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Quoted statements about the various forms and branches of magic.
Quoted statements about the various forms and branches of magic.
''Next quote to be pulled from'': [[IPTSF Text 32]]
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note to self: Pull quotes from [[TBFGK 38a]] later; basics of magic, classes &c.
note to self: Pull quotes from [[TBFGK 38a]] later; basics of magic, classes &c.

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Quotes. Citations. Everything.
Status: Starting IPTSF.
I would request that anyone else contributing to this limit it to quotes on how magic works for now, rather than things that just have the word magic in them (eg. "So... magic, right?")

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Quoted statements about the various forms and branches of magic.

Next quote to be pulled from: IPTSF Text 38

note to self: Pull quotes from TBFGK 38a later; basics of magic, classes &c. additional: last LIAB quote was from p99; check for more quotes since the book ended


  • "He told me that Casters are Commanders, and can lead stacks, but they almost never do. Casters are too rare and valuable to risk, and they give no leadership bonus to the stack anyway. Only Warlords have leadership. Makes sense. Except for certain exceptions. Like, say... the bonus those golems get if they're led by a Dirtamancer. Or the huge one to Uncroaked units being led by a Croakamancer(!)."
Parson's Klog, TBFGK 84a
  • "Casters can also spend juice, doing most things casters do: make scrolls, items, golems, uncroak, turn Schmuckers to gems (or vice versa but that doesn't cost juice), upgrade units, etc."
Parson Gotti, on off-turn actions, LIAB 33a
  • "Okay, you said you can cast in the Magic Kingdom, right?
Parson & Sizemore, LIAB 45
  • "Ahead and below, the target threw some Shockmancy bolts up at them. The defense was automatic. Not only were there no casters there to direct the stored spells, but there were apparently no commanders of any kind in the city."
Jillian, on tower defenses, LIAB Text 43
  • "Wanda said she thought it was a whole mess of different magicks, what'd she say... Shockmancy, obviously. Rhyme-o-mancy because it rocked out. Carnymancy because it made big flashes and sometimes could make things disappear (he never could do it on purpose, though). And what else? Changemancy? He looked at the hammer closely. There might be a lot more he could do with it besides taming dwagons, which was... Date-a-mancy, he guessed?"
Stanley, on the Arkenhammer, LIAB Text 44
  • "He had not actually crossed the threshold to Master class, but that could happen any time a caster gained powerful new insight into his discipline or major class."
Sizemore, on Class vs Level, LIAB Text 45
  • "The Arkendish's feel was all over that Turnamancy spell."
Rachel, on the feel of a spell, LIAB Text 53
  • "N'they're like archers; they'd be able to take shots at me any time."
Parson Gotti, on caster attacks, LIAB 71
  • "Each discipline of magic has its own special insight into cosmic truths."
Narration, IPTSF Text 1
  • "A ball of juice formed between her outstretched fingers. The hoboken is the basic offensive spell known to almost all casters at the time they pop."
Narration, IPTSF Text 5
  • "Wanda snorted, but then had to admit casters can't actually see one another's discipline."
Narration, IPTSF Text 11
  • "It was not offensive; she could cast it before Goodminton broke alliance."
Wanda Firebaugh, on a Dirtamancy scroll that modified the tower, IPTSF Text 20
  • "It had been as effective as her effort at Rhyme-o-mancy, but it left her no better understanding of what she had cast."
Wanda Firebaugh, on casting outside her discipline, IPTSF Text 20
  • "Delphie immediately leveled up to 5, and her spells became that much more potent."
Narration, IPTSF Text 20
  • "The combination of Jack’s Foolamancy, Orwell’s Lookamancy, and Marie’s Predictamancy allowed Faq to remain off the enemy’s maps. That system was pretty good, but not perfect. It could be overwhelmed."
Jillian Banhammer, IPTSF Text 32
  • "He unbound and unrolled the scroll, holding it up in front of him. It shimmered brightly. His fingertips tingled. There were words on the parchment, a poetic stanza. But he couldn’t read them at first. He was seeing something else. No, not seeing. More like...detecting, or knowing. There wasn’t a word for this sense, but some little compartment in his mind opened up, and what was in there was as rich in information as vision or hearing. He understood some of the things behind the things he could see. Of course this was a spell. Of course it was. And it was built like...a key that would unlock the spell that had brought him here. He could see what it was. It was a spell to break a spell and snap it back. It would...fling him home. And he knew how to cast it."
Parson Gotti, describing his caster senses when using a scroll, LIAB Text 59
  • "He spoke, with a new understanding of how to intone the words of a spell. It was as different from plain speech as singing, but in a magical way."
Parson Gotti, LIAB Text 59


  • "Here was a complicated bit of Matter. Once it had possessed Life and Motion, but those had been taken away from it. And though only the Titans could restore Life to it, she could give it Motion again, once she had the juice."
Wanda Firebaugh, on the body of a croaked scout, IPTSF Text 5
  • "The three Elements were created equal. Are you a Titan, to say otherwise?"
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 15


  • "Life magic, Wanda. Croakamancers don't use it."
Olive Branch, disparaging a Croakamancer, IPTSF Text 15


  • "This unit has Motion, and that is something a Hippiemancer would know nothing of."
Wanda Firebaugh, disparaging a Florist, IPTSF Text 15



Hocus Pocus



  • "Marie, of course, had told her many times that she had Predicted the fall of her side, the kingdom where she and Wanda had served. But when it came to explaining how the fall had happened, how she and Wanda both had escaped destruction in different ways, she wouldn't budge.
'It all got cloudy,' was all she would really say. 'It happens. I saw it would come and I wonned my Rulah. But when it came it all got cloudy, I don't know.' "
Janis & Marie, LIAB Text 37
  • "Thinkamancers understood intuition to be a form of natural Predictamancy, in which a unit can dimly perceive its Fate on a subconscious level."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "Shouldn't you know?
    Oh I should, yes. But turns like this, they come up time to time and everything afta is cloudy. Something has to get decided today, Sizemore. Fate will go fowad from there."
Sizemore & Marie, on the clarity of Predictions, LIAB Text 45
  • "It’s a complicated subject, Wanda. Predictamancy... You know, dear? There are rules we don’t discuss. About...what we don’t discuss."
Delphie Temple, IPTSF Text 3
  • "Wanda, the reason that Predictamancers do not say everything we know is not because it would change the future, but because it usually will make it longer and more painful to reach those future outcomes. The less you know about what is to come, about your Fate, then the easier it will be for you to get there, the less... you and others will have to suffer, to lose."
Delphie Temple, IPTSF Text 9
  • "Delphie looked at her Overlord and squinted a bit, examining him. Wanda could sense that she was using a kind of magical sight like her own Croakamancy senses. She'd asked Delphie a raft of questions about Predictamancy in correspondence from the road, as they'd worked out this plan. She knew Delphie was now intuiting something about Father's near-term outcomes."
Narration, IPTSF Text 19
  • "Somewhere in those notes in her satchel, there was a brief explanation of how Predictamancy worked in combat. It amounted to the caster using her juice to see things happen a second or two ahead, so that she could aim where the enemy would be, and to move where the enemy's return blows and arrows would not land."
Narration, IPTSF Text 20
  • "Most importantly to this plan, a Predictamancer could know whether or not a shot or blow she was about to initiate would be a hit. If it wouldn't, then she simply did not take the shot."
Narration, IPTSF Text 20
  • "Only one magic blast struck Fritz's shield. Delphie sidestepped the others as necessary, still casting in a kind of concentration trance."
Narration, on a Predictamancer in battle , IPTSF Text 20
  • "Not everyone walking these halls has a purpose. I cannot make Predictions about every unit, or commander, or even every ruler."
Delphie Temple, IPTSF Text 24
  • "It was the only way Goodminton could survive you.
You don't know that. You never Predicted that.
No. I can't. Fate doesn't care about us. That's the terror of it; we have no Fate. The world doesn't care if we live or not. Only about you."
Delphie & Wanda, on who has Fate, IPTSF Text 24
  • "However much Faq wanted to avoid crossing paths, it was inevitable. Battlespace determinations were Natural Predictamancy. She would be spotted by the enemy and allow them an encounter of some sort, all too close to her own territory."
Jillian Banhammer, IPTSF Text 27
  • "But Predictamancy does motch bettah with events than particulahs. How Fate plays out is up to us."
Marie Lavraie, IPTSF Text 33


