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=Proposed Canon=
 
  
A Caster link is made when two or three [[Casters]] are joined physically (via holding hands or by a chain, for instance) and mentally through a [[Thinkamancer]] in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The linked [[Casters]] can perform [[Spell]]s far more powerful and complex than any single Caster could consider possible.  Casters united in this way are said to be linked.
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=Canon=
  
A [[Thinkamancer]] joins with one or two other [[Casters]] to create a combined consciousness.  The process of creating the link can be aided by each Caster recalling how it felt when it first cast a [[Spell]] of its Discipline, which is described as warm, comforting, and familiar.{{Erf|1|135}} The casters then lose their individuality and revert to representing only their Discipline. It is still possible for a Caster to remember its former existence{{Erf|1|046}}, but using this knowledge strains and might break the link.{{Erf|1|054}}  The link is fragile, and can be broken by merely calling one of the Casters by its name, so the linked Casters are referred to by their [[Magic|Discipline]]s instead (ie. [[Thinkamancer]], [[Dirtamancer]], [[Lookamancer]], etc.).
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A '''Caster link''' is made when two or more [[Casters]] are joined physically and mentally in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  
Breaking the link can result in damage to the minds of the [[Casters]], but this is similar to the backlash of other [[Thinkamancy]] [[Spell]]s, so a good Thinkamancer can protect herself (or himself) from the damage by forcing the other Casters to bear the brunt.{{Erf|1|084}}Such backlash can lead to severe trauma, including temporary catatonia, insanity, or death. {{Erf|1|077}}
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The [[Great Minds that Think Alike]] categorize seven achievable states of Thinkamancy, with four more states being theoretical.  Each state requires the contribution of at least one [[Thinkamancer]].  States 2 and 3 (the only states known to non-Thinkamancers) involve a single Thinkamancer and one or two other [[Caster]]s.  State 7 requires at least five [[Master-class]] Thinkamancers.<sup>[[Hvs.tCF 139]]</sup>
  
A two Caster link may be dissolved by the Thinkamancer that began the link without harming either Caster. A three Caster link cannot be safely broken without the help of other Thinkamancers.  
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States 2 and 3 are called a "link"; states 5, 6 and 7 are intentionally nameless but are roughly designated as "trance-fusion".<sup>[[Hvs.tCF 139]]</sup>
  
Such powerful spells as ending another side's turn requires a link-up.
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=Proposed Canon=
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A '''Caster link''' is a form of [[thinking alike]] and is made when two or three [[Casters]] (one of them necessarily being a [[Thinkamancer]]) are joined physically (via holding hands or by a chain, for instance) and mentally in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The linked [[Casters]] can perform [[Spell]]s far more powerful and complex than any single Caster could consider possible. Casters united in this way are said to be linked.
  
==Known Links==
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In the most common links, a [[Thinkamancer]] joins with one or two other [[Casters]] to create a combined consciousness.  The process of creating the link can be aided by each Caster recalling how it felt when it first cast a [[Spell]] of its Discipline, which is described as warm, comforting, and familiar.{{Erf|1|135}} The casters then lose their individuality and revert to representing only their Discipline. It is still possible for a Caster to remember its former existence{{Erf|1|046}}, but using this knowledge strains and might break the link.{{Erf|1|054}}  The link is fragile, and can be broken by merely calling one of the Casters by its name, so the linked Casters are referred to by their [[Magic|Discipline]]s instead (i.e. [[Thinkamancer]], [[Dirtamancer]], [[Lookamancer]], etc.).
  
