Ask Luna #152

From: Kevin

1. Do you know what type of magic is used to create dispel focuses? Can any mage create them or are only specific ones who can do so?

2. I heard that life magic can be paired up with some elemental magic for personal power and enhancement. Do you know what those combinations are and how they would use it?

3. Kind of a silly question but have you ever seen/met a Light Mage who had Shadow/Darkness magic, or a Dark Mage who had Light/Brightness magic? If so do they have to deal with any stigma towards their magic and their mage philosophy?

1. As far as I know they’re just magic items. I don’t know if there’s some specific magic type you need.

2. Uh . . . the obvious ways? You aren’t seriously asking me to list every possible way of combining life and elemental magic, are you?

3. Yeah, actually. It’s kind of a running joke. They just got very unlucky with the naming system!

From: Aldo Salt

Hello, Luna! Long time fan, first time caller!

I had two questions I was hoping to throw your way:

1. Thus far in the saga of you and Alex Verus, we’ve witnessed three particular kinds of magic that deal with the “outcomes” of casual events in some way. There’s Alex’s Divination, which lets him view potential futures and the outcomes thereof. There’s the Chance Magic you and Chalice wield, which bends probability during chaotic events to produce the outcome you want. Lastly, there’s the Fateweaver artifact, which lets you pick a potential future and make it an inevitable outcome…a terrifyingly gamebreaking ability when combined with the ability to see the future.

Is there a functional difference between the Chance Magic of Chance Mages and the Fate magic of a Fateweaver? Has there ever been such a thing as “Human Fateweavers”, Mages who can outright bend fate to their will?

2. Have you or Alex ever considered organizing your own “Adept Defense League” as a real alternative to the organization Richard has co-opted? From what I’ve seen, the adepts of Britain do deserve a network that will actually support them and fight for their welfare…and Alex has been learning a lot recently about leadership and political organizing…

Hang in there, and stay safe!

1. This is actually something I’m kind of interested in, but it’s hard to figure out much about it. Fate magic does seem to do a lot of things that overlap really closely with what I can do, but I can’t actually ‘see’ it working, so I can’t figure out how it works or why. Which is kind of annoying to be honest. It would be really nice to be able to do some of those tricks . . . but maybe that’d take a full chance mage. I don’t know. Well, it’s probably not an option anyway, not as though I can really run experiments with Alex these days.

2. It was something Alex was thinking about in the old days, and he talked about it with me a few times. After the shop got burned down and he started having to work on the Council, he didn’t have time any more. But he left me his notes and a lot of contacts, so I’ve been starting to wonder if I should give it a try . . .

From: Hrok

Hi Luna,

I hope you are doing well (or at least as well as can be expected) given current events. I have three questions that I hope you can answer.

1. Do you or Alex know anything more about the summoning abilities of Jinn nobility? Given the fact that the mid-ranked jinn that Alex encountered at the facility was able to summon its former servants, I was wondering if the Jinn Sultan Richard was after would have the ability to control the rest of the species (including other high level Ifrits and Marids as well as the low ranked Jann). That would certainly explain why he would be so desperate to control it.

2. can you provide further clarification on Richard’s Jinn binding technique? Did he need the aid of Crystal and Vihaela to control the Jinn? From what I could understand it seemed like he was using the dreamstone to control the Jinn itself while Crystal was controlling Anne (how would full possession effect this? would Richard no longer need assistance to control the Jinn?)

3. Is the Jinn susceptible to the “Elsewhere transformative effect”? While I understand that trying to force changes on something that big would normally be suicidal could someone using Richard’s binding technique (or a Diviner altering the odds with a fateweaver…) gain full control over a Jinn by “reprograming” it?

Sorry for all the questions. I hope things improve in the near future.

I mean these are all pretty good questions, but honestly, if we understood jinn well enough to answer them, we probably wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.

Jinn knowledge is really, really obscure. There were probably lots of mages who knew about it back during the wars, but that was a LONG time ago. These days the number one expert on jinn and jinn magic is Richard . . . who’s the whole reason we’ve got a jinn problem in the first place. So not exactly someone we can go to for help.

From: Brian

1. Have you heard of any time or space mages that are Dark Mages? Are there any magic types that seem to associate with one side or the other, or just be Independent?

