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Introverted Thinking and Elf Mages

arcanist freelance_death_wizard_by_leeshahannigan for the card game One Hit Kill
arcanist freelance_death_wizard_by_leeshahannigan for the card game One Hit Kill

Tiroothian walked slowly towards the remaining orcs and raised his hand level in front of him.
A small orb rested inside his palm letting off an almost blinding light blue glow.
It cackled and sizzled.
He smiled and cautioned, ‘Incenendus Aves.’
Suddenly, the orb expanded to cover his body with pure energy.
The orcs let out a ferocious yell and foolishly charged at him.
Vengeance was his that day.
– Tiroothian Haediir, Arcanic Perfection I

Arcanists (Elf mages) have a natural ability to absorb and internalize arcane power. This arcane power surges and pulses through their bodies until they release it. The more control they have of the arcane energy in their environment, the larger their pool of resources and the more abilities they can cast. These focused wizards are the pinnacle of magical power and learning – they create powerful illusions, buff allies, and slow time from a distance.

ROLE

Hero in I_TP, Companion (auxiliary / main hand enchant) in E_TP, Newbie (tertiary / off-hand enchant) in I_FJ, Escort (inferior / armor enchant) in E_FJ

  • Arcane mage
  • Scholar

ESSENCE

  • Accuracy – To store information and make technical sense of the world

 STYLE

  • Personalized logic
  • Methodical
  • Theories
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Skeptical
  • Impersonal
  • Decisive
  • Calm
  • Articulate
  • Direct and honest
  • Focused
  • Optimizing
  • Autonomy
  • Makes holistic models of complex systems
  • Improves systems
  • Makes sense of data
  • Searches for logical accuracy
  • Technical understanding

STRENGTHS

  • Solo questing (prizes independence and does it well)
  • Power hungry (can easily absorb a lot of data and statistics)
  • Arcane shield (protect yourself with a personal understanding of how the world works)

WEAKNESSES

  • Too much combat (time alone recharges mana-batteries)
  • Glass cannon (increase logical focus at the cost of emotional focus)
  • Crowd control (being controlled by rules, people, or the environment)

COMPANION / PREFERRED ENCHANTMENTS

What Does Introverted Thinking Do?

Introverted Thinking uses structured models of information. It compares things and asks, “Does it make technical sense to me?” Thinking is a Judging function, so it makes decisions. In this case, the decisions are based on accuracy. Feelings are not on Thinking’s radar for the most part. Thinking prefers facts and details with emotionally detached logic.

The models it uses come from taking information in and finding the correct place to archive it in their mind. Introverted functions store data from the past and compare it to the present. Introverted Thinking is no different. The data it uses is impersonal and empirical, just like Extroverted Thinking. The difference is that it is subjective. It’s filtered through the mind and not purely objective.

Introverted Thinking wants to have a holistic understanding of complex systems. Since it’s Introverted, it focuses on depth of understanding. When the user is interested in something, Ti puts all its energy into understanding it. The more data it has, the better the model. Every new piece of data is scrutinized and checked for accuracy. If the idea, thought, or data doesn’t fit with the internal logic that Ti has, it is deemed false. It’s kind of like an anti-virus program checking your computer. It scans over and over to make sure everything fits properly within the system. If there’s a bug, it’s quarantined or eliminated.

Over time, the model gets improved and better structured. Ti likes to improve models in general because it’s always looking for inaccuracies. It’s less focused on creating new ways to interpret the world than it is on solidifying current ones.

What’s an Elf Mage Like?

The stereotypical image of a mage as an intellectual holds true for Elf mages. They want knowledge. Without it, the world doesn’t make sense to them. But they need things to make technical sense to feel that their decisions are good. So, they absorb objective information, analyze it, and put it in their mental library.

If a problem comes about where they don’t understand how something works, they dig into their library. They find mental models and begin researching. They improve their model by fitting new data to it. They can then find the perfect understanding of how things work. It just takes some time to piece different ideas or data together. An Elf mage will understand how something works based on how similar parts fit into another system. For example, seeing two machines with similar functionality, the Elf mage can almost mentally x-ray them and make sense of what parts are at work. 

Elf mages often think of the content over the context. They’re more detached from the emotions of the situation and focus on practicality, as well. Practicality and usability of items or information is more important to them than the values people assign to them. So, Elf mages often think that because a spell is good against X, that it will always be the best choice. To a healer though, the best choice is influenced by the people in the environment, and may not always be cut and dry.