  • "Mathamancy is what, again? Analyzing probabilities... predicting outcomes?
    Yes, and the raw calculations of that work."
Parson & Sizemore, TBFGK 54
  • "CharlsNChrg: Tell me the odds that learning what happened to my Archons right now will be worth giving up those calculations in the future.
LordHamster: ...
LordHamster: I don't know if this thing can even DO a calculation like that. Predicting the future?
CharlsNChrg: Try it.
LordHamster: Fine.
LordHamster: I'll be damned.
LordHamster: It says there's all of a 4% chance it's worth taking my deal, even after spending this calculation.
LordHamster: Teaching me that my bracer can make sophisticated predictions about the future? Priceless."
Charlie & Parson, First Intermission 39
  • "The dice describe the world. They don’t determine it. A Mathamancer can tell you how many dice will be rolled, how many points’ll be lost when you’re wounded. He’ll tell you what’ll probably happen, and possibly happen, and what can’t happen."
Clay Dice, IPTSF Text 7
  • "Mathamancy deals with real Numbers."
Clay Dice, IPTSF Text 8
  • "Most Mathamancers do nothing but calculate battle odds."
Narration from Jillian's point of view, IPTSF Text 33
  • "I can’t calculate our chances unless I know something more about their forces."
Adderall Hawk, IPTSF Text 33



  • "Having a Turnamancer reduced the production of an heir by twenty turns, and with funds coming in from Transylvito, Vanna was able to boost Otoh and Kibo's production drastically."
Jillian, First Intermission 49
  • "That level 6 Jitterati warlord, Duncan Scone, was now her best fighter. Vanna had done some good work to turn him, but the dungeon didn't much interest Jillian. Vanna didn't really know how to play right."
Jillian, First Intermission 49
  • "You okay?
Yes. That was just like, whoa. Intense. You know?
How's your juice?
Low. That spell cost two turns' worth, basically.
Jillian & Vanna, on KingWorld, LIAB 22
  • "Can't move to other hexes (because of zero move, exceptions possible using Turnamancy)."
Parson Gotti, LIAB 33a
  • Next turn, when the Turnamancer had juice, she would be able to cast a mass spell that should convert half these prisoners to Faq units. The rest could be worked on in future turns."
Vanna, LIAB Text 43


  • "Tell me about that. Where do changes of clothes come from?" [...]
"Well, it's Dollamancy, Lord," said Maggie, looking up at him. [...] "This particular 'outfit'... I would call it 'raiment'... came from the Magic Kingdom. The helm was made by one of our new Twolls.
"Yeah, how do Twolls do that? Bogroll made my armor, and he put the sword together. This new guy Zhopa just made me a picnic basket." [...]
"Twolls have the 'fabrication' special, which is a form of natural Dollamancy. Units with that ability can make small nonmagical items, usually armor and equipment. I understand that the next Twoll we pop will be assigned to the stables as a smith and saddlemaker."
Parson nodded. "But the rest of the clothes were from an actual Dollamancer?"
"Yes, his name is Ken."
Parson & Maggie, First Intermission 25
  • "What about these symbols?" Parson slapped his chest plate. "My Hamstard crest and Wanda's skull emblem, and the Stanley posters. That's all Dollamancy, too?"
    "The emblems are called 'livery,' Lord. And yes, that is a common form of natural Dollamancy. New units pop bearing the livery their Ruler desires. Twolls can fabricate items which bear their master's livery. And when a caster creates another unit, as in golem-making or uncroaking, the caster sets the livery and other features of the unit's appearance."
Parson & Maggie, First Intermission 25
  • "With a Dollamancer to heal the Cloth Golems and a Healomancer for the rest..."
Ossomer, LIAB 4
  • "There are different applications of Dollamancy. Lady Shortcake was fond of fashioning cloth golems. She was very imaginative.
Precious, puffy-looking animals. The hit of the parade. And when she wasn't doing that, she was always designing new raiment for the changing fashions at court!"
Cubbins & Ace, LIAB Text 30
  • "Look, there's a lot you can do in Dollamancy. It's fabrication with a motion element, right? If we want."
Ace Hardware, LIAB Text 30
  • "Dollamancy is Fate magic, so I know something about that."
Ace Hardware, LIAB Text 30
  • "Ace stroked his chin, contemplating the King's potential as a combatant. "Start with your weapon, I guess. May I?"
    Slately put the Royal Scepter of Jetstone in the hands of a non-Royal caster without a moment's hesitation. It was a mark of his seriousness of purpose. But he did cringe as Ace began to take it apart."
Ace & Slately, on repurposing existing items, LIAB Text 48
  • "I'm thinkin' just defense for these, Cubbins.
Yeah, me too.
I'm just doin' blasts. You cover the tricky-fooly stuff, okay?"
Ace & Cubbins, LIAB 69
  • "As he modded the Royal Scepter, it dawned on Ace that he had become accustomed to working in cloth — weaving and cutting and shaping it to another Dollamancer's specifications."
Ace Hardware, LIAB Text 54
  • "Look, the cloth golems will be much stronger with my bonus."
Ace Hardware, LIAB 93
  • "I don't have a lof of time, Cubs. But I can definitely... mff... add one feature to this puppy. Gonna call it "an autopilot."
Ace Hardware, LIAB 99
  • "Upon claiming it, she’d imposed Goodminton’s livery on it by natural Dollamancy, reluctantly changing the black to slate blue. But on a whim, she kept just one of the pink flowers, offset in a patch of white."
Wanda Firebaugh, on clothing, IPTSF Text 7
  • "Olay," she said, casting the minor Dollamancy spell that Teddy had taught her. The wrinkles in each piece went smooth, as the garment was restored to its new-turn condition."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 23
  • "The Dollamancer had modified her old riding gloves into long, chamois evening gloves with stealthy riding grips sewn into the palms. Her clunky boots he'd turned into shiny black thigh-highs topped with lace, but still reinforced in the feet and ankles for combat riding."
Narration, on a Dollamancer modifying existing clothes, IPTSF Text 23
  • "It stayed right in place via the natural Dollamancy (or was it natural Hat Magic?) of just belonging there."
Narration, on Wanda's jaunty hat, IPTSF Text 23
  • "Can’t see a level or points on it."
Chip Tunage, on looking at an enemy Dollamancer mannequin, IPTSF Text 36


  • "Weirdomancers can cancel a flyer's special to make it fall (or make a non-flyer fly, then dispel it and cause a fall)."
Parson Gotti, LIAB 33b
  • "[...] to hiring a Weirdomancer to try to make the Gumps grow radishes in their branches, [...]"
Narration, LIAB Text 55



