- Pactio Card
- Mana Supply
- Telepathic Communication
- Ability Actualisation
- Costume Recording
- Card Properties
- Magic Circle
- Celestial Affinity
Contract. A full ritual forming a pact between a mage and a follower by drawing out the consciousness from inside oneself, inducing a state of ekstasis (“outside of oneself”), and sealed with a direct kiss.
While the term Pactio refers to all Contracts, there are different levels of connections; in-story, most pacts formed are Provisional Contract (仮契約 karikeiyaku), ‘trial’ contracts that can be made freely and in any number by any mage, provided he has the capacity to support it.
Once a contract is established, mana can flow from mage to attendant as a boost, so even a complete amateur can do something supernatural.
The proof of contract. A card that can transform into a magic item (Artifact) unique to the attendant.
(Note that, in general, Pactio Cards with Artifacts are exceptions to the rule – being granted an Artifact is a special privilege generally reserved for Official Contracts. The reason why Negi’s partners all have powerful and rare Artifacts is mainly because of Negi himself… though obviously, the attendant’s potential is an important factor.)
The original card created by the ritual is kept by the mage, while attendants may be given a copy which has the same functions as the original (allowing an attendant to boost or summon the Artifact without the mage). The card itself is responsible for several functions:
魔力供給 maryoku kyoukyuu
By using the ‘Contract Execution’ (契約執行 keiyaku shikkou) spell,
Sis Mea Pars.
‘You are a part of me.’
the mage can provide the attendant with mana through the card, for a limited amount of time, depending on the skill of the mage. Conversely, if the mage is for whatever reason unable to execute the contract, the attendant can use the spell,
Sim Tua Pars.
‘I am a part of you.’
to draw mana from the mage. However, as this is different from the mage controlling his own mana supply, there will be restrictions on the usage of the mana provided.
Sis mea pars per nonaginta secundas. Ministra Negii Cagurazaca Asuna.
“Contract execution, ninty seconds. Follower of Negi, Kagurazaka Asuna.”
Sim ipse pars per secundam dimidiam. Negius Springfieldes.
“Contract execution, half second. Negi Springfield.”
(‘I am a part of myself’ – this is the spell used by Negi to channel the mana intended for the attendant back into himself.)
Telepathia, “to feel from far away”. Note that this is not an ability unique to Pactio Card holders, and telepathy can be easily disabled by magical interference or simply by long distances. Also, the card only allows for one-way communication; if the mage contacts the attendant, the attendant must also hold a copy of the card to respond.
High-level instantaneous spatial relocation magic that brings the attendants to the mage’s side, even from great distances (maximum range of ten kilometres).
Evocem vos, ministrae Negii, Cagurazaca Asuna, Sacurazaci Setuna.
“Summon Attendants of Negi, Kagurazaka Asuna, Sakurazaki Setsuna.”
能力発動 nouryoku hatsudou
By using the spell,
the mage can bring out the power within the card itself, in the form of an Artifact. In addition, this draws out the attendant’s own hidden abilities. This does not mean simply physical and mental strength, but the ‘potential for power’, their origin and growth, responding to the fate and destiny of the holder – for example, Asuna being granted Ensis Exorcizans (a sword with the same rare ability as herself) or Flabellum Euri and Flabellum Australe for Konoka (a great capacity for white magic).
The same function can be done with the copy cards by using the spell Adeat (来れ “come forth”) to summon the Artifact and Abeat (去れ “go away”) to turn it back into a card.
Costumes and set clothing can be registered into the card, and the attendant will instantly switch into them when the Artifact is summoned.
(Some Artifacts are set items which already contain pieces of clothing and the costume used when summoning is apparently a personal choice.)
The card itself shows various attributes of the attendant:
While Negi’s attendants have their class seating number as the card number, numbers in general have a special meaning in western magic – for example, the study of numerology or the Kabbalist system of Gematria.
That from which came all of creation. Represents the circle, thus “completion” (perfection), thus “God”.
The representation of an individual as an independent existence. The number of the male, logical and constant.
The number of beauty and love, combining the spiritual and the physical. The number of the female, caring and accepting.
The number of light, representing the three base elements of a human being (physical body, etheric body, astral body). Also the number of fertility, representing the Great Goddess of the Earth.
The physical world, the number of life. Practical, vulgar, and common, and not acting without collateral or compensation.
Shifting into danger. Also a number of life, related to the pentagram.
