In the Laundry Series by Charles Stross, the Old Enochian language:
- Is used to command the feeders in the night which animate
zombiesResidual Human Resources.
- Is used to "invoke a macro" (set off a stored-up spell).
- Is used by an irrationally pissed-off Bob when he nearly lays a geas on a telemarketer.
There's two things about this that puzzle me:
A) There doesn't seem to be much in common between the three ways it's been used in the stories.
B) Magic is done via math, so why does a spoken language have any magical effect? Is Old Enochian inherently mathematical (in which case does using it run the risk of K-syndrome)? Did the Enochians alter the fundamental nature of reality so their language has magical effects?