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==Caster Creation==
 
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''Casters'' are created in the same way as [[warlords]]; when a [[Side]] [[pop]]s a warlord, there is a chance it will get a caster instead.  The Side also does not get to choose the type of caster it receives.  Some [[Erf]] culture appears to hold that the [[Titans]] decide when a Side will pop casters, or that the need of the Ruler influences what is popped. There is no way to intentionally pop a caster.
 
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== Known Casters ==
 
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=Proposed Canon=
=Proposed Canon=
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Casters are [[unit]]s that can use [[scroll]]s and cast [[spell]]s. While certain [[unit]]s can use [[spell]]s or spell-like abilities (e.g. [[Archons]]), Casters are the only units in [[Erfworld]] that can learn and cast [[spell]]s beyond their unit's specific ability or spell set. Casters are further defined as being [[Commander]]s and being able to form [[caster link]]s. Casters are called by their class or discipline, so a caster who casts from [[Lookamancy]] is called a Lookamancer, and a caster who does general [[Hippiemancy]] would be called a Hippiemancer.
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Casters are [[unit]]s that can cast [[Magic]] [[Spell|Spells]] and use [[scroll]]s. These alter the world around the Caster in some way, gather information, or otherwise provide a result that would be considered extraordinary or supernatural in the [[Real World]]. Casters are rare and therefore highly prized by the [[Side]]s they belong to. Frequently, the magical abilities provided by a specific caster form an important part of the strategy of the Side.
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Every caster belongs to one [[magic|magical]] Discipline (e.g. [[thinkamancy]] or [[croakamancy]]) and can cast spells from that discipline. Some casters can also cast spells from outside their discipline. Casters are titled by their [[magic]] class or discipline, so a caster specializing in [[Lookamancy]] is called a Lookamancer, and a caster who does general [[Hippiemancy]] would be called a Hippiemancer.
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Within their discipline casters are rated according to their [[class]], most commonly as [[novice-class|Novice]]/[[adept-class|Adept]]/[[master-class|Master]]. It is implied that these represent discrete steps in insight and magical abilities. However, only a few very specific examples of such abilities have been shown. It is unclear whether the insight is gained through personal study or that it is automatically acquired as a caster increases in level. Or maybe advancement requires both <sup>[[LIAB Text 45]]</sup>.
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Some units (e.g. [[Archons]]) can cast a limited set of spells from one or more disciplines. These are not considered casters and presumably cannot attain a higher [[class]] in a discipline or participate in [[caster link]]s.
==Using Magic==
==Using Magic==
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Every caster belongs to a [[magic|magical]] discipline (e.g. [[thinkamancy]] or [[croakamancy]]) and can cast spells from that discipline. Some casters are only good at casting spells belonging to their discipline, while other casters are good at casting spells from multiple disciplines.{{erf|1|013}} Multi-discipline casters are uncommon and there may be limits on what spells they can cast and how successful those spells are.  
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A caster seems to automatically know some of the spells available to him. He can also learn spells from other casters <sup>[[IPTSF Text 23]]</sup> or work them out through experimentation. The potency of a caster's spells increases with his level <sup>[[IPTSF Text 20]]</sup>. To cast a spell a caster expends some of his [[juice]] <sup>[[TBFGK 104]]</sup>. Since the amount of juice a caster has is limited, the amount of magic a caster can perform during one turn is also limited <sup>[[TBFGK 90]]</sup>.
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Casting spells uses a caster's [[juice]]{{erf|1|104}} so there is a limit on the amount of magic a caster can perform during one turn {{erf|1|090}}. Casters can extend this limit by creating and using [[scroll]]s. Scrolls increase the versitility of casters by allowing them to cast spells they don't know or spells that are part of a discipline they can't otherwise cast from.{{erf|1|126}}.
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Casters can use [[scroll]]s to cast spells without expending juice. Scrolls also allow a caster access to disciplines and spells that she does not know <sup>[[TBFGK 126]]</sup>. It is unknown if there are restrictions on the disciplines or spells that can be made into scrolls.
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Some casters know (and can cast) spells outside their discipline. The talent for this differs strongly between casters, from (almost) none ([[Sizemore Rockwell]]) to quite a lot ([[Wanda Firebaugh]]) <sup>[[TBFGK 13]]</sup>. The ability to cast spells outside one's discipline may be (partly) level-dependent <sup>[[IPTSF Text 19]]</sup>. There may be restrictions on the disciplines or spells accessible in this way. It is unknown whether a caster can attain Adept or Master rank, with the associated benefits, in a discipline that he does not belong to.  
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Casters can also create [[Magic_Item|magic items]] <sup>[[LIAB 69]]</sup>. No particulars about the creation process have been revealed.
==Commander==
==Commander==
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Like [[Warlord]]s, Casters are [[commander]]s and can lead [[units]] in combat. {{erf|1|084a|Parson's Klog #10}} However, they almost never do so since they are too rare and valuable to risk. Moreover, they do not have the [[Leadership]] ability and do not grant a [[Leadership]] [[Combat#Combat_Bonuses|bonus]] to units under their direct command. Some casters can grant a special bonus to particular units, presumably limited to those directly tied to their magical specialty. For example, Dirtamancers provide bonuses to [[golems]] under their command, and Croakamancers provide bonuses to [[uncroaked]] units.{{erf|1|084a|Parson's Klog #10}}
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Like [[Warlord]]s, Casters are [[commander]]s and can lead [[units]] in combat <sup>[[TBFGK 84a]]</sup>. However, they almost never do so since they are too rare and valuable to risk. Moreover, they do not have the [[Leadership]] ability and do not grant a [[Leadership]] [[Combat#Combat_Bonuses|bonus]] to units under their direct command. Some casters can grant a special bonus to particular units, presumably limited to those directly tied to their magical specialty. For example, Dirtamancers provide bonuses to [[golems]] under their command, and Croakamancers provide bonuses to [[uncroaked]] units.
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In some situations, casters can also grant abilities to units under their command. For example, a Croakamancer can grant the [[Dance-Fighting]] special ability to [[Uncroaked]] units under its command. {{erf|1|127}}  The Caster would likely need to possess the dance-fighting ability on their own to be able to bestow it to other units.
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In some situations, casters can also grant abilities to units under their command. For example, a Croakamancer can grant the [[Dance-Fighting]] special ability to [[Uncroaked]] units under its command <sup>[[TBFGK 127]]</sup>. The Caster would likely need to possess the dance-fighting ability on their own to be able to bestow it to other units.
==Caster Links==
==Caster Links==
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''Main Article: [[caster link]]''
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:''Main Article: [[caster link]]''
