Shai_hulud wrote:That... sure is speculation I suppose.
Well, yes. Like I said it's just a theory. I never claimed that this was the be-all end all.
Shai_hulud wrote:I don't understand what you mean by this. What is "animate" in this context? It's not an in universe term, so it's undefined. Do you mean "living"? Life magic doesn't seem to have anything to do with organic life if that's what you mean. The only magic we've seen manipulate organic tissue have been either matter magics or healamancy, so I'm not sure where you're getting life=organic beings if that's what you mean by "living".
Animate means moving. Living things move. Things like Dolls and Golems also move, making them animate. However, it's unknown how, if at all, they think, or if they are considered 'alive'. So yes, living creatures, but not necessarily just
Shai_hulud wrote:Dittomancy created a king clone out of "nothing", so it's safe to say that "numbers" spells can create things in the physical world.
Did it? Dittomancy isn't Dirtamancy, that shapes existing things, nor Changeamancy that takes an existing objects and makes it into something else. So what, exactly did Dittomancy do? It changed the Numbers. The clone was an indirect result of the direct change made by the spell. The Numbers themselves aren't seen. The results of the Numbers are. That was my point. I never said that Numbers spells couldn't create tangible results. Just that their direct
results (i.e. changing the Numbers themselves) aren't tangible.
Shai_hulud wrote:...no spells can modify the past that we have seen, so I'm not even sure what it is you're saying here.
Retconjuration can change the past. That is, in fact, the entire point of Retconjuration. What I was saying was that Foolamancy is an active process. It's not like creating a Golem or (re)building Cities, spelling up a tower with Shockamancy, etc. It's not a discipline that can be done remotely, and other than scrolls and specific items I'm sure, isn't a cast and forget kind of thing. It also only produces results while the process is ongoing.
Shai_hulud wrote:Except for foolamancy items like the eyebook, which can be used by anyone. And that's assuming it's an "image" at all.
...Except that the Eyebooks were created in a Trimancer link that enhances all disciplines involved, so that's a bad example.