===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Foolamancer]]/[[Lookamancer]]===
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It is rare, but possible, for a single caster to become master-class in more than one discipline. [[Isaac]] for example, is a master of Thinkamancy and [[Lookamancy]], and an adept at [[Foolamancy]]. It is possible for such a caster to contribute one of their additional disciplines to a link. However, in the first such link shown, an additional Thinkamancer was needed to facilitate the link, despite Isaac being a master class Thinkamancer himself, suggesting there are still limitations.{{erf|3|1}}
'''[[Gobwin Knob]] [[Caster]]s involved'''
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Jack Snipe]]
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* [[Misty]]
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'''Abilities'''
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===Resulting stuff===
* Creation of [[Eyebook]]s{{Erf|1|047}}
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Casters that can sense disciplines that were used in a magic item, such as [[Dollamancer]] and their touch senses, may not sense the discipline if it was applied in a link-up.{{erf|3|187}} Linked disciplines are interwoven enough that it might not be apparent, which ones were used on an item at all.
* Creation and operation of the [[Eyemancer Table]]{{Erf|1|045}}
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'''Circumstances of First Dissolution'''
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===Breaking links===
* Accidentally broken by [[Parson]] when he addressed Misty by name.{{Erf|1|046}}
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Breaking the link can result in damage to the minds of the [[Casters]], but this is similar to the backlash of other [[Thinkamancy]] [[Spell]]s, so a good Thinkamancer can protect herself (or himself) from the damage by forcing the other Casters to bear the brunt.{{Erf|1|084}}. Such backlash can lead to severe trauma, including temporary catatonia, insanity, or death. {{Erf|1|077}}
* Partial or averted dissolution? [[Sizemore]] strongly assumes that the link was broken by [[Parson]]'s actions.{{Erf|1|054}}
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* No harmful effects.
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'''Circumstances of Second Dissolution''' {{Erf|1|072}}
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A two Caster link may be dissolved by the Thinkamancer that began the link without harming either Caster. A three Caster link cannot be safely broken without the help of other Thinkamancers. Thinkamancers assist in the breaking of a link by lightly pinching the backs of the linked caster's necks, acting as "conductors". While they unravel the link, it is possible for them to examine the linked casters' thoughts, and get the gist of their combined understanding.
* Broken by Maggie upon order of [[Stanley the Tool]].
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* Maggie protected herself from the backlash.
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* Jack Snipe was driven insane until his name was spoken.
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* Misty [[croaked]].
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===Higher-order links===
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:''Main article: [[Thinking alike]]''
  
===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Croakamancer]]/[[Dirtamancer]]===
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Higher-order links (thinking alike states above state 3) are kept secret from non-Thinkamancers, and are practiced only inside the [[Temple of the Thinkamancers]] by the [[Great Minds that Think Alike]]. The most frequent uses of these states are intelligence gathering, rapid analysis and decision-making.  The highest achievable states (states 5, 6 and 7) are known as [[trance-fusion]].
'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Wanda]]
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* [[Sizemore]]
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'''Abilities'''
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When the Temple is destroyed, the resulting [[Isaac Cipher#Deiform|Deiform]] being refers to the link between itself and the [[Dirtamancer]] [[Ivan Poe]] as "state 8.1", implying that the Deiform entity itself may be a state 8 link.{{erf|3|267}}
* [[Volcano Uncroaking|Uncroak volcanoes]]{{Erf|1|135}} and control the direction of the blast{{Erf|1|142}}
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* Enhanced perception of terrain (leading to gem finding){{Erf|1|142}}
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'''Circumstances of Dissolution'''
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* Unraveled by five Thinkamancers, at least one [[master-class]].
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* No negative effects.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Dirtamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Sizemore]]
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*Upgrading a City with better results than by a Dirtamancer alone.{{ref|summer-updates-–-026}}
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'''Circumstances of Dissolution'''
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* Presumably dissolved by Maggie with no danger.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Foolamancer]]===
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* [[Maggie]]
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* [[Jack Snipe]]
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*Investigated the [[Eyebook]]s for security holes, made security improvements, and upgraded them to become able to project 3D Foolamancy.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Carnymancer]]/[[Turnamancer]]===
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* [[Charlie]]
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* [[Vanna]]
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* It is not certain that [[Carnymancy]] was actually used in this particular link, but since Charlie is a [[Carnymancer]], and this particular spell impacted the rules, it is very likely that he provided his own discipline in addition to the [[Thinkamancy]] granted by the [[Arkendish]]. The powers of Carnymancy are unknown, but the "production values" of the spell were pretty high, and Carnymancy is likely the most presentational [[magic]] around.
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'''Abilities'''
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* Appears to be the first ranged link-up &mdash; i.e. it doesn't require physical contact between casters &mdash; most likely due to the power of the [[Arkendish]].  Charlie was unable to broadcast to other Archons during the link, although he did manage to send a terse thinkagram to [[King Slately]] when the latter risked breaking the link.
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* Forcing a side to end their turn early.  This was a surprise to both Jetstone and Gobwin Knob, so it's unlikely regular Turnamancy can do this, even with a master-class caster.
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* Vanna states that the spell cost two turns' worth of juice; unless casters can "hold over" juice from preceding turns, this implies that Charlie shared some of the juice cost.  This may or may not be a normal function of a caster link.
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'''Circumstances of Dissolution'''
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* Broken by [[Charlie]] at the beginning of the [[Jetstone]]/[[Kingdom of Faq|Faq]]/[[Haggar]]?/[[Transylvito]]? [[alliance]]'s [[turn]], with no negative effects to [[Vanna]].
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Date-a-mancer]]/[[Hat Magician]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* unknown
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'''Abilities'''
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* Created the [[Laurel of Napster]].
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Thinkamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Great Minds that Think Alike]]
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'''Abilities'''
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* A pair of linked Thinkamancers standing in different nodes of amplification can send and detect G-string vibrations far better than a single caster. Notably, it is easily possible for a single caster to achieve the same effect just by oscillating between the different nodes themself, since the trick works in the first place by giving the Thinkamancer more perspective.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Flower Power]]/[[Turnamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maxwell]]
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* [[Olive Branch]]
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* [[Tina]]
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'''Abilities'''
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* Creation of the initial [[Heroine bud]]s. Though it would seem that more can be produced without a linkup afterwards.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Croakamancer]]/[[Turnamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maxwell]]
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* [[Wanda]]
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* [[Tina]]
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* Ability to create a box of tricks, a [[Magic Item]] that can be used for all sorts of creative torture on a captive in order to interrogate or [[turn]] them.
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===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Croakamancer]]/[[Dirtamancer]]===
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'''Casters involved'''
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* [[Maxwell]]
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* [[Wanda]]
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* [[Komatsu]]
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* Inspired the creation of memorial stones.
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=See Also=
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[[List of Caster Links]]
  
