(Mostly) Leaving LJ
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With many of the changes LJ has been making recently, it is no longer a site that I wish to support. As such, I am moving to Dreamwidth - my journal there is [personal profile] blue_rampion (surprise surprise), and everyone here is welcome to go and add me over there!

As I am a mod of animorphs, I won't be shutting down this journal entirely. I love that community too much, and the people there are worth all of the crap that LJ might throw at us. So I'll still be around there - just no where else. (It looks like both of my rp games will probably be moving, so I'll no longer be rping on LJ either.)

And for those who are interested in my graphics, my graphics journal cindergraphics has also been moved to both Dreamwidth and InsaneJournal.

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AN ANALYSIS OF MERLIN & MAGIC
(aka "WTF How the Bloody Hell is This Stuff Supposed to Work Anyway?!")


Since the BBC tv series Merlin is about...well...Merlin, magic is naturally an important part of the universe. But unfortunately, we don't have a handy magic book or our own that explains the rules of magic - how it works, what's involved in the process, and what exactly it can do. This is complicated by inconsistencies in the series itself, and the fact that we have a character who is categorically stated to be "different". In fact, the most realistic explanation for all of the magic we see in the series is "the writers hate continuity." But, particularly for the sake of things like fanfiction and roleplaying, if we want to have anything resembling a coherent theory of magic we have to watch the show closely and try to come up with it ourselves.

And, since I evidently am insane and have way too much time on my hands, I will attempt to try. To make this analysis, I will be relying on two sources - archaeologist_d's List of Spell Translations and my List of Magic Performed. I will also, of course, be using the show itself and what the narrative tells us about magic.

This post contains spoilers for Merlin Seasons 1-3, so please be warned!

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Merlin: A List of Magic Performed
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Because I clearly have nothing better to do with my time, I've made a list of all the instances of magic being used in the BBC's Merlin. (I've also written up an Analysis of Magic, which I plan to post soonish.) Items are organised by the following:
  • MAGIC PERFORMED (ITEMS USED TO AID IN MAGIC) [INCANTATION / NO INCANTATION / PASSIVE, EPISODE(NUMBER OF INSTANCES PER EPISODE & NOTE OF UNSUCCESSFUL INSTANCES)]

For the most part, I've tried to group spells together - for example, anything that involves moving an object is classified as "Telekinesis", regardless of what is being moved. A particular kind of spell may have two listings under a caster if it's used both with and without incantations.

Please note that this is by no means a definitive list - some spells were tricky to classify, and sometimes it was particularly difficult to identify just exactly what a spell was meant to do. It's also entirely possible that I have missed some instances of magic use. It also contains spoilers for Seasons 1-3 of Merlin.

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