Ctuchik learns a final lesson, one cannot "destroy" anything, because it goes against the purpose of the universe. How does Polgara destroy the soap bar her father created in the beginning of the Malloreon?

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    +1 for the name - how's business Silk? :)
    – Alith
    Oct 13, 2017 at 14:12

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It's hard to say since it's a very brief mention, and unfortunately, David Eddings is no longer around to ask.

"Not mine, it won't," she said, taking the cake of soap out of his hand. She held it up, balanced neatly on her palm. Then she blew on it with a slight puff, and it instantly vanished.

But, since Belgarath casually produced it in the first place, I suspect that he probably built it out of constituent materials around him (much as Polgara was doing manually) and she simply returned it to such materials. It's no more "unmaking" than burning someone to turn them back into carbon is.

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    than burning someone to turn them back into carbon that got dark fast! Oct 13, 2017 at 13:57
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    @BinaryWorrier: Well, the charring will do that. :-D
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 13, 2017 at 14:38
  • Interestingly, she also doesn't use any sort of Word. When Chtuchik gets rekt, he says "Be not!". Perhaps it i possible, in some fashion, to 'uncreate' thing so long as you on't make it too obvious to the Universe that it's what you're doing.
    – Daniel B
    Oct 13, 2017 at 16:06
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    @DanielB I think Polgara is too classy to say "Bathe Not!" or the like... ;D I'm imagining she just atomized it in some way, so if you took a really close look there'd be soap particles floating about.
    – akaioi
    Oct 13, 2017 at 16:09
  • @DanielB The actual word makes no difference to the magic. The puff of air and sound past her lips, coupled with a firm desire that the soap be elsewhere would result in the soap being elsewhere. If she had actually desired the "unmaking" of the soap, the universe wouldn't have cared if she was being subtle. Oct 13, 2017 at 17:33

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