Random Gargoyles-related Musings: Maths and Magic Spells

Okay, so we’re told in “City of Stone” that Xanatos planned to steal one minute of life from anyone who watched his broadcast.  Assuming that he can only draw one minute from one person whenever the spell is cast, this means he needs:

  • 60 people to see and hear the spell in order to get an hour.
  • 1,440 people to do the same in order to gain a day.
  • 525,600 in order to gain a year
  • 5,256,000 in order to gain a decade.
  • 525,600, 000 in order to get a millennium.

The population of New York City in 1995 was 7,658,000, according to this document; assuming that the plan was always to leave the broadcast up for a day, it’s possible–or at least plausible–for Xanatos to hit the target for a decade of extra life, and for him to do so repeatedly over an extended period of time (although how he’d do so without somebody noticing a pattern would take some doing).   However, given Demona’s much more high target, there’s absolutely no way such a spell could have ever been responsible for her longevity.

Conclusion: Xanatos hates math.

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One Response to Random Gargoyles-related Musings: Maths and Magic Spells

  1. Ian says:

    (Yes, I realized that this has probably been said elsewhere. I was working on the “The Price” essay when I got the idea to check the numbers, and when I did, there was no way I wasn’t sharing them.)

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