9 Sigils I Wish Existed in Kevin Hearne’s ‘Ink and Sigil’

In Ink & Sigil, by Kevin Hearne, the protagonist Al MacBharrais performs magic through a series of symbols that can accomplish anything from helping their user sleep to serving as weapons of mass destruction.

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In Ink & Sigil, by Kevin Hearne, the protagonist Al MacBharrais performs magic through a series of symbols that can accomplish anything from helping their user sleep to serving as weapons of mass destruction. Al uses them to help him investigate the criminal activities of his late apprentice, Gordie, but since we don’t all have intriguing mysteries to solve, here are a few sigils that I wish existed for everyday use.

 

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The Sigil of Never Getting Winded

As someone who runs, I would pay lots of money to have access to this sigil. Some people might say that you gain nothing if you’re not in pain, but I believe in working out in comfort.

 

The Sigil of Finding Dogs

Ever go outside and are disappointed because there are no dogs to pet? Fear not, this sigil will lead you directly to them. Just make sure you don’t end up trespassing.

 

The Sigil of Everything Tastes Like Pizza

Does your parent/sibling/partner/friend insist that you should eat your vegetables? With this Sigil, everything you eat, no matter what it’s taste, will grant you the delights of eating pizza while still giving the benefits of healthy eating. Its opposite, The Sigil of Everything Tastes Like Brussel spouts, works well for your enemies.

 

The Sigil of Not Paying Attention During Long Car/Train/Plane Rides

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Fred and George have a product that allows people to daydream though class. This sigil accomplishes the same thing, though I feel like it’s my civic duty to label it for non-classroom or meeting situations (though I certainly won’t stop you from using it in that way). I suppose it probably isn’t tailor-made to the person using it, so prepare for daydreams that range from a famous group of rainbow-polka-frogs to being stuck in a different car.

 

The Sigil of Bug Repellent

Sure, there’s already chemicals for this, but why use chemicals when you can get all the benefits from drawing on paper? Of course, the sigil would probably not include spiders, so that would be a different problem, but at least I would never have to worry about mosquito bites again.

 

 

 

 

The Sigil of Not Getting a Headache from Looking at a Computer

In the age of Zoom meetings, this sigil would be incredibly effective. As a college student, I would often end a day of classes feeling like my eyes were trying to leap out of their sockets, and since the age of Zoom doesn’t seem close to ending, I could really do with a solution.

 

The Sigil of Begone, Weeds!

This sigil is designed with gardening enthusiasts in mind. Since the sigils probably don’t work on plants, the actual sigil would probably just give its user superspeed or something so they could weed faster. It’s the type of sigil that just has a fancy name tacked to it so people can charge more for it.

 

The Sigil of Taking Great Photographs

Do you always blink when the camera goes off? This sigil can help you avoid that by allowing you to detect exactly when the camera goes off. Since my problem is that I don’t know how to pose, this sigil wouldn’t really be much use.

 

The Sigil of Really Good Conversation Starters

If you’re like me and have trouble starting conversations, then this is the sigil for you. It relaxes your brain and helps you come up with ideas and blurt them out without the stress that, at least for me, would accompany performing such a difficult task. The only issue is that you’ll probably end up saying the first nonsensical statement that comes to you, but whatever works, I guess.

 

If my butchering of the sigil system hasn’t weakened your taste for it, definitely give Ink & Sigil a go. Kevin Hearne’s website places the release date for its sequel, Paper & Blood, at August 10th, so if you enjoy the book, you can have more to look forward to!

 

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