Mages can't detect each other on first impression?

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4 years 8 months ago #5388 by Malady
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Mages can't tell who's a mage just by meeting them, right? Unless they have a magic-sight power or ESP or something, of course.

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4 years 8 months ago #5406 by jmhyp
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And an active spell. Although, I would think that someone with a large essence well would stand out. (Not the three little witches have figured this out.)

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4 years 8 months ago #5410 by Dawnfyre
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Malady wrote: Mages can't tell who's a mage just by meeting them, right? Unless they have a magic-sight power or ESP or something, of course.


Mages that can see essence, like Fey can, do know who is magically active at first sight.
And the ability to see those who are magically active has been used as a very minor plot device in a number of stories.

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4 years 8 months ago #5462 by Phoenix Spiritus
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It's usually a skill more powerful (Fey, Jade) or experienced (the magic department) have as a skill or a spell.

There is probably more people that can recognise some sort of permanent spell on someone (say a magic illusion or a protection spell) then those that would recognise 'magic tallent' as such. i.e. they'll recognise that there is active spells on the person, and use that to identify them as 'spellcasters', rather the see their essence source or spot that they have 'magical training' somehow.
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4 years 8 months ago #5541 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken replied the topic: Mages can't detect each other on first impression?
Mages by default do not have mage-sight, if that's what you're asking. The spells to 'see' magick in action and pools/flows of Essence are relatively simple, low Essence things... but still something that isn't going to be cast and sustained 100% of the time. It makes for more sense to stockpile or invest every little bit of Essence you might be inclined to use by casting a 'detect magic' spell and in ten years or so, cast a more hardcore spell that permanently adapts your vision to interpret magick as a specific wavelength of light. A well disciplined, properly trained traditional mage doesn't NEED to SEE magick to use it. Not until they are doing such incredible detailed magick that requires visualization of such a complex set of patterns that it is beyond their mental capability to hold in their mind's eye any longer.

However, it isn't uncommon for mutants to see outside the normal human spectrum and see magick in operation or even raw Essence in motion. A lot of these are labeled Wiz-0... mutants that have some innate ability that would help them learn magick but outside the normal Wizard trait (which is based on Essence collecting). This ability shows up in a number of Wiz rated mutants as well, but not all of them.

This IS, however, something in the base nature of the Sidhe. There may be Sidhe who do not have the ability to see magick and Essence flows; but such a person would be the exception that makes the rule.

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