The time is the Pennsylvanian, the latter half of the Carboniferous. The first of the reptile like reptiles and mammals have become established, though true reptiles and mammals have yet to appear. One of the proto reptiles is the archosaur, the ruling lizard though it just looks like a lizard instead of being a true lizard.
This animal—though it may be a juvenile instead of an adult—is a foot long diapsid with sprawling limbs and socket’s for the teeth. The brain is small, and apparently not well organized. Divination has produced varying results, and it is suspected that those diviners who have used such castings on the fossils have shown a bad habit of insisting on producing results, so actually getting honest results can be rare.
It should also be noted that there are some who insist this specimen can’t be an archosaur. Some say that it is an archosauriform, some an ancestor of the latter. Again, there is disagreement regarding the divinations used to investigate the subject, with again some researchers refusing to accept findings that disagree with their prejudices.
But I tend to say that it is close enough, and it has features that tie to to later archosaurs such as dragons, dinosaurs, saurischians, and ptersosaurs. Changes are coming, but they will take some time getting here.
I’ve gotten all the magick effects listed according to the plane or sphere involved. Such as, say, mundane auguries and divinations, either of which are involved with the ordinary. Divination being an effect in which the caster learns just what an ordinary item is in the mundane sense, while an augury is a type of divination in which the caster learns the ordinary—mundane—fate of an ordinary—mundane—item. For example, an augury saying a racing harness may be involved in an accident fatal to an observer at the racing track.
Now I need to put together a table showing the effects, the planes and spheres involved, and the costs in involved. That’s going to be fun.
It is my observation that Gary used the term preternatural in a specific sense, one that fits it’s use when speaking of the preternatural arm strength of the gorilla, or our preternatural trotting endurance. That is, something that is natural when you get right down to it, but which is still extraordinary compared to what is normal to use.
Thus in existence you could say that you have the natural—what is to be expected, the preternatural—what can be expected even though it is extraordinary, and the supernatural—which deals with matters beyond what we can expect.
In this article in the Scientific American it seems that researchers have found common elements between autism and schizophrenia. Now both are conditions we really don’t know all that much about, but from my experience I can see how they might be connected.
With schizophrenia what you often have are hallucinations. In fact, I once met a schizophrenic who as we were talking started to see inside his mind a most vivid image of a flower. He knew it wasn’t real, but it was vivid. In my case I have been diagnosed initially as a schizophrenic, and to some extent my autism could come across as that. It would be interesting to learn that the two are related, and that autistics can be treated as schizophrenics, and schizophrenics as autistics.
This may well mean changes into how the two disorders are approached and treated.