surgery on your face without asking).
I think the lines are like rivers ... they flow along the easiest route. I agree that no one could create a new line, but I do think that with a concerted effort they could be re-directed.