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"An instrument of death? I suppose you're half-right. Destruction and creation. Death and life. All tools within your grasp, once you know how to use them."
Ezra Squall to Morrigan Crow[src]
A Wundersmith is an individual who can call, control, and manipulate Wunder. When Wunder is summoned, it becomes visible to both the summoner and any other Wundersmith present. While being a Wundersmith could be a talent or knack, it is more appropriately called a gift by both Jupiter North and Ezra Squall as it is much more than just a talent. Wundersmiths are born with their ability and it does not seem able to be an acquired skill.[1]

Characteristics

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Reputation

"Wundersmiths were wishgranters and protectors. They used their powers to bring good things to the world. Wundersmith doesn’t mean monster or murderer – Squall made it mean those things. He did something unforgivable. He betrayed his people and his city. Abused his power. He made Wundersmith a dark and terrible word, but it wasn’t always."
Jupiter explaining Wundersmiths to Morrigan[src]

Methods

The Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith

There are at least five named Wretched Arts in the second novel, as well as a sixth unnamed one. There are likely even more Wretched Arts that will revealed as the series progresses. While Nocturne is the first Wretched Art learned, it seems possible that the other arts are taught as they manifest in the young Wundersmith, or possibly by difficulty of mastering the art.

Nocturne

"Wunder doesn't care. You can't offend it."
―Squall to Morrigan after she says she can't sing[src]
The Wretched Art of Nocturne is the first and possibly most important of the Arts that young Wundersmiths learn: the summoning of Wunder using singing to call it. Squall mentions the importance in each Wundersmith using their own, individual call (song) to summon the Wunder.

Weaving

Inferno

"An unlikely first manifestation in a young Wundersmith, though not unheard of."
―Ezra Squall to Morrigan Crow[src]
The Wretched Art of Inferno sees the Wundersmith utilizing fire. The fire is like a fire in the heart of the Wundersmith. The Smith can control that fire, deciding whether it will be a single flame or a blazing fireball that could destroy cities.

Tempus

Veil

Unnamed Sixth Art

This unnamed Wretched Art was possibly employed by Mathilde Lachance to create The Museum of Stolen Moments (along with Nocturne, Weaving, Tempus, and Veil).

Classifications of Wundrous Acts

Singularities

  • Cascade Towers — Decima Kokoro

Phenomena

Spectacles

  • The Museum of Stolen Moments — Mathilde Lachance
  • Jemmity Park — Odbuoy Jemmity

Unknown Classifications

  • Gossamer Line — Ezra Squall

Unconfirmed

*all classifications from here on are not confirmed to be true*

  • Missteps
  • Blunders
  • Fiascoes
  • Monstrosities
  • Devastations

History

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Known Wundersmiths

  • Morrigan Crow
  • Ezra Squall
  • Mathilde Lachance
  • Odbuoy Jemmity
  • Decima Kokoro
  • Owain Binks
  • Brilliance Amadeo
  • Deng Li
  • Christobel Fallon-Dunham
  • Gracious Goldberry
  • Frey Henriksson
  • Rastaban Tarazed
  • Tyr Magnusson

Behind-the-Scenes

Notes and References

  1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Chapter 25 (Master and Apprentice) - "It's perfectly charming that you believe you have a choice in the in the matter. But you were born this way, Miss Crow. You are set on a path from which you cannot diverge." Ezra Squall. This quote makes it seem as though only certain individuals are born with this power.
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