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Posit a modern occult setting, as is my norm.

The only way that the occult underground can remain at all coherent is through mutual reinforcement. Without a network of other magicians, any single mage is little more than a schizophrenic — he has the power to alter the world, but it's either through coincidence (in which case it could have happened anyway) or invokes the unobserveed tree paradox (in which case nobody else knows that the world has changed). Remove that reinforcement, and nothing concrete stops our protagonist from being just another crazy person.

So. A loner, an outlier — some would say a "stereotype" — is engaged in some undercover work investigating a cult. The cult realise this. One of their members oversees treatment at a Place Without Shoes. A call to the police or ambulance and some expedited paperwork later, our protagonist is convinced that he's a schizophrenic with delusions of magic, and that treatment is helping him relate to the actual world. Any magic around said protagonist is just another symptom.

What avenues are open to the protagonist beyond those that he himself would classify as "self-delusional"?


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Jul. 10th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
What avenues are open to the protagonist beyond those that he himself would classify as "self-delusional"?

To quote Raymond Chandler: "when all else fails, have a man come through the door with a gun." (Or failing that, with a magic wand. Or instead of a man, an elf or a vampire.)

Or steal from The Invisibles, because this sounds very much like a Grant Morrison kind of world ...
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Jul. 10th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
(S)He could always try making a penis grow out of someone's face. In front of witnesses. That'd be fairlyconclusive Randi-Prize material right there.
Jul. 11th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
Make it a giant robot and you could write FLCL slash ...
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but people might argue that it's "just" alien technology :D
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Whilst I'm all for the Randi idea, what if said person were to get reinforcement from another delusional source? Where there's one crazy, you usually find a whole lotta crazy goin' on. And no one said it has to be good or morale reinforcement either. :o)
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