 
=Speculation=
 
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To discuss the power of speculative link-ups, please visit [[Speculative Link-ups]].
 
To discuss the power of speculative link-ups, please visit [[Speculative Link-ups]].
  
===[[Thinkamancer]]/[[Luckamancer]]/[[Mathamancer]]===
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Since the [[Arkendish]] can provide unmatched [[Thinkamancy]] to a caster of a different discipline, effectively making 1 caster count as 2, it might be possible to use the Arkendish for a 4 discipline linkup. It is notable that Charlie and Olive performed caster links intended to learn how to emulate other disciplines with Flower Power, including disciplines other than Thinkamancy and Carnymancy.
Some sides combine [[Mathamancy]] and [[Luckamancy]]{{erf|1|054}}.  Sizemore explicitly compares the power of the combination to that of the [[Eyemancer]] link-up, which inspires some people to believe this a link-up with a [[Thinkamancer]].
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Sizemore specifically states "You pair your Mathamancers with some Luckamancers."  Both the term pair and the plurals of Mathamancers and Luckamancers (since a 4 caster link is impossible) suggest against a trimancer link.
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* Targeted Luck: The Mathamancer determines the most important battles and the Luckamancer tilts them in his side's favour.
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===([[Thinkamancer]]/[[Thinkamancer]])/Multiple others===
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In theory a two [[Thinkamancer]] link up could function as a single, much more powerful, [[Thinkamancer]] for the creation of a second link up. This may allow a link up of 'Four' casters, and there by link up featuring a whole school of casting besides Eyemancy, or a 'three' caster link up that could be safely disolved without assistance.
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It is also with in the realm of reason that if a linked pair of [[Thinkamancers]] can function as a single for such a link, there is no reason multiple of these groups couldn't link together... Maybe this is what the greath minds are thinking alike about.
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Since the [[Arkendish]] can provide [[Thinkamancy]] to a caster of a different discipline, effectively making 1 caster count as 2, it might be possible to use the Arkendish for a 4 discipline linkup.
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Magic 101
Natural Magic, Caster, Caster link, Juice, Scroll, Magic Item, Spell, Grandiocosmic Strings, Channels, Nodes, Dictums
Caster proficiency: NoviceAdeptMaster


