and then there’s Masego’s relationship with asexuality, which is also absolutely fucking brilliant if you ask me. In no way is it linked by anyone to his autistic traits; the contexts in which it comes up are
– “ugh my agents can’t seduce him he just doesn’t seem interested in anyone why is infiltration so difficult” (not an accurate quote)
– ”undressing in front of Masego was like baring my ass to a potted plant: there was no real interest on either side” (a very accurate quote)
– “Catherine. Is this a sex thing I don’t know about. Explain to me if this is a sex thing I don’t know about so that I will know if you are making fun of me right now” (she was, in fact, making fun of him)
– the very awkward and incredibly sweet discussion of Indrani’s crush on him and what can or can not come out of it :3
(in his POV segments it does not come up in any way at all, which I find deeply relatable and true to life, but he does miss Indrani when she’s not there :3 )
You know what fantasy writing needs? Working class wizards.
- A crew of enchanters maintaining the perpetual flames that run the turbines that generate electricity, covered in ash and grime and stinking of hot chilies and rare mushrooms used for the enchantments
- A wizard specializing in construction, casting feather fall on every worker, and enchanting every hammer to drive nails in straight, animating the living clay that makes up the core of the crane
- An elderly wizard and her apprentice who transmute fragile broken objects. From furniture, to rotten wood beams, to delicate jewelry
- A battle magician, trained with only a few rudimentary spells to solve a shortage of trained wizards on the front who uses his healing spells to help folks around town
- Wizarding shops where cheery little mages enchant wooden blocks to be hammered into the sides of homes. Hammer this into the attic and it will scare off termites, toss this in the fire and clean your chimney, throw this in the air and all dust in the room gets sucked up
- Wizard loggers who transmute cut trees into solid, square beams, reducing waste, and casting spells to speed up regrowth. The forest, they know, will not be too harsh on them if the lost tree’s children may grow in its place
- Wizard farmers who grow their crops in arcane sigils to increase yield, or produce healthier fruit
- Factory wizards who control a dozen little constructs that keep machines cleaned and operational, who cast armor to protect the hands of workers, and who, when the factory strikes for better wages, freeze the machines in place to ensure their bosses can’t bring anyone new in.
Anyway, think about it.
- Construction wizards to turn back time to root out wood worm and strengthen old buildings.
- A wizard tailors who transmutes cloth into fully made clothes without seems and leaving behind no scraps
- A wizard who works in public transit, timing out teleports with detailed schedules, time magic, and enchanted communications, sending dozens of people to far away cities for a day or work or leisure
- A team of wizard gardeners tend to trees grown far outside their native range, and ideal climate, encircled with runes and fed potions to grow none the less
- A wizard sits in their office in the aqueduct, re-casting the spells that allow its precious water to flow to the city uphill
- A wizard fisher casts water repelling spells on the sailors and the stairs, keeps the hoist on the anchor from rusting, casts balls of heat that keep everyone warm below decks. Their real job is to herd fish together so they can be caught in single huge nets, and keep them cold as the boat returns to land.
There are so many possibilities outside of “stodgy academic who wears ugly robes” and “Very good holy man who helps everyone and the fact they’ve never had a job is never brought up” and “evil wizard toiling away on great evils in his evil tower in the evil country.”
- Wizards who come out and ward your home for you, like the magical equivalent of a home security system.
I adore this.
- Necromancers that work as forensic agents to help find justice for loved ones.
- Enchanters that specialize in music boxes that lull children to sleep.
- Wizards that divine their way through the stock market or become business analysts.
EVERY SINGLE STORY IN THE HISTORY OF EVER THAT HAS THESE – AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM ACTUALLY – IS MY ETERNAL FAVORITE INSTANTLY
yes even Dominic Deegan no matter how far to shit it went
“A battle magician, trained with only a few rudimentary spells to solve a shortage of trained wizards on the front who uses his healing spells to help folks around town“
GUIDE DOES THAT
RANK AND FILE MAGES TRAINED WITH EXACTLY TWO SPELLS: FIREBALL AND HEALING
that my favorite PGTE couple is not only pan/aroace solidarity, it’s also adhd/autistic solidarity
which is the very basis on which they bonded to begin with
and like there aren’t words for it in-universe but at some point of being utterly true to life you just gotta accept that the writer knows EXACTLY what he’s doing