Unfamiliar familiars?

Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Mon Feb 24 11:20:58 PST 2003

On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, John Klein wrote:

#@> Something else to think about - Have we ever seen a witchcraft/magic hybrid
#@> ?  Maybe something Morrolan cooked up and I've just forgotten ?  Because if
#@> not, that could be REALLY neat :-)
#Vlad uses a symbol from sorcery when he does his teleport in Taltos. He
#explicitly says that it doesn't mean anything in that context, though, so
#it probably doesn't count. From the language used in the books, they seem
#to be incompatible forces. (Although, of course, this could be deliberate

No contradiction there. The symbol doesn't have its sorcerous power
here, but it's symbolically meaningful in some way to Vlad, even if he's
not sure just how. He tells us repeatedly of the importance in
witchcraft of the appropriate, the subjective, the hunch, the symbolic.

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