2. It’s been mentioned several times that there is a rock-paper-scissors system of how elemental magic interacts with one another. Do you know the specifics of what elements are weaker or stronger against others. Does Force magic have any specific element type that it is weak against?

3. Do you what types of imbued items are there? Not like every single one but do they fall into families like magic types do?

1. Some, yeah.

2. I know a few of the specifics, but I’m not writing you a strategy guide if that’s what you’re asking.

3. They’re individuals, not families.

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Ask Luna #151

From: Lucas

1. Is Future Sight long term divination? I’ve heard the terms precognition and path walking which seem to be short term and mid term divination. Or is Future Sight a broader term or another form of divination entirely?

2. Do you or Alex know if diviners see the future like Alex does with lines of light or does it vary case by case?

3. Could Alex develop the ability to block other diviners visions, or is it like singing where you either have it or you don’t?

4. This was awhile back but when Cinder tried to get Alex to join up with him Khazad and Deleo he mentioned other seers they could of used. Why do you think they did not get them to help them with the Fateweaver incident after Alex said no? Were they lesser diviners or do you think he was lying about them?

5. For that matter why do you think Rachel wanted Alex to help them with the Fateweaver? I can’t imagine she would be happy to see him after everything that happened when they were apprentices.

1. I’ve never heard Alex use that term, so no idea.

2. Varies as far as I know.

3. No idea.

4. No idea.

5. No clue, and I’m not tracking her down to ask her.

Come on, guys, I’m not God. How do you expect me to know this stuff? Other people’s motivations for doing things that happened the best part of ten years ago?

From: Jack

Hi Luna,

Hope you are doing ok. My question is about the events around the fateweaver. How did you find out about the place where you found the key to the fateweaver relic? It seems a bit suspicious that it happened to be found by someone connected to Alex, almost like it was meant to draw him back into mage politics. I’m guessing it was Morden who set it up, simply because he and Richard have seemingly never given up on recruiting/using Alex. Have you or Alex ever thought about it?

As an aside, Alex is clearly different from other diviners we’ve seen in that he is more of a short-term, combat-focused seer. Has he tried to do the long-term forecasting that Alaundo and Helikaon seem to manage? That would likely be very useful, though maybe it’s not one of Alex’s talents.

Thanks and good luck.

Okay, so while this is also from years and years ago, it does actually relate to me.

It’s a long story, and it involves things I used to do that I don’t much do now. Back in those days I was kind of . . . drifting, I guess. I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what, and I didn’t know what would work, and I was a bit desperate that my motivation would run out and I wouldn’t be able to get it back. One thing led into another and that led into another and that led me into that attic where I found that cube.

I’ve wondered about how I found it, too. It might have been some mage who set it up, but it seems kind of elaborate – Alex and I weren’t really on anyone’s radar back then. Honestly, I’ve always kind of suspected that if anyone was behind it, it was the item. Or maybe it really just was a case of wrong place, wrong time.

Oh, and no, I don’t think Alex does that kind of long-range forecasting. He knows how to do it, but he doesn’t seem to like it for whatever reason.

From: Logan

My question is about the magic economy. Favors mostly, but with some money, I get that, but what’s Alex doing/spending to get all his condensers, force walls, etc? Who creates them? If just Enchanters, it seems like they’re the only ones doing anything productive, but Arachne is the only one mentioned specifically to make items, and it sounds like she’s always done it for free (did it even before Alex saved her). Besides that, are other mages earning a living productively, such as what’s a non-keeper fire or air mage doing to pay the rent? Intrigue and politics are fun, but not everyone is power hungry. Would be interested to hear of a shapeshifting accountant. What’s that got to do with accounting?Nothing, but what else is he/she going to do with it?

Alex trades for his items (or used to, anyway). Biggest supplier was a guy called Norden. He used to give the guy low-value focuses in exchange for bulk orders on the one-shots he used (he pretty much always went through the same three or four). He’d sometimes do favours as well.

As for what other mages do to pay the rent . . . whatever they need to. It’s not like it’s that hard to figure out a way to make money if you have as many tricks as the average mage. And of course if you’re with the Council, you just need to kiss up to the right guy. Mages tend not to like to advertise how they get their money, though.

From: Jim

Hi Luna,

What is Talisid’s magic type?