  • "... Sizemore can dig through solid rock, it's cool to watch."
Parson Gotti, TBFGK 77a
  • "Hav- Having a Dirtamancer in your city when you upgrade it reduces the cost by a lot," he began.
Parson tried to see where this was going. "Okayyyy..."
"But it means the Dirtamancer sets the appearance, the shape of things... and the livery."
Sizemore & Parson, First Intermission 25
  • "Dirtamancers do the big scale projects, tunnels and buildings. And we can make golems."
Sizemore Rockwell, First Intermission 28
  • "At the end of the pavement, he frowned at a spot where the squares were sinking into the softer ground. Drawing his index finger over the pathway's edge, he spent a little juice to fix it."
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 1
  • "Dirtamancy was among the most rare and useful disciplines [in the Magic Kingdom]. Everyone needed a wall built, a garden tilled, a well dug, a foundation excavated. There were no city sites; construction was a manual industry."
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 1
  • "Can you tunnel?
Yeah, can you?
Well, yes.
Good. Now can you tunnel under Portal Park, all the way from our portal to the one that goes to Spacerock?
I... can."
Parson & Sizemore, LIAB 45
  • "Without word or ceremony they lifted, and Jillian willed the city razed. With a great swirl of sparkling natural Dirtamancy, and a tinny crashing sound, Progrock turned to dust and rubble below them."
Jillian, razing Progrock, LIAB Text 43
  • "Touching the spade to the grass of Portal Park put Sizemore directly in touch with Erfworld. He sensed the physical world in deep, primal ways which he found difficult to convey to other casters. Even Changemancers and Dittomancers would stare at him blankly when he described it, though they too practiced forms of Stuffamancy."
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 45
  • "He could feel the ground feeling him, pulling him down, pushing up on the soles of his feet as he lifted each leg to walk. In the soil below, rocks sat immersed in the cold mud. Their whole surface touched it, in all dimensions at once. Sizemore could feel this contact as if the pebbles were his own toes and fingers"
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 45
  • "Sizemore's mind slid away, down below his feet, to his other self. The strata, the stresses, the peace of land at rest, he understood them that way: as if they were parts of his own body. The ground could be comfortable and sedate, like a tired person feels when lying on onsic a soft mattress. Or it could be awkward, unsustainable, like a man trying to lean on a jagged stump, or sleep upside down on a stone staircase. The land in the Magic Kingdom was deeply, permanently at rest."
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 45
  • "This body analogy described something he had always intuited about the land. But only since his link with the Lady Firebaugh did he think of it consciously. His entire mental frame for visualizing his discipline had been reworked on that day. A hundred turns later, he was still reconsidering the fundamentals of his craft. [...] Between the volcano link-up and his three recent levels (two from traps and combat, one from all of the city rebuilding), Sizemore was now a greater Dirtamancer than he ever imagined he could become. He had not actually crossed the threshold to Master class, but that could happen any time a caster gained powerful new insight into his discipline or major class. The body analogy wasn't quite enough to push him past that mark; he was still missing something. But for the first time in his life, he felt pretty sure that he would get there."
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 45
  • "It felt strange and dirty, tingling with a magic she had barely even thought about."
Wanda Firebaugh, on the magical feel of a Dirtamancy scroll, IPTSF Text 19
  • "The tower rose indeed, far higher into the sky than it had stood before. Stone blocks and tiles sprang from nothing, widening the platform upon which they stood."
Narration, on a Dirtamancy scroll modifying a tower, IPTSF Text 20
  • "When she'd boosted the tower, a few such nice little changes in design, decor, and accouterments had crept in from her mind's eye."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 24
  • “Lights,” she said. Much like the bar upon the door had, the room responded to her order with natural Dirtamancy. It sparked up four or five powerballs, and the dim room revealed its secret.
Jillian, IPTSF Text 37


  • "How would you make a magic blanket?" Parson asked, gnawing on a heel of the rye loaf. "If you wanted one?"
Sizemore looked at Maggie, who was nibbling cheese, and spoke up. "That's Changemancy. Really versatile magic. Weapons, armor, tools... Changemancers either rework and enchant an existing item, or just imagine a new one and conjure it."
"Conjure as in make it?" Parson said with his mouth full. "Create it? Or summon it from somewhere?"
Sizemore leaned forward excitedly, rocking a little as he spoke. "That's a great question, Warlord. There's a big debate about that, getting right down to the level of 'what is magic?' and 'what is stuff?' Some casters think they're the same thing, and that Changemancy proves it. But even we Stuffamancers don't agree about that."
Parson & Sizemore, First Intermission 28
  • "Changemancers mostly do small items. They can enchant objects and do detail work, but they can't make new units."
Sizemore Rockwell, First Intermission 28


  • "Yes, and a Dittomancer doubling leadership and specials... duplicating surviving units... I see."
Ansom, LIAB 4
  • "And double those arrows, Caster.
Double 'em? Double 'em! I'll quadruple 'em."
Jetstone Warlord & Lloyd, LIAB 8
  • For the duplication of an actual unit, see: LIAB 79
  • "Doubles don't leave a body."
Tramennis, LIAB 88
  • "When Jetstone's next turn starts, you will vanish."
Charlie, to the Slately-ditto, LIAB 89


  • "This item works on "Eyemancy." Which covers "Lookamancy", "Thinkamancy", and "Foolamancy." And it uses all three of those."
Parson Gotti, TBFGK 35
  • "The Eyemancers may be our single most valuable asset, above even the Arkenhammer. Ordering them linked was... the shrewdest thing I've ever known Stanley to do. They created the Eyebooks. They give us unmatched communications and intelliegence. When Stanley sees you have tampered with their functioning..."
Wanda Firebaugh, TBFGK 47
  • "Spells are trickier. Most can't be cast unless there are enemy units in the same hex/city, but some like Lookamancy and Thinkagrams can be cast anytime."
Parson Gotti, on off-turn actions, LIAB 33a


  • "Well, yes! I mean for a unit that is... that is moving, time passes normally, but not relative to units in other hexes. A Lookamancer tracking the movement of that unit may see it move much faster in their time. The time in their hex."
Sizemore Rockwell, First Intermission 29
  • "What the enemy brings you, you usually don't know until they're on you. But here, we've got the count. We know just what we're facing. It's like having a Lookamancer for once."
Pom Fritz, on having a roster of units in the area, IPTSF Text 20
  • "Jillian knew that Lookamancy could be time-consuming, especially when an intruder might be veiled, and she respected his devotion to his Duty."
Jillian Banhammer, on Brother Orwell, IPTSF Text 32


