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9-27-2009 @ 3:22AM
Warlocks aren't the emo kids. They're the other side of the same coin as mages, which is to say they're both geeks who take different approaches to the same arcane study.The mages generally follow the rules, innovate slowly, and achieve their results through rigorous study and meticulously recorded experimentation. Mages mostly observe ethical and moral limitations and don't attempt to cross those lines. They're interested in expanding knowledge and then sharing what they've learned with others of their kind, and usually being altruistic to others in their faction. Mages, unless they're very unlucky, will live long, raise families, and finally gain tenure at their institution where they will torture grad students and write many, many research articles for obscure journals which no one outside of their field will ever read.Warlocks may have the rigorous study part down, but otherwise are completely different. They're the ones who want to push the limits, work purely on impulse, and aren't afraid of crossing any ethical or moral boundaries which might otherwise block their curiosity. Sharing with others may occasionally happen, but don't count on it. Warlocks are a rather selfish bunch. They may end up becoming the vaunted hero or the hated villain, but rarely anything in between. And they'll usually burn out very quickly and have a rather terrible, though poetic, demise. Very few will make it to old age and those that do will always be insane from the various unhealthy and unholy things they've seen and done. Not to mention the stress from constant paranoia because the only thing more untrustworthy than a warlock is another warlock, so they're always watching their backs. Warlocks won't settle down and will leave more than a few broken-hearted mages in their (green) fiery wake.I could mention several real world equivalents but I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.
9-28-2009 @ 7:00AM
"Mages, unless they're very unlucky, will live long"Are you sure that shouldnt read "Mages, unless they're very unlucky, or PVP, will live long"?Cos most bgs ive been on, you can hear the cry of ' A MAGE - a free HK - come on everyone', followed by 1-3 DG's and some stuns. Mind you its quite amusing to be DG (as i was once) by no less than SIX DK's. I KNEW i shouldnt have done that Blizzard on AV bridge then :)BTW sorry about the double post - dam reply button
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