Excerpt from the private Rhyme-o-mancy journal of Benjamin Franchise
If all these high-level casters are turned to CC , say buh-bye to Charlie's Archon's culture, and say hullo to backstabbing and court intrigue. Not likely, but an amusing scenario nonetheless.
I'm not a conservative, but the phrase "uncontrolled illegal immigration" springs to mind for some reason...
Brony83 - The reference is a famous speech in a play by Shakespeare.
Here is the original text: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/56968/speech-friends-romans-countrymen-lend-me-your-ears
Here is some context from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends,_Romans,_countrymen,_lend_me_your_ears
It is perfectly suited to the situation. Fantastic job!
This would be more in line with Ben's opinions (and would read better) if all of the references to Charlie were reversed or made to read sarcastically...
ie. honorable should be dishonorable, honest to dishonest
or something like the line "And Charlie is an honorable man." to "But Charlie is an "honorable" man."
Everyone knows Charlie is a "Backstabbin', Double Dealin' Larcenous, Worm." So why would someone not in his employ or under his rulership, write something praising him?
Mmmm -- Antony's monologue on the death of Ceaser. To be honest, this would be more appropriate for Jack Snipe -- a clever speaker who understands how words affect others -- because it's this speech that turns the mob from being against Caesar (and Antony himself) to being against Brutus, Cassius, and the others.
Granted, not sure how that might work, but ... :)
I was going to point out the context but Wyrm has it.
The original has a "slow boil"/"sway to the opposite point of view" speech. It starts conciliatory like - "Charlie really is honorable!" Then the facts are laid out and by the end of the speech it reads/feels more like - "but Charlie is supposed to be honorable after all this? No freakin' way! Get him!"
I love that speech it almost feels like Carnymancy ;)?
Thanks for all the comments, everyone!
Kaylasdad99 — I sure hope I'm mistaken, and I was never more than a novice at Predictamancy, so it's very possible.
Brony83 — Well, the latest thought in the MK about Rhyme-o-mancy is that it works (due to its position on the Numbers axis, and its association with Life, Matter, and Motion simultaneously) by bringing the underlying Numbers in the words we speak into alignment with the underlying numbers of Life, of Matter, and of Motion. In essence, a correctly worded Rhyme-o-mantic incantation creates a harmonious relationship between those elements and engenders a magical resonance in and around the caster, which can be felt in any other magical endeavors they may try. This is why a properly worded improvised Rhyme can aid in casting in other disciplines: the inherent harmony of the Rhyme (in the assonance or alliteration, the meter and rhythm of the incantation, and the intonation used) engenders harmony in its intersection with other disciplines.
As Rhyme-o-mancy can be analyzed along multiple perspectives (assonance (or what is commonly called "rhyming"), alliteration, meter, rhythm, intonantion), it is quite possible that an incantation can work well in one way, while being quite poor in another, which would have different effects on the precise enhancement included in the other discipline.
While a perfectly written Rhyme-o-mantic incantation would work flawlessly in every perspective, one that has flawless assonance/rhyme might enhance the power of a given spell, whereas one with excellent rhythm, diction, and intonation but a complete lack of rhyme would enhance a caster's focus and ability to manipulate magical energies — allowing them to be more efficient in their use of juice, and more precisely structuring the output of their spell.
The latter case — works that have excellent meter, rhythm, diction, and intonation but no assonance/rhyme, and an interesting specific ten-beat pattern of accents — are commonly called blank verse by the Rhyme-o-mancers, and were pioneered by the famous Willum Sheksper of the side of Londontowne, thousands of turns ago.
Ragewalker — My idea was that a newly-turned Benjamin might ask Charlie for permission to hold a brief memorial for Caesar. I could, maybe, see Charlie agreeing to that, with the stipulation that he cannot slander or criticize his new Ruler in any way. So that would require Benjamin to figure out a clever way to attack his new Ruler — he can't explicitly violate his orders, nor will his magically-enhanced Loyalty allow him to speak ill of his new Side. Yet even very Loyal units have been seen, in canon, to be able to criticize specific actions as unwise or ill-considered — this approach allows him to say through sarcasm and contrast what he could never say out loud. Pretty much what Professor Yana said, really.
Owenator — Yup, I was going for the same effect! I didn't feel like doing the whole scene — getting just this bit to work properly in an Erfly context was hard enough as is! — but that's what I was shooting for, overall. :)
WyrmOuroboros — It's such a great speech, isn't it? I agree, it definitely feels more fitting to Jack, but as Marc Antony was a close associate of Caesar on Earth, Benjamin would fit the role far better on Erf; Jack isn't exactly a close associate of Caesar's. Maybe Vinny would fit, and might actually even fit the role better — but after the side falls without an heir, Vinny's existence would be much less likely than Benjamin's, as casters are far more likely to be captured and turned than croaked. They're rare units, after all.
DunkelMentat — Thanks! :)