A Thinkamancer can join one or two other casters together into a [[caster link]] allowing those casters to cast powerful spells,  multi-discipline spells, or create multi-discipline [[Magic_Item|magical items]] or scrolls. The most powerful spells and items (apart from those created and used by [[Titans]]) are created by linked casters.  
A Thinkamancer can join one or two other casters together into a [[caster link]] allowing those casters to cast powerful spells,  multi-discipline spells, or create multi-discipline [[Magic_Item|magical items]] or scrolls. The most powerful spells and items (apart from those created and used by [[Titans]]) are created by linked casters.  
==Magic Kingdom==
==Magic Kingdom==
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''Main Article: [[Magic Kingdom]]''
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:''Main Article: [[Magic Kingdom]]''
The [[Magic Kingdom]] is an island that can only be entered by casters through [[portal]]s in [[Erfworld]] [[city|cities]].  Communities of [[barbarian]] casters live here, and the island is divided into eight sections, one for each class of magic.  Casters of the various disciplines co-mingle freely, including those who are members of different [[side]]s, who may enter and leave through [[Portal Park]] to socialize or deal with other casters for their [[Ruler]]s.
The [[Magic Kingdom]] is an island that can only be entered by casters through [[portal]]s in [[Erfworld]] [[city|cities]].  Communities of [[barbarian]] casters live here, and the island is divided into eight sections, one for each class of magic.  Casters of the various disciplines co-mingle freely, including those who are members of different [[side]]s, who may enter and leave through [[Portal Park]] to socialize or deal with other casters for their [[Ruler]]s.
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As barbarians, Casters from the Magic Kingdom may be hired as mercenaries, for use by the hiring [[Side]], as [[Faq]] did with [[Vanna]].
As barbarians, Casters from the Magic Kingdom may be hired as mercenaries, for use by the hiring [[Side]], as [[Faq]] did with [[Vanna]].
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Casters can receive orders from Warlords and Rulers while the caster is in the Magic Kingdom.
Casters can receive orders from Warlords and Rulers while the caster is in the Magic Kingdom.
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==Caster Creation==
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Casters are created in the same way as [[warlords]]; when a [[Side]] [[pop]]s a warlord, there is a chance it will get a caster instead.  The Side also does not get to choose the type of caster it receives.  Some [[Erf]] culture appears to hold that the [[Titans]] decide when a Side will pop casters, or that the need of the Ruler influences what is popped. There is no way to intentionally pop a caster.
==Croaked Casters==
==Croaked Casters==
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Once a caster is croaked they may be uncroaked.  An uncroaked caster does not retain spellcasting abilities and functions as generic uncroaked infantry.{{Erf|1|077a|Uncroaked casters just function as infantry}}
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Once a caster is croaked they may be uncroaked.  An uncroaked caster does not retain spellcasting abilities and functions as generic uncroaked infantry{{erf|1|77a}}.
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It is currently unknown if casters can still cast after being [[decrypted]]. This, among other reasons, led Stanley to deny Wanda from attempting to croak [[Jack Snipe]] and decrypt him instead of healing him{{erf|2|11|6}} (supposedly because the healing scrolls were getting harder to come by, probably due to resistance from [[Healomancy|Healomancers]] in the [[Magic Kingdom]]).
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It is currently unknown if casters can still cast after being [[decrypted]].
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== Known Casters ==
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:'' For a table cross-referencing casters by side and discipline, see: [[Known casters]]''
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;Hocus Pocus
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:[[Adderall Hawk]], Mathamancer
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:[[Delphie Temple]], Predictamancer
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:[[Marie Lavraie]], Predictamancer
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:[[Spenser]], Findamancer
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;Spookism
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:[[Ace Hardware]], Dollamancer
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:[[Holly Shortcake]], Dollamancer
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:[[Ken]], Dollamancer
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:[[Teddy Clothespin]], Dollamancer
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:[[Vanna]], Turnamancer
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;Stuffamancy
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:[[Bowie]], Changemancer
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:[[Lloyd]], Dittomancer
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:[[Sizemore Rockwell]], Dirtamancer
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;Eyemancy
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:[[Bunny]], Thinkamancer
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:[[Hubble]], Lookamancer
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:[[Isaac]], Thinkamancer
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:[[Jack Snipe]], Foolamancer
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:[[Maggie]], Thinkamancer
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:[[Misty]], Lookamancer
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:[[Orwell]], Lookamancer
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;Hippiemancy
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:[[Janis Atlantis]], Florist
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:[[Labeler]], Signamancer
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:[[Olive Branch]], Florist
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:[[Uhura]], Date-a-mancer
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;Naughtymancy
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:[[Rusty Trombone]], Shockmancer
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:[[Wanda Firebaugh]], Croakamancer
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;Stagemancy
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:[[Cubbins]], Hat Magician
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:[[Jeftichew]], Carnymancer
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;Clevermancy
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:[[Benjamin]], Moneymancer
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:[[Betsy Murgatroyd]], Healomancer
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:[[Clay Dice]], Luckamancer
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:[[Moothfott]], Moneymancer
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:[[Pierce]], Healomancer
=Speculation=
=Speculation=
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** There is a hard limit on the number of casters in the world
** There is a hard limit on the number of casters in the world
** It may be that sides are limited to a maximum number of casters.  For example, three or fewer, with it being rare but possible to pop up to three casters.  Capture, however, would be more beneficial since it allows for more than the minimum number and it means the casters may have already leveled.
** It may be that sides are limited to a maximum number of casters.  For example, three or fewer, with it being rare but possible to pop up to three casters.  Capture, however, would be more beneficial since it allows for more than the minimum number and it means the casters may have already leveled.
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It may be possible to intentionally pop a caster through a link up of some combination of Luckimancer, Turnimancer, Carnymancer and/or Moneymancer, but more information is need about those schools to be sure of this.
 
==Casters, Sides, and the Magic Kingdom==
==Casters, Sides, and the Magic Kingdom==
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==Caster levelling==
==Caster levelling==
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Leveling for casters may work differently then for other [[unit]]s. If casters need to kill enemy units to gain [[experience]] then leveling could be very difficult due to the fact that casters tend to be kept in [[capital]] cities.  Some types, such as [[florist]]s, might not even possess any magical means to [[croak]] another unit. Note that in Book Two, Text Update 45, Sizemore says that he has gained three levels recently, two from croaking units ("from traps and combat") and one from other activities ("from all of the city rebuilding"). So it seems canon that not all caster leveling comes from croaking units.
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Leveling for casters may work differently then for other [[unit]]s. If casters need to kill enemy units to gain [[experience]] then leveling could be very difficult due to the fact that casters tend to be kept in [[capital]] cities.  Some types, such as [[florist]]s, might not even possess any magical means to [[croak]] another unit. Note that in [[LIAB Text 45]], Sizemore says that he has gained three levels recently, two from croaking units ("from traps and combat") and one from other activities ("from all of the city rebuilding"). So it seems canon that not all caster leveling comes from croaking units.
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Caster levels are often refered to as their [[class]], often before the type of caster. This class may also determine what ability a caster has at casting spells outside their discipline. A master-class caster may be able to cast spells that are not their forte with greater ease. An example is Wanda who is a Master-Class Croakamancer but claims to be able to cast other spells with ease (though she has little interest in doing so), whereas the two other casters most commonly seen (Maggie and Sizemore) either cannot or do not cast outside of their discipline. It is known Maggie is only an Adept-Class, but Sizemore's class is unknown. Given his power compared to Wanda's, as well as his expectation that he could reach master class prowess soon (Book Two, Text Update 45), it seems likely that he is only be an Adept at the middle of Book Two. If so, this would offer an explanation as to his self-professed lack of talent in other disciplines.
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It is possible that casters gain experience by using magic or by simply participating in a battle in any way.
It is possible that casters gain experience by using magic or by simply participating in a battle in any way.

