|(quoted from Turjan of Miir (The Dying Earth))|
In this fashion did Turjan enter his apprenticeship to Pandelume.
Day and far into the opalescent Embelyon night he worked under
Pandelume's unseen tutelage. He learned the secret of renewed youth,
many spells of the ancients, and a strange abstract lore that
Pandelume termed "Mathematics."
"Within this instrument," said Pandelume, "resides the Universe.
Passive in itself and not of sorcery, it elucidates every problem,
each phase of existence, all the secrets of time and space. Your
spells and runes are built upon its power and codified according to a
great underlying mosaic of magic. The design of this mosaic we cannot
surmise; our knowledge is didactic, empirical, arbitrary. Phandaal
glimpsed the pattern and so was able to formulate many of the spells
which bear his name. I have endeavored through the ages to break the
clouded glass, but so far my research has failed. He who discovers the
pattern will know all of sorcery and be a man powerful beyond
So Turjan applied himself to the study and learned many of the
"I find herein a wonderful beauty," he told Pandelume. "This is no
science, this is art, where equations fall away to elements like
resolving chords, and where always prevails a symmetry either explicit
or multiplex, but always of a crystalline serenity."