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Eternal Cry, March 10th, 2016, 2:04 pm     Reply

I like Billy when he's being nice. |D

blubb (Guest), March 10th, 2016, 2:13 pm     Reply

@ Eternal Cry
I second that =D

The_Hyena_King, March 10th, 2016, 5:28 pm     Reply

Had us worried there.
On the other hand, good to see Asia's getting the hang of her spells.

Arukoir (Guest), March 11th, 2016, 12:03 am     Reply

Billy looks nicest when he smiles like that.

D3c3nd4n7, March 11th, 2016, 8:06 am     Reply

what a lovely smile there in the last scene.

Epicarp (Guest), March 12th, 2016, 5:21 am     Reply

Asia used the sympathetic connection between the collars...

Wait, what? How does that work? I always understood a sympathetic connection related to how well the mage knew the subject (and that connection gets a little fuzzy with famous people, which is why Amical didn't mind Billy using his real name).

Is this some Morphe-specific stuff, or did I not brush up enough on my Tome of the Mysteries?

The_Hyena_King, March 12th, 2016, 9:58 am     Reply

Scavenger Lord's explanation corner.
@Epicarp: I typed up a long, in depth, response, but then the net ate it.

Give me a sec, I'll fix it...

...And there. Not as polished as I'd like, but I have neither the time not the motivation to do that a second time.

First, sympathy is not just how well you know a person, at least not once you involve Space magic.

With Space magic, you could not know a person at all, but having a piece of their body, like one of their teeth, a sample of their blood, or even a lock of their hair, will give you the same ability to cast long-range spells on them, because that piece is still 'connected' to them, even if it's clearly no longer attached to their physical body. The catch, of course, is that the connection works both ways, so if you steal a lock of a Mage's hair, and they realize it, they can send spells back through the hair at you.

Space also lets you cast though other people's connections, meaning it's a matter of how well /they/ know each other. (Example; A married couple almost certainly have a particularly strong bond, so you could cast spells though the wife, but targeting the husband, and vice-versa.)

People also have connections with objects they have some personal or emotional bond to. These connections are typically weaker than the ones between people. (Example; Stealing Amical's gun would let you cast spells on him through it, because it's /his/, he cares about it on some level, and it's iconic enough that if someone knew him well enough, they'd probably recognize it as his. You'd probably find a similar connection between Asia and her notebook, or maybe even Billy with his Sweater-vest.)

Objects don't just have sympathy with people though, they also have an innate sympathetic connection to any pieces of themselves, objects that form part of a set may have a bond with the other objects in that set.
(Example; having a part from a car will let you cast spells on the car the same way having a lock of hair lets you cast spells on the person it came from, because as far as the Space Arcana cares, it's still part of that car, now if the car's owner has that part replaced, the connection may start to fade, but generally, a part is the same as the whole thing. This principal extends to objects that are somehow meant to be a set together; A knight from a chess set will have a connection to the other pieces from that particular set, and the board too, but not to every other chess set made at the same factory. A sword is linked to it's scabbard, and only that one. And a wedding ring will have a bond with the other ring used in the same wedding.)

See that last part? Well the collars are almost definitely meant to be a set, and any Space Mage can cast though that connection as long as they have at least one from that set. Asia has one of the collars.

Final note; with enough dots in Space, you can make new connections, break existing ones, and generally complicate matters, as high level mages are known to do.


ChibiSilverWings, March 12th, 2016, 8:52 pm     Reply

@The_Hyena_King: You said exactly what I was going to, thanks so much. And ughhh I hate losing long replies too. I neurotically copy and paste them if I get longer than like 3 paragraphs.

Burningtyger (Guest), March 14th, 2016, 1:00 am     Reply

DELECTABLE SKILL. HIZRIM IS PROUD OF MAGE ASIA. -- Back in the teapot, parasite!

shylarah, April 1st, 2016, 5:08 pm     Reply

Billy's sweater vest is probably connected to him more strongly than almost any other object is connected to any other person in the entire MorphE webcomic universe.

ChibiSilverWings, April 5th, 2016, 2:26 am     Reply

@shylarah: You're not wrong. He made it armored later in the game.