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12-07-2008 @ 8:20PM
Actually, the mages have to utter some words in order to cast spells, as it's described in 'The War of the Ancients Trilogy' by the infamous writter Knaak. (I don't know why some people hate him so much, just because he invented Rhonin).Extracted from The War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Well of Eternity:..." Fire had worked against the ghoul on the island and Rhonin saw no reason why such a tried and truespell would not benefit him again. He muttered the words— And suddenly they came out in reverse"...My two copper.
12-07-2008 @ 9:25PM
And don't forget Curse of Tongues! That spell forces you to speak in Eredun, thus delaying your spellcast time as you struggle with unfamiliar language, distracting you from focusing your will into your words (well, that last part is my interpretation).I don't think mages actually learn special magical words, mind you, it's just that words serve as a powerful way of focusing one's will into manifest reality. Whereas divine casters actually plead with the Light/spirits/nature while casting, or meditate and allow those powers to flow through them, arcane magic channels the will of the caster by weaving arcane energies as directed through the power of imagination. By going through the motions of commanding mana to act as they wish with words and gestures, their will can better grasp the fundaments of reality and direct it to their purposes.It's all a bit like super-charged quantum theory.Of course, this is purely supposition based on available evidence. >_>
12-08-2008 @ 12:22PM
I think you are right. I get "silenced" occasionally which prevents spell-casting. Its not "mental confusion" preventing me from concentrating to get a spell off, but an actual silence. So my guess is for normal mages there must be a verbal component."Why can't Arcanist-the-gifted help us in the battle?""He has laryngitis, poor guy can't even light a cigar right now."
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