Recently I've asked a few people (all long-time players, not exactly noobs here) which moon is the source of mana in Erinn, and to my surprise, they all immediately respond the same thing: Ladeca, or the blue moon.
A quick glance at the wiki seems to confirm this - both the Glossary entry
and the page on Ladeca
state that Ladeca is the source of mana in Erinn.
I guess it makes sense that the blue moon is associated with blue mana, but there was something that bothered me about it. I couldn't remember why, but I always thought it was Eweca that gave us mana.
And then I saw it.
Of course this doesn't confirm anything. Maybe the phrase is just a poetic way of saying that night has fallen! We should ask someone more knowledgable.
hehe teacher called me a smart student
Okay, Lassar confirms that Eweca
is the reason mana regenerates at night.
So where does the notion that Ladeca is the source of mana come from, then?
A look into the wiki page's edit history
shows that the person who wrote that line used The Origin of Moon Gates
as his source. Let's see what it says.
During the second war that happened in the field of Moitura, the Zavkiel the evil wizard used a spell that summoned the Moon Rock, which put eternal fear on the whole world.
It's the spell that involves dropping the Moon Rock of Ladeca, using the power of Eweca.
The translation of the names are a little inconsistent with the rest of Mabi's lore - this event that the text is referring to is the Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh (not Moitura), where the wizard Jabchiel (not Zavkiel) attempted to use his spell to drop Ladeca's moon rocks onto Erinn. Using the power of Eweca
After the war, while the reconstruction of towns were in full force, the Druids discovered that the particles of Ladeca found in different places during the war contained unfathomable amounts of mana on each of them.
The scholars and druids then got together, wondering what to do with this amazing amount of Mana.
This, I think, is the source of the confusion. The moon rocks from Ladeca were saturated with mana.
After long hours, they came up with two solutions.
One, return these rocks back to Lameca. Using the mana laden in the Moon Rocks, a reverse spell could result in these rocks returning to where it came from by connecting the Moon Rock to another one far far away using the mana.
But this solution, based on the wish that people want to remove all kinds of references to the traitor Zavkiel and the war, was quickly shot down by the second solution that placed practicality on top.
By utilizing the power to distort the space and distance through the mana emitting from Moon Rock, the Moon Rock could actually transport humans and items to other places. An experienced wizard can simply use a spell to utilize the mana and transport items and humans to other places where the Moon Rock may be found.
Once the second solution gained traction, the wizards used teleport-like spells, utilizing the mana from the Moon Rock, to build what is now known as the Moon Gate.
It never actually says where the mana in the Ladeca rocks come from. I think, because of this, most people assume that Ladeca itself is the source of the mana emitting from those rocks.
But I disagree - I think Eweca's mana was transferred into Ladeca's moon rocks as part of Jabchiel's spell.
When the night falls, and the power of Eweca sweeps through town, the Moon Rock will connect with other Moon Rocks in the world, and people will able to teleport to other areas with no regard for time or distance.
Again, the book mentions that Eweca powers the magic that allows moon rocks to connect to other moon rocks. (It should be noted that this game feature was removed in favour of the convenience of 24/7 moongates.)
On the other hand, the book doesn't explicitly call the power of Eweca "mana", either.
What about the other lore books?
The Knight of Light
has only one relevant sentence, but it says something else entirely:
Also, the corrupted sage Jabchiel began attacking certain regions of Erinn using the Eweca's Moon-Rock and the situation for the human race seemed bleak.
It suggests that the mana-saturated moon rocks come from Eweca instead, directly contradicting The Origin of Moon Gates. One thing to note is that neither book is actually in the game any more - for some reason, Aeira's Literature shop tab is missing. Maybe all the moon gate lore was retconned?
First Steps of Meditation
correlates mana abundance with Eweca:
Mana is most abundant during the night when Eweca is in the sky.
names Eweca aiding in mana absorption:
The main goal of meditation is for self-reflection, but it is equally important as a skill that allows you to recover MP by absorbing the Mana that is floating around in nature, without the aide of Eweca.
Most people already know that Mana is a special form of energy that forms this world. Usually provided by Eweca, every living organism in this world has at least some Mana, and it is notable for its ever-flowing nature like water, never staying in one place.
Are you one of the surprisingly large number of people who think mana comes from Ladeca? I would edit the wiki pages to correct them, but I don't want to get into an edit war with a passionate Ladeca-believer.
(And I'm also locked out of my wiki account again but that's another story altogether)
Tangentially related: Are you one of the surprisingly large number people who think Eweca is blue