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« on: April 15, 2017, 01:40:05 AM »

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"...So while, yes, empirically speaking, a man did just take a piece of wood, and shoot fire out of it in public the other day, and I cannot deny that that is not even the strangest thing I have personally seen since getting thrown into this situation that we've gotten ourselves into, I still stand by my stance that magic doesn't exist."

"You're so full of it"

"Look, once upon a time, everyone thought the earth was flat-"

"BULLSHIT!! EVERYONE KNOWS THAT"S JUST A MYTH!!! And I hate to break it to you, but the fact is, Earth doesn't matter much anymore. We live in a world full of dragons, and full of griffens, and a whole bunch of Lord of the Rings crap alright! I literally had a conversation with a walking tree the other day! Again like Lord of the Rings!.. What are those things called again? Uhhh.....

"Ents. They were the sheperds of the Forest."

"Shut up nerd... So again, a talking tree...... How do you justify this without some external force turning trees sentient?"

"That's dishonest. I didn't say that there wasn't some "Force" at work here. I'm just saying that force isn't magic. Once something is understood mathematically and logically it ceases to be magic. The Huns thought boiling water drove away evil spirits, and Vikings thought that Carbon steel was mystical. The point is that while we cannot pinpoint the exact reasoning or cause for someone to be able to break the laws of physics as we know it, it doesn't mean there is some logical explanation for it."

"So.... Magic is basically science that can't be proven?"

"No- Actually yeah, that sounds pretty good. Well go with that."

A long winded debate between a Science major and his girlfriend a year after the "Oz Incident"

The Shattered Land of Kharlonia resides in a world that exists in a strange space. The reality seems to have layers, and "wormholes" as Americans refer to them open up pathways to other realms of existence where strange energies pour out into the world.

Magic is all consuming but few know the secrets necessary to wield the powers that be all through out this world. The mighty dragons are the closest to this power, but through their meddling, almost all life has the capacity wield magic.

Then their is the other factor. While they remain a mystery to all who dwell in the world, they're truly are beings or "sentience's" that roam throughout the world and meddle in the affairs of man. These Gods come in many forms, and in many facets. Some people are blessed, and are capable of wielding these great powers bestowed upon them by more benign gods. Some Gods though dwell in Dark places, and to become their disciples one must commit cruel acts of hate and spite.

What does this mean for our deposed Americans?

To put this in the most basic of terms, with the composition of the solar system that the planet finds itself in, along with the strange wormhole activities, this world has a strange quantum dysfunctional instability that causes it to exist in several layers of reality. Creatures in tune with these forces can manipulate the basic material layer (our layer). Dragons evolved on this planet and they have been in tune to the forces of the realities that make up this existence, that they can more or less act as limited gods. They advanced the magic of this world to an advanced super science, and then manipulated the organisms of the world. Kharlonia was the epicenter of the Draconic monoculture, but at one point, the magic became to great to handle, and it caused an apocalypse that shattered the continent into several islands and land masses.

My main question is, how would magic impact the Americans. Would the Americans eventually come to look at magic as a strange super science, or would the overwhelming majority just come to despise and think of magic as something evil that must be fought at all costs? Obviously some Americans are going to be anti magic, but would this hold true for everyone after a twenty year period of adustment and studying this worlds physics?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 10:21:42 PM »

So I asked in the tavern "What exactly is necromancy?", and I'm asking this to figure out if Biological magic is necromancy? I watched Lockstins video on how the Shiekah Slate from BotW could be powered by DNA computing. Basically there are computers that can read DNA sequences as memory like a thumbstick or an SD Card. The science is sound, and I began thinking about a Magitech computer that could use biological material altered by magic as Data storage and you would be able to encrypt vials of Blood with information. But then I thought about it, and I was like "wouldn't that be like necromancy?" So that's why I'm asking.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 11:27:46 PM »

I mean, the real answer is that magic isn't real, so you can call things whatever you like; there's no reality to these terms, so you can't really be wrong. But I think traditionally there are all sorts of forms of magic that wouldn't be termed "necromancy" that have to do with life. In D&D most druid spells are all about living creatures, transformations, biology, etc and aren't all "necromancy." Do you want to call DNA-based gene-manipulation and blood-magic necromancy? Go for it!
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