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Old 07-25-2022, 02:52 PM   #14
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Default Re: Limitations and Alternatives ("or")

Originally Posted by David Johnston2 View Post
If magicians can either speak spells or gesture them, why would anyone be afflicting them with muteness? What would that accomplish? If your kind of magic is so rare that people don't know how to disable it, that's an Unusual Origin.
A general-purpose Mute affliction might be used to stop people from raising the alarm with a shout, revealing critical information, driving you crazy singing "I'm Henry the 8th, I am" or similar, distracting you at a critical moment, etc. If mages are reliant on being able to speak, that's another use for such a power - but if they can instead use gestures, then the mute power is only useful if you've somehow prevented them from making said gestures.
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