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A Dark Horizon.



Judging from the nature of my previous letters, no doubt you have sensed my growing uneasiness since I have returned to New Babbage. I had thought this was a land of reason with the infrequent crazy scientist with experiments gone wrong, not unlike our own home of Aranka. However, over the past month, my impression of this city has been changing, and I fear what I it is becoming.

Increasingly, there is talk of magic. People roam the streets claiming they can raise the dead and summon spirits to do their bidding. I even ran into a woman who claimed she had supernatural powers and could summon fire at her disposal. Of course I was astounded, not for her claims of power, but concerned over her mental state.

Clearly, there is no such thing as magic. You and I have been brought up in a scientific world that not only doesn’t support this idea, but always disproves it. If I had any inclination that I could truly speak with the dead, I would have pursued it, as I will always regret my treatment towards mother, may she rest in peace. This is nonsense, and I will not tolerate a city that continual grows mad.

Surely we silenced the alchemists centuries before? Next they’ll be telling me as I sit drinking my warm mug of cocoa in the bar that they can transform the streets into gold and that their recipe for a panacea was given to them by some goddess that they communed with after dancing in the mythical forest.

At first I merely laughed, thinking that this was some sort of joke. I did find it funny, but only at first. Now I am certain that they are either drinking too much Opi-Cola or they really have gone mad. Perhaps there is some sort of drug that got accidentally dumped into the drinking water supply? Or maybe it simply was contaminated by the canal water?

There must be a reasonable explanation for this behavior, and I am certain that with a bit of handwork, we will find it and set things straight. For now, however, I’m afraid I’ll have to start sending the completely unreasonable ones to the hospital to be watched over. I fear for their safety if their mental states are so distraught.

Wish me the best.

Your loving daughter,



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  1. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman September 17, 2010

    Dr. Dinosaur:  Hah! magic? your primitive mammalian brains can’t comprehend science so you all cling to it as magic! bah!

    • Verlia Bilavio Verlia Bilavio September 18, 2010

      Who you calling primitive, peabrain?!

      • Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra September 18, 2010

        Oh, ignore him, he’s just peeved that we’ve been eating his descendants for the past 65 million years.

  2. Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra September 18, 2010

    Mass hallucination?

    Hmm. .

    With all the chemicals in the canal water that actually would be plausible.

    Mind you what the superstitious call magic is sometimes merely science under a cloak of mysticism.

  3. Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf September 18, 2010

    ((I feel another Lia adventure coming about… something to deal with magic ;3 ))

    Oh Ms. Lia there are some many things in the world that are not explainable by Science alone.

  4. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon September 18, 2010

    Magic is just science we have yet to understand.

    Ultimately science will explain everything in the universe once we discover the universal theory of everything!

    *ponders the universal theory of everything while locked in the basement*

  5. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox September 18, 2010

    Ramoo say dat magic 90% science and 10% believe.  So, jes’ because you don’t know how it work don’t mean dat it not real, or dat it not also science.  And – den dere are jes’ some crazy people roamin’ around.

  6. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin September 18, 2010

    Turning the streets inter gold? oh that one’s easy! all you have to do is …… (faint mumbling from the distance..) what you mean i can’t tell? (mumbling goes on for a bit, louder) oh… yep, i see…. hmmmmmm…. well, it’s all scientific anyhow, ain’t magic at all, promise!

  7. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon September 18, 2010

    I tried to turn the streets into gold once with a transmogrification ray, but the stones just melted into green goo that proceeded to crawl into the sewers. Not my best invention ever…

    • Verlia Bilavio Verlia Bilavio September 18, 2010

      See, that’s something I’d like to see.

      From a far distance.

  8. DoctorDinosaur Runner DoctorDinosaur Runner September 18, 2010

    fools!!!! you just change the molecular makeup of the cobbles in the streets to that of gold!!! it’s a very technical procedure you wouldn’t understand, but it involves three coconuts, an industrial lathe, and 5 vats of gorilla glue….and crystals!!!

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