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Questions are underlined to make them more obvious if you don't want to listen to my hypotheses and random blabbing.

Well, never posted here before, and I hope I'm not necroing or anything, but I have a question.
It's about magic. I already took a look at the magic explanation, but it doesn't highlight the specific area I'm looking at.

I noticed when I joined the game that everyone had "magic controls levels" that differed. I saw Instinctual, which made sense to me, Runic, which made slightly less sense, and Pathic, which made absolutely no sense to me. What are these magic control levels, and why is "Pathic" placed underneath Electric branch magic in your explanation on page 2?

My best guess is that these "levels" relate to how our characters understand magic, based on the fact that one of them is "Instinctual", meaning you don't really understand it, but you can use it naturally, like it's a part of you. Runic sounds like you understand only what you've read and learned, but you don't actually know how to control it and improvise with it. And all I can do is guess on Pathic, thinking that it means the character has a strong connection to magic and a good understanding of its nature, and is capable of manifesting it more easily in its many forms.

But those are just educated guesses, really.

Actually, I have another question. Besides Grinder, are there ways to obtain more types of magic?


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Instinctual is instinctual as you said.
Runic is you can write down the Runes and magic circles and all that nonsense and make magic happen like that.
Vocal or something, don't remember exact term, is you can say the magic and it functions.
Pathic is you can think it and magic happens.

And you can learn new magic by learning it, such as in a book or from a teacher.


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Instinctual is instinctual as you said.
Runic is you can write down the Runes and magic circles and all that nonsense and make magic happen like that.
Vocal or something, don't remember exact term, is you can say the magic and it functions.
Pathic is you can think it and magic happens.

And you can learn new magic by learning it, such as in a book or from a teacher.

Hit the hammer on the nail.

Also, "Pathic" is a form of Electric magic in the sense that it allows spells that control aspects of the mind of either you or enemies.

Edit: To clarify the difference between Insinctual and Pathic control levels, Instinctual usually is less versatile in command as Pathic. Instinctual would be like moving a limb, while Pathic not only allows you to control magic like a limb (assuming you're quite familiar with casting pathic), but would also allow you to (continuing the analogy) consciously control the blood flow in your arm, precise muscle movements, cellular function, and so on.


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Thanks, both of you. Now I understand.

Heh. When I think Vocal, I think of Tales games. There are cases where saying stuff out loud is awesome, and cases where it makes you look like an idiot.
In RtD, it'd probably make you look like an idiot, unless there was some kind of cool chant or some other language you have to speak in.


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Oh, so Pathic isn't the best, since it's more straining. That kind of makes sense.
But Chirop have big brains and lots of magic power, so it's no issue.

Also, are Humans really better casters than Chirop in the long run? It said that the large frontal brain lobe thing limited Chirop and kept them from casting more powerful spells. If that's the case, what a bummer. I was looking forward to being an epic mage.


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It has also been examined that the frontal lobe of their brains is proportionally larger than that of a humans, which is theorized to be the cause of their ability to control magic at a more advanced level when compared to humans.

Nah, Chirop can cast better.

Pathic is the best for speed, Runic is the best for accuracy, Vocal is in between.


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Whoops, read it wrong. My bad.

One more question, and this one is just for the heck of it. Do you have a scientific explanation of how magic works for your game?


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Yep, and this is part of it.

Magic is a form of energy that exists in the equi universe that reacts most noticeably to electricity, which is why pathic magic even exists. Battery "magic" is created (or rather, dead is charged and changed to battery) in most living organisms, and with practice, can be manipulated by anyone. Meaning, you can asplode something with the energy in their own body, as long as you can get past regular interference from the body itself and the person's own magic defenses.

Runes to magic energy works like circuitry to electricity, and Vocal magic projects magic energy as sound (though sometimes not actually audible) in different frequencies to produce different effects, though this technique is rather... Strange. So you don't see it as often as the other forms of magic.

The more in-depth explanation on the mechanics of "magic" energy is going to be withheld for now, since it isn't common knowledge yet.


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One more question, and this one is just for the heck of it. Do you have a scientific explanation of how magic works for your game?

Good GOD does he ever.
And he gave me hell picking apart the magic system in Legends of the Sky.


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I'm coming up with an explanation for it in my next RtD that revolves around certain invisible particles that can be drawn into the caster's own body and manipulated. But really, it's just an idea. I couldn't really explain why people are even capable of drawing these particles into themselves, so it's only a half-explanation.

I think it's pretty funny that your magic system got picked apart, Torrent, and not mine, which has no basis in science at all. It's essentially: "Magic gems are magic, hurr."

Ah, what fun. But I digress. This is beginning to become the kind of conversation that should be in FG Lounge.


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In Magitech, Mana was drawn from the after life of the same name. The magic you are using is the essences of peoples souls.

Grim.


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and the grimdark don't stop
except in magitech
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I actually planned for a magical ability where people could rip out the souls of dying enemies and use it as a major combat buff. Or turn it into fire.


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