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  1. Story, Monday February 19, 2018

    Yes, this is not first time we speak about it. Was it you who had the additional assumption of Arthur being aware he has contact with Voltaire?
  2. Story, Monday February 19, 2018

    Would require the law change taking longer than I would expect, but otherwise I like that idea. Although I like the idea that Voltaire just completely misjudges other immortals more - I mean, that even without Pandora's argumentation those new rules will be something Voltaire wouldn't like.
  3. Story, Monday February 19, 2018

    He also didn't know about Van, but he assumes that Tedd wasn't the one that convinced the WoM. To be fair, without Tedd Van would be unlikely to change decision of Will of Magic. Voltaire's assumption is simply wrong. (Hmmm ... he also seem to not know about those two seers which found about their second purpose ... so he likely wasn't the one who told them.) Not mine. I know at least one worse ... wait. Two. Maybe three? Not sure ... Charlie is definitely more dangerous, but might not be more evil. (Hmmm ... Charlie is rule lawyer. With Voltaire's power, he would rule the world - WITHOUT breaking "empower and guide". Snadhya, meanwhile, is more crazy than fairy of her age would be, and quite delusional ... she would avoid the reset by being convinced she's not doing anything wrong. Yeah, compared to them, Voltaire is lame, which is fitting considering he's just starter enemy for Tedd to train on before moving to actual thread.) Plan CM seems working for now. Pandora did something which is big enough Immortals may decide to change their laws.
  4. Story, Monday February 19, 2018

    ... which makes more likely he was secretly "guiding" him to informations about reset. And we have confirmation that he wanted magic reset, that it was to make it LESS public ... and that he underestimated number of seers even more than Arthur. Meaning, plan CM was not THAT complicated. Also, not only he didn't predicted Pandora making Tedd feeling better, he didn't even NOTICED.
  5. NP Monday Feb 19, 2017

    Uhhh ... how exactly was Rhoda sitting? Wait. That's probably what the "Rhoda's position makes less sense" refers to. Unless it refers to fact that you can't really be in this position without having the legs broken. Also, yes, this "acting without thinking" would match Ditzy more ... on the other hand, acting too fast and leaving thinking behind MIGHT match the energize card.
  6. Story, Friday February 16, 2018

    There is also chance that you would spontaneously be lifted feet above the ground and hold there ten minutes by Brownian motion. The chance is small, very small, but not zero. (EDIT: Wait, it probably wasn't Brownian motion ... it must've been something quantum-based ...) Maybe noone left but Noriko was not careful and he heard how she complains about his lack of magic powers? Ok, this doesn't fit with the "Nanase is the seer" theory, but otherwise it could work. Obviously. But I tried the more interesting possibilities. Hmmm ... no. She was only able to make such stunt because of how old and powerful she was. She wouldn't be able to do it several hundred years earlier. I meant that Pandora doing it in different city delayed it for about a year so it happens after Ellen's graduation. I doubt that's the case since the second life universe had Kaoli rather that Nioi, Nioi had to search for an AU that had both Ellen and a version of her duplicate in it for her plan to work. Also, there is little causality problem with that. But ... note that she likely searched for the universe starting from HER universe, not ours. In that way, it's possible that Lord Tedd universe is more similar to the second life one than to the main one ... wait. Not likely. Uryuom being in open makes unlikely General Shade Tail will be created. Unless Nioi is NOT from Lord Tedd universe ... Very likely.
  7. Story, Friday February 16, 2018

    Actually, Second Life Tedd was never as low as our Tedd seemed too, and presumably that was WITHOUT TF-gun. Maybe his mother didn't leave? Maybe it was her sister who left? And NANASE is the withdrawn misdetected seer? Or maybe she wasn't misdetected and left with her mother? The fun think is that with how little informations we have about that universe, we can speculate almost limitless. Or she did, but Adrian Raven was not teaching in Moperville. Maybe Arthur Arthur SUCCEED in deporting him to Russia, or at least annoyed him enough he decided to not stay in US. While it was Pandora who caused most of incidents which caused the magic reset, truth is that the situation was getting more and more volatile. It wouldn't be weird if the event with Pandora eradicating most of Aberrations happened in second life universe just few months after Ellen's second life ended.
  8. Story, Friday February 16, 2018

