|Date Published||Saturday, February 19th, 2005|
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Red Mage introduces his cold fusion reactor, and the team thinks its a great idea... to kill him.
- Unnamed tundra
|Black Mage||You've created a giant block of ice.|
|Red Mage||In a form of a cold fusion reactor, yes.|
|Black Mage||Er, of course.|
Now, explain how this was going to help us survive?
|Red Mage||Given: Fusion creates energy. Energy begets heat.|
Therefore cold fusion makes cold energy that gives off cold heat.
|Red Mage||But since we want warm, or "non-imaginary" forms of heat, we'd have to reverse it.|
The opposite of cold fusion is cold fission, see?
That's why I needed Fighter. He was going to split the ice.
Cold fission would make hot cold, and warm us in this desolate place.
|Red Mage||He'd split it with his sword.|
|Black Mage||Oh, I get it.|
|Red Mage||Now that Fighter is down, we'll have to try something else.|
|Thief||Like take advantage of the fact that ice is a natural insulator of heat and hollow out an ice shelter to block bitter winds that are assaulting us.|
|Red Mage||Thief, this is no time for your crazy voodoo physics. Ice is cold, so it would insulate coldness.|
|Red Mage||No, our course is clear.|
We must build an even larger block of ice to push this one onto Fighter's sword at a precise angle thus splitting it to unleash precious cold fission energies.
|Black Mage||I should like to hire you for an assassination, good sir.|
|Thief||Oh, no. This one is free of charge. I insist.|