Archie: I’ll call, uh, emergency services —
Rowan: Archie! You gotta go.
Based on the way she’s looking at you — I think maybe your security dropped the ball, here.
Archie: No! They’re good, they wouldn’t just — They must be busy with something else!
Sepal: Hey! You stop it, you leave them alone!
So, hang on. In the last time travel bit with Hedge and Grassie, I thought future!Thorn said they used spelltech lights instead of spirits. I know he’s from a future beyond this, but has anyone seen any indication they’re still using spirits in this current epoch?
In this Thorn Explains, Thorn is talking about both fire and water spirits running utilities in the present tense.
Maybe it’s like fluorescent vs incandescent vs LED lights? Or maybe they’re not as interchangeable as light bulbs are, but the old lighting system still exists while the newer improvement is gaining popularity. Especially if the restaurant wants to give a fancy feeling, like the way candlelight is still used for atmosphere sometimes IRL.
Yeah, I feel like fire spirits for lighting would definitely be more of a candlelight effect.
The comparison between fluorescent and incandescent vs LED might be quite good. LED started to be used only around electronics but later started to be used as general lights.
Any time the comic has a close-up on a lamp or lantern, they tend to have visible fire spirits inside. For example:
They’re not as visible in this strip from last month, but if the dialogue bubbles weren’t there, it would be more obvious: