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A Caster link is made when two or three [[Casters]] are joined physically (via holding hands or by a chain, for instance) and mentally through a [[Thinkamancer]] in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The linked [[Casters]] can perform [[Spell]]s far more powerful and complex than any single Caster could consider possible.  Casters united in this way are said to be linked.
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A [[Thinkamancer]] joins with one or two other [[Casters]] to create a combined consciousness.  The process of creating the link can be aided by each Caster recalling how it felt when it first cast a [[Spell]] of its Discipline, which is described as warm, comforting, and familiar.{{Erf|1|135}} The casters then lose their individuality and revert to representing only their Discipline. It is still possible for a Caster to remember its former existence{{Erf|1|046}}, but using this knowledge strains and might break the link.{{Erf|1|054}}  The link is fragile, and can be broken by merely calling one of the Casters by its name, so the linked Casters are referred to by their [[Magic|Discipline]]s instead (ie. [[Thinkamancer]], [[Dirtamancer]], [[Lookamancer]], etc.).
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Breaking the link can result in damage to the minds of the [[Casters]], but this is similar to the backlash of other [[Thinkamancy]] [[Spell]]s, so a good Thinkamancer can protect herself (or himself) from the damage by forcing the other Casters to bear the brunt.{{Erf|1|084}}.  Such backlash can lead to severe trauma, including temporary catatonia, insanity, or death. {{Erf|1|077}}
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A two Caster link may be dissolved by the Thinkamancer that began the link without harming either Caster. A three Caster link cannot be safely broken without the help of other Thinkamancers.
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==Known Links==
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Lookamancer]]/[[Foolamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Misty]]
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* [[Jack Snipe]]
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'''Abilities'''
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* Creation of [[Eyebook]]s{{Erf|1|047}}
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* Creation and operation of the [[Eyemancer Table]]{{Erf|1|045}}
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'''Circumstances of First Dissolution'''
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* Accidentally broken by Parson when he addressed Misty by name.{{Erf|1|046}}
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* Partial or averted dissolution? Sizemore strongly assumes that the link was broken by Parson's actions.{{Erf|1|054}}
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* No harmful effects.
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'''Circumstances of Second Dissolution'''
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* Broken by Maggie upon order of [[Stanley the Tool]].
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* Maggie protected herself from the backlash.
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* Jack Snipe was driven insane until his name was spoken.
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* Misty [[croaked]].
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Croakamancer]]/[[Dirtamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Wanda]]
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* [[Sizemore]]
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'''Abilities'''
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* [[Volcano Uncroaking|Uncroak volcanoes]]{{Erf|1|135}} and control the direction of the blast{{Erf|1|142}}
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* Enhanced perception of terrain (leading to gem finding){{Erf|1|142}}
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'''Circumstances of Dissolution'''
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* Unraveled by five Thinkamancers, at least one [[master-class]].
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* No negative effects.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Dirtamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Sizemore]]
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'''Abilities'''
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*Upgrading a City with better results than by a Dirtamancer alone.{{ref|summer-updates-–-026}}
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'''Circumstances of Dissolution'''
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* Presumably dissolved by Maggie with no danger.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Turnamancer]]/???===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Charlie]]
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* [[Vanna]]
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* There may or may not have been a third caster in the link. [[Bowie]]?  He's a [[Changemancer]] and they did change whose turn it is.  Also, he's in the magic kingdom where he may have told [[Janis]] of the planned link up.  This link may have been what Janis meant by "other things" when she said "And this battle will be a turning point. I have some Predictamancy on it, among other things. There will be disarray." If not Bowie, [[Jeftichew]] is a likely candidate, as a [[Carnymancer]]. The powers of Carnymancy are unknown, but the "production values" of the spell were pretty high, and Carnymancy is likely the most presentational [[magic]] around.
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'''Abilities'''
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* Appears to be the first ranged link-up — i.e. it doesn't require physical contact between casters — most likely due to the power of the [[Arkendish]].  Charlie was unable to broadcast to other Archons during the link, although he did manage to send a terse thinkagram to [[King Slately]] when the latter risked breaking the link.
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* Forcing a side to end their turn early.  This was a surprise to both Jetstone and Gobwin Knob, so it's unlikely regular Turnamancy can do this, even with a master-class caster.
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* Vanna states that the spell cost two turns' worth of juice; unless casters can "hold over" juice from preceding turns, this implies that Charlie shared some of the juice cost.  This may or may not be a normal function of a caster link.
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'''Circumstances of Dissolution'''
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* Broken by [[Charlie]] at the beginning of the [[Jetstone]]/[[Kingdom of Faq|Faq]]/[[Haggar]]?/[[Transylvito]]? [[alliance]]'s [[turn]], with no negative effects to [[Vanna]].
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Hat Magician]]/[[Date-a-mancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* unknown
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'''Abilities'''
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* Created the [[Laurel of Napster]].
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=Speculation=
=Speculation=

Revision as of 19:47, 23 May 2011

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Speculation

To discuss the power of speculative link-ups, please visit Speculative Link-ups.

Thinkamancer/Luckamancer/Mathamancer

Some sides combine Mathamancy and LuckamancyErf-b1-p054Same-site.PNG. Sizemore explicitly compares the power of the combination to that of the Eyemancer link-up, which inspires some people to believe this a link-up with a Thinkamancer.

Sizemore specifically states "You pair your Mathamancers with some Luckamancers." Both the term pair and the plurals of Mathamancers and Luckamancers (since a 4 caster link is impossible) suggest against a trimancer link.

Abilities

  • Targeted Luck: The Mathamancer determines the most important battles and the Luckamancer tilts them in his side's favour.
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