Originally posted by Stephen Lea Sheppard
I don't really insist on explanations for things like beastman biology, but I do insist on approaching it from an angle that an explanation exists. Like, I don't want to hear about motonic physics, because saying "Motonic physics" as shorthand for "This shit be complex, yo," is played out, but I assume that when your Twilight finds a First Age text on magic, and it's full of weird math that doesn't make a lot of sense, that's not just a bunch of bullshit. It means something, on the fiction layer -- there's the setting equivalent of quantum physics textbooks and set theory and although we won't ever actually write them, we must pretend that they exist in the setting and that they're self-consistent, and that there's a difference between a really good treatise on Essence manipulation expressed in the manner of page 71 of Aspect Book: Fire and a bunch of word vomit chosen at random in the manner of a highschool freshman who's just learned, for the first time, that poetry doesn't have to rhyme to count.
I am okay with assuming beastman biology is weird but works, in a way that we don't actually have to know. Snakemen may be weird but they don't violate thermodynamics. I am not okay assuming that snakemen work only because magic handwave handwave.
(Likewise, I assume that First Age Twilights trying to make time travel spells couldn't make them work because "That's how the math works out," like modern physicists discovering that you can't travel faster than light because the idea of traveling faster than light betrays a misunderstanding of what travel and speed and light are.)