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Easton Nguyen
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From the caw of the raven to the fear of the dark, the color black has many negative connotations in life. We tend to associate it with ideas of fear, death, dark magic, evil thoughts, and the supernatural world. But black can also be a far cry from the heavy shade we give it. It is also the color of strength, wisdom, fertile land, and protection. Black is about the absence of light and we need this shadow side for everything to stand in balance.



The shade is where our animal selves seek protection and rest, it is vital to our existence. For those who want to awaken their minds to the magic of possibility, even the dark holds the promise of knowledge not yet found. Black gemstones also hum at a lower frequency just like our root chakra. The beauty of black crystals sits in their ability to strengthen that root chakra, to be used as an amulet for protection as they absorb negative emotions and toxins, and to help us to move through the shadows without fear.

Another popular way of using black crystals is to welcome them into your home. Having them at your front door can easily keep any bad energy from crossing the threshold and keeps your space a divine sanctuary of positive light. Choose a crystal point, geode, or dark quartz crystal to bring more wellness and wonder into your life.

Black crystals are brimming with mystery, elegance, and the promise of protection. They are one of the most fabulous gems for stabilizing your foundations and moving you out of a place of fear. While some may feel that the energy of the black crystal can be heavy, dense, or full, they do also prep you mentally and physically for growing your capacity. Rise strong and become the leader of your own life with the muted magic of these dark healing crystals.

Users become stronger, faster, more durable, etc. from the ritualistic practice (human sacrifice, habitual feeding on a supernatural source of power, soul transfers, series of occultist actions, etc) of oneself and others, possibly unlocking abilities related to the affinity and enhancing the existing powers. Some users may be able to draw sustenance from rituals or even slow or stop aging.

In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Knoll points out that dark magic's power comes from knowledge, not the desire to harm others. On the other hand, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, it is stated by Canas that Dark Magic comes from darkness and that one must invite the darkness into oneself to use it; he also states that one must not allow the darkness full control.

Dark Magic is extremely hard to master and potent spells or legendary tomes carry steep penalties for their usage, warping the individual in various degrees. The hero Bramimond allowed darkness full control over themself to obtain the power of The Revealing Darkness, Apocalypse, which erased their personality, instead mirroring others speaking to them. Canas also has three brothers who met a similar fate. While Dark Magic as a whole is not evil, some specific tomes do have negative effects; for instance, in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, the dark magic tome of Loptous is pure evil, as it transfers the will of its namesake to overcome and control its wielder. Nyx stated that her youthful appearance was due to a powerful curse she used that has permanently made her unable to age physically.

Miriel has stated that hex casting is "the art of unleashing magic through a series of movements", and that it isn't the tomes or staves that grant efficacy, but the ritual itself. However, this is of course not the only requirement for a successful spell; when Noire tries to learn dark magic by copying Tharja's actions, she only manages to "mimic the form, not the substance".

You can ask her a few more questions before you leave. Nighthollow Keep was once home to an ancient vampire clan known as the Nighthollow. It's full of Void energy, and the inhabitants are naught but feral beasts now. The Nighthollow were one of the clans who established kingdoms beneath Skyrim and the Reach. On the subject of Void energy, Verandis believes it's very dangerous. The shades you saw in the library were caught in this energy and twisted into hungry, hateful shadows. Verandis fears Rada al-Saran seeks to use this energy for some dark purpose.

Chloe goes into Davidoff's office where she hacks into his computer with help of the demi-demon. She finds out there is a project call "Genesis II Project" where it talks about raising the subjects in ignorance of their powers and send them to the Lyle house for rehabilitation. If that doesn't work, they are killed and Chloe sees a list of people who were at Lyle House with their status next to their name. Chloe sees two other kids who were murdered before Liz, and she and Derek are undetermined. Dr. Davidoff comes to scold Chloe for not telling them the correct rendezvous point is. Chloe sees this as chance of escape and Tori comes along as she blackmail him. Chloe and Tori run into an abandoned warehouse and Liz is helping them by looking for Edison Group. She comes back and says they were heard due to Tori's talking. Mrs. Enright comes and taunts Tori for not having control of her powers and spots Liz trying to help. "Even in death, you can be useful, Elizabeth." This causes Tori to learn her mom is coldblood killer with no heart and Liz drops the pipe. Chloe grabs the pipe Liz was holding and knocks her out.

