Post by darkwingdork on Apr 4, 2011 12:57:22 GMT -5
Yes, there are plenty of other "mortal" beings besides Earthlings, the villagers in "Have Sword, Will Travel" being one of them.
I was planning on addressing why these mortals know about magic but others don't at some point in the comic, but basically it goes like this. The rules of not revealing magic to mortal beings was put into place at some arbitrary point in history. It's intention is similar to the Prime Directive of the Star Trek universe, in that revealing too much to "primitive" cultures would alter their societies' development. Perhaps "magic" is some sort of higher science that can not be comprehended by certain societies yet. Whatever the case, it's not to be handed over to just anyone.
Since this rule was put into place at some arbitrary point in history, several mortal beings had already been exposed to magical beings prior to this point. These mortals beings have essentially been "grandfathered" in to the great magic masquerade, because it would be stupid to try to hide magic from them now that their societies have already been altered. Plus, many of these mortals would be regularly exposed to magical beings anyway, since they live on planets that are important places to the magic communities.
Maybe a non-magic race shares a planet with one or more magic races, the planet is deemed a popular hang out for magic beings, etc. Whatever the case, some mortal beings, but not all, are privy to the existence of magic.
The side effect of this well-intended plan is that some races that are already magical take this as a reinforcement of their superiority over mortals. Being in on magical affairs makes them part of an exclusive club, and you're not invited.
Post by darkwingdork on Apr 15, 2011 9:33:50 GMT -5
A possibly good point by Calpurnia today. Ally, Reece and Sheila run the risk of making the mortals dependent on them to take care of their problems. But at the same time, given the magic community's inconsistent policies toward Earth (or more specifically, inconsistent ENFORCEMENT of polices) it remains to be seen just when humans would have the opportunity to fight back.