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04-04 Always Prepared

Thu, 17th Oct, 2019

BMR on Thu, 17th Oct, 2019

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And here we have some random cave in the wilderness. Or is it random? I mean, it has some cots in it, as well as what looks to be a crate of some sort. And a fire ring ready to go, with wood already stacked up. What could this mean?

Heh, but onto the magic. Healing is a necromancy specialty, as the comic has mentioned before. Of course, as with anything else, healing different things requires differing levels of skill. Got a bruise? Put a warm compress on it, easy peasey. Got a cut? Put a bandaid on it, also really easy. Got a really deep cut? Go to the emergency room, and a doctor or a nurse can probably stitch your right back up with some local anesthetic. Break a bone? Well, depending on the bone and the severity of the fracture, you might just need to have it immobilized for a while, or you may need to undergo surgery by a specialist. Same with magic, fixing bones, that's master-level stuff. And poor Anna is not yet a master.

Also on the note of magic, you know something I don't like in fantasy works? Where even though magic is common, you don't actually see it affect the rest of the world all that much. You've got people who can use magic to communicate over massive distances, yet news still takes ages to get anywhere. You've got people who can heal injuries in a matter of seconds, yet the life-expectancy of everyone is still low. And so on. Granted, this can be justified in some cases where magic is really rare, and you might find no more than a handful of mages on the entire continent. But in other works? Where a mage is common enough that you've got an entire guild of them in each town (heck, even villages in some works)? There should be some more effect seen on the world at large.

And something I learned from playing D&D and Pathfinder, is that single-use magical items can be very cheap, but also very, very useful. So in a world where magic is relatively common, it makes sense to me that you'd have something that can light a fire in one go. It would be an expendable item, but unlike matches, the magical pebble or trinket or whatever doesn't get wet, can be used no matter the conditions, and is easy to carry around. It would probably be more expensive than whatever the equivalent for matches would be, and definitely more expensive than a flint and steel, but as an emergency item? For when you're stranded somewhere and need a fire going now and can't expend the energy? Pretty great. Especially if you've got an "aunt" who will give them to you for free.

And lastly, this officially marks 100 pages of comic (not including intermissions)! WHOOO!


It really means a lot to me that you've stuck with this comic through a hundred pages. Whether you're reading this the day the page goes up, or if you're going through the archives at a later date, I want to tell you that you are a wonderful and beautiful person, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along with us.

Here's to another 100 pages, cheers!

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Thracecius on Thu, 17th Oct, 2019

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Another hundred pages? Why aim so low? Here's to the next thousand pages! :D

I like and agree with your insights regarding magic changing the civilization/society around it. Good world building is shockingly rare in fantasy (and sci-fi), but also not terribly surprising. The amount of time and effort that goes into truly marvelous settings is well beyond what a lot of people are willing or able to do, which is all the more reason why I'm picky about what I read.

Fluffy and fun is fine up to a point (e.g. the Marvel movies), but after awhile you need something more substantial.

BMR on Fri, 18th Oct, 2019

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Haha! Thanks, but I'm not entirely sure this comic will actually run that long :) I have a clear final arc planned, and I believe we'll get there before a thousand. Perhaps more than 500 though, perhaps in the 700-800 range or so. But don't hold me to that! Things may very well change in the future.

B on Thu, 17th Oct, 2019

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Its mostly because its time consuming to think up a cohesive magic world, but also because most people don’t pay that close attention to pedantic inconsistencies. Most sci fi and fantasy settings are character focused, with technology and magic systems that serve to make the plot interesting, not to make sense. Beam me up Scotteh.

warp9 on Thu, 17th Oct, 2019

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Excellent point about magic having an impact on society! It's sad how many authors don't bother to deal with that aspect of their fictional worlds.

...(RockB) on Mon, 2nd Dec, 2019

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For some reason I kept a tab of this page open, maybe to say this:

You have probably heard of Lord Darcy by Garret Randall? If not, you'll probably like it. The stories are set in a world where magic exist (but has its limits) and where technology is used as well, both used where their strengths outperform the other.

Check out other great comics!