When an Elf mage notices a flaw in the data, they attempt to fix it. They always seek accuracy. To them, it’s the most important factor in making decisions. This leads to a very mage-like way of being open, direct, and transparent. They won’t beat around the bush when the facts are inaccurate. They expose the truth to fix the mistake. But the truth, to them, has no judgement attached to it. It’s just the truth. So if someone makes a mistake, they correct it because they want the data to be accurate. Not because they think the other person is bad or dumb, but because they’re wrong.

Elves are calm. They take in ideas and concepts and ruminate on them. Elf mages focus on gathering non-emotional data. They study and review mental models to get the clearest vision of how things work. This style naturally lends itself to bringing out calmer characteristics.

They are articulate and exacting. They search for accuracy in everything — speech included. There is always a perfect word to express things, and finding that word is important to Elf mages. The idea must be clear and comprehensible if it has to be explained. To get this accuracy, they go in their head to find the words, then speak. You’ll see them take pauses, search for the perfect spell, and cast it.

Efficiency is important for Elf mages. Without it, they have to spend a lot of mental resources to understand the technical make-up of the world. So, they build mental models – mirror images. The models are used to make sense of things. This reduce resource spending. In turn, they can spend resources in more productive ways. It’s kind of like conservation of mana. Casting spells in a row, then regaining some mana, and casting again is more efficient than constantly casting and never regaining mana. Eventually, you’d be out of mana and not be able to take part properly.

Abilities

arcane-explosion2Amplify magic – Increase understanding by finding that one piece of information that makes everything click.

arcane-boltArcane blast – Detached, impersonal criticism of an object or situation. 

arcane-brilliance-mind-to-mindArcane brilliance – Logical analysis. Mages love to learn and have an uncanny ability to focus specifically on gathering information about the subject of interest.

arcane-blastArcane explosion – Model oriented Area Of Effect damage to connect all pieces of information about a subject.

blinkBlink – Step back and analyze the situation. When combat starts and a Mage’s gears turn on, they immediately take a step back and analyze objectively in order to gain a deeper understanding.

arcane-eye-clairvoyanceClairvoyance – Radical honesty. Elf mages look for accuracy in situations. Elf mages will often illuminate an area for their allies to see the truth.

arcane-protection Evocation – Increase mana regeneration. Regenerate mana at double the rate when out of combat. Introverts can get overstimulated or exhausted when dealing with too much stimuli, taking a step back to gather thoughts gets them right back in combat.

orbFocus magic – Articulate expression of an idea by choosing the perfect word.

invisibility-cloakInvisibility – Disappear into your head, leaving  your surroundings briefly. Mages analyze the world before hard-engaging it. After they have some data, they become visible and participate again.

mirror-imageMirror image – Make an internal replica of a system, model, or theory to experiment with and explain how something works and see if new information fits.

remove-corruptionRemove corruption – Remove an inaccuracy. Mages are quick to notice factual discrepancies or logical flaws and are often more than willing to point them out using the wealth of  information they have gathered.

slow-timeSlow time – Calm and calculated analysis of a situation.

spell-stealSpell steal – Take information and data from another source and internalize it.

true-seeingTrue sight – Accurate understanding and awareness of how reality is connected together.

Tiroothian Haediir, Pre-made Elf Mage

Tiroothian and his family were imprisoned by Orcs. The Orcs tortured and killed his parents in front of a crowd during a long, drawn out ceremony. Tiroothian was young at the time and was released so he could tell others of the Orc’s acts.

On his long venture home, crying and furious, he swore that he would get revenge and find a way to destroy the Orcs. At that moment, he fell to the ground and entered a deep slumber. In his dream, his parents came to him and told him to follow the ways of magic to bring justice to the Orcs.

Tiroothian gave away all his possessions and became an apprentice of Tulor Elenethran, a High Sorcerer. Tulor allowed him to study and practice in the Tower of Ages, the largest library and repository of magic and knowledge of the world. Tulor pushed him to study hard and learn everything about the inner workings of magic.

Tiroothian delved deep into his studies — so deep that he began to lose track of time as well as his handle on reality. Naming, categorizing, and improving spells became second nature. After hundreds of years of devotion to his studies, his parents came back to him in a dream and urged him to broaden his search for the true nature of magic.

Now, he expands his search to understand all there is about magic and bring justice to the Orcs. He makes well-researched, logical efforts to solve problems and improve his group’s odds in combat. For him, magic and knowledge have become a way of understanding the true nature of the world. Without a perfect model of the world, he believes we can never truly gain power and control our lives.

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