This is the majority of a letter which was sent to me as a commentary to the power of magic (posted with permission of the sender). I felt awful for the person that sent this, and hope that by adding this testament to TLoK that people will truly understand the gravity of what magic can do to the unruly user. Many thanks to the here-unnamed Sorcerer for sending this email:
"......I really wish I knew of this site or something similiar about 5 years ago. Back in June of 97, I was 18 and had no guidance. I had a lot of anger and angst. I was into black magic pretty heavily. I unfortunately had no regard for my actions and did not think of the consequences. It was about this time I was experimenting by combining satanic magic with sympathetic magic. You know the saying, "Learn to walk before you run"? I took off running first. I used a ritual curse on my best friend and the curse hit me instead. The exact ritual I wont get into detail here about. Needless to say in my curse, I was very specific. I wanted my friend [NAME REMOVED] to suffer a horrible accident and lose the use of his left leg. I was specific in what I asked. I wanted his leg to be beyond recovery to the point where he would suffer permenent damage to it. Well. exactly 3 days later, I slipped on the beach while running and tore in half my Acl, lcl, mcl, and pcl ligements in my left knee. They were completely snapped. I had to walk with crutches for almost 3 years, I now walk with a cane and will never be able to do anything physical again. My point is this: Because I did not think through all my actions, because I did not realize the magnitude of what I was doing, and because I did not properly prepare myself for an undertaking this huge, I now have to live with those consequences for the rest of my life. I still have a fascination with the darker forces out there, but, I am leery of using them because of this experience....."
This letter speaks as a ringing and clear example of what may happen if magic is not approached with the respect it deserves, even from the outset.
I was sent another email exactly one year (to the minute) after receiving this first one updating me of his condition, much to my surprise.
"...One of the side effects I have felt as a result of my renewed interest [in Sorcery] is my left leg. Almost 6 months after my re-evaluation I found that I could walk without my cane. Even though I can't run, jump, or do much physically with my leg, I am able to walk again, albeit very carefully. I have to constantly watch my footing and the outside support of my knee. I use this as a reminder of caution and of overstepping my limits. Perhaps a side effect from the constant energy channeling was my reward, or perhaps the curse I originally cast has been lifted. ..."
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