I thought that it was such a big deal was because the shadow isn't (or at least wasn't) alive, that the shadow was basically a magical construct.Fel wrote:rphilip: Druidic magic is an extension of the power of the Elder God that controls the world. That's the power that Druid tap into when they use their magic. Druids on Sennadar are directly tapping into Ayise's power.
What makes it such a big deal (and without revealing anything) is that there IS no Elder God on Pyrosia. He abandoned the world of Pyrosia eons ago. No Druid should be able to use Druidic magic on Pyrosia without being instantly killed, yet the shadow has found a way to do it.
That's why it's a big deal.
I did think about the fact that there wasn't a "god" to provide the mechanics of "how" to do what the druid wants, and thus would fry them to a crisp the first time they tried anything, and discounted that fact. Mostly due to this quote:
So I was thinking that since Tarrin's shadow was a magical construct and had no "true" physical body that it could survive tapping into the power of the "All" on Pyrosia. But since it doesn't have a true physical body it shouldn't be able to use druid magic. The classic "catch-22" situation.Axe of the Dwarven King - Chapter 11 wrote:It was more of the same the next day, and the next day, as Triana systematically broke down his ability to regenerate and then physically exhausted him. She broke him down so severely that his regeneration couldn’t completely recover to face the next day, a day that was even more strenuous than the last. She pushed him beyond his physical limits, pushed him so hard that he would collapse on a daily basis, physically incapable of carrying out her tasks, and that was what she had been waiting for. After a ride of this torture, he finally demanded to know why he had to kill himself on a daily basis when she intended to teach him a magical art, which had nothing to do with the body.
“Phaugh,” she had snorted in her typical manner. “I thought you’d know better than to ask such a stupid question. The limits of a Druid are physical limits, how much power your body can handle. You can increase it by being fit. If I wasn’t in such good shape, I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I do.”
At least that's what I thought the big deal was. Looks like I was wrong (unless Fel decides that he likes this explanation better and changes things in subsequent chapters. You know, since he hasn't actually posted them, or any answers for that matter, yet).