    That's what I meant by "indirectly". You might've noticed that I agreed with that part of your theory. Just remember that just because it's programmed doesn't mean it's computer. Note that without Grace (with Uryuom in open it's unlikely she would seek Tedd), Nanase and Susan and with Ellen spending time singing in band instead of in ASMA and never touching a dewitchery diamond, there is not exactly reason for Tedd to ever start researching magic. It's possible the meddling is simply happening in other part of that world with different people. Or, well, maybe Nanase is still taking part in it Note that he started shorter and wound up taller than "their" Tedd. There seem to be differences, and realistically speaking, Uryuoms fighting in revolutionary war by itself would cause so many differences anyone being similar would be more likely coincidence.
  9. NP Friday Feb 16, 2018

    I would say that a clothing-only card would (as it would be an enchantment on the clothing), but a clothing-and-something card probably would not, or at most would function as a clothing-only card (the entirety of the card's effect would count as a single enchantment, so it would have to affect Grace and she's immune to enchantment). ANY card is actually complex enchantment combining changing the look of target person, changing the look of their player piece AND additional effects on game. How THAT would work on Grace is hard to predict without actually seeing the "source code", in other words we would need seer to look at it. Unlikely. The card will PROBABLY still work on her player piece. If it wouldn't, then the initial enchantment would fail as well, meaning Grace can't take part in the game at all. Hmmmm ... Come to think about it, it says Grace is not enchanted by TF gun and Ellen's magic. There is still possibility that other kind of enchantment can work on her, although Tedd's failure to make any suggests that all enchantments transforming her are going to be intercepted by her Uryuom power ... ... I remember reading something more about the mechanism but not sure where ...
  10. Story, Friday February 16, 2018

    I am informed that my conception of a mistranslation in this instance may itself have been shaped by a political argument. Thus I fear that this postulate of mine is suspect given that this was something I read years ago in sources no longer readily available to me. Given that it most certainly has also been affected by erosion of my memories and how I wanted the argument to be, I am afraid I have to retract it. Hard to be sure if it was or wasn't shaped by political argument, but google returns lot of instance of that ... for example this one. It also returns article about how it's correct translation, although this one ends with "God has seen to it that we have a clear translation in His preserved words in English, the King James Bible" which doesn't exactly sound convincing. I also found a third one, which is not clear in if it's about herbal medicine or sorcery, but it IS clear that the word was gender neutral - and that "live" was "live among you" - so it wasn't supposed to call for killing them. The third source also mentions that the verse was used in 373 to accuse Gnostics, which definitely supports my suspicion that no matter what it originally said, it's was misused politically so long ago we don't have reliable sources of what it said before that.
  11. Story, Friday February 16, 2018

