Dragaera and Comics.

Mon Jan 23 14:30:05 PST 2006

> I was doing my daily nerding (browsing City of 
> Heroes/Villains forusm) and
> came to my email and realized something:

Hmmm, I wonder if it's time to resurrect the idea of The Phoenix Guard

> Easterns have different, odd powers. In fact, witchcraft 
> could be assumed to
> be reality altering, and thus while more difficult to get 
> results ultimately
> more powerful than sorcery.

Witchcraft is different from sorcery on two counts. The first is that
witchcraft is self-powered while sorcery depends upon an external power
source. The second is that witchcraft is a "craft" while sorcery is a

Sorcery is all about cause and effect. You do A + B + C to get result D.
Witchcraft is all about effect. That is, (looking at how Vlad does things)
you decide upon an effect and then you just sort of figure out what sorts of
activities will bring that effect into being. How you get that effect is a
fairly personal thing and is not neccesarily constant from witch to witch.
I'd imagine that a book of witchcraft is more like a book of advice than a
book of precedures. 

It's no accident that Vlad and Morollan sound like a pair of chefs comparing
recipes when Vlad catches Morollan practicing an unspecified witch spell in

To the extent that witchcraft is free-form and goal-focused instead of
process-focused, it IS more powerful than sorcery. The flip side is that
witchcraft consumes your personal "energy" and imposes a lassitude of both
body and mind in direct proportion to the size of the effect. It's no big
deal for a sorceror to move many tons of things from Here to There all day
long. Vlad, however, nearly killed himself by attempting to bring something
from There to Here. The flip-side being that there doesn't yet exist any
sorcery that could duplicate that effect (that we've heard of).

So, witchcraft is "more powerful" but the effects are so limited in scope in
comparison to the "gross" (in the sense of "large") effects of sorcery that
sorcery effectively trumps witchcraft in most ways that matter to the
average person.