Topic: Mana Sight: Good or Bad
I understand that the "Mana Sight" or "Mana Sense" trope is a necessity for this genre but I have seen it portrayed in several different ways. I'm wonder what the general consensus is and how I should handle it in my own writing.
First, a definition:
If a transformee loses one or more of their facial features and there isn't a redundant copy present anywhere else on their body but they still retain its functionality is invoking the "Mana Sense" trope.
This one really shows us where are priories are. It maybe easy to right a blind character as it is easy to relate with. Just close your eyes and there you go. But it is really hard to write a deaf character. Especially if the character in question is missing a head. Dialogues are virtually impossible.
This is where my conflict stems from as I like putting eyes in places where they shouldn't be. If mana sight is available, then why would you need redundant eyes? Maybe this version "Mana vision" is poor or disorientating and seeing with an eye is just simpler. If magic takes care of your hearing, then why not sight? What is your opinion on this?
Not really one of the five senses, but is worth mentioning as it is the most common occurrence and the chosen application is almost universal. If someone loses their mouth, another orifice will take up the task. IE: vagina, urethra, or anus.
We rarely see this one in action. Maybe a character will question how the will eat or use the restroom in their transformed state, but is rarely shown. Either the transformee will need to eat but not defecate or they will be missing a mouth but eat with their anus are whatever is functioning as their mouth or whatever magics are in-play take care of the body's energy needs. Now, I'm not a fan of scat, BUT I am curious. Including details like this helps to flesh out an the facets of the transformation and makes it stranger.
I don't thing I've ever seen a written instance of mana nose. Have you?
Please inform me on which version of the trope you prefer and why.