There are many types of magic in the world. Amongst one of the purest
forms of magic is truename magic. Everything in the world has a true
name, a word that encapsulates the whole of their being. Ordinary arcane
magic relies on a combination of spoken word, magic ingredient and/or
mystic gesture. With truename magic, one only has to vocalize, using the
true words which make up the fabric of the universe. However, the
truename magic is very precise, relying heavily on intonation.
Pronouncing a word wrong usually means the words fizzle, but certain
higher powers of the multiverse have names which are able to twist back
and damage those who use them incorrectly.
Word archons are the heavenly beings tasked with holding up the sanctity
of truename magic. Flying on wings of paper, these archons strike down
those who pervert true names to fulfil evil purposes. They are
especially studious archons and will make sure to know the true name of
their hated target so that their magic will land more effectively.
Name magic is something I always found quite fascinating. It’s a fairly
common fantasy trope, with magic generally being treated as using the
original words of the universe. Knowing an entity’s real name is
definitely one that gets used and gets mentioned a lot in occult texts. I
think Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea series is probably one of the better known examples. Voldemort from Harry Potter
kinda has a similar thing going on, but that’s less that his name is
inherently magic and more that he’s put charms on his own name.
I like to call word archons librariangels.
Shamefully channeling @shenanimation’s style for this. Look at their stuff, it’s neat.