Thaumcraft, a Wonderful mod that makes alot of new things happen in MC, One of which, the most important, is Vis.
Vis is also known as "Magic". The area that the current amount of Vis is in is known as the Aura.
There are many types of Auras, each one is slightly Unique.
Normal Nodes. These nodes look like normal clouds of blue and pink/purple colors in the sky, and will have Black lightning jolting from it. They are the most common out of the 4 node types.
Pure Nodes. These look like Normal nodes, except they wont have the "Black Lightning" that is generated from them, instead, they will have a golden Star Shimmer in the center which characterizes its Pureness, These are rare, but can be made through the use of Silverwood Trees. They also have a property to naturally dispel Flux
Unstable nodes. These nodes are about as rare as Pure nodes, but are not as good.. These are the bad side of pure nodes. They will naturally produce Flux, and can be identified by the Spiral in the center of the node. Wisps will naturally spawn here.
Dark Nodes: These are the ones you want to avoid at all costs. They will spew large amounts of flux, non stop. They are hard to miss since they look like black holes. If you see one of these, Contact a high ranking Thaumaturge or try to contain and/or destroy it.
Dead Zones. These are naturally spawning areas that have NO AURA. they will not have any natural vis, and trying to make one into one that has vis can be quite a challenge. I do not advise living here if you like thaumcraft.
Besides these auras, there are many added mobs.. most of which will kill you.
Angry zombies. Looks alot like normal zombies, except they look angry (otherwords, eyes are red) They drop Zombie brains
Wisps. These appear as Fairy's from The Legend of Zelda series (round ball fairies) And will drop Wispy Essences based on their attribute.
Firebats: These look like normal bats.. BUT THEIR NOT! They are red, and will have fire particles behind them. killing them will drop gun powder.
Golems: These are made from the player to do things based on their material.
Wizards: These are a new type of villager in thaumcraft. These can be used to farm Knowledge Fragments..
Now back to the important stuff. To start your Adventure into Thaumurgy, you're gonna need 2 things. An Apprentice wand and a Bookshelf.
"But fox, what is an Apprentice wand? thats not in NEI"
The apprentice wand, or Wand of the Apprentice, is made with a Vis shard (of any kind, except dull, i think) An-
"Fox, you didnt tell us what a Vis shard is!"
Keith. shut up.
Anyways.. The Appre-
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A vis shard is found naturally in the area underground, easily found in caves and ravines. They will appear like
This is the Utmost importance in thaumcraft Since this, with a stick and Golden nugget is needed to make a Wand of the Apprentice.
Now, After you get an Apprentice wand an book case. you'll need to place the book case and right click with you're wand. You will get a Thauminominom... Thauminocercon... Thauminomerhnoasnd.. *looks at wiki* Thauminomicon. This Thauminomicon will show you the very first thing you'll need to make to expand your thaumcraft research.. A Research table!
"But fox, how is thi-"
/mute keith 2000
Anyways, to make the research table, you need 2 tables and a Scribing tool, made from an empty bottle, Inksac, and Feather. The tables are made with 2 planks and 3 wooden slabs. After making this, you can start researching into thaumcraft with ease.
Also, you'll need an Arcane Workbench, which is made with right clicking a table with a wand.
*Note, wands contain vis and will drain vis from the aura.
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Part 2: Advanced Thaumaturgy
After gaining knowledge of thaumcraft, mainly alchemy and flux and stuff, you'll be able to make more advanced items, Like the ****************** (Secret Secret) Research. Now, one of the most important is knowing the Crystal Core Research, Expecially if you plan on moving your aura with you... Know, Crystal cores are one of the, if not, THE hardest thing you'll have to make, since it requires 4 wind shards, 4 water shards, 4 fire shards, 4 earth shards, 4 vis shards, made into 4 mixed clusters, then a Nether Star to make into a crystal core, However, once it is placed, it cannot be moved, and when broken, will only drop the base parts, as in the 20 shards adn the nether star, however, there is a chance you will receive Dull shards instead of a normal shard...
Dull shards, are rare shards that are void of vis. They can naturally spawn if an aura has been depleted and must recharge, but there is not nearby auras to siphon, and will siphon it from the imbued stone in its aura...
You can Grow a pure node through a long, painfully slow process (unless you have a hoe of growth and alot of thaumium) By planting and moving a pure node till it gets to 100, then growing silverwood trees inside (as said before, pure nodes can be made from silverwood trees) And with this, you can basically destroy Dark nodes, which are the Worst of nodes..