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Friday, January 24, 2003
 
I managed a spell check and a few minor edits. I also pondered all sorts of things, as usual, ranging from what to do about the weather, whether I should write a timeline to keep things straight, how mages from a relatively temperate climate would react in after an itsy bitsy snowstorm, and whether or not to go ahead and insert bits of first person narration from Wulf (and probably Kensin as well) later. Oh, and how bloody cold it has been this week. Shudder.

I did refine Kensin's attitude more. Yes, he does believe that commoners should not be taught magic. But that is not the norm -- that is his heresy. This means that not all mages are lords (not even minor lords), or perhaps if they become mages, they become minor lords, sort of like being knighted but having no real powers. However, not all is easy for commoners. The Triad allows commoners to become mages, but they severely restrict the types of spells they can learn. (I'll bet many of the mages in the prison are there for breaking this rule.) Ironically, this means that commoners are generally better adapted to life in the prison because they haven't come to rely on spells as much as the noble mages, and they can still do things for themselves. This could be an important distinction. (Think of the twins in the Harry Potter books and the way they often use muggle things, such as lock picks, because that's what's best for the job.)

Kensin's difference is that he and his father belong to a tradition that believes commoners should not even be allowed to learn simple spells. In fact, they have even taken to threats, blackmail, assault, and finally even murder to try to make the world into their twisted image. What no one knows is that the murder pushed Kensin to realize what he was becoming. He still thinks he's evil, but he realizes he has done wrong and wishes it weren't too late to redeem himself. (See, I knew there was a reason to insert some of his POV in there. It will make a great contrast to Wulf's warnings about Kensin. Even Wulf doesn't know everything about Kensin, although I suppose he will be able to tell that he is a changed man...)
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