  • "Not entirely unwitting. Nor entirely controlled. It's... complex."
Wanda Firebaugh, TBFGK 41
  • "We control her, though. So just make her write the message. Right?
    The control is subtle, Warlord. Suggestions, perceptions, emotions... not commands."
Parson & Wanda, TBFGK 41
  • "What is this link up?
*sigh* It's a trick that only Thinkamancers can perform. A caster's will is subsumed into a... kind of psychological alloy with the Thinkamancer. The joint mind they form can cast spells no single caster can even comprehend.
The downside being that the casters lose their will...
Their sanity... their individuality... It's a risky and fragile spell, especially with three. Four can't even be done. Talking to them as individuals can break that spell, Parson. That may croak the casters. Or leave them useless. Or, have no effect."
Parson & Sizemore, TBFGK 54
  • "These kinds of spells rely on the subject. Suggestions can make her inclined to do things... such as lead recklessly, disobey orders. She provides her own reasons for these choices.
Which she is doing!
Yes. But those are things she is inclined to do anyway."
Sizemore & Wanda, TBFGK 64
  • "Suggestions like 'turn sides' or 'ignore enemy forces' may be too hard for her to rationalize, and cause her to break the spell."
Sizemore Rockwell, TBFGK 64
  • "There are things she will not do.
Okay, but... like what?
*sigh* She won't fight for someone she hates. Nor harm someone she loves."
Wanda & Parson, TBFGK 66
  • "The spell compells [sic] you to seek a reason."
Jaclyn, TBFGK 67
  • "But when such a spell breaks, there is a kind of backlash. A cord which snaps. A good Thinkamancer can protect herself from damage. Had I been the caster, the object of the spell would have borne the brunt of it. This would likely have croaked the unit or left it incapacitated."
Maggie, TBFGK 84
  • "Incredibly useful, incredibly scary magic. We got into spells, communications, suggestions... and then she mentions "Natural Thinkamancy." Innate magic. Like how some units fly and some dig... that's "Natural Magic." When scouting units send back intel, that's Natural Thinkamancy. But apparently so is following the Tool's orders. All units are subject to Natural Thinkamancies: Obedience, Loyalty, Duty, and others."
Parson Gotti, TBFGK 84a
  • "The Arkendish affords him a command of Thinkamancy I cannot match."
Maggie, TBFGK 88
  • "There is a feeling. You may no longer notice it. But think of the first spell you ever cast. When you cast within your disclipline, there is a sense of warmth, comfort, familiarity. I want you to relax, and recall that feeling. Find the feel of your discipline, and step inside it. Lose yourself to it. Become your function."
Maggie, on forming a link-up, TBFGK 135
  • "All right, I'll need a master-class Thinkamancer to unravel this link. More than one, preferably."
Janis Atlantis, on breaking a link-up, TBFGK 140
  • "[The veil] worked because Bogroll already resembled you in most important aspects. Thinkamancy works similarly, on the mind to which it is applied. The changes it makes are remarkably small and subtle. It cannot turn a dullard into a genius, or a mouse into a maniac.
Or a hamster into a pit bull... Right, so if I thought of this. If I did this...
Then some very great part of you wanted to. The spell only nudged it forward."
Maggie & Parson, TBFGK 148
  • "It's utterly fascinating, casting from a link. I just... understand the spell so clearly." According to Maggie, a two-caster linkup was a less risky and drastic thing than three, especially when done voluntarily. In it, the Thinkamancer's function was something like "cognitive copilot," managing the other caster's mental functions, focusing his attention and boosting his energy to achieve better results than the caster could alone. And it had worked. Their side got a better capital out of it than if Sizemore had upgraded the city by himself. The link was easily broken afterward, and neither of them seemed to suffer any harm."
Sizemore & Maggie, on linking, First Intermission 26
  • "And it was very little risk. In our earlier link, we discovered a strong rapport. Such mutual trust can make the process a great deal easier."
Maggie, on linking, First Intermission 26
  • "Speaking or shouting the command will work, Lord," said Maggie, lurching a bit as she rounded the remains of the picnic and walked up beside him. Though he was not completely steady himself, he offered his right elbow and she grabbed it gratefully. "Not be- because they understand Language, but because it hhhelps you frame the intent in your mind. You see. Experienced-" she swallowed hard, or possibly hiccupped. "Excuse me. Experienced commanders can command stacks with few or no words. When you understand your command, the unit will. Yet another fo-horm of natural Thinkamancy, Lord."
Maggie, First Intermission 32
  • "Jack, do you remember what you did... to project the battle table... when you were linked up?
I remember doing it, Lord. But I don't remember how. If that makes sense."
Parson & Jack, First Intermission 38
  • "As she soared over the rushes, she felt the tickle of an incoming Thinkagram."
Jillian, First Intermission 41
  • "What did the Arkendish do? Many things, most of them connected to Thinkamancy. Charlie could handle an unlimited number of Thinkagrams, and extend some of his abilities to his personal Archons in the tower. Any commander in the world could get those Archons' attention by concentrating hard enough, for long enough. This could take hours or even days, but Charlescomm would establish contact eventually. This allowed him to hire out to any side or barbarian in the world, and probably provided him more revenue than mercenary work. He was the telecom giant of Erfworld. This was the main thing he used the Arkendish for, but guessing its other powers was a favorite topic for the Archons."
Parson Gotti, First Intermission 46
  • "Natural Allies know the will of their tribe’s Chief or Chiefs by Natural Thinkamancy, even from other hexes."
Vurp, LIAB Text 4
  • "Doombats typically had a range of twenty hexes or so for scouting, but a Thinkamancer extended that range indefinitely."
Don King, LIAB Text 5
  • "For the juice cost of a Thinkagram, Bunny could link him to one of their views, just like he was in the area himself."
Don King, on Doombats, LIAB Text 5
  • "Among these were over eight thousand speaking units, any one of whom could request Maggie's attention via intense concentration. Similarly, she could reach out to these units herself, to relay orders or request status."
Maggie, LIAB Text 13
  • "Some (mercifully subconscious) part of Maggie's mind was always sorting and prioritizing the incoming and outgoing messages, making little decisions which added up to bigger ones. That was at the quietest of times. Before and during a major battle, it was more than she could fully process, more than she had the juice for. However structured and competent her mind might be, she was still only an Adept class Thinkamancer. Even a Mastermind would be taxed under these conditions."
Maggie, LIAB Text 13
  • "She spent a tiny bit of juice to confirm the existence and status of the major units there, but did not open a Thinkagram."
Maggie, LIAB Text 13
  • "Jillian thought maybe the Thinkagram connection was broken, but she hadn't felt the usual little pop."
Jillian, LIAB Text 17
  • "So, what? You can just mind-control your Ruler whenever he makes a decision you don't like?
No. Only when I am certain he is wrong. And, in fact, it involves great personal risk..."
Parson & Maggie, LIAB 33
  • "Bunny, when the battle starts I want you to send that bat's view to everybody in here."
King Don, LIAB 34
  • "Little lanterns in Maggie's mind kept blowing out, in ones, twos and threes. The dwagon units, being harvested. And some of the riders, impacting the ground and ceasing to exist (at least, as Gobwin Knob units she had to manage)."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "Everyone else imagined Thinkamancy as a set of discrete capabilities: "relay a command" or "plant a suggestion" or "send a two-way visual/audible Thinkagram." They were meant to think of it that way. So long as that was the perception of the discipline, then its fundamental powers could stay largely unknown, untapped, and uncalled-upon."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "Thinkamancers were aware of certain magical truths for which, quite intentionally, there were no words in Language."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "For example, a Thinkagram was not one type of spell. There was a spectrum, from which a Thinkamancer would choose one or more bands to communicate within. To someone without a sensitivity to this spectrum, it would be impossible to describe the advantages and capabilities of each, but many of those capabilities went entirely unused, except by Thinkamancers themselves. A warlord would only call for one of a short list of communiques: speech, orders, pictures and sounds. But he would not, for example, ask to communicate and compare his own intuition with that of an allied commander in the field. "
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "Thinkamancers understood intuition to be a form of natural Predictamancy, in which a unit can dimly perceive its Fate on a subconscious level. To a Thinkamancer, intuition was as communicable as speech or emotion or the underlying intentions of orders. It could be sent and received, combined and multiplied, and manipulated."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "There were many other such hidden mechanics. There were mental senses which could not even be described to a non-Thinkamancer. The most important of these was the ability to sense Grandiocosmic Strings, the conduits of all magic power in Erfworld."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "Only Thinkamancers even knew they existed. A Thinkamancer could feel out the G-Strings of the world, and vibrate upon them by plucking. That was how a Thinkagram was sent, and so much else. Each unit had its own individual G-String, which had many uses."
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "This was what Maggie had been doing for several minutes. Putting little notches in her G-String. It was a coded message, passive, and costing no juice. Any Thinkamancer who plucked her would find this note in her G-String. "
Maggie, LIAB Text 38
  • "He found himself staring up at the springmount, wondering if he should get up and tune it again. This one was modeled on a gwiffon, made of Thinkamancy-polarized Stuff and imprinted with Signamancy in bright yellow. It was centered on a single strong coil of steel anchored deeply into the ground. The mount shape was neither fanciful nor accidental. One used this instrument as a surrogate mount, climbing upon it and building up a physical oscillation of the proper frequency to detect and study the Thinkamancy of orders. The intent of a commander in issuing an order to a non-speaking unit, or of a Ruler in issuing an order to a remote field unit, was one of the most interesting forms of natural Thinkamancy, Isaac felt."
Isaac, LIAB Text 40
  • "G-strings vibrated on different frequencies, and would cancel or amplify each other across predictable distances. Before Isaac had built these devices, a Thinkamancer had to walk around until his head was in a place of amplification, then hold still."
Isaac, LIAB Text 40
  • "But staying within one node deprived the observer of important perspective, much in the way that closing one eye caused a loss of depth perception, or covering an ear made it hard to tell the direction of a sound. It had already been known that two linked Thinkamancers standing in different nodes could detect and send far better than any one caster. Isaac had figured out that one caster switching rapidly between nodes had a similar effect."
Isaac, LIAB Text 40
  • "He stood up, glancing up the hill to the great Temple. It was also made of polarized Stuff, designed long ago (and modified more recently) as a refuge. Cosmic vibrations couldn't penetrate it."
Isaac, LIAB Text 40
  • "At the top and bottom of the smooth inclined plane were nodes of intuition. One did not get more than a quick glimpse between the two, but that usually would suffice. If not, one could always climb the ladder again. This apparatus had a personal effect on the operator, giving him a glance at his own Fate and perhaps a vague insight or focus or warning."
Isaac, LIAB Text 40
  • "A tickle upon his brain, then Bunny, Transylvito's spooky Thinkamancer, "Your Royal Highness King Slately of Jetstone, His Royal Highness Don King of Transylvito." The words were only in his mind; she never spoke aloud.
    Don's image floated before him, seated as Slately was."
Slately, being contatced by Thinkamancy, LIAB Text 42
  • "Rulers have a natural Thinkamancy which allows them to relay orders to their field units, even without a Thinkamancer. He had an[sic] feel for what was going on with his forces, even sitting there in a chair in his capital's garrison's larder."
Stanley, LIAB Text 44
  • "In the empty side room, he sat holding his crown in his lap, pauper-like, while time ticked away and his units perished in the dungeons below. He saw their lights in his mind, being extinguished in twos and threes. No-one was leveling. It was clearly an awful rout."
Slately, demonstrating a Ruler's natural Thinkamancy, LIAB Text 48
  • "Maggie," Stanley said to the air. It was a form of order only a Thinkamancer could follow. "Maggie!"
Stanley, contacting a distant Thinkamancer, LIAB Text 49
  • "There's way too many ways a Thinkamancer can incapacitate me."
Parson Gotti, on rushing a stack of Thinkamancers, LIAB 67
  • "For discretion, Chief Parson. You can break contact at any time."
Isaac, LIAB 84
  • "I will thank you not to... put my Chief Warlord into thinkspace without... my mind on the call!"
Maggie, LIAB 84
  • "Maggie, what are you doing? Why are you running in place?
    I apologize, Lord. I can't spare the attention to alter my... appearance at the moment. I am... physically moving toward your position."
Parson & Maggie, LIAB 85
  • "The numbers rose as a column, into the millions and billions and more, a silver thread stretching up and away from the peace below. This thread was being drawn up by the system of the world. Thinkamancers knew it as a "Grandiocosmic string."
Narration, IPTSF Text 1
  • "Delphie’s last sentence had been delivered in a perfectly friendly and casual tone, but it carried the natural Thinkamancy weight of a direct order."
Narration, IPTSF Text 2
  • "The Thinkamancy inherent in giving them commands would have to be so specific to the throat and mouth muscles..."
Wanda Firebaugh, on making uncroaked sing, IPTSF Text 26
  • "All at once, completely new senses opened up in her head and she was flooded with information. She could see the distant lights of minds, know the numbers and locations and points of units."
Wanda Firebaugh, on being promoted to Overlord, IPTSF Text 26
  • "Delphie was there in the tower, wounded."
Wanda Firebaugh, on knowing the status of a distant unit, IPTSF Text 26
  • "In Wanda's head, Delphie's light went out as well. Gone."
Wanda Firebaugh, on using Ruler (instead of Croakamancer) senses to detect the death of a unit, IPTSF Text 26
  • "Even as she struggled to comprehend, this brand new part of her mind calmly told her the score. The Garrison had seven Goodminton units left. Four."
Wanda Firebaugh, on knowing the number of units in her City, IPTSF Text 26


