The nature of magic

Philip.Belben at Philip.Belben at
Wed Jan 17 13:25:25 EST 2001

I've been mulling over the nature of my magic, and that of some people I know -
the latter being a lot easier than the former, by the way!

I think my magic would be concerned with discovering true names of things, and
how seemingly unrelated objects or events interconnect on a magical level.

I have a friend, though, whose magical talent is far more obvious.  It is very
similar to Tanaquil's talent in Tanith Lee's Unicorn books - that of seeing how
something works, what is wrong with it, and how it can be mended - and (to my
mind) almost as strong.

To bring in Dark Lord, I think Callette has a very similar talent - it takes
more than just the knowledge of electronics a native of Derk's world might have
to see how to use calculator innards to control the luminescence (converted
calculator display circuitry?) for some of her touch-sensitive gizmos.  I think
she has been unconciously using magic to determine which calculator chips do
what, and probably to manipulate them into the right form for her final product,


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