I originally posted this question on RPG StackExchange, as my use of the word would be for a custom Dungeons & Dragons class. There weren't a lot of thoughts there, so I thought I'd try here.
Fill in the blank:
Someone imbues a __________ on an object, giving it magic powers.
I need a word that serves as the direct object in this sentence, but there are a lot of caveats on the sort of word I need.
Some background: in D&D, there are a number of different "types" of magical ability, and to keep things straight each one has various terms associated with it, most importantly a verb and an object. For example, you might say someone
- casts a spell
- manifests a power, and may augment that power as well
- invokes an invocation
- initiates a maneuver
- utters a true name
- infuses an infusion
- activates a magic item
- binds a vestige (in the game, a sort of spirit)
- hexes (someone with) a curse
This is just a fairly simple way to keep the different types separate, which is important because they behave differently under the rules. So if we say someone casts something, we know to look at the rules for spells, etc.
So I need a word that fits well in this pattern, but doesn't use one of those already-taken words. It also shouldn't refer to, or appear to refer to, existing game-terms, like
RPG SE came up with "imbuement," which... I do not care for in the least.
I'm not exactly tied to the word imbue so alternatives are acceptable if they come with a good object. For reference, the magic would be used to improve or augment items.
Along those lines, RPG SE suggested endow/endowment (which sounds either collegial or phallic and neither is what I'm going for), empower/empowerment (little better than imbuement), bewitch/bewitchment (confusing since there is a witch class), and ensorcell/ensorcellation or ensorcell/ensorceration (again, might be confused with the sorcerer class).
Don't let the fixation on having the object be the noun-form of the verb confuse you; that may be a desirable (ish) property, but it's not necessary (see cast a spell).