Why do Hermetic Magi use Redcaps to send messages?
- It's beneath magi to use magic for such petty tasks, particularly if it wastes vis
- They worry about Arcane Connections and use mundane scribes and mundane messengers
- It's an old tradition and traditions die hard
- Redcaps are protected by the Code of Hermes and thus secure (well apart from giants, bandits and other hazards of the roads)
- Sending messages this way reinforces an ancient Mercere ritual that keeps the Order whole
- Everyone likes receiving letters rather than emails... err I mean telepathic messages. Nothing says Wizards's War like a Redcap delivered scroll of torrential abuse!
- It keeps the Redcaps on the streets and out of the laboratory or disturbing those pesky grogs
- Redcaps are more than just messengers, they are spies, provocateurs and informants
- It's a Mystery Initiation script requirement / a mystical Pilgrimage
- Other (please detail or discuss the meta-game aspect)
Timothy and I were discussing this over lunch and we got to thinking... with such magic at their disposal, why would Hermetic magi even bother to use Redcaps to send messages, letters or other items apart form the meta-game reason that this makes for more interesting stories as such items can be intercepted, stolen, lost or destroyed along their journey.
Sort of leads on to a bigger question of why are there Redcaps at all, or perhaps to be fair, why do Redcaps walk the roads (or Faerie trods in the case of Hibernia - glad to see someone spotted that concept although I was hoping to steal that for my blog) instead of just using magic to teleport everywhere. Perhaps they do in some sagas., but an integral concept (and one that Gifted Mercere magi ascribe to every few years) is that Redcaps travel mainly by mundane means - magically assisted to be sure, but there's something about the actual traveling the roads that seems important here.
Looking forward to the discussion.