NaNo Update – Gaining Sight

Heh. Should have known this would come up. My poor, poor main characters.

Long story short: “Um, in a world where illusions work – what happens when the defense lawyers find that out, and every case with eyewitness testimony is now up in the air?”

Oooo boy…..

There are, in various kinds of folklore, ways to see what’s real. But most of them take preparation in advance, and all of them have the problem that if you see Something, It may realize you’re seeing It, and not take that kindly.

Myrrh’s also going to have to admit part of what she tells them is informed guesswork – due to her past, Seeing is effectively default mode for her.

Oh man am I glad I’m not a lawyer in this world!

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13 thoughts on “NaNo Update – Gaining Sight

  1. ouch..Given that Sight seems to be akin to Dresden Files True sight.. I’d project that a black memorial is set up quickly. A Black Memorial records the names of the hopelessly insane due to Meddling With Things Man Is Not Meant to Know.(Chuluthutech reference)

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  2. “Um, in a world where illusions work – what happens when the defense lawyers find that out, and every case with eyewitness testimony is now up in the air?”

    Eyewitness testimony is a crapshot in a world without illusions. I know its counterintuitive but humans are actually pretty terrible at remembering events accurately. Part of it is your brain’s habit of liking to ignore traumatic or scary things. The other part is any gaps your brain tends to fill in based on your personal experience and biases. This gets worse the longer it is between the event and whenever you are asked to recall it.

    This is why three people can see a vehicle leaving the scene of a crime yet cannot agree on the details.

    Or why people who swore up and down that this person did this when later evidence, like DNA, shows that they didn’t.

    They aren’t lying. They are telling the truth as far as they know and remember. It’s just our brains aren’t nearly as good at remembering as we like to think.

    all of them have the problem that if you see Something, It may realize you’re seeing It, and not take that kindly.

    Yeah, “Which eye can you see me?” is a question that with several supernaturals there is no good answer.

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  3. At this point I’d be wondering if film, digital cameras and DNA testing can be fooled… ’cause if they can.. oh boy… Exactly what type of evidence would you need to convict a supernatural if that was the case?

    It probably doesn’t help that Photoshop is a thing or that for all we readers know, photography works like it did in Taka (if the person using the camera has Sight, the camera does)…

    I would not be surprised if one of the reasons that most Urban Fantasy tends to have Police Are Useless most of the time is because the author didn’t want to figure out how magic and the legal system would mesh. So kudos for thinking though the consequences of magic systems that far.

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  4. Honestly? Probably about the same way as it does now. I mean, any criminal _could_ be Kaitou Kid in disguise, it’s just super unlikely. The totality of the circumstances and the evidence argues against it.

    I would honestly be more concerned with the effect of Charm magic on legal testimony…or juries, for that matter.

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    1. As it happens, Myrrh has already mentioned something similar in a prior lecture – and not even a direct charm, which people might suspect, but caused by a sorcerer-created tulpa, which is very hard to track down.

      …Yeah. I think the cops are beginning to realize why Myrrh worked outside the usual legal system for centuries. Adjusting to a Broken Masquerade isn’t easy for anybody.

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  5. I know one site that – if it existed in the world of Net – very suddenly got a lot more hits or was very quickly /shut down/.

    http://lawandthemultiverse.com

    It’s a blog, I don’t follow it as closely as I should, but it’s still fun. Last I heard it was run by a pair of lawyers who were comic book geeks and would answer people’s write-in questions about how the law would apply in superhero settings.

    A broken masquerade is /not/ the same thing, but I imagine similar questions must/might come up. If the criminal knew the victim was a werewolf and had regeneration, is lighting them on fire still Attempted Homicide, or does it then become Aggravated Assault?

    I imagine with some supers having illusion powers and magic often being a thing in major comic book ‘Verses, some of these questions may already have archived answers.

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