A Lonely Mage (Open) in Greater Equestria Posted June 15 · Report reply "Nine or eight, can't decide exactly. At first glance, one might say it is lower. They say that ponies don't need to use their magic, and at first glance, that might be true, but passive magic has played a lot into how society is shaped," Tranquility answered. "From Earth ponies being able to farm better to Pegasi controlling the whether, and unicorns even with simple telekinetic accuracy. For some ponies it might not be as bad as others at first, but everyone is connected, and there will be collateral consequences if magic is removed." "The two instances of magic withdrawal within recent history are key examples of this, even if one was more explicitly worse than the other. When Tirek came and took everypony's magic, well, I wasn't sure how we were going to survive for much longer. It may not have lasted long, but it felt so much longer to us, our communication was basically just extrapolation from each other with insight," Placidity added on. "And well, when you combine the lack of weather control with bad agricultural control, the environment is going to change, and it might change faster than some can adapt to it. We would be a part of that group, without our literal psionics, and dwindling resources." "So really, we're not sure if we're answering this entirely properly. If one average pony just stopped having magic all of a sudden, the chances of total devastation for their life would be low, more like a score of 4, but if everypony lost their magic, well, let's be glad we're not complete magical entities," Tranquility finished off. "That would be a ten on the scale right there if we were."