Personally I think that Magic should be more limited by mental strength and level of magical education rather than strength of body.
I also think that the dragons always growing is a problem because you can only get so big before your size becomes a real problem.
Well when you deal with magic, science kinda goes largely out the window. Unless you use Alchemy.
And I doubt the elves would have that. Maybe other human cultures outside of Alagasia have something similar to that.
What do you think all the elven experimentation and learning is? It’s the pursuit of knowledge, of understanding reality, and in that series magic is part of reality. An elven approach to chi would be much less religious and much more focused on objective fact and biology, of how the energy flows through the body. Their morning exercises and vast knowledge of healing magic show how closely, how scientifically they study the body.
Perhaps. But chi is Asiatic culture, not scientific culture. And from what I've seen of elves, their culture is more similar to western civilization.
I also wonder if its possible for a human or elf or dwarf or other humanoid species to learn how to use instinctive magic like the Werecats and dragons do.
🤔 well, “learn” and “instinctive” sound fairly contradictory in this situation; if you learned how to do it, then you can do it manually. Sure, if I spend enough time in fist fights, I’ll eventually attain reflexes to instinctively dodge a punch, but that’s because I spent so much time doing it manually that I learned to do it automatically, learned instinct.
Paolini implies that certain magic _cannot_ be done manually, in that page you showed me he implied that elves can not manually become a dragon because they don’t have the minutiae down. Werecats however, can do it because it’s instinctive; but they don’t _know_ the ins and outs of their transformation, they could not teach it to someone else. Same with the dragons; they don’t know exactly how their magic works, it’s not something that can be taught because it’s not something that they even know themselves.
So, with this in mind, the only way I could see humanoids gaining instinctive magic in the way Paolini describes is not to learn it but to simply be _given_ it, like if you put the mind of a dragon in a humanoid body or otherwise altered them like the dragons altered Eragon. Or maybe humanoids already do have instinctive magic, just in other areas; maybe Eragon’s curse on Galbatorix was instinctive. He couldn’t have reproduced it again if he needed to.
I can see why you'd see that. To me Paolini was saying that ordinary elf or human magic can't accomplish that. He even said 'werecats are a unique case. Their shapeshifting is the result of the same sort of instinctual magic that Saphira uses. Also they're cats and cats can do whatever they want."
And as for being unable to teach, well the original human benders in Avatar: The Last Airbender learned how to bend the elements by simply watching and through their ingenuity, they worked out how to do it themselves. Firebenders learned how to bend fire by watching dragons, Airbenders learned how to bend air by watching Sky Bison, Waterbenders learned how to bend water by observing the Moon, and Earthbenders learned how to bend earth by observing Badgermoles.
And to clarify I see it as revelant because the human benders did not receive direct instruction from the original sources because they couldn't teach like werecats and dragons don't know how their magic works, neither did the original benders. Therefore, elves, humans, dwarves and Urgals could learn how to shapeshift by observing werecats intently.
Plus if you can make a werecat chirp like a bird for a week, then its not hard to imagine shapeshifting being possible
Also Paolini said that they didn't completely understand atoms and molecules.
I'd also add other magical creatures like unicorns, fairies, merfolk stuff like that. (merfolk would wear simple clothing, as would fairies)
What do you think?