Book 5 - Prologue 17

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Book 5 - Prologue 17
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Casters start out as Novice class, but the transition to Adept is usually extremely quick. The only real example of Novice class lasting more than a level or two is Roger's skill in Lookamancy, which is a secondary school of magic for him.

If you're looking for a term for "less than Novice", there's no obvious ones in regular English. You could borrow a word like Squib.
greycat wrote:
Casters start out as Novice class, but the transition to Adept is usually extremely quick. The only real example of Novice class lasting more than a level or two is Roger's skill in Lookamancy, which is a secondary school of magic for him.

If you're looking for a term for "less than Novice", there's no obvious ones in regular English. You could borrow a word like Squib.


Pledge? Uninitiate? Trainee? Fledgeling?
squib? It's a short piece of sarcastic writing, or one of those hissing fireworks. I'm not sure which use came first, probably the fireworks.
vreejack wrote:
squib? It's a short piece of sarcastic writing, or one of those hissing fireworks. I'm not sure which use came first, probably the fireworks.


Also has reference in both Hollywood and Harry Potter.

In the latter, a Squib refers to someone of magical heritage but without any magic themselves. It's an embarrassment and Squibs often feel considerable shame and try to hide their lack of magic via various means.

In Hollywood a Squib is a kind of explosive designed to give a visual/audible explosive effect but produce no real force, which is good because Squibs can be used (with a protective plate of course) to simulate gun-shots on a person's body. How do you think they got those "gunshot" SFX in the movies before there was CG special effects? I believe they can also be used in a wall to give a smoke/blast effect for when a "bullet" or other shot is supposed to hit there.

For example, small explosives were used in the walls in the Star Wars rooms whenever there was supposed to be blaster-fire. The concept is fairly simple, the squibs go off in a pre-arranged sequence, then the animator looks at the frame the blast starts at and draws in the blaster shot from there, working his way backwards until the blaster "bolt" is off screen. When played forward it looks like the bolt originated from off-screen and hit the wall and a blast emitted from the wall at the moment of contact. IE, the "bolt" created the blast instead of the other way around. At least, I think that's how it worked.

I've probably been ninja'd, but has anybody noticed the link between the title and the song "smooth criminal"?
Malacoda wrote:
Parson had a miniscule but non-zero chance of casting a Dirtamancy spell to put out the inferno himself.


Do we know if that chance applies to all units?

No one's ever asked the bracer, "What's the chance of a Piker casting a Dirtamancy spell?"?
The Harry Potter reference was the one I intended. I was not aware that anyone used the word "squib" outside of that context.
greycat wrote:
The Harry Potter reference was the one I intended. I was not aware that anyone used the word "squib" outside of that context.


And yet you have no idea how much "Squee"ing my inner nerd made when I saw an opportunity to disclose that little bit of trivia.
kaylasdad99 wrote:
Is there a definition for battlespace that designates how many hexes can separate units of the differing sides? For instance, in the case of a normal day in Nestly, ALL Nestly units would be in the same hex. If the RCC (v.2.1) were to go on a fishing expedition for potential foes or Allies, would the alternating Turns effect kick in when RCC's units ended turn adjacent to Nestly's hex, or within it?


There are three options I can see for resolving Noah's statement:

1. Book 0 Jillian's theory that Battlespace is natural Predictamancy holds true (the Battlespace won't overlap because the explorers have no reason to move further into the island).

2. Nestly has an exceptionally late natural turn.

3. Noah (or Rob) is mistaken.

My money is on 1 or 2.
Ah. Missed the part about casters starting at Novice. That does make terminology more difficult. I guess if it comes up again I'll use "Rank 0."


Malady wrote:
Malacoda wrote:
Parson had a miniscule but non-zero chance of casting a Dirtamancy spell to put out the inferno himself.


Do we know if that chance applies to all units?

No one's ever asked the bracer, "What's the chance of a Piker casting a Dirtamancy spell?"?


Not as such, but we do know a few things that suggest to me that it's unlikely. I suggested Parson would have to have had a revelation in the next 30 seconds. Of course sorting out a discreet time like that is difficult. Let's say for the sake of discussion it was actually a minute. Time is odd in Erfworld, but I think usually we assume 1 turn is about equal to 1 stupidworld day? (Hence the word year meaning 365 turns). So we'd say a turn has something on the order of 1440 minutes. But we know that Erfworld is at a minimum 80000 turns old from the book of the kings of Jetstone. We're talking over 100 million minutes here, and now multiply that by the number of Pikers in the world at any one time. Now lets add the Stabbers. Even with the one in 10 million chance (the 6 or 7 zeros) we have for Parson, all those Pikers and Stabbers over all that time should have ascended to caster if ordinary units could do so. And hey, maybe a unit did, but it feels to me like someone would have noticed that. The other units in their stack, for one. Their Ruler's ruler sense would have felt it, and it would have been published in one of those endless histories of sides, for someone to read and attempt to exploit. A unit with Piker signamancy walks into a portal and doesn't disintegrate - surely the casters would have noticed and studied THAT. No, I suspect whatever that miniscule chance really represents, it's inherent to Parson.


And if Nestly is still one of the original 99 sides it will always take its turn first - pending the existence of another one of the 99.
Malacoda wrote:
Malady wrote:
Malacoda wrote:
Parson had a miniscule but non-zero chance of casting a Dirtamancy spell to put out the inferno himself.


Do we know if that chance applies to all units?

No one's ever asked the bracer, "What's the chance of a Piker casting a Dirtamancy spell?"?


Not as such, but we do know a few things that suggest to me that it's unlikely. I suggested Parson would have to have had a revelation in the next 30 seconds. Of course sorting out a discreet time like that is difficult. Let's say for the sake of discussion it was actually a minute. Time is odd in Erfworld, but I think usually we assume 1 turn is about equal to 1 stupidworld day? (Hence the word year meaning 365 turns). So we'd say a turn has something on the order of 1440 minutes. But we know that Erfworld is at a minimum 80000 turns old from the book of the kings of Jetstone. We're talking over 100 million minutes here, and now multiply that by the number of Pikers in the world at any one time. Now lets add the Stabbers. Even with the one in 10 million chance (the 6 or 7 zeros) we have for Parson, all those Pikers and Stabbers over all that time should have ascended to caster if ordinary units could do so. And hey, maybe a unit did, but it feels to me like someone would have noticed that. The other units in their stack, for one. Their Ruler's ruler sense would have felt it, and it would have been published in one of those endless histories of sides, for someone to read and attempt to exploit. A unit with Piker signamancy walks into a portal and doesn't disintegrate - surely the casters would have noticed and studied THAT. No, I suspect whatever that miniscule chance really represents, it's inherent to Parson.


Unless the chance to cast is universal, but promotion to Novice isn't. Parson has a "Special" special. We don't know what that is.

Malacoda wrote:
And if Nestly is still one of the original 99 sides it will always take its turn first - pending the existence of another one of the 99.

Archezoa was one of the 99. Nestlý is built on the same capital site, almost assuredly the second side to occupy it, given how remote and inaccessible it is (and how hard to find). Also the fat that Archibalds journal was still there (though we don't know the mechanics of that).