Thanks

Mind mage, according to Alex. He’s very subtle about it, though. I’ve never seen him use a spell (though I haven’t seen him much.)

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New Year Update

Happy 2020!  

Although this is an update post, we’re light on news.  Alex Verus #11, Forged, is still with my publishers and I’m still waiting on edits.  I’m drawing out some hazy ideas for Book #12, but for now I’m mostly just enjoying my break, and doing silly side projects like finally watching the new trilogy of Star Wars films and writing up my thoughts on them.

I’m also tossing around some extremely vague ideas for what I’ll do once the Alex Verus series is over, but that’s a very long-term project and I’m not expecting to have anything solid on that for months and months.  I’m actually deliberately avoiding thinking too much about it, since I want to focus on Alex Verus #12, and I don’t want to do a second-rate job on the final book of the series because I was busy thinking about the next series instead.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Just like it says in the title.  Hope you guys have all had a good year, and that the next one will go well too!  I’ll put up an update post some time in early January.  

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Ask Luna #150

Number one hundred and fifty! I’ll try to do a few more questions than usual today. Hopefully they’ll be nice and short and on topics I know something about.

From: Sammy

Hello Luna! Just have a few questions about the Council.

Oh god.

1. Is it common for Light Council members to have strong ties to different factions? I think Levistus even though he is a Director had some connections with the Isolationists, and Druss the Red seems to be a lot like a Guardian even though he is not one.

2. Is there a Light Council of Wales, Ireland, or Scotland or is it under the British Council? If it is all under one Light Council do they form groups on the Council that tilt towards their nationalities?

3. Unlikely as this is to happen but could Alex legally become a Senior Council member even though he was only an aide? Have there ever been Junior Council members who did not get onto the Senior Council?

4. Are there any differences in Senior/Junior Councils in other countries? Not look for an in depth answer but do they all follow the same pattern of thirteen members or are there drastic differences in different countries for various reasons?

5. Has there been any talks on expanding the Senior/Junior Council or at least having Junior Council members voting on issues?

Thank you so much! Have an awesome day!

1. Aaaargh. I don’t know! How am I supposed to know? I’m not a politics professor!

2. Okay, I know the answer to this one, sort of. There’s one for Britain and a separate one for Ireland.

3. How in the name of Jesus Christ am I supposed to know this stuff?

4. Are you serious? It’s not enough that you want a bloody dissertation on the British Council, you want a world guide too?

5. I’M NOT A POLITICS TEACHER!

Okay, sorry, didn’t mean to lose my temper there. But in the name of God, guys, please stop asking me this stuff! Why do you even all want to know? It’s not like it’s remotely useful. What, are you hoping to get a job there or something? It’s like you think Council politics is a spectator sport.

Okay, maybe the next one will be easier . . .

From: Gaston

Hi Luna,

How you are doing?

It’s been a while so I’ve stored up a handful of questions for you:

. . .

1. Has Team Verus seriously considered that Richard might be a Fate mage? I ask because of the things that Richard has done that can’t be explained by imbued items, what stands out is his sense of timing. He appeared at exactly the right moment to tempt Alex and Anne in Sagash’s realm. Similarly, he both engineered circumstances where Anne was exposed to the jinn and where he could rescue her. Finally, most chillingly, we’ve known for a while the long-range divinations say that his personal power will rise to that of the Council’s level. I don’t deny he is a master planner and has out-maneuvered them at every turn. But it maybe be more than simple incompetence on the Council’s part. His greatest talent is putting people in positions where their choices create his desired outcomes. You’ve told us a bit about Fate Magic before (see Ask Luna #30, 31 and 74) and that’s what made me think about it. IMHO, confrontation between Alex and Richard is unavoidable at some point and knowing about his magic type will help Alex plan for it.

2. If I’m right (or even if I’m wrong), Richard’s long-term plans clearly involve Anne and wish magic. I know that the jinn do not have any bodies to return them to but has Team Verus thought about trying to have Anne use wish magic to create a new one for the jinn (thus freeing herself!)? While wish magic is very dangerous, I can’t think of any other way to free Anne permanently from its influence.

