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Gnosis vs. Anagogis, and sorcery in general posted 17 October 2006 in Author Q & AGnosis vs. Anagogis, and sorcery in general by Stephen, Commoner

Quote: "Twayleph":3ruavzxw
Blasting though mountains using sorcery is, I'm sure, a reference to the historical use of dynamite, yet I think there is a fundamental difference between the two. Dynamite had to be created by specialists, but it could be used by trained workers (I believe ; I'm not too savvy on the subject). We have seen a few sorcerous artefacts, but in the main I think only sorcerers themselves can wield the full devastating effect of sorcery, which means they would have to do all the work themselves.[/quote:3ruavzxw]

This is a good point, but given the immense military and economic value of a good road, it's hard to imagine some government not finding a way to make it worth a sorcery school's while to help out. (Maybe the Ceneian Empire used sorcerers; they had their own School, did they not?)

I think sorcerers are far too proud to submit themselves to public works. As for using them to communicate at a distance, well we have seen examples of this in TWP (the communication between Xerius and Skauras) and in TTT as the Nansur and the Men of the Tusk used sorcerers to communicate with the homeland. I would think it's not widespread because :

1) they are proud - if you can chose between summoning dragons and serving as a human radio emitter, which would you do ?


I don't know -- how much money is there in summoning dragons? <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

More seriously, greed often serves to overcome arrogance.

2) they are the Few


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3) sorcerers tend to serve their own interests first of all, as demonstrated by the existence of Schools


And enlightened self-interest would be more than capable of finding opportunities of mutual benefit, I should think.

4) the use of sorcery in battle, as we've seen, is so exceedingly important that it tends to trump other considerations.


Well, in all fairness, battle tends to trump all civic engineering projects, not just sorcerously-driven ones. view post


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