Article: 261854 of talk.bizarre From: Greyr@leland.Stanford.Edu (Greyr@leland.Stanford.Edu) Date: 01 Dec 95 07:11:00 -0500 Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Subject: 02:Laws Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> X-Mail-Agent: GIGO+ sn 164 at sunshine vsn 0.99 pl1 Organization: Sunshine's Mail Only Node Lines: 70 Status: O X-Status: AREA:TALK.BIZARRE From: greyr@leland.Stanford.EDU (Greg Rapawy) Date: 1 Dec 1995 04:11:02 -0800 link to him -- the mask that had been used against Coranis. Channeling that much mystic power through something is enough to forge a connection not easily broken! And it so happened that the mask itself also had both Sympathetic and Contagious links to someone else who was present -- Coranis, of course. So Vercel diverted enough power to those pathways to transport the mask within the circle. Once Urvax saw that, he redoubled his assault, and it looked grim for a few minutes, but Coranis managed to pull out a few reserves of power and hold him off while Vercel constructed the new spell they needed. Of course, anything which they did to the mask would rebound on Coranis with at least twice the force with which it struck Urvax, because two Great Laws bound it to him, and only one bound it to Urvax. But that wasn't what Vercel had in mind. Instead, he worked the link entirely backwards... and then struck Coranis as hard as he could in the face, backing it with all the energy both of them had together. Coranis fell, unconscious. The force of that stroke hit the mask from two sources -- the two links, and of course as you are aware the nature of such a link is to amplify the effects of action on the one end by the amount of magic applied. The mask shattered. The force of that shattering then rushed down the Contagious link to Urvax, amplified still more, and what became of him I once again refuse to go into. Suffice it to say that, had it not been for what he had done to Coranis, there would have been some feelings of pity for him among those present. Of course, the Witnesses would have saved him, since the Challenge was not to the death -- but the blow was so unexpected that neither of them moved until it was far too late. The circle of the Challenge did, however, prevent any of the blood from spattering outside, for which I suspect Sinalia was greatly thankful. And that was the second mistake, when Urvax underestimated Contagion. Vercel later tried to cede his seat to Coranis, who eventually recovered from his ordeal. Hah. Coranis had learned his lesson, believe me, and wanted no more of it. Vercel wound up serving twenty-four years before he talked his friend into taking it back... * * * Now. All still awake? Good. You do seem to be paying a bit more attention at the moment. Could it be I've actually impressed some knowledge of how vital these Laws are into your thick skulls? We'll have to see. If you want to leave now, you may. Otherwise, I'm going to keep you another hour and start explaining some of the specifics. No departures? What a pleasant surprise. (No, I won't tell you whether I was Coranis. Hah. For all you know, I was Vercel, or Orden, or Sinalia, in the good prophetic tradition. I definitely wasn't Urvax, though.) Now, let us begin again with Sympathy... __ Greg Rapawy, greyr@leland.Stanford.EDU; virtual wanderer -- |Fidonet: Greyr@leland.Stanford.Edu 1:135/292.1 |Internet: Greyr@leland.Stanford.Edu | | Standard disclaimer: The views of this user are strictly his/her own.