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« on: 08 September 2002, 21:22:00 »

Fizzling is an occurence found frequently in magical history, under literally hundreds of seperate names. Del'kroi, Ava's Judgement, The Fool's Death... each name with its own connotation, but each describing the same basic concepts.

There are two seperate types of fizzling as reckoned by the Ximaxian Institute. Incapacity Fizzles, and Catastrophic Fizzles. Each is terrible in its own way... one far more than the other.

Incapacity Fizzles occur when the caster's Car'all is not yet strong enough to bring forth and gather the forces that the caster requires for the spell. The private nightmare of every Initiate is to Incapacity Fizzle at their graduation ceremonies... doing so is a sure sign that a given spell is completely beyond the caster. Staticians at the Rainbow Tower have noticed that such fizzles usually occur when a spell is approximately three levels beyond the caster or when a spell is for the most part unlearned.

Catastrophic Fizzles occur when all the necessary power has been gathered, but the caster's focusing power is insufficient. In effect, the spell is conjured... but there is no chance anything can control it. With lower-level spells, a catastrophic fizzle is usually nothing more than a sign more study is needed. But as the spells grow higher in power, so too does the danger of one of these occurrences, which at such levels typically results in the death of the caster and the devastation of varying distances of the surroundings. One of the most dramatic Catastrophics in the history of Ximax is reckoned to have occurred during the Seige of 733. As records and legends say, the Archmage of Fire Ghas-Turan attempted to summon a massive firestorm (evidently garnered from long study of the spells found within the Dread Lord's Tomes) to entirely obliterate the Shivering Woods and all the opposing forces within. Unfortunately, it took the efforts of all the rest of the Archmagi to channel the resulting apocalyptic blast of hellfire upwards from the husk of the consumed wizard's body, instead of over the entire Academy. The same staticians noted above have noticed that spells one or two levels higher than the caster show the highest rate of being catastrophically fizzled.

It is one of the more intriguing lines of thought about the world's creation that Sorren itself might be the result of a Catastrophic Fizzle of some void-being's spell. Scholars of this line of thought point to the ongoing battle between Ava and Coor (Human scholars. Reknowned for not entirely getting the point about the High Gods. As Khaelvan II said, "It's just too simple. Humans have to believe all conflicts are grand, bloody battles, not the subtle, simple conflicts inherent in being.") as an extension of some supreme god's failure to control his powers properly. This theory is not accepted or commonly known outside of magical circles, and even there it remains something of a fringe thought.

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« Reply #1 on: 08 September 2002, 22:40:00 »

Hmm... for the incapacity fizzles... one thing you could put is that it also means that the mage has not sufficient Car'All at the moment to cast... meaning he has already used a certain amount of magic spells and thus is drained and unable to cast, thus resulting in this. What you have is that only those who have not the amount at full strength to use the spell.

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« Reply #2 on: 10 September 2002, 11:03:00 »

I think what you mean, Dasson, is covered in the Catastrophic Fizzling. However, I adjusted the final entry a bit, and also added a paragraph to the first kind of fizzling.


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« Reply #3 on: 10 September 2002, 17:09:00 »

...not exactly.... Catastrophic Fizzling is when the person has sufficient energy, but not will. What I meant was.... say a mage just cast some big spell. He has drained a lot of his Car'All. So, say he were to try to cast that same spell again. However, because he wasted the Car'All from casting it earlier, he does not have enough energy to cast it now.

Basically, what Xarl's entry says is that Incapacity Fizzling is when a mage does not have enough total Car'All to cast a spell, and Catastrophic is when he does not have enough will power. Nothing about if the mage has not the Car'All at the moment to cast.

It's like... right after you run really fast. You're so drained, you can't run again. In examples to Xarl's entry.... when you aren't strong enough to run fast at all = Incapacity. When you run fast but trip in mid-run = Catastrophic. What about when you are tired and can't run? Or when you are tired, try to run, but can't go very fast and not for very long.

See what I mean?

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« Reply #4 on: 11 September 2002, 15:02:00 »

That falls under incapacitated fizzling. Exactly what you just said. It's like just having run and being unable to anymore... That's what being too tired to run is.

Here's the breakdown, translated from Jimspeak:

An Incapacitated Fizzle is like this: The mage used his Cár'áll to control the energies of the spell. The spell he cast was so powerful that is made his Cár'áll exhausted, and unable to gather energies for the next spell he tries. So he simply can't gather to Fire energies to cast a fireball. No real damage done.

A Catastrophic Fizzle is like this: The mage is level 8, but has been poring over a Level 9 spell he thinks he'll need to defeat the Evil Ice Dragon of the Dragon's Maw. He goes to fight the dragon, and begins the spell. Everything's going fine, using the power of his Cár'áll to summon the great amount of Fire energies he's going to be using... Sadly, he does not yet have the strength of will to control the energies and direct them into a spell. So, without direction, but already there, the energies go out of control. Boom. Dragon's dead... but the mage is a pile of ash.

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« Reply #5 on: 12 September 2002, 21:08:00 »

No, no. That's not Jimspeak you translated. You translated Noblese into Jimspeak. Noblese is an acquired tounge, gathered in spare fragments from the dust found on ancient tomes on the library's mustiest, remotest shelves... unfortunately, it refuses to leave once you get it... So yeah.

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« Reply #6 on: 13 September 2002, 14:43:00 »

Oh no, there's a way to get rid of it. HORRIBLE PAINFUL BURNING!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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« Reply #7 on: 13 September 2002, 21:36:00 »

Doesn't work. I already tried it. My best sucess so far has been constant exposure to morons. It works fine, but the treatment is worse than the disease.

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« Reply #8 on: 15 September 2002, 01:45:00 »

Well, according to what it says for incapacity fizzling, that is when the spell is too far out of reach for the mage's total amount of energy, and that he cannot cast the spell at all.... ...doing so is a sure sign that a given spell is completely beyond the caster. and Staticians at the Rainbow Tower have noticed that such fizzles usually occur when a spell is approximately three levels beyond the caster or when a spell is for the most part unlearned.

This does not say anything about having exhausted his Car'All already, only that he can't cast the spell because he can't cast it at all because it is totally beyond his reach.

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« Reply #9 on: 15 September 2002, 17:43:00 »

However, you do incapacity fizzle when out of energy. So tough cookies.

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