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01:22 pm - Incandescens, do Librarians ever encounter these things?
Sitting at home waiting for people to call inevitably leads to Links.

Excerpt from Tsukumogami, Japanese household objects that wake up after their 100th birthday and become animate.

Name: Kyorinrin
Description: When ancient scrolls of wisdom sit around gathering dust, ignored by the humans who own them, they come together- compelled by the wisdom of the ages- and form a kind of goofy-looking dragon spirit. It’s kind of a vain thing. Puts its most ornate volumes on the outside, like a paper kimono or something. Even decorates with tassels. With its bird-like beak and long arms, it assaults the ignorant owners who ignored its priceless treasures and knowledge.

(There are of course many more of these. A possessed clock? They're all possessed if they have alarms. But one could argue that zorigami are the reason that clockmakers tend to go strange over time, like papyrologists do. Or do papyrologists just go blind? I forget now.)

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Date:March 27th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely a Librarian might run into one of these, in a high-magic world. Thank you! (makes note)
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Date:March 28th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
Is high-magic the same as high-chaos?
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Date:March 28th, 2014 10:29 am (UTC)
No, they're independent. A world can be high-law but also high-magic, but in that case magic will work in very defined ways.

The Librarians tend to use a division of worlds into "level of tech", "level of magic", and "level of tech plus level of magic" for convenient easy grouping plus an idea of what to expect for someone having to visit there at short notice. This is independent of the whole law/chaos thing.

Types of magic are usually specific to a given world, and while a Librarian can learn to use them in that world, a lot of Librarians don't bother unless they have a long-term assignment to that world and/or a particular interest. The Language is a better multipurpose tool.
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Date:March 28th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
this is marvelous, so there are actually names for these creatures from rainy willow store.
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Date:March 28th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
There's lots and lots of names. Most youkai though are terribly umm mundane by our standards.

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