Signamancy

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While no actual Signamancers or Signamancy has appeared in Erfworld canon yet, we can infer some things about the discipline's nature from indirect comments on it. [[User_talk:Balder|Rob Balder]] has [[User_talk:Balder#Hippiemancy|said]] about Signamancy, "Signamancy. Like the Peace [[sign]], man. Like the protest sign, man. [[Sign]]s, signs, everywhere a sign. Far out." The precise meaning of this is unclear; however, he is drawing a direct link between a visible symbol or word and a desired result. This is further strengthened by the nature of Signamantic philosophy - that all physical appearances are simply symbolic manifestations of the underlying "truth" of Erfworld.{{blog|2009|9|summer-updates-037}} Based on these, it seems that Signamancy is in some way concerned with the relationship between "real" things and the symbols that represent them - the relationship between the map and the territory, so to speak. Signamancy is also a [[Hippiemancy]], which may indicate certain things about the flavor and details of the discipline, but since no other Hippiemancy is adequately described as of now, it is hard to draw concrete conclusions from this connection.
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Hippiemancy is the magic of relationships: detecting and altering the forces of opposition and attraction which bind people or units.  While no actual Signamancers or Signamancy has appeared in Erfworld canon yet, we can infer some things about the discipline's nature from indirect comments on it. [[User_talk:Balder|Rob Balder]] has [[User_talk:Balder#Hippiemancy|said]] about Signamancy, "Signamancy. Like the Peace [[sign]], man. Like the protest sign, man. [[Sign]]s, signs, everywhere a sign. Far out." The precise meaning of this is unclear; however, he is drawing a direct link between a visible symbol or word and a desired result. This is further strengthened by the nature of Signamantic philosophy - that all physical appearances are simply symbolic manifestations of the underlying "truth" of Erfworld.{{blog|2009|9|summer-updates-037}} Based on these, it seems that Signamancy is in some way concerned with the relationship between "real" things and the symbols that represent them - the relationship between the map and the territory, so to speak. Signamancy is also a [[Hippiemancy]], which may indicate certain things about the flavor and details of the discipline, but since no other Hippiemancy is adequately described as of now, it is hard to draw concrete conclusions from this connection.
There has been some speculation about [[Parson_Gotti#Parson_the_Signamancer|Parson being a Signamancer]], based on the above clues and Janis's claim{{erf|1|140}} that he's some kind of Hippiemancer.
There has been some speculation about [[Parson_Gotti#Parson_the_Signamancer|Parson being a Signamancer]], based on the above clues and Janis's claim{{erf|1|140}} that he's some kind of Hippiemancer.

Revision as of 18:07, 31 January 2010

Contents

Canon

Class\Axis Erf Fate Numbers
Hippiemancy Flower Power Signamancy Date-a-mancy

Proposed Canon

Information

Signamancy is one of the three disciplines of the Magic class Hippiemancy; it is aligned with the axis of Fate.Erf-b1-p038aSame-site.PNG

Abilities

  • As of yet Unknown

Known Signamancers

As of yet, no known Signamancer has been introduced, but apparently Transylvito has some.

Speculation

Hippiemancy is the magic of relationships: detecting and altering the forces of opposition and attraction which bind people or units. While no actual Signamancers or Signamancy has appeared in Erfworld canon yet, we can infer some things about the discipline's nature from indirect comments on it. Rob Balder has said about Signamancy, "Signamancy. Like the Peace sign, man. Like the protest sign, man. Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Far out." The precise meaning of this is unclear; however, he is drawing a direct link between a visible symbol or word and a desired result. This is further strengthened by the nature of Signamantic philosophy - that all physical appearances are simply symbolic manifestations of the underlying "truth" of Erfworld.summer-updates-037 External.png Based on these, it seems that Signamancy is in some way concerned with the relationship between "real" things and the symbols that represent them - the relationship between the map and the territory, so to speak. Signamancy is also a Hippiemancy, which may indicate certain things about the flavor and details of the discipline, but since no other Hippiemancy is adequately described as of now, it is hard to draw concrete conclusions from this connection.

There has been some speculation about Parson being a Signamancer, based on the above clues and Janis's claimErf-b1-p140Same-site.PNG that he's some kind of Hippiemancer.

As Signamancy supposedly deals with the relation of what is seen and what is there it's likely that Signamancers are at least good at psychiatry if it's not actually included in the abilities.

Real World References

Also, analogous to Enlightenment/Awakening in general [1] particularly in light of Signamancy being an discipline of Hippiemancy with a sister discipline of Flower Power.

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