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When we conjure up fire or turn a cat into gold, is it really magic? Or science? What is the definition of magic? The ability to enact change? Anything we consider unexplainable?

The Player for example considers cave gobin technology a form of magic, when the reality it is plain science. We call, in real life, what would be considered a light bulb, which is powered by electricity, a magical "light orb" in-game. Basically, the player defines anything abnormal and out-of-the-ordinary "magic." Basic medieval-century mentality. Magic = anything unexplainable.

Other people may define magic as the manipulation of anima. But sadly, this definition is not approved by a few individuals, like Wen's mouthpiece and Kennith. According to Kennith, we call our ability to conjure up fire, water, etc. "magic" because we don't understand the inner mechanisms of it. In other words, it is not true magic. We humans call it magic simply because we couldn't explain it. Now that we realize our abilities to conjure tornadoes and stuff is with the help of the anima going through a process, is it really magic? It sounds more like science to me.

Again with crystal magic. Is it really considered magic? Crystal magic is basically turning crystal into different form. Crystal is sentient, a living being. It obeys your voice and frequency and warps itself according to it. I don't see anything magical about that. It's like a robot waiting for a command. Yet, just because crystal can change shapes, Gielinorians consider it magic?

Once we understand how something works and all the inner mechanisms of it, is it really magic anymore, or has it turned to science? Magic is suppose to be an anomaly...the unexplainable...the occult. What we do in game in manipulating elements of the anima behaves more like chemists messing with periodic elements and causing explosions and synthesizing drugs. This is not magic. It is science, just on a different level.
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20-Jun-2016 12:06:55 - Last edited on 20-Jun-2016 12:13:35 by iXavior

iXavior

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If fire spontaneously comes out of a dragon's mouth, with no rational explanation, I'd consider that magic. But if there is some long science-y explanation involving gastric chemical reactions, it's no longer magic now, is it? What we consider in-game to be "magic" can be explained, rationally. Therefore, it shouldn't be called magic. It should be called anima-bending or something. What we do can be defined as more of a superpower than "magic."

Discuss.
I worship Mah, for she is mah homegirl! The correct adjective for Mah's followers are: Mahomies, Mah-homeboys, or Mah-homegirls.

20-Jun-2016 12:18:58 - Last edited on 20-Jun-2016 12:23:49 by iXavior

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