  • "Waitwaitwait. Time out. We can veil our troops?"
Parson Gotti, TBFGK 61
  • "There is absolutely no way to pull this 'veiling' thing, right?
No, you need a Foolamancer in–
... in the stack you're veiling, right.
Yes, and–
And we can't do it with the Eyemancers linked up. And we can't cast on the enemy's turn."
Parson & Sizemore, TBFGK 64
  • "We got eleven pairs of warlord eyes here, and he's got thirty or so units. So there's like 300 chances to blow the veil, if he's got one."
Vinny Doombats, TBFGK 107
  • " Lord, recall the Foolamancy veil I cast on your lackey. That would not have worked on a gobwin. It worked because Bogroll already resembled you in most important aspects."
Maggie, TBFGK 148
  • "Above the fountain of sparks there appeared a huge, glowing apparition of Stanley the Tool's face, surrounded by bright rays of red and gold, just as he appeared on his new emblem. But these rays were like arrows pulsing outward, outward... go that way, scatter! Whether the archons took the direction literally or not, they knew the big giant head projection was beyond any of their natural Foolamancy abilities, and it certainly had not been part of the rehearsal."
The narrator, First Intermission 7
  • "You must conserve your remaining juice. What can you do cheaply? A simple displacement?
If we use a flash to cover the casting, it ought to do."
Wanda & Jack, LIAB 6
  • "Form a flash mob over the bridge.
You are free to cast. The enemy can see nothing else in this hex."
Wanda Firebaugh, LIAB 6
  • "But [Charlie] had still gone to great risk to give her cover along the way, using veiled Archons to scout out safe routes. These were probably detectable only by a Foolamancer, another Archon, or a lucky/smart Warlord."
Jillian, LIAB Text 6
  • "Foolamancy is Eyemancy. By habit and trade, a Foolamancer must look. At all times, the Foolamancer must observe the nouns around him in finest detail and broadest stroke, in a way that other minds do not. Other minds take shortcuts. Other minds construct, telling themselves stories about what they see, rather than seeing. Foolamancy is therefore only a narrative. To tell a mind it sees something, the Foolamancer must both see the world as it is, and also as it is seen.
    Staring into the void of that discrepancy is what drives one mad, really."
Jack, LIAB Text 10
  • "Hilary and her partner Avril took up a risky blind, directly over the heads of Prince Sammy's leadership stack. They kept the rising sun at their backs, relative to the warlords, and spent most of their juice to shine out their shadows. It was tricky, but worth it."
Narration, LIAB Text 18
  • "Habitually, he sought out the lines and dots of the scenery, the little hooks that other minds used to build their idea of the world around them."
Jack, LIAB Text 21
  • "Phoebe was made of brick. She was covered in soot. Black and red and gray, matching the colors of her raiment. All in a column, matching her general body size and opacity. She was a chimney on a rooftop, one of many dozens. It was a really good veil. Maybe her best ever. Gold star! The enemy’s minds would not have to reconcile very much with their eyes, and that was the name of the game."
Phoebe, LIAB Text 56
  • "He was wearing a very good scouting veil; she was very lucky to have spotted him in the tree. But such items are fragile, and this one had been destroyed in the melee."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 5
  • "Upon the flat landing near the top of the pagoda, an honor guard raised the bells of their banner-hung trumpets and called out a fanfare in brassy harmony. "Blatt, bippa, braaaang... Buh-brang! Buh-braaaang!"
    Bright flares shot upward from the roof in blazing yellow and green, Faq’s colors. A flock of white doves was released from the eaves.
    Squads of sharply synchronized soldiers raised their spears in reverent salute to her approach. The steel tips of twoscore spears glinted in the sunlight.
    Behind the honor guard, in the shade of the upwardly curving rooftop, she could now see a full formal reception. There stood her father and the entire Court. All of Faq’s casters were there, in their humble matching robes. Servants waited in the shadows with teacups and sweetmeats. She recognized the slender Add Hawk, standing right next to big Brother Orwell the Lookamancer. There was Marie LaVraie, the Predictamancer, and Sister Betsy Murgatroyd the Healomancer. The Signamancer, Brother Labeler, stood beside Jack Snipe, their indispensable Foolamancer. Moothfott the Moneymancer stood at the right hand of King Banhammer, of course. Even the lowly and disfavored Shockmancer, Rusty Trombone, was standing off to one side. They all smiled at her serenely as she pulled beside the edge of the tower top. Floating on the cool breeze came the gentle whisper of bamboo flutes.
    She planted her boots on the worn hardwood, which was littered with yellow rose petals in a trail that led straight to her father the King. There he stood, his great arms crossed in judgment. But his face was smiling proudly, as if to say “All is forgiven, welcome home.”
    Her boots clomp-clomped over the flower petals."
Narration, describing the range of sights, sounds, set pieces and units types & individuals that Jack Snipe could create, IPTSF Text 30
  • "It was just for your eyes, of course, Royal Highness."
Jack Snipe, on Fooling for one, IPTSF Text 30
  • "Crypsis,” he whispered, his hand twitching. The air shimmered a bit, but there was no other effect. “Now we won’t be noticed, neither heard nor seen."
Jack Snipe, demonstrating a veil from the inside, IPTSF Text 34
  • "A Foolamancer must see the world for exactly what it is, and what others wish it to be."
Jack Snipe, IPTSF Text 34


  • "Among other things, Hippiemancy is the magic of relationships: detecting and altering the forces of opposition and attraction which bind people or units."
Duncan Scone, LIAB Text 11
  • "But Hippiemancy is people magic, and Janis also had a heavy understanding about relationships."
Janis Atlantis, LIAB Text 37

