Post:The Physiology of Spellcasting - 11/20/2009 - 14:54:15

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Re: The Physiology of Spellcasting · on 11/20/2009 2:54:15 PM 11252
Two points.

1: Thinking is hard. Intense concentration and violent acts of will can be physically draining: ask an actor, a graduate student, or a borderline. I see nothing wrong with leveling a fatigue hit on just the very act of thinking in such a disciplined and intense manner that magic can happen.

2: The process of exploiting your attunement to bend mana streams is 100% psychic... but that's not the same thing as saying it's all happening in your imagination. These are real, physical forces in Elanthia that you are plugging your nervous system into and there's definitely the opportunity for physical wear and tear in this process. Think of all the times you've taken damage from backfiring -- now imagine what sort of crippled husk magic use would leave if you had only real world medicine (even modern medicine) to help you.


This message was originally posted in Abilities, Skills and Magic (4) \ Magic - Suggestions, Discussions and Thoughts (16), by DR-ARMIFER on the forums.


This was in response to the comment "We've been told that magic is a 100% psychic action. If so I understand the concentration hit, but why is there also a fatigue component when casting?"