8-Bit Theater
Episode 646
No Image.jpg
A Short History Of Magic
Date Published Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Previous Comic Episode 645: Glitter Boy
Next Comic Episode 647: Blue Herring
Read Episode

Red Mage and Black Mage explain the history of Blue Magic.

Cast Appearing[]


  • Open, demolished field


Thief Can someone tell me what Blue Magic is so I can join in dismissing Red Mage?
Black Mage It's simple.
Black Mage Magic is change, right? When you cast a spell, you are forcing your will onto the way of things.

White Magic tends to introduce order into a system while Black Magic tends to encourage decay.

Thief What about Red Magic?
Red Mage Actually, that's a misnomer. The founder of the Red Mage School was Vermillion Wizard. Dude just liked red.
Black Mage So a thousand years ago, some chucklehead gets the bright idea that if casting magic changes the external world, there ought to be corresponding changes to one's self.
Black Mage He called it Blue Magic.
Red Mage Guy looked sharp in blue.
Black Mage A spell's ability to bring change into the world would be incorporated by one's very being.
Black Mage A Blue Mage wouldn't be burned by a fireball. Its potential for change would instead become a part of him.
Thief So get zapped with a spell and you learn it. Sounds handy.
Black Mage More than that. It basically grants instant spell cognition as well as immunity to their effects.
Black Mage You'd have a mage who could never be attacked without becoming more powerful.
Red Mage It's the Holy Grail of Wizardry.
Black Mage It's a crock.
Red Mage is charging up another Hadoken.
Red Mage Wanna bet?