Flower Power

  • "But in the presence of so much Flower Power, time perception sort of crumbles. The Hippiemancers call it–
    'Flaking.' I know."
Sizemore & Wanda, TBFGK 11
  • "Even a Grand Abbie couldn't hope to quiet the coming battle."
Wanda Firebaugh, TBFGK 13
  • "What did you just do to him?
    Mm? Oh, just basic Flower Power.
    He can't engage this turn."
Parson, Janis & Sizemore, LIAB 65
  • "I think... I think they mainly keep units from being able to engage."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 12
  • "The figure in the tower was employing the apparatus they all had assumed was a weapon, but in fact it was a stringed instrument. She plucked and strummed upon it, and even from so far away, they could hear it perfectly. The music took an otherworldly, magical route to their ears."
Narration, on a Florist quieting a Hex, IPTSF Text 12
  • "Tommy's sword came down upon his target like a feather. He merely tapped the shoulder of the soldier with the flat of his blade, as if knighting him."
Narration, on the effects of being quieted, IPTSF Text 12
  • "As if in a dream, she could not swing it with any significant force. The staff moved as if she were trying to stir honey with it."
Narration, on the effects of being quieted, IPTSF Text 12
  • "The spell would be on the city through Haffaton's turn tomorrow, and could be cast again."
Narration, on being quieted, IPTSF Text 13
  • "So red. So angry. Your Life aura, Warlord. It's just awful. Can't you relax? You're in no danger here, I promise.
Wanda watched Tommy's face, what she could see of it. He seemed not to change his expression, and barely to relax his posture, but suddenly Olive brightened.
Yes! Better!"
Olive Branch, on seeing auras, IPTSF Text 13
  • "Apparently putting a hand inside the enemy's shirt was not a form of engagement that was prevented by Olive's spell. "
Narration, on being quieted, IPTSF Text 14
  • "As she walked down another empty hall, Wanda casually held out her staff and tipped a ceramic vase of dried orange flowers from its marble pedestal. The crash was painful to her wine-tenderized head, yet enormously satisfying. Really, even the pain of it was satisfying. So Olive's spellsong did not prevent this form of engagement, either."
Narration, on being quieted, IPTSF Text 14
  • "With a perfunctory "Thanks," she upended the helmet and placed the plant's roots inside. She stepped a few feet away from the uncroaked and turned around to do something to the plant. Wanda could tell she was casting, but not what. [...] When Olive turned around, she held a perfectly healthy green plant in a steel planter."
Narration, IPTSF Text 15
  • "This unit has Motion, and that is something a Hippiemancer would know nothing of."
Wanda Firebaugh, disparaging a Florist, IPTSF Text 15
  • "As with yesterday, her voice reached them from everywhere and nowhere, sweet and haunting."
Narration, on Olive quieting Kiloton, IPTSF Text 17
  • "Wordlessly, Tommy drew his sword. He stepped out into the courtyard and swung it as hard as he could at a Haffaton soldier who was standing in the sunlight, chewing on a dried pear. The sword stopped in midair, an inch from the man's neck."
Narration, on being quieted, IPTSF Text 17
  • "When they finally drew apart, Tommy looked distant and distracted.
    [..] His voice was barely a loud whisper.
    [...] his voice low and strained. Wanda watched him closely. He was in deep distress.
    [...] Tommy looked as pained as Wanda had ever seen him, and he said nothing more until the group had spent the move of its slowest units.
    [...] Then he dismounted his brontosword, slid down its side, and collapsed into the snow."
Narration, on the effects of being poisoned, IPTSF Text 17
  • "A crit to the head would cause the muscles to seize at croaking. But one to the heart left the muscles starved out, relaxed and unable to contract. Tommy's were like that."
Wanda Firebaugh, on the effects of Olive's poison on Tommy, IPTSF Text 18
  • "There were almost no functioning nerves in Tommy's heart. Or... his stomach, or most of the rest of his internal organs. He probably had not been in pain, but he must have known something was very wrong."
Wanda Firebaugh, on the effects of Olive's poison on Tommy, IPTSF Text 18
  • "She had never seen one before, and she did not understand how it worked, but this was certainly a poisoning. And poisons, both natural and magical, were Flower Power."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "She'd also asked him to kiss her. So she did not initiate an engagement in the city."
Wanda Firebaugh, on a workaround of quieting, IPTSF Text 18


  • "The Signamancers claimed that all Stuff was Foolamancy. Our bodies and all the things we see and touch were supposed to only be Signs: symbols of their true nature. Vinny didn't know about all that, but a person's appearance was definitely a Sign. It told you how they think about themselves. And how others see them."
Vinny Doombats, reflecting on what he's been told about Signamancy, First Intermission 37
  • "Signamancy was a terrible curse. The Titans knew his true nature. No unipegataur-riding warrior king was he, no towering leader and orator. Over the three-thousand or so turns he had ruled, he had only once seen battle, and that from a well-guarded turret. And so he had shrunk. Gone white and fat."
King Slately Jetsone, LIAB Text 33
  • "No signs stood to point the way, but the Signamancy of a caster's home portal was plainer than writing."
Narration, on the color of Portals in the Magic Kingdom, IPTSF Text 21
  • "Sides with a Signamancer always kept the tidiest cities in Erfworld."
Narration, IPTSF Text 30


  • "Date-a-mancy is the oddest branch of Hippiemancy, in that it follows the Numbers which underlie all action. Date-a-mancy tries to quantify the intangible, things like leadership and compatibility and morale and Loyalty and Duty and even love, by means of match-ups."
Duncan Scone, LIAB Text 11



  • "Their Shockmancer was here, a couple turns back. Gone now. He spelled up that tower hard, Bunny. "
Caesar Borgata, First Intermission 47
  • "It's natural Shockmancy. When you fall, one of three things happens: you are injured (possibly only slightly), you are incapacitated (you croak in one turn if not given Healomancy), or you just croak. Height of the fall does seem to have some bearing on that, but it's essentially random."
Parson Gotti, LIAB 33b
  • "She'd told Tommy about spelling up Minnow Tower, and he'd said it was smart thinking. But he never said what kind of effect the raw Shockmancy they were storing in the tower might have in battle."
Wanda Firebaugh, on having Delphi & Clay juicing up the tower, IPTSF Text 20