    Just because it seems more similar to computer system than to human intelligence doesn't necessary means it's an computer system itself. In fact, as a humans, we are quite good at recognizing when something is not thinking as humans. We are worse at recognizing when something is not thinking as computer. In fact, flair for drama? Not something computers usually have, even indirectly. I don't think it's running on a physical computer system in any reality. On the other hand ... you may have point that it was programmed, as opposed to naturally evolving that way. Those objectives seems to be at least partially forced to it from outside. The incident she was praying about didn't. With the immortals wiping out aberrations everywhere, it's possible that Moperville will NOT be considered "source" of the problems, in fact. It's also possible the seer in question was on the path of that horde and was acting out of self-defense. In past, "magic going public" was always going to be "one group of people will get magic and will use it against others". People were much more patriotic in past, and even if they wouldn't, there simply wasn't way for magic to spread over whole world without group of magic users actively spreading it ... and such group would likely be CONQUERING the places it spreads the magic to, simply because in past when big group of people travelled long way it was almost always army marching to war. There might still be war. But for first time, it is actually possible for magic to spread peacefully at least to SOME places. I agree that Tedd isn't so much better than seers in past. Tedd is the first seer who has circumstance on her side. Well ... he, Arthur and Van. Those two are only seers we can compare her to, and Tedd is winning that comparison ... but being better at argumentation than two people, one of whom is child, is not exactly "impossible". I would suspect this mistranslation was one of the deliberate ones. I wonder if the Paranormal Division is even the group responsible for Uryuom relations and hiding their existence? Wolf and Cranium are out of the loop when it comes to Uryuoms, and Wolf has been outright told there are no such thing as aliens (even if he doesn't believe it). This suggests there are actually two Masquerades - the Masquerade hiding magic and the Masquerade hiding aliens - and that Mr. Verres and his superiors (as well as the Main 8) are unusual for being in on both Masquerades. I suspect the Paranormal Division only handles magical and Inderdimensional threats, while some other group which Mr. Verres is also a part of is responsible for the alien Masquerade. Considering Lavender works with them, I think someone was making fun of agent Wolf ... or his need to know changed. It can easily be the same ORGANIZATION taking care for both - which is supported by Mr. Verres being in charge of both as head of paranormal - but individual agents may STILL not know everything. Information is handled on need-to-know basis and Agent Wolf and Cranium - at least near the start of EGS - were not in need to know about Uryuom. Not really. Seers are still supposed to only teach selected few. Even if those thousand seers would be informed, it would still be too few of them to teach every person on planet - or even just as many people as is currently taught calculus, for example. (I mean differential and integral calculus if that's not exact by itself.) Seers actually wouldn't be qualified for managing, more like for research. They would certainly be in high demand from everyone knowing about them. Which practically means Arthur Arthur will attempt to convince Tedd to work for DGB. Also, I think even relatively cooperative immortals wouldn't want to pledge ironclad contract. Certainly not the ones we know about. The closest you get to immortal forced by vow to cooperate will likely be Pandora after reset working with Sarah - likely in Tedd's lab, because where else ... question is if it would be Tedd's lab in his basement or new shiny one DGB will prepare for him.
  12. Story Wednesday January 31, 2018

    On one hand, it can be argued that if Göring had correct intelligence, he might not be making so bad decisions. On the other, well, that pressure to deliver optimistic results didn't appeared out of nowhere, did it? I'm sure that reacting to bad news in way which doesn't make your subordinates afraid to notify you of real problems is on evil overlord list ...
  13. Story Wednesday January 31, 2018

    ... that doesn't sound like Churchill did it deliberately to save RAF. Is it even possible to give it to someone not in British/Commonwealth forces? Sure, Charles Wooden got it, but while German-born, he WAS in the British Army at that point.
  14. Story, Friday February 16, 2018

    While possible, it would be coincidence if they would be ready to go public exactly now after the reset attempt. That's the more paperwork I speak about. Case can be made that government already regulates magic user, just in secrecy. Even if knowledge that anyone can get magic gets public, it doesn't mean that government is required to help people learn magic and add it to standard (public) education system. Firearms training is not part of standard education either, is it? Actually, even driver's education isn't, based on this article. Magus's universe have not only public magic, it also have dragons as serious danger, and magic is likely widely used there. Yet we can't be sure that magic is taught to majority of people there: the school Terra and Magus were visiting might've been special school. Also, it's not like it would be logistically POSSIBLE to teach everyone magic even if someone would decide so: not enough teachers.
  15. NP Friday Feb 16, 2018

    Yeah, but the way Tedd had been trying in the past was using magic that targeted Grace herself, to others the enchantment radiated outward to affect clothing which obviously doesn't work for Grace because she doesn't get enchanted. BUT what if spells had a reversed effect, like targeting clothes radiates inward to the person wearing the clothes. In theory that might work on Grace, it'd be a chain effect, zap clothing with morph spell, clothing morph gets imprinted onto Grace. Sigh. It could work in transforming her, but it still wouldn't allow her to morph something which is not part of her. At least not based on how was Dan always explaining where the problem is. Grace's morphing was always, even after being fixed with TF gun, closer to what is possible using physical laws. In fact, even the TF gun is "weaker" than spells. Case in point, Rhoda has spell which can shrink person more than TF gun can. Right. Elephant is not just animal, it's animal and physical. Elephant Ashley probably weights more than human normally does, and sitting on knees doesn't put the weight on them correctly. Also, we don't necessary talk about fracture. Can be dislocation or some ligament tear. Or just big bruise. If the transformation is fast, it's effectively impact.