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Merge Black/White Magic with Magic/Staff?Edit

This may seem strange, but I've noticed that pretty much every White magic spell either corresponds to a Staff, or has a Staff somewhere with similar use (such as the Summon staves from TS being equivalent to Illusion/Messiah). Likewise, of the 15 Black Magic spells, 8 of them have reappeared as Tomes at least somewhere else in the series (and of the remaining 7, Angel, Arrow, and Dora are pure offensive spells, Medusa is the Gaiden version of the recurring "down to 1 HP" spell, and even the mysterious Megaquake has a TS equivalent in Earthquake). From what I can tell, the only reason we originally didn't think that the Black/White classification was equivalent to the Tome/Staff one was because of the mistaken assumption that Nosferatu (and Angel for a bit if I recall) were White magic spells despite being offensive spells.

I admit, there is no harm in having them split, it's just that their inclusion on the class template does scatter attempts to spruce them up with icons (an absurdly petty and stupid reason, I know, but...). It doesn't help that the only class that doesn't have at least limited access to both types are unpromoted Mages and their enemy equivalent the Witch. EDIT:Also, both magic types share the same icon representation on the stat screen, which doesn't help.--Otherarrow (talk) 20:31, May 6, 2016 (UTC)

With the release of Echoes, did you have a change of mind or still propose to have them merged? -- Khang (talk) @fandom 11:20, April 8, 2017 (UTC)
No one got back to me on it, so nothing came of it. From what I can tell, Echoes added a few spells that are traditionally staves as White magic and presumably some traditional tomes as Black, but I don't know for sure. Echoes also makes clear, by visuals if not lore, that magic does work differently in Valentia and the casters cast from their hands/selves instead of from tomes/staves. If in universe means anything to the decision.--Otherarrow (talk) 14:21, April 8, 2017 (UTC)
The SF got the spell lists up in case you weren't aware. Hope that somehow helps. -- Khang (talk) @fandom 15:13, April 8, 2017 (UTC)
Going from that, most of the magic additions are White Magic and yeah, most of them equivalent to staves. Not sure if it does, I need more input. ^^;;--Otherarrow (talk) 15:35, April 8, 2017 (UTC)
The icon to represent the weapon types is a tome so I think merging them should be fine. We should make sure to write [[Tome|Black Magic]] and [[Staff|White Magic]] on the Gaiden/Echoes pages. Are You Serious (talk) 22:48, April 8, 2017 (UTC)
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