3. Finally, have you had a chance to talk to Alex about the draconic prophecy he received? I was terrified for both of you about its implications: even if Alex took up the Fate-weaver (saving Vari and Anne’s lives at the cost of shortening his own), your destiny lay along another path. Have you thought about what the dragon might have meant? Maybe it has something to do with your family curse?

These are pretty heavy duty questions (for which I’m sorry) but I’m worried for you and Team Verus. The world seems like it’s getting darker and darker…

1. (breaks down crying)

2. That’s . . . I . . . There are so many different ways in which that plan is insane that I don’t even know where to start.

3. No? Not really?

From: Aaron

Has Vari taken a mage name yet? If so, what is it? If not, does he officially get addressed as Mage Singh by the other Keepers?

Oh, thank you so much.

Yes, he’s taken a mage name. It’s Talwar. On a related note, he wants me to be very specific that his name is Talwar, not Kirpan, and that a talwar isn’t a kirpan. I’m not quite sure why that’s a big deal, but it seems to really annoy him when people get it wrong. (Which makes me tempted to get it wrong on purpose, but I’ve got a feeling this is something that matters to him.)

From: Adam

Hi Luna,

As I recall, Alex once explained that the type of magic someone uses is tied to who they are, with some general personality characteristics being recognizable for fire/ice etc.

So does someones magic type ever change over time – either gradually as they age or quickly as a result of Trauma (whether mental or physical)?

Short answer’s yes. The kind of magic you use changes all the time, month to month and year to year. Especially when you’re young. A fifteen-year old apprentice’s magic will look REALLY different by the time he’s eighteen. And it does seem to match personality shifts. But it’s slow and gradual, not sudden, and it doesn’t jump types the way some people seem to expect it to. The only time you get sudden major changes in someone’s magic type is from ultra-traumatic stuff.

From: Liam

The way I’ve heard scrying described, a space mage opens a small portal and looks through it, which also allows the person they’re spying on to see them. Would it be possible to attack someone through one of these small portals by firing a gun into it?

No. Scrying portals are a very different type of portal to gate portals – they’re designed to be low-impact and permeable to light only. There are some other differences, too, but they’re complicated and I don’t know the theory. If you want to attack someone via space magic, you have to make a mini-gate-portal instead.

From: Dakota

Does Alex have mantis golems of his own? Or did Morden already “appropriate” them? Although Belthas wasn’t on the Council, he had enough influence to get some. On the other hand, it’s likely the Council doesn’t exactly want the Dark representative to have them.

Hahaha, no. No way the Council would issue mantis golems to Alex, much less Morden. They’re not standard issue, you have to specifically request them, and there is NO chance Alex would get approved.

From: Rachel

Hi Luna!

1. Are we ever going to be seeing Alex’s mistcloak again? Would it be possible for Arachne to make him a new one? Seems like the more trustworthy items Alex has on his side, the better, and I was irrationally sad when it burned.
2. When Alex had that run-in with not-quite-Anne in the shadow realm where the dreamstone was found and she was Very Very Angry with him, was that Not Anne? Or was that just an illusion that the dreamstone created?

1. Let’s just say that the odds of Arachne making him a new one at this point are not good. Sorry.

2. Good question. I honestly have no idea. I’ve never been to that shadow realm, but from what I’ve heard, I’ve got the feeling the answer might be neither of the above – it might be closer to the kind of things you can run into in Elsewhere.

From: Mark

1. Do you know what Morden does in Drakh’s Cabal now that he is not the public face of the Dark Mages in the Light Council? It’s strange I don’t see him as a second in command considering what he did before but I can’t think of what else he would do now.

2. Who would Richard need Vihaela to interrogate and what for? I get having her as a warrior/intimidation factor but wouldn’t a mind or charm mage be better for that sort of thing? Does she also gather intelligence? She seems to influential to use just as muscle.

3. When Richard made his offer to Alex and Anne in the shadow realm in Hidden, do you think he got Crystal to help them escape in case they didn’t join up with him? I always thought Crystal was way too willing to help them out considering everything before, and I can’t imagine Richard not foreseeing them saying no he had to guess Alex would still hold a grudge, and potentially losing them to Sagash would be catastrophic to his plans.

4. Would the other Light Councils let a Dark Mage like Richard Drakh run a country? I know he is one of the most dangerous mages in Europe/the world, but could he really stand against multiple European Councils including the United States?

