Category: runes

Regular

“You see, I’ve been talking to Hex. I’d like to give him something to remember. We owe him that, at least.”
“Really, sir?” said Ponder. “Won’t it make things worse?”
“I’d like him to know why we did all this, even if it’s only for a moment!”
“Are you sure that’s a good idea, Mustrum?” said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.
The Archchancellor hesitated. “No,” he said. “but it’s mine. And we’re going to do it.”

– on confidence |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

Regular

“In fact,” said Ponder Stibbons, Head of Inadvisably Applied Magic, “theirs is really only a QBT, or Quite Big Thing. Actually, they’ve had so many problems with it, it’s probably only a BT!”
The senior wizards nodded happily.
“And ours is certainly bigger, is it?” said the Senior Wrangler.
“Oh, yes,” said Stibbons. “Based on what I can determine from chatting to the people at Braseneck, ours will be capable of pushing boundaries twice as big up to three times as far.”
“I hope you haven’t told them that,” said the Lecturer in Recent Runes. “We don’t want them building a… a… an EBT!”
“A what, sir?” said Ponder politely, his tone saying, “I know about this sort of special thing and I’d rather you did not pretend that you do too.”
“Um… an Even Bigger Thing?” said Runes, aware that he was edging into unknown territory.
“No, sir,” said Ponder, kindly. “The next one up would be a Great Big Thing, sir. It’s been postulated that if we could ever build a GBT, we would know the mind of the Creator.”

– On the Thing Ranking System |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, …

Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple corer.