The Common Denominator
Common denominator (or denoms) is a term copiously employed in Weaving (the art of altering the fabric of reality) to describe a feature shared by all items of a grouping. It is often used to delineate the simplest, truest idea that permeates a system, empirical or theoretical. In the act of altering a system in its entirety, one need only change that system’s common denominator.
For multiplex empirical systems (such as material systems dominated by complex laws of physics), there may be more than one common denominator at play. For a Weaver to alter the subatomic structure of a bonfire, they may have to settle upon multiple denoms, such as “light”, “heat” or “combustion”.
Lazuli’s Law of Exception – one of the seven laws of cosmic sway – states: That which cannot be touched by hand, cannot be moved by Kaalà, meaning a Weaver cannot influence what they cannot touch. However, advancements in the noble art of Weaving have recently discovered that a select few Weavers can, in fact Weave into the immaterial, yet that doing so opens the door to Cosmic Chaos and puts the entire fabric of reality at risk.
In the case of theoretical systems (such as entire civilizations, belief systems or cultures), a Weaver of the intangible is thus required. History, for instance, is made of all kinds of abstract concepts – ideas, feelings, events, chances, memories, etc. Any Weaver who aspires to alter the course of human history would hypothetically have to tackle hundreds, possible thousands of abstract variables, many of which speculative. It is widely accepted that most theoretical systems remain unweavable, therefore out-of-bounds to all Weavers alike.