Revision as of 01:20, 21 November 2012

Magic 101
Natural Magic, Caster, Caster link, Juice, Scroll, Magic Item, Spell, Grandiocosmic Strings, Nodes

Contents

Proposed Canon

Casters are units that can cast Magic Spells and use scrolls. These alter the world around the Caster in some way, gather information, or otherwise provide a result that would be considered extraordinary or supernatural in the Real World. Casters are rare and therefore highly prized by the Sides they belong to. Frequently, the magical abilities provided by a specific caster form an important part of the strategy of the Side.

Every caster belongs to one magical Discipline (e.g. thinkamancy or croakamancy) and can cast spells from that discipline. Some casters can also cast spells from outside their discipline. Casters are titled by their magic class or discipline, so a caster specializing in Lookamancy is called a Lookamancer, and a caster who does general Hippiemancy would be called a Hippiemancer.

Within their discipline casters are rated according to their class, most commonly as Novice/Adept/Master. It is implied that these represent discrete steps in insight and magical abilities. However, only a few very specific examples of such abilities have been shown. It is unclear whether the insight is gained through personal study or that it is automatically acquired as a caster increases in level. Or maybe advancement requires both LIAB Text 45.

Some units (e.g. Archons) can cast a limited set of spells from one or more disciplines. These are not considered casters and presumably cannot attain a higher class in a discipline or participate in caster links.

Using Magic

A caster seems to automatically know some of the spells available to him. He can also learn spells from other casters IPTSF Text 23 or work them out through experimentation. The potency of a caster's spells increases with his level IPTSF Text 20. To cast a spell a caster expends some of his juice TBFGK 104. Since the amount of juice a caster has is limited, the amount of magic a caster can perform during one turn is also limited TBFGK 90.

Casters can use scrolls to cast spells without expending juice. Scrolls also allow a caster access to disciplines and spells that she does not know TBFGK 126. It is unknown if there are restrictions on the disciplines or spells that can be made into scrolls.

Some casters know (and can cast) spells outside their discipline. The talent for this differs strongly between casters, from (almost) none (Sizemore Rockwell) to quite a lot (Wanda Firebaugh) TBFGK 13. The ability to cast spells outside one's discipline may be (partly) level-dependent IPTSF Text 19. There may be restrictions on the disciplines or spells accessible in this way. It is unknown whether a caster can attain Adept or Master rank, with the associated benefits, in a discipline that he does not belong to.

Casters can also create magic items LIAB 69. No particulars about the creation process have been revealed.

Commander

Like Warlords, Casters are commanders and can lead units in combat TBFGK 84a. However, they almost never do so since they are too rare and valuable to risk. Moreover, they do not have the Leadership ability and do not grant a Leadership bonus to units under their direct command. Some casters can grant a special bonus to particular units, presumably limited to those directly tied to their magical specialty. For example, Dirtamancers provide bonuses to golems under their command, and Croakamancers provide bonuses to uncroaked units.

In some situations, casters can also grant abilities to units under their command. For example, a Croakamancer can grant the Dance-Fighting special ability to Uncroaked units under its command TBFGK 127. The Caster would likely need to possess the dance-fighting ability on their own to be able to bestow it to other units.

