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Table of the Heightenings

Heightening Number / Approximate Breath Needed to Reach this Heightening / Effects of the Heightening

First / 50 / Aura Recognition

Second / 200 / Perfect Pitch

Third / 600 / Perfect Color Recognition

Fourth / 1,000 / Perfect Life Recognition

Fifth / 2,000 / Agelessness

Sixth / 3,500 / Instinctive Awakening

Seventh / 5,000 / Invested Breath Recognition

Eighth / 10,000 / Command Breaking

Ninth / 20,000 / Greater Awakening, Audible Command

Tenth / 50,000 / Color Distortion, Perfect Invocation, ????

Note One:  Reaching above the sixth Heightening is incredibly rare, and so few people understand the powers of the Seventh Heightening and above.  Very little research has been done.  The only known people ever to reach the Eighth Heightening and above are the Hallandren God Kings.

Note Two:  Returned appear to achieve the Fifth Heightening by virtue of their Breath.  It is theorized that they do not actually receive two thousand Breaths when they Return, but instead receive a single, powerful Breath which brings with it the powers the first five Heightenings.

Note Three:  The numbers given in the table above are only estimates, as very little is known about the upper Heightenings.  Indeed, even for the lower levels, fewer or more Breaths may be required to achieve a given Heightening, depending on circumstances and the strength of the Breath.

Note Four:  Each additional Breath grants some things, no matter which Heightening an Awakener has achieved.  The more breath one has, the more resistant to disease and aging a person is, the easier it is for them to distinguish colors, the more naturally they can learn to Awaken, and the stronger their life sense.  

Heightening Powers:

Aura Recognition: The First Heightening grants a person the ability to see the Breath Auras of others instinctively.  This allows them to judge roughly how many Breaths the person contains and the general health of that Breath.  Persons without this Heightening have a much more difficult time judging auras directly, and must rely instead on how deeply the colors around a person change when they enter the aura.  Without at least the First Heightening, it is impossible for the naked eye to notice an Awakener who has fewer than about thirty Breaths.

Perfect Pitch:  The Second Heightening grants perfect pitch to those who achieve it.

Perfect Color Recognition:  While each gained Breath leads a person to greater appreciation of colors, it isn’t until one reaches the Third Heightening that one can instantly and instinctively determine exact shades of colors and their hue harmonics. 

Perfect Life Sense:  At the Fourth Heightening, an Awakener’s life sense achieves its maximum strength. 

Agelessness: At the Fifth Heightening, an Awakener’s resistance to aging and disease reaches its maximum strength.  These persons are immune to most toxins, including the effects of alcohol, and most physical ailments.  (Such as headaches, diseases, and organ failure.)  The person no longer ages, and becomes functionally immortal.

Instinctive Awakening:  All persons of the Sixth Heightening and above immediately understand and can use basic Awakening Commands without training or practice.  More difficult Commands are easier for them to master and to discover. 

Breath Recognition:  Those few persons who have reached the Seventh Heightening gain the ability to recognize the auras of objects, and can tell when something has been Invested with Breath via Awakening. 

Command Breaking: Any persons of the Eighth Heightening or more gain the ability to over-ride Commands in other Invested objects, including Lifeless.  This requires concentration and leaves the Awakener exhausted.

Greater Awakening:  Persons of the Ninth Heightening are reportedly able to Awaken stone and steel, though doing so requires large Investitures of Breath and specialized Commands.  This ability has not been studied or confirmed. 

Audible Command:  Persons of the Ninth Heightening also gain the ability to Awaken objects which they are not physically touching, but which are within the sound of their voice.

Color Distortion:  At the Tenth Heightening, an Awakener gains the natural and intrinsic ability to bend light around white objects, creating colors from them as if from a prism.

Perfect Invocation:  Awakeners of the Tenth Heightening can draw more color from the objects they use to fuel their art.  This leaves objects drained to white, rather than grey.

Other:  There are rumors of other powers granted by the Tenth Heightening which are not understood or have not been made known by those who have achieved it.