MarbitChow wrote:Huh. And here I was thinking that, if something appeared natural, you actually had to make the case to prove that it was magical.
Or is the default assumption in Erfworld that everything is magical, and every single action gets classified as some sort of *mancy?
Is asking a girl if she likes you "natural date-amancy"?
Note that I'm not trying to be sarcastic - I'm just wondering what the default assumptions people are operating off of.
If *everything* in Erfworld is magical, I'll gladly concede the point that it's clearly natural shockamancy (or natural naughtymancy), if that's the set of assumptions we're working with.
I was thinking it was a group display of shockmancy (though I could imagine how thinkamancy/foolamancy could also fit the bill). I guess it might not be magical, but if not one would wonder if Wanda flying over and flashing or a couple of male warlords getting their kit off would achieve the same. Or even if it did how it could have such an effect as "the enemy can see nothing else in this hex" without some sort of mancy being involved.
The context to me just seems to imply something greater is going on then four Archons opening their shirts and everyone in the target hex simply being struck so dumb ("Look! Bewbs!" or "Look away! Bewbs!") that they can no longer see anything else in the hex where their enemies are flying around on mass.
However as we know some Archons have shockmancy, we know that at least one of its uses can be to stun the enemy, and there are a few plays going on with "flash mob" - the obvious couple, plus "flash" in a blinding/distracting sense (like a flash/bang) perhaps. And the whole group thing, the Archon didn't need to be told what to do or numbers needed, which would suggest "Flash Mobbing" as a obscuring tactic is something requiring certain conditions be met.
So since a "Flash Mob" seems like a recognized tactic (for Archons at least) Ossomer, Trem, their warlords etc might also know what a Flash mob is. So if *mancy isn't
involved... well, then we have a number of high level characters, possible aware of what a flash mob is, still being taken in completely and utterly by something non-magical being done by four units some distance off.
So I look at examples that closely mirror our normal human reactions, and I assume that, if it seems like a natural reaction, it is.
And a bunch of ladies flashing themselves would naturally act as a distraction, either to make the observer stare intently or look away in disgust (depending on orientation / prudishness).
Heh, if only Napoleon had some naked women at Waterloo he may have been able to totally blindside his enemies while they stood mesmerized/embarrassed by the nudity they were witnessing.
I see what you are saying, but considering the context here (two armies about to do battle/the fate of the capital hangs in the balance) and the impact (the flash mob is completely preventing the Jetstone forces from seeing into the opposing hex) it seems to go beyond "normal human reactions" to seeing a bit of skin flashed.
It *isn't* likely to immediately make the target think "They are flashing us, so what *don't* they want us to see?"
That level of suspicion might reside in another Foolamancer, or someone as paranoid as Parson, but not in your standard stabber, or even your basic Warlord type.
Perhaps true for stabbers and such, but we have the Chief Warlord and co also affected - so if you could see into the opposing hex, and then suddenly you couldn't you might be suspicious. And if a mancy is involved then there would be nothing you could do about the effects of the Flash Mob.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.