Origins of Sygaldry
Throughout the known universe, it has been known that there are magical effects and auras that have physical and meaningful effects on objects around them. The study of the physical nature of magic, later termed sygaldry, became a major research endeavor in the years leading up to the colonization of Erelandis, mostly headed by the academies of the Dwarves and High Elves. Both sides vied for a domination of the craft, but no major advances were made till Throm Thoughthammer discovered the true secret of mana stones, thus ushering in the Sygaldric Era.
Mana stones are a concentrated form of magic, found in mineral veins deep within the ground. They resemble jewels and are thus named according to the gem that most closely resembles them, and they resonate with magic energy that seems to follow the color of the stone. Thoughthammer is attributed with the rise of sygaldry in the modern era as he was the first to discover techniques that would allow proper cutting of these mana stones. Attempting to fashion anything with a mana stone prior to this fundamental sygaldry technique would result in the stone shattering into a pile of useless dust, which prevented research into the further capacities of these stones.
While mana stones serve as a very strong reservoir of magical energy, sygaldry can be applied to any object. The strength of the effect depends on numerous things, such as material compatibility, complexity of the sygaldry, and skill of the artificer, or one who produces sygaldry.
Due to this universal nature, sygaldry rapidly became a major component of industry and everyday life. Teeing so such as rapid cookers and sygaldry engines soon became present in many of households and stores to greatly reduce the effort required to complete daily tasks.