Canon

A Caster link is made when two or more Casters are joined physically and mentally in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

The Great Minds that Think Alike categorize seven achievable states of Thinkamancy, with four more states being theoretical. Each state requires the contribution of at least one Thinkamancer. States 2 and 3 (the only states known to non-Thinkamancers) involve a single Thinkamancer and one or two other Casters. State 7 requires at least five Master-class Thinkamancers.Hvs.tCF 139

States 2 and 3 are called a "link"; states 5, 6 and 7 are intentionally nameless but are roughly designated as "trance-fusion".Hvs.tCF 139

Proposed Canon

A Caster link is a form of thinking alike and is made when two or three Casters (one of them necessarily being a Thinkamancer) are joined physically (via holding hands or by a chain, for instance) and mentally in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The linked Casters can perform Spells far more powerful and complex than any single Caster could consider possible. Casters united in this way are said to be linked.

In the most common links, a Thinkamancer joins with one or two other Casters to create a combined consciousness. The process of creating the link can be aided by each Caster recalling how it felt when it first cast a Spell of its Discipline, which is described as warm, comforting, and familiar.Erf-b1-p135Same-site.PNG The casters then lose their individuality and revert to representing only their Discipline. It is still possible for a Caster to remember its former existenceErf-b1-p046Same-site.PNG, but using this knowledge strains and might break the link.Erf-b1-p054Same-site.PNG The link is fragile, and can be broken by merely calling one of the Casters by its name, so the linked Casters are referred to by their Disciplines instead (i.e. Thinkamancer, Dirtamancer, Lookamancer, etc.).

It is rare, but possible, for a single caster to become master-class in more than one discipline. Isaac for example, is a master of Thinkamancy and Lookamancy, and an adept at Foolamancy. It is possible for such a caster to contribute one of their additional disciplines to a link. However, in the first such link shown, an additional Thinkamancer was needed to facilitate the link, despite Isaac being a master class Thinkamancer himself, suggesting there are still limitations.Erf-b3-p1Same-site.PNG

Resulting stuff

Casters that can sense disciplines that were used in a magic item, such as Dollamancer and their touch senses, may not sense the discipline if it was applied in a link-up.Erf-b3-p187Same-site.PNG Linked disciplines are interwoven enough that it might not be apparent, which ones were used on an item at all.

Breaking links

Breaking the link can result in damage to the minds of the Casters, but this is similar to the backlash of other Thinkamancy Spells, so a good Thinkamancer can protect herself (or himself) from the damage by forcing the other Casters to bear the brunt.Erf-b1-p084Same-site.PNG. Such backlash can lead to severe trauma, including temporary catatonia, insanity, or death. Erf-b1-p077Same-site.PNG

A two Caster link may be dissolved by the Thinkamancer that began the link without harming either Caster. A three Caster link cannot be safely broken without the help of other Thinkamancers. Thinkamancers assist in the breaking of a link by lightly pinching the backs of the linked caster's necks, acting as "conductors". While they unravel the link, it is possible for them to examine the linked casters' thoughts, and get the gist of their combined understanding.

Higher-order links

Main article: Thinking alike

Higher-order links (thinking alike states above state 3) are kept secret from non-Thinkamancers, and are practiced only inside the Temple of the Thinkamancers by the Great Minds that Think Alike. The most frequent uses of these states are intelligence gathering, rapid analysis and decision-making. The highest achievable states (states 5, 6 and 7) are known as trance-fusion.

When the Temple is destroyed, the resulting Deiform being refers to the link between itself and the Dirtamancer Ivan Poe as "state 8.1", implying that the Deiform entity itself may be a state 8 link.Erf-b3-p267Same-site.PNG

See Also

List of Caster Links

Speculation

To discuss the power of speculative link-ups, please visit Speculative Link-ups.

Since the Arkendish can provide unmatched Thinkamancy to a caster of a different discipline, effectively making 1 caster count as 2, it might be possible to use the Arkendish for a 4 discipline linkup. It is notable that Charlie and Olive performed caster links intended to learn how to emulate other disciplines with Flower Power, including disciplines other than Thinkamancy and Carnymancy.