Tag: Random Question

Why would anyone want to be a mage?

Why would anyone want to be a mage? It’s a dangerous profession, barely one in twenty survive the apprenticeship, and fewer still survive to a ripe old age. The competitiveness of mages is well known and the attrition rate of their competitions is higher than that of birds at a duck-shoot. Is it any wonder, then, that mages are cantankerous bastards, suspicious to the point of paranoia, who have higher body-counts than most great heroes? Why, I ask you, would anyone want to subject themselves to such danger, loneliness, and fear? And what do you answer? Nothing. You answer nothing because you’re not a prat. Only prats answer rhetorical questions posed by authors. But if you were here, and if we were face to face, and if you didn’t feel that you’d be forced into pratdom by answering the question, you’d still have trouble with it. After all, you’re not a mage, and therefore you are, supposedly, and of reasonable expectation, at least moderately sane; so how could you know the answer? That’s right, you prat, you couldn’t. That is, after all, why you are reading this, if you still are. So, why would anyone want to be a mage? It’s an obvious question that hasn’t been looked at with any degree of seriousness for at least seven millennia. [Don’t get me started about the ancient records. They’re there if you know where to look, and know how to read them.] This monograph is an attempt to redress this egregious…