Sygaldry involves the use and application of runes, which create effects similar to a permanent form of sympathy. There are 197 runes, and they can be used in a variety of combinations to perform a wide assortment of effects on various materials.
Sygaldry can be used in a multitude of ways, the most common example of sygaldry are sympathy lamps, which converts ambient heat in the environment into light. other uses include; Light Emitters, the Bloodless, coolers, simultaneous bells, and many other items that generally affect some part of life.
Kvothe claims to have learned all of the runes in seven days, a process that takes most students at least a month. Part of his ability to accomplish this can be attributed to a mnemonic song he created himself to help learn them:
- "Ule and doch are
Both for binding
Reh for seeking
Kel for finding
- ―Kvothe's mnemonic song
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|Arcanum ranks||E'lir ▪ Re'lar ▪ El'the ▪ Arcanist|
|Fields of study||History ▪ Advanced Mathematics ▪ Sympathy ▪ Sygaldry ▪ Naming ▪ Medicine ▪ Languages ▪ Alchemy ▪ Chemistry|
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|Students||Kvothe ▪ Wilem ▪ Simmon ▪ Fela ▪ Ambrose ▪ Mola ▪ Basil ▪ Manet ▪ Puppet (former) ▪ Devi (former) ▪ Sleat (former) ▪ Auri (former)|
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