1. Nope! I have no idea and it’s really not my problem.

2. Presumably anyone he doesn’t like and who knows stuff he wants to find out.

3. It’s not a crazy idea, especially what Crystal was doing when she next showed up, but my guess is no. I think Crystal was just doing what she usually does and looking out for number one – she spotted that her relationship with Sagash was going south and decided to jump ship while she still could.

4. They’d probably have some issues with it, but I don’t know if they’d care enough to actually spend lives. But who knows, it’s not as if they keep me up to date on what they like.

Okay, I think I’ve done my duty at this point. Have a good Christmas all, and I’ll see you next year!

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Ask Luna #149

From: Kevin

1. I noticed some questions getting repeatedly asked not “What is Richard’s magic type” question that has been asked so many times, but things about Landis’s rank, the Junior Council, the Downs Stones etc… It doesn’t irritate you too much does it? I don’t think fans aren’t paying attention to your answers, but more of similar minds think alike kind of deal since they seem to be asked around the same time before you have time to answer.

2. Does it bother you that the grammar is not perfect when some questions are asked? I asked several questions that missed some words and other mistakes and I am sorry if this annoys you I try to proofread but mistakes happen.

3. This question has to due with Alex and Richard having, as far as we know their real first names above their mage name. For Alex I don’t think this is because he is following Richard’s example but because for better or worse he wants to be honest about who he is as a person and keeping in touch with his humanity. In Richard’s case I think it has to due with power since most mages view it as taboo to call them by anything but their mage name, with Richard he is setting that aside like he does not care about convention. Is there something to this line of thought or is there another reason why mages have names like this?

1. I do understand why it happens (can’t expect people to read through all the previous answers before asking their question) but it does get REALLY tedious answering the same questions over and over again. Especially when the answer always seems to be either “I don’t know” or “it’s complicated”. I think maybe I’ll just start deleting those ones rather than putting them up here.

2. Oh, it’s not so much the grammar. It’s whether I can understand what the hell you’re saying. The questions that really drive me nuts are the incredibly long rambling ones where I have to read it through three times before I can even understand what they’re trying to ask.

3. I remember Alex saying once that he had the feeling Richard did it as a kind of middle finger to the establishment mages, especially the Light ones. Those kinds of mages make a big deal about their mage names and refuse to answer to anything else. I don’t know why, though.

From: Alexis

1. Do you think Richard not going after Onyx for his provocations is out of respect for Morden? I think Morden said something similar about Alex’s actions so do you think Onyx just hasn’t gone over the line yet and/or is Richard letting Morden take care of his Chosen?

2. Do you still keep up dueling for fun or practice? When you were doing it a lot more do you think you were among the best in the country?

3. Are there any good duelers who do not use elemental magic? Excluding you of course because you are awesome in general but do you know if living and universal mages can be as good as the elemental ones? Do you think Alex could do well if he ever put in the practice?

1. Probably, yeah. Dark mages are really territorial about these things. If anyone’s going to discipline a Chosen, it’s supposed to be their master. Then again, Morden didn’t seem to care when Alex did what he did, so . . .

2. I still practise a bit, but I’ve been doing it less and less since I took over the shop. I keep meaning to do more, but it just seems harder to . . . motivate myself, I guess? Like it feels less important. Not sure why.

I don’t think I was ever the best in the country (there are professional mages who’ve been doing it for years and years) but I managed to win a couple of apprentice tournaments.

3. It’s pretty much dominated by elemental mages. You get a few others, like me, but we’re really outnumbered. It’s actually kind of an advantage.

From: Kurt Von Bosse

Hi Luna.

In an answer in Ask luna #138, you said about Deleo,”What really grinds her gears is that Alex keeps on disobeying Richard without anything happening, while she keeps on doing what she’s told and gets ignored for it.”

I know you also said expecting Deleo to be consistent is a stretch, but just following orders doesn’t sound very consistent with the basic dark mage philosophy. Deleo should either be out on her own, trying to build her own empire or trying to find the secrets that make Richard so dangerous, so she could eventually supplant him.

It seems to me that Richard, and also Morden, only respect power and people who know how to wield it.

Deleo has put herself in a position where she (except when she tries to kill Alex) acts more like one of Richard’s slaves than what Morden would call “A true dark mage.”

