0beron wrote:All Stuffamancy we have ever seen had something to work from, and certainly hasn't dealt with making tools/weapons. Dirtamancy has always had earth, and Dittoamancy has had an original.
Having an original is not the same as having raw material. Dittomancy stuff seems to appear out of thin air, just like Sizemore was talking about. The fact that the thin air in question happens to be beside identical stuff seems to be just a quirk of Dittomancy. Since Stuffamancers can just imagine a thing and make it, it seems that not everything a Dittomancer makes needs to be a copy of a real thing, though I'm sure it saves a lot of juice to have an original.
It all seems to have a nice internal consistency. Different kinds of Stuffamancers have different strategies for conserving juice when making stuff. Dirtamancers save juice by building things up out of dirt instead of directly conjuring things. Dittomancers save juice by using an existing object as a guide to help them conjure objects more easily. I guess that Changemancers save juice by changing existing stuff into the stuff that they want.
0beron wrote:So Sizemore's statement is the outlier rather than the trend.
It's also a statement spoken by an expert in a situation where he would have no reason to lie. If it conflicts with the direction where we thought Dirtamancy was headed, that just means we were wrong about the nature of Dirtamancy, no matter how much circumstantial evidence we had.
0beron wrote:I'm not trying to dismiss it, I'm just pointing out that it doesn't jibe with what we see in practice, so I'm confused as to what Rob was thinking.
I guess he was just looking for a chance to explain something about Dirtamancy that he hadn't had a chance to show us in the story. Summer Updates were a great opportunity for that sort of thing, and they are filled with wonderful details we might never learn otherwise. I guess that he was anticipating someday using this ability of Dirtamancy more directly in the story and wanted to let us know that it could happen. Now it won't be a surprise.
0beron wrote:I'm leaning towards it falling under the same acid-twip-caliber discussion as what follows, about Erf-time.
Surely there's no doubt that Erf-time is real and works just as described, no matter how drunk they were when talking about it. It may be a bit tricky to imagine, but Erfworlders would never get a thing like that wrong. It seems pretty fundamental to their day-to-day lives.