Everything that follows is original 2005 commentary except where noted “–RN 2012″:
She’s diabolical! I got the idea of immunity to metals from Mercedes Lackey’s Black Swan. In it, the sorcerers are immune to all but silver and gold thanks to powerful charms. They had special knives coated with silver or gold with which to cut themselves, though, because their own blood was needed to make said charms and such. Well, there was a whole page in which William asks if she is immune to even silver, to which she replies, “Of course!” Then how did she cut herself for the blood?
I wish I could have kept that skit! There’s nothing more hysterical than a homicidal Gryphon picking her nose with one claw in front of disgusted bishounen! I admit, my humor is twisted. And, I hope there will be an Age of Magic. Then I can laugh and say, “I told you so” to all those hard-core scientists who can believe in a god but won’t give the notion of telepathy the time of day. Dear Past Rachel, as we’ve grown older, we have found less and less evidence for telepathy and the like. Sorry. Your Age of Magic is probably going to be a backward slide into the Age of Religious Superstition. –RN 2012
Suggested listening: “Hard Luck Story” by Men at Work