When Mel Vera returned to the Command Center after being kicked out of Maggie's wedding to Parker Caine in "The Rules of Engagement", she found roots growing out of a pillar. After picking at the stone and snapping off part of the root, Mel found black sap leaking out of it. Believing the roots to be those of an upside-down tree after checking the Book of Elders, Mel figured that the sap must be black amber, which will allow her to reawaken her powers over time. However, when she attempted to freeze a bunch of pens in the air, nothing happened.

Macy, Maggie, and Harry returned to the Command Center a short while later, after Abigael Jameson-Caine helped them escape from the wedding after Parker had gone mad from eating too many fruits from the Sacred Grove, and found Mel clearing up the mess she had made. Mel and Maggie apologized to each other for how they acted that day and Harry found the roots. Mel explained she thought it was black amber, but her powers didn't return. Maggie placed a finger in the sap leaking out and had a vision of Parker killing Jordan.

Since the amber had allowed Mel and Maggie to gain new powers, Macy and Harry experimented with it in "Guess Who's Coming to SafeSpace Seattle" to try and either awaken a new power in Macy or help her regain her original power of telekinesis. However, in each experiment, the black amber appeared to have no effect on her, despite Macy's multiple attempts, even going as far as to consume some of the black amber just to try and have it work.

Vivienne, however, was already moving on to her next phase, and in "Someone's Going to Die", she demonstrated the use of a Prism Glove, powered by black amber, that allowed her to use the magical powers of various magical beings, as well a siphon their magic. However, she stated she only had enough black amber to power one glove, but knew where she could find more.

Even though the Charmed Ones managed to vanquish Vivienne by using the Power of Three, the damage had been done. Across the world, every dot on the witch board was red, as was every dot when put into demon mode. And when Macy, Mel, and Maggie looked at the Tree, they found its leaves were turning to ash, and the black amber had turned a dark green. Magic was poisoned, and every magical being was dying because of it.

After Inara remade the world to her desires and stripped the Vera-Danso Charmed Ones of their powers in "Be Kind. Rewind.", Mel, Maggie, and Kaela Danso worked out a plan to sneak into the Command Center and reach the Black Amber Tree. Although they encounted some difficulty, including Jordan being captured and tortured by Inara, the three sisters managed to reach the Tree Room, where they drank from the pure black amber pooling in the basin beneath the tree, which restored their powers and the Power of Three.

In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, after Piccolo makes a wish on the upgraded Shenron to unlock his dormant potential, he unlocks his Power Awakening form, as well as a little extra unknown to Piccolo at the time. At the same time, it is revealed that while Gohan has continued to keep himself in a physical condition to fight, his lack of warrior drive again made him unable to properly use his Ultimate State. As Gohan struggled against Gamma 1 with Super Saiyan, Piccolo and Pan compelled Gohan to fight with all his heart by feigning his daughter being in danger, pushing him into accessing his Ultimate State through his rage and allowing him to slightly overpower Gamma 1. This prompted Gamma 2 to help his fellow Android, but instead Piccolo takes on his Power Awakening state to confront him. When he is seemingly defeated, Piccolo takes his power to the next level with the bonus granted to him by Shenron - Orange Piccolo. In this state, he was unfazed by Gamma 2's blows and he took him out in one punch. Gohan eventually ran low on energy and dropped out of his Potential Unleashed state, having to continue the fight as a Super Saiyan, though he was able to resume his Potential Unleashed state when he had eaten a Senzu Bean. After watching Cell Max injure Piccolo, Gohan undergoes a monstrous awakening into his newfound Beast form a manner similar to his first transformation as a Super Saiyan 2. He overpowers and defeats Cell Max with a Special Beam Cannon using this state.

"Bad" powers, the stuff that the Anti-Hero, Evil Sorcerer or Wicked Witch uses, and the Evil Counterpart of White Magic. Probably called this because we tend to think of darkness as evil. If heroes use it, they're headed for a fall, or at least An Aesop. Black Magic has the tendency to corrupt more than just the actions it enables. 041b061a72


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