Hmm… Has it not occurred to her that those from the first sphere have no idea what they are using since magic is something brand new to them. (Relatively speaking.)
So of course lessons are needed.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Well, it was new to them…
Has she ever bothered to express any sort of interest in the other people of the group other than to sneer at them for not being as good as she is?
Damn but she’s arrogant.
I don’t have a good sense of how many days or weeks it’s been since team first-sphere stopped Maga after her jewel-heist, but it has to have been at minimum a few days, probably at least a week. And despite complaining about Humphrey’s lack of training since day one, this is the first time Maga actually does anything about it, and even now it’s only because Humphrey literally bullied her into it. What is she afraid of?
It is interesting that Humphrey’s technological knowledge gives him different metaphors for understanding magic than Maga has; he thinks in terms of heat sinks, she thinks in terms of leashing living things.
She’s not afraid, she thinks she’s giving calculus lessons to a monkey. A monkey she’s now stuck with, having tethered herself to him because she thought all his little monkey friends were going to hurt her when she tried to rob them.
I can accept her getting annoyed with the First Sphere references, but she’s never had even a minimum level of respect for Our Heroes.
Whoa, the double helix motif on the magic is pretty cool.
I wonder when she will realize Humphry is smarter than her.
It’s not that Humphry is smarter. It’s just that he knows different things.
If you judge a dolphin by how it climbs trees…
FYI, these math related security questions make posting pretty hard after a few beers.
That seems to be Maga’s main problem, she has metaphoricaly been judging a Dolphin by how well it climbs trees. The problem is she’s not allowing for how well this particular “Dolphin” can adapt.
As Evolved Apes we can adapt and learn pretty fast given need and opportunity, I think Maga’s about to get a very large dose of humble pie served on a silver platter, and not before time too.
(At least I hope she will. Given the script writers apparent penchant for Maga to be as hostile, rude and condescending as possible I can but hope.)
Humphrey was a college student of some sort*, and seeming a fairly diligent one, as he was taking a course that happened at 8am.
*I don’t remember if it was ever mentioned what he was studying.
The situation kinda reminds me of The Wizard Engineer by Glenn Michaels – guy from modern science-earth gets magic and applies his scientific knowledge and the scientific method to magic. As a result, the people who had magic but weren’t up to date on their scientific literature (aka all of them) get surprised by the results.
I have a suspicion that the fact that Humphrey has a understanding of modern science (more or less) to use as a starting point will help with him figuring out how to use the magic he has a lot faster than Maga expects him to, and possibly in new ways.
Freshman courses start at eight.
There’s also Rick Cook’s “Wizardry” series, where an expert hacker gets zapped into a fantasy setting where complex and powerful magics are difficult, dangerous and unpredictable, but simple, almost entirely ineffective, magic is robust and easily cast – so ends up writing a magic programming language that can cast thousands of simple spells per second, using sheer weight of numbers to achieve powerful effects.
Yes but Humphry actively tries to learn about what she knows and adapts quicker to situations that are unfamiliar to both even if it is less unfamiliar to her.
I notice that her eyes go all red glowy when she’s doing magic stuff. I wonder what her physical self is looking like right now?
Could be the same sort of thing. The only difference, is that her hood covers her head when she battles.
Finally some lessons.
Maga looks subtly different the last couple pages. Slimmer/younger/simpler? She’d been consistent, so I don’t know what it is.
Silly Humphrey, she is not Yoda.
She is Morpheus from the Matrix!
Maga must have had a lousy childhood if she keeps seeking validation through putting others down.
To be fair, Maga has a lifetime of training behind her to fuel that pride. She basically arrived, fully trained in using, let us say for an example, a quarterstaff. She can spin it, flip it, dance like a whirlwind of destruction among her enemies.
And everyone she meets just grabs their staff by one end and tries to use it like a cheap hammer.
But when all you have is a hammer…
On the other hand if you get creative a hammer can be pretty useful! And let us not forget she WAS beaten by one of those hammers.
Say it with me now, HAMMER TIME! do, do do, doo do…
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