The first time I encountered Summoners that I remember was in the Final Fantasy Games. I watched as the characters I played called upon various energies to manifest these powerful creatures to aide them.
In Japanese, a summoner is a Caller or Invoker (召喚士, Shōkanshi). It is a powerful image. This is not a simple sorcerer casting a spell or wizard chanting an incantation. They are focusing energy through will and faith to manifest an entity.
Not to be over aggrandizing, but in a lot of ways that is what it means to me to be a writer.
I have learned over the years, for good or for ill, that I can only write a story that I have faith in. If I lose faith in story, or in its characters, I will never be able to finish it.
This is why I've been having a hard time writing over the past year. It is not that I've lost faith in stories, I lost faith in me. I invoked an image of an idealized me. I could not live up to it. My faith was first shaken about two years ago, but this year is the year I fell apart. I forgot to write for the simple joy of telling the story. I started worrying about what people wanted to read, and lost my passion for telling stories themselves.
The writer is a summoner. Through the right words, we gather the energies of the imagination of our readers to manifest people, places, and events that never existed.
No wonder I have become so obsessed with summoners. I sought out a proxy for my own frustrated creativity.
Summoners and summoning magic will definitely have a home in Our Solemn Hour.
Do you have any suggestions, thoughts, or inspirations to share? Let me know in the comments.