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A mystical fighting style that channels magical energies coming from one's mind and spirit, then manifests into abilities reflecting the practitioner's nature through precise breathing control.

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Quickening

Origin

Alien mages

Classification(s)

Breathing-based Mystical Martial Arts

Abilities

Enhanced condition
Supernatural abilities
Resistance towards spiritual and mental attacks
Magic detection

Practitioners

Unnamed race of alien mages
Various characters

Key Focus

Breathing
Meditation
Emotion and spiritual strength

Other name(s)

Alien Martial Arts
Magic Kung-Fu
Space Magic Breathing Martial Arts
The Fastening (by Jamie)

The Quickening is an arcane martial art that revolves around the discipline of proper breathing control to harness magic coming from the practitioner's mind and spirit, which is then manifested into abilities that reflect the defining characteristics of the user. It serves a main source of power for a number of characters in Riftwalkers.

Overview

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Benefits

Enhanced Condition

When a practitioner has become accustomed to the breathing

Character-Based Abilities

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Spiritual & Mental Resistance

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Magic Detection

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Limitations

One Ability Per User

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Anti-Respiratory Attacks

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Sickness

Quickenings have a high chance of either backfiring or becoming useless when their users are feeling sick, especially with those that affect respiratory systems the most such as the common cold.

Known Individuals

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Trivia

  • The breathing aspects were inspired by Kimetsu no Yaiba's Breathing Styles and the Ripple featured in the first two parts of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • It also takes cues from Stands, as the ability of one's Quickening is a weaponized magical technique reflecting their nature; similar to how Stands are the manifestation of one's psyche.
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