Releasing and sealing, activity and silence, good and evil; the number of opposition. The base number of life, representing vital force.
The most spiritual and most powerful number, representing completion as a human being.
Two connecting circles, representing balance, as well as justice in alchemy. In recent times, also the representation of infinity.
Three times three, the divine number. Representing both altruism and individualism, as well as the coexistence of Heaven and Earth, and of the physical and the mental.
Seven plus three, the greatest mystery. Representing the confrontation between the ego (1) and the cosmos (0), of Man versus Heaven.
Tonus. Colour is also a significant element in the roots of magic, representing divine mysteries.
(It is possible to have multiple colours for the same attendant.)
The circle of contracts, a simple design with a pentagram drawn within the zodiac.
The attendant’s name written in Latin, as well as a description highlighting the attendant’s abilities or personality.
Directio. The cardinal directions are also significant elements in the roots of magic as well as having an importance in various mythologies. For example, the Anemoi (wind gods) associated with various seasons and weathers, or the Four Heavenly Kings in Buddhism. However, the Pactio system was most likely affected by the Chinese belief of the Five Cardinal Points (related to the five-element system): Qing Long, Azure dragon of the East; Zhu Que, Verimilion bird of the South; Bai Hu, White Tiger of the West; Xuan Wu, Black Tortoise of the North; and between them, Huang Long, the Yellow Dragon of the Centre.
Astralitas. It is a long-held belief that the stars hold spiritual power. In particular, the celestial bodies are very important to astrology, the predicting of one’s future fate or destiny by observation of the position, alignment, and rotation of the stars.
The Moon, the satellite star of the Earth. Deeply connected to femininity and the elements of the human subconscious. Those influenced by the Moon are highly sensitive and greatly expressive. Conversely, they are overtly negative, and put blame onto bad luck.
The Sun, the image of life and spiritual energy, the living soul, and vital force. Those influenced by the Sun are lenient, passionate, and confident. Conversely, they are vain and self-interested.
Crowned with the name of the God of War, this star is deeply connected to material elements and physical desires. Those influenced by Mars are athletic, enduring, brave in deeds and actions, and proud. Conversely, they are rude and thoughtless, destructive, and egotistic.
Crowned with the name of the God of Beauty and Love, this star is deeply connected to womanhood and love. Those influenced by Venus are cooperative, appreciate the opposite sex, and find enjoyment in beautiful things. Conversely, they are idle and ephemeral.
The star deeply connected to the spoken and written words. Those influenced by Mercury are skilled at bringing things to a conclusion, as well as possessing good memory, noticing the fine details. Conversely, they are quick to lie or talk badly of others, or simply say too much.
The star of contemplation and the deep places of the spiritual world. Those influenced by Jupiter are optimistic and easily accepted by others.
The star of authoritative strictness. Those influenced by Saturn are pragmatic, patient, and reliably prudent. Conversely, they are cool and narrow-minded, and easily slips into melancholy.
A modern star, Uranus represents destructive change, revolution, and spontaneity.
A modern star. Those influenced by Neptune are greatly imaginative and intuitive, as well as idealistic and artistic. Conversely, they are chaotic and ambiguous.
The quasi-star of the outer system. Crowned with the name of the God of the Underworld, this is the star representing the dark side of society, and the underground. Conversely, it is connected to those seeking salvation.
Comets, the stars of evil omens. Details unknown.
Shooting stars, both a symbol of great luck and traditionally a sign of disaster. Details unknown.
The fixed stars (from the Ptolemaic order of spheres), designating outer space – the celestial sphere, domain of the stars, and the place of the Gods. Details unknown.
Black hole. Decidedly negative. Details unknown.
The Northern Cross. Details unknown.
(Apparently, Albireo has this affinity – and two different colours – because the ‘head’ of the constellation is Albireo, a double star.)
Virtus. The seven virtues, a combination of the 4 Cardinal virtues and the 3 Theological virtues. While the Cardinal virtues (The Republic) were meant to teach men to live life morally, the Theological virtues (1 Corinthians) were more attuned to being a proper Christian, hence there being differences in the ideals between the four and the three.
Prudence, to discern and understand. Affined to Mercury.
Fortitude, to endure. Affined to Mars.
Temperance, to moderate. Affined to the Moon.
Justice, to judge equally. Affined to Saturn.
Faith, to believe in what is right. Affined to Jupiter.
Hope, to believe in goodness. Affined to the Sun.
Love, to care for others. Affined to Venus.