  • "Uncroaked casters just function as infantry..."
Parson Gotti, TBFGK 77a
  • "She explained it this way. 'Croakamancy comes from the mind.' The more time and attention the caster spends uncroaking the unit, the closer it will be to its original strength and abilities when it was alive. And the more turns it lasts before degrading. So a good croakamancer can mass-animate every fallen unit in a hex, or city zone. But they'll be the weakest kind, and only last a few turns."
Parson Gotti, TBFGK 116
  • "These are Uncroaked. They require a simple, specific order of battle."
Maggie, TBFGK 123
  • "Uncroaked infantry, led by a master-class Croakamancer... can."
Parson Gotti, on dance-fighting, TBFGK 127
  • "I can decrypt many unit types which had been impossible to uncroak before."
Wanda Firebaugh, on using the Arkenpliers, TBFGK 146
  • "From what I can tell, they're like the dwagons are with Stanley. They're loyal to the 'pliers, and therefore to Cruella herself. For all I know, she can see through their eyes and hear what they hear. But if not, they'll prob'ly just tell her anything interesting when they can."
Parson Gotti, on Decrypted, First Intermission 44
  • "And what Lady Firebaugh was doing with hers was causing real alarm. The theoretical consensus was that she was extending Croakamancy to the Life axis."
Sizemore Rockwell, LIAB Text 1
  • "A big one being, "we don't know if he'd still be able to cast or not."
Parson Gotti, on decrypting a caster, LIAB 11
  • "Tool, we don't even know if they keep existing without her."
Parson Gotti, on the Decrypted and the possibility of losing Wanda, LIAB 22
  • "She could animate the husks of the once-living."
Wanda Firebaugh, right after popping, IPTSF Text 1
  • "We can animate the casualties.
    Their units and ours, if we take the city!"
Overlord Firebaugh & Tommy, IPTSF Text 4
  • "Bodies of croaked units decay the next turn. So we would need her on the battlefield."
Overlord Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 4
  • "I would have a leadership bonus over uncroaked units, Lord."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 4
  • "She had senses that she did not yet understand were unique to Croakamancers, and she used them on the fallen scout. His bones she could feel without touching him. She knew which ribs and teeth and vertebrae were broken."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 5
  • "There would be some craft to this uncroaking, as not all of the original muscles and sinew could be counted on to perform their original functions. That was not a problem. That was what Croakamancy was for. Where a knee would no longer bend, where a bicep no longer existed to flex an arm, the Croakamancer made magical Motion to move the Matter."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 5
  • "When she had removed all of his raiment, she still could see better with her natural Croakamancy sense than her eyes."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 5
  • "The body of the scout would have depopped at dawn, had they not moved it out of the hex where it was croaked. Claimed as a spoil for Goodminton, it would only decay a bit when they started their turn later in the morning."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 6
  • "This scene was a massacre: twenty-two enemy saps, an enemy warlord, and forty-three of their own infantry. She could feel them each, sense the skulls and the hearts and the spines."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 6
  • "This is a warlord. If I uncroak him, he would benefit from all of my attention, and all of the juice I can spare. The more carefully I cast, the fewer mistakes I might make, and the more he will retain of the power he had in life. I believe I could make him last as long as ten or twelve turns, and retain about half his levels and leadership."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 6
  • "What are our other choices?
I could concentrate on uncroaking more than one unit, diluting the effects, but giving us more units. Or I could attempt to mass uncroak every unit in the hex.
You could do that?
Tommy... I-I don’t know. I feel it might be too much for me. A disaster. I could become overwhelmed. Maybe we wouldn’t get any units at all out of it. But if I succeeded, then the uncroaked units I create probably would not last more than a turn. Even the warlord."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 6
  • "She silently ordered the line of uncroaked to bow in unison, which prompted more cheers and laughter."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 10
  • "Blood flowed to her face, a mechanism she understood down to the tissues and sinus cavities within her head, for Croakamancy was a beautiful art. She felt her eyelids getting hot, ducts and vessels dilating. She was just a speck of Matter, herself, after all."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 10
  • "Wanda waved her staff vaguely in the direction of one of the uncroaked knights in their stack. He tilted his head a bit and grinned happily, showing his remaining teeth around proudly."
Narration, IPTSF Text 13
  • "Wanda made her Fellow fold his hands together and flex his arms like a champion, grinning obscenely at everyone."
Narration, IPTSF Text 13
  • "Life magic, Wanda. Croakamancers don't use it."
Olive Branch, disparaging a Croakamancer, IPTSF Text 15
  • "Make sure all the Fellows are in the Courtyard, except the ones me and you are stacking with.
    Wanda nodded, and mentally sent the order as she took another deep swig of chocolate. "Done."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 15
  • "But before she could even get her boots out of the stirrups, her senses as a Croakamancer told her she would find his lifeless body upon the ground."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 17
  • "The first thing to determine in uncroaking a body is what took its life, because that was where the most repair and attention would likely be needed. Attention was the key. A simple or a mass uncroaking took no more attention than lighting a candle, with the Matter of the body representing the candle wax. The body would move as it could, and take simple orders until its fuel was exhausted a few turns later."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "But the craft of the Croakamancer was to understand the body's condition, its functions, its strengths and weaknesses."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "The Croakamancer could conserve the fuel of the body by focusing her juice upon the mechanisms of its movement, repairing and augmenting them with magic. An expertly uncroaked unit could function almost as well as it had when alive, and last for perhaps dozens of turns."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "If this body had no wounds, then what croaked it? Sensing her way through the architecture of his insides, she could not immediately say. Something about the muscles was familiar, though. She had uncroaked the victims of critical hits before. A crit to the head would cause the muscles to seize at croaking. But one to the heart left the muscles starved out, relaxed and unable to contract."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "So she focused on his heart. She tried to make it beat once, and knew something was wrong. One tells a muscle to move by means of the nerves, and reconnecting nerves by magic was one of the trickier parts of an attentive uncroaking."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "She had never made one so beautifully preserved. The bloating in his face faded, as some slow circulation of the blood was possible in this one. She was overjoyed at the results. Almost everything a living unit could do, this one could..."
Wanda Firebaugh, on uncroaking her brother, IPTSF Text 18
  • "Then she thought out an order, and Un-Tommy disengaged from his melee."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 19
  • "Re-attaching the head during the uncroaking process had been an interesting new challenge."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 19
  • "Even through blinding blasts, Wanda's Croakamancy senses let her know that the first enemy casualties had been struck and were falling. She sensed broken skulls and wings and burst organs inside the bodies that spiraled down through the air toward the courtyard below."
Wanda Firebaugh, on detecting the dead, IPTSF Text 20
  • "And the Fellows...they're really quite weak without leadership."
Pom Fritz, on uncroaked units, IPTSF Text 25
  • "Wanda could feel the consumption of Matter there in the fireplace, too, if she chose to. "
Wanda Firebaugh, on burning logs, IPTSF Text 25
  • "As they marched on, she hoped for an ambush, or any enemy encounter, so that she might spend her juice this turn making fresh units instead of hopelessly re-patching these. It was better than wasting the juice entirely, but there was only so much she could do. These bodies were decaying inexorably to dust, and only the Titans could prevent that."
Wanda Firebaugh, on extending the duration of uncroaked, IPTSF Text 26
  • "From what she understood of her discipline, it ought to be possible to make them sing, if she were a master of Croakamancy. Singing was part of the Stagemancy involved in dance fighting. So how would that work, she wondered? The Thinkamancy inherent in giving them commands would have to be so specific to the throat and mouth muscles... maybe if she sang the order to them? Or thought of singing it? Hmm..."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 26
  • "If you're croaked, and that is no joke, you pass the yoke of Chief to a bloke named Fritz...
    Pooda onga riiish!"
Wanda & Tommy, demonstrating uncroaked theater, IPTSF Text 26
  • "Uncroaked units were cheap."
Jillian Banhammer, IPTSF Text 28
  • "They’ve got to be relying on uncroaked units for defense, because of their low upkeep."
Jillian Banhammer, IPTSF Text 33


  • This is a theoretical branch of magic, like an undiscovered element on the periodical table.
  • No ordinary caster can practice it; there are no Retconjurers in Erfworld.
  • It is reserved for the Titans.
Titan Rob, Word of the Titans 8/19/2009
  • "Hey, maybe she's a Retconjuror.
    Oh do not even joke about that. There is no such thing."
Tommy & Wanda, IPTSF Text 11


  • "Singing was part of the Stagemancy involved in dance fighting."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 26

Hat Magic

  • "Is it dual use?
    Abjuration only. Report any engagements and observations at the end of your move."
Jillian & Ansom, TBFGK 9
  • "The sun was setting, as a tired woman with raw red eyes waved a wand over an upturned silk hat, and saw the letter inside vanish."
Queen Bea, First Intermission 43
  • "You know, I can do some small object conjuration for you. You just have to tell me what you need."
Cubbins, LIAB Text 30
  • "He dropped it into the crown and waved his scepter over it three times. "Pinochet," he intoned. The coin was made to disappear."
Slately, sending a coin to King Don, LIAB Text 42
  • "Sire, I can help too. Hand me your crown."
Cubbins, prior to modifying something into a Magic Item, LIAB 69
  • "One of the units in the group, for example, was a snow golem. It was a terribly crude thing, made of only three large balls of snow she had rolled up, with sticks for arms and small black rocks for features. It moved lurchingly forward and was almost useless as a unit. But as abominable as it was, she was quite proud of her first attempt at hat magic."
Wanda Firebaugh, demonstrating unit creation, IPTSF Text 19
  • "The snow golem she ordered to stand sentry at the base of Minnow Tower. Then she took the silk top hat from its head, reducing it to a mere ornament."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 19
  • "It stayed right in place via the natural Dollamancy (or was it natural Hat Magic?) of just belonging there."
Narration, on Wanda's jaunty hat, IPTSF Text 23