Perhaps Richard has a measure of respect for Alex that he simply does not have for Deleo. (Not that Richard wouldn’t try to kill Alex if he thought it would further his plans, but Richard is probably a psychopath so respecting someone and deciding to kill them aren’t mutually exclusive ideas.)

I mean, everything you’re saying there is true, but I think you’re kind of answering your own question. She’s doing it wrong, and that’s why it’s not working.

Unless you’re asking why she acts like that. In which case I’m sure Deleo’s got her own justifications, but I’ve no idea what they are and frankly I don’t really care.

From: Derek

1. Is the Fateweaver an imbued item or a precursor artifact, or are they not mutually exclusive?

2. Does the Fateweaver have mind magic since Abithriax was one? Could another user use mind magic if they used it along with his/her own, and could other magic types be added to the Fateweaver?

3. Is the Fateweaver among the most powerful magical artifacts? Or to put another way, if magical items were in a one-five level of power, one being strongest, five being weakest, it would be a one?

4. Does the Fateweaver shorten a user’s lifespan because of it’s power and/or the sense of invincibility it seems to bring out?

5. Do you know how Morden knew that the Fateweaver was dangerous to use? I thought only you or Alex was aware of that, how could he have figured it out?

1. Yes.

2. No.

3. Probably.

4. Maybe.

5. No.

From: Anton

Mage Vesta,
Can Lightning Mages convert electricity(thunderstorms, batteries, electrical sockets, etc.)into raw magical energy to empower non-elemental spells? For example could they use a storm to empower an imbued item, open a particularly large gate or create a construct? If so can other mages use their given elements to do the same?

They can, yes. A lot of elemental mages have some form of energy control where they take advantage of existing energy, rather than generating it themselves. The problem is that you have to spend just as much time mastering that kind of spell as you do mastering any other kind of spell, so you end up spending just as long learning how to do something that’s only useful occasionally. I think there are certain niches where it’s supposed to be really good, but I’m not an elemental mage so I’m not an expert.

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Ask Luna #148

From: Rachel

Hi Luna, hope all is well, and I am very much looking forward to catching up on what’s been happening to everyone lately in the upcoming book.
I’ve been thinking about Dark mages, and the fact that there seems to be a disconnect between the two strongest (at least politically strongest) Dark mages, Richard and Morden, and their Chosen. I associate the older mages with having more vampiric style traits – savagery with a veneer of old-world style and sophistication – very Machiavellian. Their Chosen, while powerful, lack self-control, and are blunt instruments, in a way, by comparison (more like werewolves,
no disparagement intended to either your characters, or werewolves, of course).
Morden and Richard are political and subtle, yet their Chosen don’t seem to reflect those aspects of their characters at all. Is this deliberate, or just a bit of a mess-up on their parts? Or do independent thinking apprentices tend to end up dead – or rogue like Alex?
I would also love to know more about Morden, if you’ve heard anything interesting – how old is he really, and why is he willing to be the political front for Richard? He seems to be powerful enough to be on his own.
Anyway, thanks for reading my rambling questions/thoughts, and thanks for continuing to share your insights with us!

Rachel

Yeah, it is a bit weird that both of them ended up with the same pattern. I’m not sure why it happened, but I’ve got a feeling it’s something to do with the problems with the whole Dark way of thinking. Way too much of a tendency to promote violent psychos.

The other possibility is they both just screwed up. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both of them ended up putting a lot of distance from their Chosen.

From: Sierra

1. Did you notice that when Anne was using the jinn the wish magic seemed limited to just a power up? Do you think this is because willing hosts are better able to limit the jinn’s ability to mess when them and use their power more effectively. Or could it be that this was just the tip of the iceberg and Evil/Not Our Anne was just testing the waters so to speak?

2. Alex is a diviner and Anne is a life mage, is everyone in the mage world jealous/envious?
Seriously though are there magic types that just connect well with each other either romantically or general friendships? I know you and Alex have a good connection with your overlap of Chance/Divination, do you think that it is similar with your friendships with Anne and Vari being a Life and Fire mage, or am I just overthinking this?

3. Do you know what Light Council Sonder is affiliated with? For some reason I could see him being involved with any of them but none of them if that makes sense he seems to undecided. Is that even possible with the Light Council?

