|Scale of Might|
|Type||Calculation of the number of humans it takes to defeat a monster|
The Scale of Might is a theory and calculation of how many humans it takes to defeat a monster. It originally began anecdotally, but has since been codified extensively by Imperial Statisticians. The reckoning is that three ordinary men armed in an ordinary manner can fight off a typical bogle, while it takes five to handle a nicker. The ratio can fluctuate greatly when teratologists and/or potives are thrown into the equation, the quality of both also being a factor: an experienced lahzar may be a match for the strongest ettin or a number of bogles in succession, as Europe has demonstrated.
The Scale of Might is indirectly mentioned. When Rossamünd Bookchild asked Furius Lightbody why there were five of them, the veteran lamplighter responded that based on experience, this number provided a better chance for them against a monster on the "ignoble end of the road". He dismissed the Scale of Might calculation of three men being sufficient as purely theoretical, believing instead that more men than five would actually be better.
It is also implied that Podious Whympre's refusal to reinforce the understrength cothouses after becoming Marshal-Subrogat was due to an overreliance on the Scale of Might in addition to his lack of tangible military experience. This put the lamplighters' capacity to protect the entire Conduit Vermis in danger, which was exacerbated by the loss of Wormstool and later fall of Winstermill, both to coordinated and determined monster attacks which took both completely by surprise.
- ↑ Lamplighter, Chapter 23