Knowledge is a Discipline who's traits revolve around magical theory. Knowledge disciples are stated to be drawn, mind and body, to the discovery of Magic. This discipline deals with the deepening and discovery of magical knowledge as a whole. The disciplines within this group deal with different levels of magical comprehension, from understanding and manipulating magical theory, to manipulating the qualities of magic as they apply it.
As said by Dean Fogg in the episode The Girl Who Told Time, Knowledge is the discipline in which students are innately attracted to the discovery of magic. They are considered a bit of every branch with the possible difference that their objective is not to actively practice like other Magicians but to discover, reshape or deepen the knowledge of magic.
Specific disciplines Edit
- Meta-Composition: The understanding of the theories behind spells and the ability to reshape them. This is Julia's area in the 39 times she was at Brakebills.
- Metamagic: A discipline regarding the manipulation of magic itself, belonging to a hedge witch in the Murs Magicians.
- Horomancy: Clock Magic. Described by Stoppard as the "best of both worlds" when it comes to magic and computers. Horomancy functions as a sort of magical programming, giving away to a variety of effects. The base of which is temporal effects, the manipulation of time, but further study can lead to manipulating weather, optics, and probability field effects. Jane Chatwin was also very gifted in this discipline, through the use of a clock watch given her by the dwarves.
- Probability Field Manipulation: Just as Horomancy allows you to manipulate probability fields, the study is also a discipline of its own. Lionel was an expert in probability magic. The discipline deals with manipulating probability fields, which themselves are inherently invisible, but their secondary effects are observed as chance occurrences that are highly unlikely in normal situations. A card tossed on the side might land on its edge and balance there, or spin on one corner.
They live in the attic above the Brakebills Library, although with much more luxury than one would think at first.
Quotes on KnowledgeEdit
Dean Fogg - "More than that. You... you understood the theory behind the spell and... and you reshaped it. Your discipline is meta-composition. You are a Knowledge student."
Julia - "Knowledge?"
Dean Fogg - "Part psychic, part physical. There really is no branch that it doesn't touch on. The short version: you are drawn, mind and body, to the discovery of magic."
"Thanks to intellectual explorers like you, magic is constantly growing and changing. Invest in vitamin D and a tanning bed - you won't get out much." - BrakebillsU