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A sigil (/ˈsɪdʒɪl/) is a type of symbol used in magic. The term has usually referred to a pictorial signature of a deity or spirit. In modern usage, especially in the context of chaos magic, sigil refers to a symbolic representation of the practitioner's desired outcome.
The use of symbols for magical or cultic purposes has been widespread since at least the Neolithic era. The term sigil derives from the Latin sigillum (pl. sigilla or sigils), meaning \"seal.\"
In medieval magic, the term sigil was commonly used to refer to occult signs which represented various angels and demons which the practitioner might summon. The magical training books called grimoires often listed pages of such sigils. A particularly well-known list is in The Lesser Key of Solomon, in which the sigils of the 72 princes of the hierarchy of hell are given for the magician's use. Such sigils are considered by some to be the equivalent of the true name of the spirit and thus granted the magician a measure of control over the beings.
The word sigil [...] has a long history in Western magic. The members of the Golden Dawn were perfectly familiar with it (\"combining the letters, the colours, the attributions and their Synthesis, thou mayest build up a telesmatic Image of a Force. The Sigil shall then serve thee for the tracing of a Current which shall call into action a certain Elemental Force\") and it was used in the making of talismans. The sigil was like a signature or sign of an occult entity.
Spare's technique became a cornerstone of chaos magic (see next section). It also influenced the artist Brion Gysin, who experimented with combining Spare's sigil method with the traditional form of magic squares:
The magician acknowledges a desire, he lists the appropriate symbols and arranges them into an easily visualised glyph. Using any of the gnostic techniques he reifies the sigil and then, by force of will, hurls it into his subconscious from where the sigil can begin to work unencumbered by desire.
Later chaos magicians have expanded on the basic sigilization technique. Grant Morrison coined the term hypersigil to refer to an extended work of art with magical meaning and willpower, created using adapted processes of sigilization. Their comic book series The Invisibles was intended as such a hypersigil. Morrison has also argued that modern corporate logos like \"the McDonald's Golden Arches, the Nike swoosh and the Virgin autograph\" are a form of viral sigil:
Corporate sigils are super-breeders. They attack unbranded imaginative space. They invade Red Square, they infest the cranky streets of Tibet, they etch themselves into hairstyles. They breed across clothing, turning people into advertising hoardings... The logo or brand, like any sigil, is a condensation, a compressed, symbolic summoning up of the world of desire which the corporation intends to represent... Walt Disney died long ago but his sigil, that familiar, cartoonish signature, persists, carrying its own vast weight of meanings, associations, nostalgia and significance.
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In this chapter, we are going to explore sigils, which are one of the mechanisms provided by the language for working with textual representations. Sigils start with the tilde () character which is followed by a letter (which identifies the sigil) and then a delimiter; optionally, modifiers can be added after the final delimiter.
Elixir supports some sigil variants to deal with escaping characters and interpolation. In particular, uppercase letters sigils do not perform interpolation nor escaping. For example, although both s and S will return strings, the former allows escape codes and interpolation while the latter does not:
The most common use case for heredoc sigils is when writing documentation. For example, writing escape characters in the documentation would soon become error prone because of the need to double-escape some characters:
The guitar also boasts a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, a hand-cut and engraved sterling silver Direwolf sigil inlay on the first fret in addition to an embossed nickel silver version on the pickguard.
A sigil is a type of upgrade component used in weapons. Like all upgrade components, attaching a sigil to a weapon of masterwork, rare, or exotic rarity will make that weapon Soulbound; fine or basic weapons will become Account Bound. You can replace a sigil with a new one or recover it with a Black Lion Salvage Kit.
A character can always equip two sigils at a time (either one sigil each on a main-hand and off-hand weapon, or two sigils on a two-handed weapon). In general, the two sigils will both provide their effects independently as long as the base sigil is different. The exceptions to this are the attribute increasing stacking sigils: only one stack effect can be active at a time. Additionally, sigils with the same base sigil will share cooldowns between weapon sets.