  • "Carnymancy. It's... the magic of rigging the game.
    Here! That's a crude slander on our noble discipline, sir. Oh, truly you do wound me. But yes."
Parson & Jojo, LIAB 63
  • "It's... Carnymancy, that's all I can tell. That usually means bad news, though."
Sizemore Rockwell on a Carnymancy Scroll. LIAB 66
  • "But we had this Carnymancer who really liked me. He saved me from croaking by rigging the incapacitation rules on me. They hauled me back to the capital in a wagon, and he cast over me every day for ten turns, just keeping me alive.
Until they got you a Healomancer?"
Pff, no. Queen Bea was mad enough at all the fuss over a Level 1 stabber. No, one day I just popped up off the bed, good as new. The Carnymancer said he'd 'made a trade' for me."
Sylvia & Archer, LIAB 86
  • "Then what can we do?
    Our specialties, of course. Stirring up trouble, roping a dope. You dodgers work the crowd. Get 'em in a real lather. Maybe they'll shoot him."
Unnamed Carnymancer & Jojo, LIAB 90


  • "A poetic incantation could settle the mind, focus any caster on their work."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "Even warlords could use Rhymes in leadership, for morale and focus, and in dance fighting."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "Those bawdy trail songs of Tommy's were crude, but effective on the units under his command. Her singing along with the knights had likely helped her spot that scout on her first day."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "Songs and poems held great and mysterious power."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18
  • "But to use Rhyme-o-mancy in casting, it must be quick and clever, and it must rhyme. If she flubbed the rhyme, the spell would weaken or fail completely."
Wanda Firebaugh, IPTSF Text 18


  • "Clevermancy should have no Xs. It's raw magic dealing with raw magical forces."
Titan Rob, Word of the Titans 2315787


  • "Delphie tells you what to cast, doesn’t she? What battles to affect. What units to...what, bless?
Yeah. I just say ‘boost.’”
And you can alter the outcome of a battle, by casting ahead of time. You boost up a unit’s luck by a lot, or a whole side’s luck by a little?
Yeah, kind of. Or jinx the enemy. Battles are hard, though. Sides are harder. Units are pretty easy. I boost our warlords all the time."
Wanda & Clay, IPTSF Text 7
  • "I boosted his roll to a 4! I changed his odds, chose a way to describe the outcome of his choices. You see?” He picked up the dice and showed them to her. “The dice are not the guy, okay? In this case the guy is imaginary, and the dice are representing him. But this is real life,” he said, making a circle in the air with his index finger, “and you are not the dice. Okay? In real life, you are real, but the dice are imaginary. The dice that describe your choices. Mathamancy describes those, and Luckamancy affects those."
Clay Dice, IPTSF Text 7
  • "Now here's an important thing, though. Where did those 4s come from?
From you. You cast upon the die.
So you're saying my juice had a physical effect on the way the die rolled.
Yes and no. It's not a direct effect, you see? The 4 is a Number. It had to come from somewhere.
The juice in your spell did not create the outcome, you are saying. Your spell did not create the 4. It...what?" What was the alternative? "Enabled it, somehow?
Honestly?That's the nice way to say it. Whatt'm saying is that maybe that die would have come up 4s three times anyway. So maybe my spell did nothing at all, at least so far. That's why I say it'll roll high 'for a little while.' I don't know."
Clay & Wanda, IPTSF Text 8
  • "But here's what I do know. And maybe it's kind of a secret of my discipline but I think it's important, and I wanna tell you. Luckamancy doesn't create good outcomes, because that would undermine Mathamancy and Predictamancy. Mathamancy deals with real Numbers. If Luckamancy could just create Numbers out of juice, out of thin air, then every odds calculation would be off. Y'see? So what Luckamancy actually does is steal Numbers from the world."
Clay Dice, IPTSF Text 8
  • "Where do you steal the Numbers from?
    Well, the world. If you rolled all the D4s in the world a bunch of times, that one included, you'd get an even mix of ones, twos, threes and fours. This little guy stole his roll from somewhere, and I think the world is lazy, you know? I don't think it goes very far to steal good outcomes when I boost one of our warlords, you know?"
Wanda & Clay, IPTSF Text 8
  • "Would it steal from our enemies?
    If only. That's the one thing it really doesn't do. In fact we sometimes see the opposite. The enemy rolls better than they should or... or we roll worse."
Wanda & Clay, IPTSF Text 8
  • "What, it steals Numbers from us?!
    Not all the time! I mean, it depends. The net effect is still good for us, because we're picking the right battles to win. But yeah it can be really hard on the rest of our side, sometimes. Especially unled and unboosted units. We...lose more of those kind of battles than we should."
Wanda & Clay, IPTSF Text 8
  • "A Luckamancy boost could have any number of specific effects on a unit's "dice." Defensively, it could affect their chance to be hit, the damage they would take from hits, their chance of receiving a critical hit, their chance of being incapacitated or croaked from a fall, et cetera. Or it could affect the enemy's outcomes: their defenses."
Narration, IPTSF Text 20
  • "Frenemy units fell by twos and threes, the victims of outrageously high damage outcomes and critical hit rates."
Narration, on the effects of Luckamancy on battle, IPTSF Text 20
  • "You know how when a unit falls, it can croak, or be incapacitated, or just be plain wounded and lose some hits?
Well, that's Luckamancy, too. And I'm thinking f'we get into another airspace fight we can first cast against the enemy to make 'em more likely to croak in a fall. Then we can go for dismounting attacks. And there's not a lot of, um, downside to that. Less backlash from borrowing Numbers, right? Because we don't use air mounts. We do a lot less falling. See?"
Clay & Wanda, IPTSF Text 22


  • "It contained a healing elixir of his own devising, the recipe of which varied, but usually consisted of "two gin rations, stirred with a Wand of Cure Incapacitation."
Pierce, mentioning a type of wand, LIAB Text 41


  • "It had been as ridiculous as everything else in Erfworld, rebuilding the city. The Overlord ordered it, the treasury was debited, and the city was instantly recreated. It was only Moneymancy. When it happened, Parson was standing in the ruins of the courtyard. There was a sound like a wind chime, with a whoosh of orchestral cymbals. Enormous, blinding magical sparkles filled the sky and the ground. And then the city was simply standing again, fully intact. There was no more rubble, not even a wisp of settling dust."
Parson Gotti, First Intermission 1


  • "Its numbers were being shaped and guided by the firmament, by what magic theorists called the Erf Axis. For when the price was paid, it was Erfworld which processed the transaction. The world would produce the unit that was called for...more or less. There was the matter of the Fate Axis as well, and this unit was turning out to be very special."
Narration, on popping a unit, IPTSF Text 1



  • "Fate is inevitable, Warlord. But our path to it is not. We must first divine, and then enact our destinies. To live is to suffer. Our Fate is our only release. So if we fight against Fate, or fail to act in support of it when the way is clear, then we only worsen and prolong our misery. Our choices do matter. Wise choices ease the way, and foolish ones cause suffering."
Wanda Firebaugh, LIAB 70
  • "As a Predictamancer, I have to be brave in spirit. I see so many hod truths! Many times, I know if I share what I see, then the truths will stay true, but they get hodda. People can’t face hearing their Fate, so they fight and make it much wuss."
Marie Lavraie, IPTSF Text 33
  • “Luck would matter only if the shot didn’t.
Whaddya mean?
I mean that it matters to Fate whether I hit Olive or not. Fate will borrow Numbers from somewhere.”
Wanda & Jillian, IPTSF Text 64


  • "Life is all Numbers. Ask any Mathamancer; they know."
Narration, IPTSF Text 1
  • "To live is to stand on one side of an equation, which must equal zero in the end. There is a price, a cost in Numbers, to be paid for staying alive. Zero is a balance, an equilibrium. Zero is a flat country, neither far away nor near. You can travel there any time, at the cost of your life. And perhaps, if someone were to pay the price to the exact number, you could even return again. That Mathamancers often say such things, and nod to one another soberly, is thought to be why they tend to keep to their own company."
Narration, IPTSF Text 1
  • "Few casters doubted what was said of the Numbers Axis, but even fewer understood. Not consciously, anyway."
Narration, IPTSF Text 1
  • "This unit would be worth far more than the buyer had paid for. That was no violation of Numbers, though. It simply meant that this unit carried a balance due. And though it was an astronomically high figure, someone would pay. Zero always called, and someone would have to pay."
Narration, IPTSF Text 1