August 9, 2012
Page 138 Book 5: The War Diaries
Just a little more talking, honest.
There’s a common trope in combat-oriented media, comic books especially, where someone will have a long monologue or a pair of people in combat will have a deep and meaningful discussion. It seems pretty ridiculous that someone fighting for their life would have time to talk about politics, ethics, morality, etc. but allow me to explain a little.
Firstly, speech is an important part of spellcasting. “Magic words” are a common element of most examples of magic usage in popular media, and so the mage is already predisposed to talking during a battle. Now factor in that they’re usually ranged combatants, and they’ve got room to talk, even if the other guy probably isn’t listening most of the time. Similarly a lot of snipers, far from the being in earshot of their targets, are prone to discussion as well when they’re not under return fire.
Secondly, this is a pair of mages fighting, archmages in particular. So they’re both used to fighting at range and talking during combat regardless of open ears to listen.
Of course, this logic applies dominantly to spellcasters, but Neisan performed the trope back in Book 3 when fighting Rain. In her case, she’s a powerful telepath, so she can quite literally beam an entire conversation into your skull in the time it takes you to blink. That it seemingly manifests as her normal speech is down more to her own telepathic skill than anything else.
Meanwhile I’m at that unfortunate point where I have no comics left in my buffer, owing to a busy moment in my day-to-day (a resit exam looms for Tuesday this following week as one example) and a rather slow rate of writing for this upcoming battle. I’m hoping not to miss an update or two, but I hope you’ll forgive me for taking my time to get this arc done to a deserved standard.