There are six categories of sigils based on how their effects are activated. For simplicity of documentation, only Superior sigils as they exist in PvE/WvW are listed below. See PvP Build#Sigils for PvP versions.
Gain up to 25 stacks of an effect that grants an attribute bonus per stack. On-kill sigils gain 5 stacks upon killing an enemy player in all areas of the game. You can only have one attribute stacking bonus at a time. The bonus is lost when you are downed, when you travel to a different zone, or when you unequip the weapon. Unequip includes switching to and from underwater weapons while not having the identical sigil in the weapon sets that you start using (this means player only need 2 same sigils to keep the stack; 1 sigil on any land weapon, the other on any underwater weapon).
These sigils activate whenever you weapon swap during combat to a set that includes the sigil. Weapon swap sigils on your currently equipped weapon(s) also trigger on mechanics that change your weapon skills outside of weapon swap; this includes changing elementalist attunements, entering death shroud, equipping/stowing engineering kits, engaging/disengaging Photon Forge, dropping a bundle, etc. (see: weapon swap for a more complete list). There is an internal cooldown of nine seconds.
SIGIL is intended to be widely compatible with a range of source ports. A second version of the WAD file named sigil_compat.wad has been provided which replaces episode 3 for those ports which cannot load episode 5 maps.:5
This dichotomy can be stretched to absurdity: with the callable & sigil; between the block, arrow and sub syntaxes, and being able to use $ as well as & I can count 10 different ways to assign a callable type.
In my ideal, fantasy Perl, everything would be object oriented. It would be a simpler Perl, with much less syntax than the Perls of today. I think it would have sigils, but only $. All variables would begin with dollar, à la PHP. This simpler approach would net the main benefits claimed for sigils (readability, string interpolation) without the confusion from variance and the kind of sigil used informing the underlying type being accessed. It would prevent multiple variables of the same name but different types existing in the same scope. And it improves the chances that newcomers would grok Perl faster, especially if they have programmed in PHP or shell before.
The Magic Sigils are ornate, glowing symbols on the body of a colossus that mark their weak points. The sigils are always found on a part of the colossus that has fur. When pointed at by a fully-lit sword or when a sword is close to one, the sigil will light up. Generally, they are in a difficult-to-reach locations on the colossus' body.
A major sigil, also known as vitals, is a weak point on a colossus that is used to hurt and kill it. A colossus may have more than one major sigil on its body, and each one must be damaged - by any means - and finally pierced with a sword to slay the colossus. Therefore, a colossus cannot be killed by using only non-sword weapons (e.g. Flash Arrows, Harpoon of Thunder). After a stab, a sigil may disappear, indicating that the colossus is no longer sensitive in that area and that the player must target another one.
When a major sigil is stabbed or shot, the wound sprays a black ichor that creates a dark cloud around the weak spot. The colossus will also react to a damaged sigil in a many - often aggressive - ways. They will bellow, shriek, cry, roar, howl (and more) when stabbed and often try to shake Wander off their body.
The major sigil's pattern also appears on the front and back of Wander's garb, on Mono's dress, and again on the front and back of Lord Emon's cloak. Also, the major sigils are meant to contain the essences of Dormin within the colossi. From this we can conclude that the society, from where Wander and Emon have traveled, know about the nature of the magic that allows Dormin to be kept imprisoned.
A minor sigil, also referred to as a wound, is a weak point on a colossus that inflicts very little damage to the colossus when struck, but is often necessary to reach one or more major sigils. There are two regular ways to trigger a minor sigil: either stab it with the sword or hit it by shooting at it with arrows. It is, however, possible to trigger minor sigils with Flash Arrows and the Harpoon of Thunder, but it requires genuine skill or a lot of luck. Minor sigils do not appear on every colossus, but rather only on a small selection. The colossi with minor sigils and their respective locations are:
\"a sign, mark, or seal,\" mid-15c., sigille, from Late Latin sigillum, from Latin sigilla (neuter plural) \"statuettes, little images, seal,\" diminutive of signum \"identifying mark, sign\" (see sign (n.)). In astrology, an occult device supposed to have gre