Colours of White
Manual of the Guild at Fairhaven - Part Two
All life composes itself of chaos and order. Yet too many forget that without chaos there is no life. Far within the earth, chaos abides, giving warmth and life to the depths beneath the lands and oceans.
The very light of the sun is white chaos, and it, too, brings life. Within the very light sunlight are all the colours of white, the pure chaos from which springs all life…
The sun can be seen but by solely its own light, thus all that is under the sun can only be because of the chaos of the sun. Even the wisest of mages cannot perceive any portion of all that exists on and under the earth itself except through the operation of chaos.
To claim that order is the staff of life, as some acolytes have done since the ancient heretic Nylan, is not only false but folly, for the sole perfect order in life is death.
Even a blade or a shield must be forged through the heat of chaos and wielded by a man whose very lifeblood is heated by chaos.
Chaos is the foundation of power and strength. Mastering chaos is the first step in controlling power. Power is the foundation of all lands and towns that would prosper, and those who would have their home-lands free of invaders and devastation must then seek the mastery of chaos…
The White Order - chapter:II
Fragment in ch. XXI, yet Cerryl thinks "Why didn't he have the second part, instead of a worthless history".
A mage must use order to channel chaos, for nothing else can contain the pure flame of chaos, yet he must not be constrained by that order, lest his powers to use chaos for good be turned to naught…
The White Order - chapter:XXXVIII
…there be two types of healing, the use of order to strengthen the flesh and the use of chaos to destroy all manner of illnesses arising from whence the elements of the world mortify the flesh…in the second, the mage must ascertain the very source of the mortification…his energies must but destroy that source and none other, for any other destruction will most assuredly destroy also the patient…
The White Order - chapter:XXXVIII
…those marshalling the fires of the air must understand that the aether itself acts as though it were a function of order, pressing in upon the energies of chaos focused by the mage…
…so that even a line of chaos fire will reassemble itself into a globe of such fundamental fire when hurled through its own power over even the shortest of distances…
The White Order - chapter:XXXVIII
…light, being the spirit and manifestation of chaos, has neither order nor more than minimal cohesion…but embodies all the power of primal chaos in a manifestation that must be weaker than its source in order for those objects on which it falls to survive…
…the challenge facing any mage is to strengthen the power of chaos embodied in light without reducing light to mere streams of colour without true power…
The White Order - chapter:LXV
…in all the substance of the world are chaos and order found, and oft they are twisted together, so tightly that none, not even the greatest of mages, can separate them. Yet were they separated, such chaos would be without end. For the world is of chaos, and all the substance of the world is nothing more and nothing less than chaos bound into fixed form by order…
Colors of Chaos - page:43,100
…Fire is the creation of chaos that in itself replicates chaos, releasing chaos as it destroys what it consumes. Yet the skeptic would say that fire and chaos are limited, in that not all substances can be consumed by fire…That skeptic would be wrong, for in the presence of enough chaos, any substance will replicate the chaos beneath the surface of the world and the points of chaos we call stars…
As in all effort, that which is easy offers little benefit. So, too, with the power of chaos, for those substances with which chaos replication is difficult paradoxically contain the greatest concentration of chaos…could it but be released…Yet the unbound chaos in the world must be concentrated most greatly were this to be done…
Colors of Chaos - page:101,103
…iron, being that which draws free chaos unto it, never should it be employed around those who employ chaos for good, for it will drain chaos as it can…
Colors of Chaos - page:105
All living things are composed of order and chaos, this has been since the beginning and will be until the end.
Likewise, every single thing under the sun which has form must partake in some degree of order, for without order there is no form.
In similar measure, every object which lives, or which has lived, or which gives heat or sustenance, must embody some element of chaos, for without chaos there is no heat, nor light, nor life.
Chaos itself, were one able to apply the lost and Great Mathematicks of vanished Cyador, could be described in symbols as precisely as those used in calculating the force a building or bridge must endure; yet even with such precise calculations, no matter how minutely all the objects it entered were shaped, weighed, and measured.
That is the nature of chaos, that it can be described, precisely, yet never predicted.
Order, contrawise, can never be precisely described, for order creates a form dependant upon the objects wherein it is found and the amount of chaos present; yet the result of more and more order being introduced into an object remains always the same, for if of unliving material, the object will cease to change while that order remains, and if living, the excess of order will lead to death.
Thus, order can be predicted but not described.
In living creatures, excessive order will result in death, yet because a creature cannot live without embodying chaos, once it dies, for lack of adequate chaos, the body will collapse into small segments of ordered objects.
If the creature embodied great chaos, suddenly lost, this collapse will occur so speedily that the body will seem to vanish into dust. If great order exists, the same will occur, as a gathering of great order into a small compass cannot be maintained without the influence of chaos…
Colors of Chaos - page:269,270
Chaos by itself guarantees neither prosperity nor the failure of prosperity; chaos guarantees but life, while order in excess must lead to death.
The nature of man is that of chaos, and not of order, for man is alive, as is chaos, and the goal of order is perfect stillness and all parts of a whole in an unchanging array.
Yet chaos unchecked is as ruinous to a prosperous land as order unchecked, and the excesses of man can be checked successfully only by the application of chaos bounded by order.
Order applied directly to that which is man will retard, if not destroy, that spirit of life nurtured by the flame of chaos; likewise, all life upon the world is nurtured by that flame of chaos that is the sun itself.
A land bound to chaos may fail to prosper, but it will not destroy itself, for chaos is as life; a land bound to order must, in the end, destroy itself, and all around it, for order is like the ice of the north in the time of the Great Chills, seeking always more order, until nothing lives within its scope.
A great mage must strive always to use chaos for prosperity, that is, growth and change bounded by the chill of order, yet never must he pay obeisance to order, for order will take his spirit and leave him a shell of what he might have been, as a mighty city empty of all souls, as a seed without kernel, as a hearth without flame…
Colors of Chaos - page:528,529