1. I think she was still testing the waters. Plus she was limited by having to keep things quiet from her other half. The jinn can do more than that – a lot more.

2. There probably are, but it’s really hard to tell when it’s a case of the magic types and when it’s just the people.

3. I’m not sure, honestly. I don’t really keep in touch with him these days.

From: Brian

1. Now Richard and to some extent Morden have had their eyes on Alex
for some time but with Anne it seems different. By that I mean for
using something as powerful as the jinn you would need to find a
willing/non Dark Mage host for it to be used effectively which would
be quite difficult on the best of days, unless they had some foolproof
method of knowing that there would be a suitable host when Richard
came back. I do not think regular divinations could do this as I
believe that only Alaundo has the ability to look that far into the
future if at all and I doubt he would help Richard out being a Light
Mage and all. Now of course Richard could be a diviner and get the
information that way, but even if he was one I think it would be like
how Alex uses it, the Apollonian style because as far as I know most
diviners involved in mage politics uses that branch of divination. And
I doubt he would go to Dragons considering the drawbacks, but there is
another branch of divination that can get similar results and seems
more Dark affiliated, which is the Dionysian style which can make
pretty accurate predictions if you substitute morality something Dark
Mages have no problem doing. Sorry for the length of this question but
do you or Alex believe that it is possible that Richard could have
used Dionysian divinations to discover who and what he would need when
he came back and have his associates look out for them? I believe
Morden tried to get Anne to be his apprentice once, and I don’t they
would risk their plans to fate if they want to take out the Light
Council and rule Great Britain. I am sorry if this is just worthless
speculation but I don’t believe someone like Richard would leave
things this important to the off chance he could find someone as
powerful as Anne who wasn’t a Dark Mage for his plans to work but
would do you think?

2. A quick side question has Alex ever discovered how Richard knew he
was a diviner? Do you think Dionysian divination was involved or are
there are other methods that could be used to find new diviners?

1. Okay, look, I tried to read this question, I really did, but I couldn’t stop my eyes glazing over.

2. No.

From: Julianne

Hi Luna,

I hope you don’t mind me asking personal things, I’m just curious if you, Alex, Anne and Variam are still in touch with your families? If so, do they know what you’re doing right now? Alex’s father for instance doesn’t even know that his son’s a mage or the truth about his time with Richard and what happened afterwards. How about you, Variam and Anne?

Thanks for answering all those questions you get, take care!

We’re in touch with them. Kind of. It’s a long, complicated, uncomfortable subject, too big for a question on this blog. I also really don’t want to draw extra attention to our families, for reasons I think you can probably guess.

p.s. I don’t know if you’re still searching for this Alex/Variam slash fiction, but in case you do…
https://archiveofourown.org/works/19283494

Oh god. I thought it was just a joke! I’m sorry!

From: Alicia White

Hey, Luna! How are things?
I just wanted to know if you can tell us more about the history of the Arcana Emporium and more about the previous owner?
How long was the magic shop in operation before Alex took it over & how did he come to own it?

Weirdly enough, I’ve never asked. I think I probably should. I’ll try and remember to do it next time I get a chance to chat with Alex and there aren’t any emergencies . . . actually, come to think of it, that could take a long time.

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All Done!

And we’re done!  First draft of Alex Verus #11, aka Forged, is written, edited, and sent off to the publisher.  

Oddly enough, this is the last time I’ll ever be in this position.  I’ve finished lots of Alex Verus books, but this is the very last time that I’ll be finishing an Alex Verus book as opposed to the Alex Verus series.  The next time that I type out the last words of the last chapter, it’ll mean that the series is over.  

But that’s something to think about another day.  Over the next few months I’ll do the primary edits on Forged, then lead up to beginning work on Alex Verus #12.  But right now, I’m taking a break.  Next few weeks will be Ask Lunas, and then we’ll be into Christmas and the New Year.  

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Almost There

A few more edits to go.

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Crunch Week

Coming up on my deadline, so no Ask Luna today.  Last full chapter of Alex Verus #11 is done, just need to do the epilogue (not technically an epilogue, but the last chapters of my books are typically only a few pages long, so that’s how I think of them).  Still on track to send off the manuscript to my publishers by December 1st.

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