While there is some confusion, the reference to Carnadosa activating Herrick is correct. See http://infodump.thefifthimperium.com/en ... essa/226/1
Fortunately, Herrick's wild wizardry was never fully awakened. It turned out that if a man who had the potential for wild wizardry was willing to sell his soul to Carnadosa, she could open his wild magic "channels" without the sort of personally traumatic event Wencit has described to Bahzell and Brandark. (Mind you, it wasn't a pleasant process for Herrick even with Carnadosa letting him cut corners, but it could be done, and in a relatively short period of time.) On the other hand, Herrick's "channels" would never be as deep, as powerful, as what would have happened had his wild wizardry been awakened "naturally." Thus, even though he was at least several centuries younger than Wencit, and so (theoretically) a more powerful wild wizard, he was never actually able to match Wencit's power. Nor, obviously, had he been given anything like as long to learn to master the techniques of wand wizardry. Which meant he never dared to face Wencit directly.
One presumes that if the Dark Gods can do that, so too can the Gods of Light, or at least Semkirk. However, since one of the points of being a God of Light is that you don't offer your followers easy paths to power, in large part because doing it the hard way makes them much stronger, it would probably take a multiverse-shattering crisis for it to happen.
It's interesting, btw, that the Carnadosans not only know little about the mages, because there aren't any in Kontovar, they know little about wild wizardry either. Cat's Eyes reflects on the fact that there haven't been any of those in Kontovar either since Herrick. And that makes me think that it's odd that they do know so little: it would seem that it's only in the last generation or so that they've paid enough attention to mages to realise that they present a problem that even requires investigation.
feyhunde wrote:If Ken is Toren Swordarm, he could be magic, but I doubt it. His brother Herrick was a wild mage. Both are of the blood of Ottovar the Great, with Wizard magic in the blood. Herrick's mage crisis was also forced by Carnadosa rather than natural, and as a result made him weaker than Wencit. Toren might simply not have had a crisis yet, but I think he was old enough (decades had passed in the civil war between him and Herrick), and was literally the heir in a magic kingdom.
BTW, MWW's words are careful when he describes the final battle between Toren and Herrick. They are both dropped in their final battle. So I think they will fight. And rather than one using light magic and one dark, I think it's gonna be more a complete foil. One is magic, one is brawn. One is light, one is dark. One has lived those years in darkness, the other slept in light.
I think you are confusing mage and wizard. The mage talents were not discovered until well after the fall, and flight to Norfressa. The name talents are virtually unknown to the dark wizards left behind, hence their attempt to acquire a mage (Documented? In Sword Brother).
And Herrick's fall to the dark side was not forced by Carnadosa - strongly encouraged, yes, but not forced.