A Summary of Eida's PreExaltation Research
Texts describe encountering the Yozi Elloge as an invisible-from-the-outside sphere which contains a nearly non-material world “wherein features of linguistics and language take on an existence of their own.” A Deva of Elloge is known as a “the Sign of Himself”. These two known facts point to the Yozi’s world existing as a vast semiotic system in which individuals and other material things are distilled down to signs and symbols or assemblages of symbols while interaction is accomplished through speech acts.
Within the purview of Elloge’s world, the individual has their physical body manifest as a unique symbol representing themselves and all their aspects. An attack on an individual in this form would not damage their physical body but would damage meaningful elements of their selves, both as externally and internally understood. In Elloge’s world, you can literally attack foundational elements of a person’s sense of self, such as their masculinity or professional identity, until they are a dead/devoid of any meaning or signification.
Elements in this scheme would be elements of semiotic communication that parallel the attributes of the traditional elements as detailed below:
Translation , which parallels Air, is related to movement in its ability to change the surroundings of a symbol or idea. This idea of translation goes beyond linguistic translation and encompasses any attempt to take a sign or idea and make it work in a new setting. The classic example is taking abstract scientific knowledge and making it practically useful. In the world of Elloge, you might attempt to translate an enemy’s motivation into a new context to avert confrontation or even artificially cause conflict with someone else.
Interpellation, which parallels Earth, is related to constructing fixed/stable meanings. The common semiotic example is of all the messages in mass media which work to construct our gendered identities without us realizing it. In Elloges world, you could engage in discourse which fixes a demon so wholly in its role that it become completely unable to commit innovative actions or fix its symbolic connection to its environment to such an extent that it can’t move.
Affection or Affect, which parallels Fire, is easiest to explain because it’s related to something most people are very familiar with already: emotive energy. Affective acts would change Elloges world through sideways actions which don’t directly engage with fixed meanings. It would do this through the power of emotion to break through the rational, the assumed, and the predetermined. An affective attack might get passed a guard sign in Elloge’s world not by destroying it or changing it but by overwhelming it with emotional energy.
Interpretation, which parallels Water, is the life of a sign. Signs only have meaning in communication and communication necessitates some interpretation since we aren’t hive minds but significantly solipsistic. An interpretive action would directly change a sign when it engages with it. In Elloge’s world, this could be changing a guard into a greeter or a hit into a miss. While this element is powerful and may seem like it enables free shaping actions, interpellative forces are similarly strong and resist new interpretation. Additionally, interpretation is limited by context, though this can be changed with the forces of the element of translation.
Polysemination, which parallels Wood, is the generative element. It goes beyond singular interpretation and generates many new meanings. By addressing a guard in Elloge’s world with a polyseminary act, the guard becomes not only a greeter, but a body guard, a door man, a bouncer, and any other meaning you can draw from the original sign. If you are a fan of Derrida, you can even manifest the alternatives of the original sign. A guardsman can generate a guardswoman or guardian beast. Though this element, Elloge’s world has the possibility of growth.
Last is Deconstruction, which parallels Vitriol, the element which dissolves signs into their component parts. A deconstructive act in Elloge’s world, possibly in the form of deep analysis and argument, would take the guard and separate his personal being from his protective prowess. You could then take his prowess and forge it into an artifact. Or render it down further into motes. Deconstruction generates many possibilities through destruction.