Interesting update. I wonder if Sizemore ever talks to Parson anymore about how he feels. And I wonder if how he feels around Janis is down to true friendship or whether it is the effect of some hippiemancer aura.
I also find it interesting that Dirtamancy is so rare, considering how useful it would be. I wonder if there a reason why they don't pop more often.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:"Bring croakamancy to the Life axis"- lamest reason for rejection ever, but in tune with the way things go. Old orders don't age gracefully.
I don't know if that is the only reason for rejection, Sizemore does mention other aspects of what is going on that are making people unhappy with GW.
But it is often how things goes, resistance to change, innovation etc Plenty of that with real world science vs. often ignorant public opinion.
It will be interesting to see it expanded upon in future in the strip, perhaps it is an ominous development - if it is changing the nature of magic in some fundamental way (it doesn't seem like it, since it is the effect of a unique item). Although the fact the "extending Croakamancy to the Life axis" is concentrated and commanded in the hands of a one person who shows no interest in debate etc with her peers might be a valid concern.
Kaed wrote:I find the idea that Stagemancers (the only school of magic with all three elements represented) are upset at the idea that a Croakamancer is using the Life axis interesting.
Glenn wrote:The fact that it's the Stage-a-mancers who strongly disliked the suggestion that Wanda was extending Croakamancy into the Life Axis is interesting, because according to the existing understanding of the nature of Magic,
Well, it doesn't say it is only stagemancers feeling upset, just that Sizemore has had debates with them that didn't go well. For some reason I imagine stagemancers might be a political class of caster (in addition to the other possible stagemancy like professions)
BLANDCorporatio wrote:To be fair to me too though, it looks like their thinking is hampered by lack of information and prejudice and is not so clearly "correct" in its results. I'd be pretty un-reasonable too if a change like Erf decryption started popping round, but since we have a broader view than Erf's casters (in some aspects, anyway) we can ask whether their fears are founded or not.
I'm willing to play DA here and say they aren't.
Going on with DA their fears might be unfounded, but I'd say their frame of mind leading them to those fears isn't necessarily so. Wanda does bear some (or a lot) of the responsibility for the feelings of the MK. She clearly hasn't tried to sell any casters on her path or explain why it isn't bad, which just leaves the casters with their own observations to base their conclusions upon - and those observations can't be good - war/croak/decrypt. And of late offer peace at sword point, if not accepted war/croak/decrypt.
joosy wrote:They woud rather have a Dirtamancer do the work but apparently it CAN be done by hand - they would just rather pay the Rands or the concept of doing it themselves is too alien or beneath them.
Well, there is craftmanship - a dirtamancer is
the craft in that field. I know I could build a wall if I had to, but I suspect it would be crap, so I would hire someone with skills because they could do the job well, not because it was too alien or beneath me.
Quadruple the arrows and they hit a precious Archon but miss the red-headed decrypted former Unaroyal Warlord??
You can see her deflecting arrows, not the same thing as missing.
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.