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Episode 646
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A Short History Of Magic
Date Published Tuesday, January 10, 2006
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Red Mage and Black Mage explain the history of Blue Magic.

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  • Open, demolished field


ThiefCan someone tell me what Blue Magic is so I can join in dismissing Red Mage?
Black MageIt's simple.
Black MageMagic is change, right? When you cast a spell, you are forcing your will onto the way of things.

White Magic tends to introduce order into a system while Black Magic tends to encourage decay.

ThiefWhat about Red Magic?
Red MageActually, that's a misnomer. The founder of the Red Mage School was Vermillion Wizard. Dude just liked red.
Black MageSo a thousand years ago, some chucklehead gets the bright idea that if casting magic changes the external world, there ought to be corresponding changes to one's self.
Black MageHe called it Blue Magic.
Red MageGuy looked sharp in blue.
Black MageA spell's ability to bring change into the world would be incorporated by one's very being.
Black MageA Blue Mage wouldn't be burned by a fireball. Its potential for change would instead become a part of him.
ThiefSo get zapped with a spell and you learn it. Sounds handy.
Black MageMore than that. It basically grants instant spell cognition as well as immunity to their effects.
Black MageYou'd have a mage who could never be attacked without becoming more powerful.
Red MageIt's the Holy Grail of Wizardry.
Black MageIt's a crock.
Red Mage is charging up another Hadoken.
Red MageWanna bet?

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