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* FutureMeScaresMe: The would-be [[LightEmUp white mage]] Kaitlyn [[spoiler:is shown a vision of herself as a [[PureIsNotGood ruthless]] KnightTemplar presiding over a [[LightIsNotGood sunny]] but [[EvilIsSterile desolate]] wasteland. Needless to say, she [[ScrewDestiny chooses a different path of study]]]].

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* FutureMeScaresMe: The would-be [[LightEmUp white mage]] Kaitlyn [[spoiler:is shown a vision of herself as a [[PureIsNotGood ruthless]] KnightTemplar presiding over a [[LightIsNotGood sunny]] but [[EvilIsSterile desolate]] wasteland. Needless to say, she She [[ScrewDestiny chooses a different path of study]]]].

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A short story by Patricia Duffy Novak about an apprentice mage named Kaitlyn and her initiation ritual for white magic.

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* FutureMeScaresMe: The would-be [[LightEmUp white mage]] Kaitlyn [[spoiler:is shown a vision of herself as a [[PureIsNotGood ruthless]] KnightTemplar presiding over a [[LightIsNotGood sunny]] but [[EvilIsSterile desolate]] wasteland. Needless to say, she [[ScrewDestiny chooses a different path of study]]]].
* LightIsNotGood: The the land over which [[spoiler:[[PureIsNotGood white mage!Kaitlyn]]]] presides is decidedly ''sunny''...but it's also a [[EvilIsDeathlyCold cold]] and [[EvilIsSterile desolate wasteland where no plants grow or wildlife live]]. [[spoiler:The vision [[FutureMeScaresMe scares the real Kaitlyn]] right out of [[ScrewDestiny studying white magic as she'd originally intended]].]]
* PureIsNotGood: The apprentice wizard protagonist is determined to specialize in "white" magic, which draws power from the forces of good. [[spoiler:Her initiation ritual shows her that if she does so, she'll become the KnightTemplar tyrant over a [[EvilIsSterile cold and desolate]] (if [[LightIsNotGood sunny]]) wasteland. She's [[FutureMeScaresMe horrified]] and [[ScrewDestiny goes with the far-less-defined "gray" magic, which she'd previously outright scorned]], instead.]]

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