Caster Links

Main Article: caster link

A Thinkamancer can join one or two other casters together into a caster link allowing those casters to cast powerful spells, multi-discipline spells, or create multi-discipline magical items or scrolls. The most powerful spells and items (apart from those created and used by Titans) are created by linked casters.

Magic Kingdom

Main Article: Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is an island that can only be entered by casters through portals in Erfworld cities. Communities of barbarian casters live here, and the island is divided into eight sections, one for each class of magic. Casters of the various disciplines co-mingle freely, including those who are members of different sides, who may enter and leave through Portal Park to socialize or deal with other casters for their Rulers.

As barbarians, Casters from the Magic Kingdom may be hired as mercenaries, for use by the hiring Side, as Faq did with Vanna.

Casters can receive orders from Warlords and Rulers while the caster is in the Magic Kingdom.

Caster Creation

Casters are created in the same way as warlords; when a Side pops a warlord, there is a chance it will get a caster instead. The Side also does not get to choose the type of caster it receives. Some Erf culture appears to hold that the Titans decide when a Side will pop casters, or that the need of the Ruler influences what is popped. There is no way to intentionally pop a caster.

Croaked Casters

Once a caster is croaked they may be uncroaked. An uncroaked caster does not retain spellcasting abilities and functions as generic uncroaked infantryErf-b1-p77aSame-site.PNG.

It is currently unknown if casters can still cast after being decrypted.

Known Casters

For a table cross-referencing casters by side and discipline, see: Known casters
Hocus Pocus
Adderall Hawk, Mathamancer
Delphie Temple, Predictamancer
Marie Lavraie, Predictamancer
Spenser, Findamancer
Spookism
Ace Hardware, Dollamancer
Holly Shortcake, Dollamancer
Ken, Dollamancer
Teddy Clothespin, Dollamancer
Vanna, Turnamancer
Stuffamancy
Bowie, Changemancer
Lloyd, Dittomancer
Sizemore Rockwell, Dirtamancer
Eyemancy
Bunny, Thinkamancer
Hubble, Lookamancer
Isaac, Thinkamancer
Jack Snipe, Foolamancer
Maggie, Thinkamancer
Misty, Lookamancer
Orwell, Lookamancer
Hippiemancy
Janis Atlantis, Florist
Labeler, Signamancer
Olive Branch, Florist
Uhura, Date-a-mancer
Naughtymancy
Rusty Trombone, Shockmancer
Wanda Firebaugh, Croakamancer
Stagemancy
Cubbins, Hat Magician
Jeftichew, Carnymancer
Clevermancy
Benjamin, Moneymancer
Betsy Murgatroyd, Healomancer
Clay Dice, Luckamancer
Moothfott, Moneymancer
Pierce, Healomancer

Speculation

Caster Creation

Casters are extremely rare, largely because they cannot be popped intentionally.

After a side pops its first caster, popping another caster becomes much more unlikely.

Many sides seem to have Thinkamancers (at least three among the combatants of the Battle for Gobwin Knob). They may be more commonly popped than members of other Disciplines. Conversely, even in the Magic Kingdom, Dirtamancers are apparently rare and in demand.

Some additional possibilities on how casters' numbers might be restricted:

  • As a side has existed for more turns, the chance of popping a caster decreases.
  • Each time a side pops a caster, the chances of popping another decreases.
  • There is a limit on the number of casters in the world (could be based on each type)
    • The odds of a caster popping decreases as the number of casters in the world increases
    • There is a hard limit on the number of casters in the world
    • It may be that sides are limited to a maximum number of casters. For example, three or fewer, with it being rare but possible to pop up to three casters. Capture, however, would be more beneficial since it allows for more than the minimum number and it means the casters may have already leveled.

Casters, Sides, and the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is a special location that only casters can enter. Casters from active sides can enter and exit the Magic Kingdom via portals. However, some casters in the Magic Kingdom do not belong to sides on Erfworld. The number of casters in the Magic Kingdom may, at any given time, outnumber those elsewhere on Erfworld.

Caster levelling

Leveling for casters may work differently then for other units. If casters need to kill enemy units to gain experience then leveling could be very difficult due to the fact that casters tend to be kept in capital cities. Some types, such as florists, might not even possess any magical means to croak another unit. Note that in LIAB Text 45, Sizemore says that he has gained three levels recently, two from croaking units ("from traps and combat") and one from other activities ("from all of the city rebuilding"). So it seems canon that not all caster leveling comes from croaking units.

It is possible that casters gain experience by using magic or by simply participating in a battle in any way.

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