This Rite will open and strengthen the ability of the Megapolisomancer to sense the hidden influences, connections, and components of the City, and give the first insights of how to wield power over Place and Time within the City.
This Rite may be performed in any City the Megapolisomancer wishes to control.
The Rite must take place at a Prime Nadir (a most chaotic point, typically a juncture with overlapping or confusing patterns or flows, sometimes a center point). Use an item of protection or focus (such as Onyx).
A Prime Nadir of New York City is Columbus Circle. This intersection joins 5 major streets, is the defining point for 5 distinct neighborhoods, and 5 subway lines cross underneath it. It is one of the major interruptions of the Megapolisomanitc Diagonal (Broadway). This site is the ‘official’ center of the City, the zero-mile point used to map the distance from any point to New York City. The site itself is one of the most chaotic - “a chaotic jumble of streets that can be crossed in about 50 different ways—all of them wrong.” Over time traffic has switched directionality (currently rolling counter-clockwise) and the statue at the center is itself a point of contention.
Calm the Senses
Make the Sign of the Third Angle
Arms in a V, each arm at a 45° angle (as the Elhaz Rune)
Allow the City to Speak
Open yourself to the sights, sounds and let one human-created occurrence rise to the fore (light blinking, car honk, people stepping, coughing, etc.) Observe 9 times.
Hold the Onyx (or other symbolic item) in your left hand, and Speak the following as you Perform the Work
My Bones are the Steel
My Blood is the Fuel
My Breath is the Spark
My Heart commands Time
My Word is the Law
Complete the Rite with 9 Observances: Your Heart, Your Breath, Your Strength, Your Voice; then 5 distinct directionalities dictated by the Nadir’s layout.
So it is Done