Secret wrote:But if a thinkamancer where to link with another thinkamancer it would work like this:
Because the extra thinkamancer would add two new unused links.
No; one unused link. Note that the second T in the diagram has 3 links, not 2, so it's broken the scheme.
You can try it with chemistry, if you like. Replace T with O (oxygen, valency 2) and * with H (hydrogen, valency 1). Does the diagram work? No; you can't make H3O2 like this. You have to settle for hydrogen peroxide, H-O-O-H, which is unstable enough to be used as rocket fuel.
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:Every 'mancer should make a link stronger, even if it's only 2 whatever-mancers + X * thinkamancers. In a two casters link there is only a whatever-mancer and a thinkamancer and still the casters get a quality boost.
No, they'd weaken it. The thinkamancers would have to be linked in series, making the chain longer, slower, and more fragile. I don't recall any indication that either trimancer was more powerful because of Maggie's presence, only that she was an essential part of it, needed to enable the other two to work together.
Duckman wrote:I don't think the "super-thinkamancer" theory of a caster who can do three links is possible. It appears that the linking power of a thinkamancer is maxed out at two to keep them from breaking the game. Multiple chained linking could do such a thing, IMHO.
I think it might
be possible, but only with the Arkendish. Considering what Wanda seems able to do with her decrypting, it wouldn't be quite so unbalanced. If it were possible any other way, longer chains wouldn't be considered impossible.
raphfrk wrote:In effect, a T-T link only 'costs' half a link.
Again, if that were so, it wouldn't have been declared impossible.
Elminster000 wrote:For the programmers among us essentially a Binary tree where the internal nodes are thinkamancers, and the leaves are other casters.
True binary trees like this can only be traversed in one direction; there's no path from A to D, only from T to A or T to D. To make it bidirectional, which is what we need, it needs additional backlinks. Then the thinkamancers need to handle 3 links again (except the one at the top).
Elminster000 wrote:Is there any evidence suggesting that you can't link two casters of the same discipline together? If not you could meld two thinkamancers in a link, which would result essentially in a super-thinkamacer like someone suggested earlier.
It doesn't work. The "meld" would need each thinkamancer to use up a link, so you're still left with only 2 links left over at the end of the day.
Grammar: It's not the law, it's just a good idea.