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Old 06-19-2021, 06:18 AM   #12
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Default Re: Professional Soldiers

Originally Posted by JimmyPlenty View Post
As Henry pointed out, magic is the more efficient choice.
I agree, Henry has shown magic is much more efficient than smithing.

However, Henry has also shown us that the power of magic creates unlimited incentive for controlling the sources of magic production.

And so we are led, inevitably, to the dark and horrible hcobb dystopia.

Here a small number of powerful mages turn available sources of magical aptitude into living but enslaved strength batteries. Young acolytes are forced to work 12-16 hours per day, 365 days, endlessly and hopelessly casting Aid and restoring mana, to serve the ends of power. The harvested mana is converted into wishes for the most powerful, leading to an unregulated positive feedback cycle.

Only the excess magic capacity is converted into magical weapons and goods in this dystopia, at a price presumably set to what the market will bear.

So, I guess I'm saying, ehhh, charge what you like for magical swords
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