A pleasant evening, dear friends.
I found myself thinking tonight: the Neath, with all its wonders and hitherto absolutely unthinkable facts, has led us to pick our brains at such things as the Correspondence, the significance of wild words, the life cycles of Rubbery Men, the metaphysics of Hell, and many other scientific pursuits which on the Surface would without a doubt be considered aberrant to frivolous.
But we are not on the Surface! And all of these make perfect sense to us here. But how many such disciplines exist, and what is the proper name for these academic subjects?
I therefore wish to compile here the names of those disciplines that we have heard of already in the academical community of the Fifth City, and incite you of scholarly minds to aid me in cataloguing those I have not come across as well as to find names for those pursuits for which academic names have not yet been found.
Established in Neathy Academia (canon):
- Pre-Lapsarian Archaeology: the study of the identities and remannts of the Fallen Cities.
- Theosophistry: the study of esoteric truths behind mysteries of the spiritual and the divine.
- Cryptopalaeontology: the study of mythical, paranormal or otherwise non-standard extinct flora and fauna.
- Metacoustics: the study of the significance, origin and properties of "wild words", metaphysical acoustics.
- Infernal Rarefaction: the study of, through deductive methods, assessing properties of Hell and devils.
- Additive Surgery: the study of medical practice not through replacement of dysfunctional tissue, but through addition of functional?
- Chiropterochronometry: the study of…something with bats, and timekeeping?
- Esoteric Cryptozoology: the study of mythical or paranormal fauna with certain esoteric qualities
- Antiquarian Esquivalence: the study of avoiding age-old responsibilities.
- Venomous Rarefaction: the study of, through deductive methods, assessing properties in poisonous substances.
- Semi-Semiotics: the study of certain systems that almost qualify as symbol systems?
- Palaeomycology: the study of extinct fungal lifeforms.
- Contemporary Cryptotheology: the study of esoterical aspects of modern theology?
- Cryptospelunking & Transportable Antiquities: the study of hidden cave exploration and, well, transportable antiquites (found therein?).
Not yet established (fanon):
- Astrotheonomy: the study of Judgements and related celestial objects.
- Speleoptics: the study of Light and the colour set of the Neath.
- Speculutology: the study of Parabola and mirrors.
- Urbimaieutic Photomancy: the practice of divination by citylight patterns.
- please feel free to suggest your own!
edited by Nathanael S. Wells on 12/15/2013