A pretty colorful flock, these guys, and not exactly sympathetic!
Given their manipulative nature and tendency not to abuse others just for the sake of it, I would imagine a surprising number of their slaves might see them as good masters (at least compared to others...). There may be even rumors circulating among the most oppressed about how misunderstood Blackwings really are - likely spread by the Blackwings themselves. Go to Comment
Maybe they could paint themselves as 'safe' mages. In a world, where there is plenty of magic items, there are also many quirky, dysfunctional and downright cursed or 'evil' items. And for that, you could call one of these mages to tune the magic item in question. They would have great abilities in identifying their properties and some potential to adjust them. They would be all about safety, that could make a good selling point. Go to Comment
I didn't notice any attack here, but for some reason legalese mumble tends to be very aggravating, not to mention any kind of hint of 'unoriginal' work. I've carried those shoes a few times as well, so I know how both claims can annoy. Please, don't get discouraged, and stay around.
Aside: we can get pretty harsh sometimes, but we don't delete here submissions based on moodswings, or what-ifs. Not ever. We don't want to lose anyone's work. Go to Comment
Thank you that you care. We all should certainly comment more... it is the flow of our lives that allows us to drift towards or to be carried away from the Citadel. It is at times like these when the it becomes clear how strong the community is - a few people turn away for a while, and there is suddenly silence in what seemed to be a crowded marketplace.
Allow me to take at least your post from the darkness, to show it is not unwanted. Go to Comment
Just an aside, one thing I have noticed here now: if a submission has views, but no votes or comments, it doesn't have to mean anything bad - there are various spiders and crawlers out there, that keep searching automatically, and those are counted among the views (I think). There is also the Barbarian Horde factor, a group that may be quite silent for its (undetermined) size. Lastly, there are the various members, who may just breeze through a post and skip it due to a lack of time, or read it thoroughly, and ponder for minutes (or hours?) before commenting.
To put it shortly: if you post a submission, and it has views, but no comments, don't panic right away. :)