Magick... Magicka... Whatever the fuck it is or you want to call it... er, spell it... by, it’s become something of a mainstay in a few of your more recent Anti-Construct endeavors. So I guess it’s kind of a big deal. Meaning we need to have a little chat about it.
So, can magic be used to defeat the Construct? Ehh... gotta be honest with you. Probably not. I find that prospect to be highly unlikely and I’ll try to explain my reasoning for that better in a bit... BUT... and it’s a great big “But” here... but I think we might still could use it to hurt him. And anything that results in “causing pain and/or damage to the Construct” equals “made of fucking win” in my book. I just don’t think it’s the answer to all of our problems.
In fact, normally I’d be one to just stand up and go “No.” “Stop It.” “Magic does not exist, you idiot, stop trying to pretend that it does.” But then I have to remind myself that we’re dealing with a faceless supernatural creature in a business suit and that just throws a great big monkey wrench into the entire equation. So... okay, maybe magic exists. Certainly there have been a notable few that seem capable of using it rather efficiently. My prime points of reference being good old Nicky Sage and the “late?” Setoth. Both of whom have put a great deal of effort into documenting their magical exploits and both of whom have had others around to back up the claims of “yeah, he just set a bunch of dudes on fire with a wave of his hand.” So kind of hard to argue against at this point.
So, magic exists. I can accept that. Why not? Let’s just go with it. Magic exists. Now what? How does this help us? Well, unfortunately, not a whole freaking lot. Why? Because this stuff is basically limited in practice to those that know enough about it to use it. Meaning they’ve spent a good deal of their lives studying or otherwise devoted to it. It’s a part of who they are. They know what they’re doing. They’ve put a lot of time, effort, and practice into it. Hence why Zero spent weeks futilely trying to get into the “Astral Plane” before giving up, while Setoth was able to just waltz into the place right away like it was no big deal. It’s a simple matter of experience and inclination.
What this basically means is, Yes, there are people like AmalSage who can do magical things and potentially harm the Construct and his minions through utilization of said magical expertise. However, just because he can do it doesn’t mean the rest of us can. I suppose it’s possible we could learn to, given enough time... but good luck doing all of that studying and working in all that astral projection practice while you’re being stalked by a monster who Sees You when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake... he knows when you’ve been bad or good so- fuuuuuuuuuuuuck the Construct is Santa Claus!!
Wait- What?? No. Let me back up.
The point of the matter is, don’t get your hopes up. Out of all the runners, we’re probably looking at a good 90 to 98 percent of them/us/you that will never be able to use magic of any kind. We’re looking at a rare select few gifted individuals who happen to have stumbled into the fray with a minor advantage. Because as effective as this magic stuff may be, there are just as many documented instances of it being utterly worthless and ineffectual.
Perception is Key.
And I think that’ll wrap this one up for now. I see no reason to dive further into something I barely understand. I’ll make a longer post when we start talking about killing the Construct with giant robots and space lasers. How about that?