Just before I left for Fandomfest the final vote, made by a spinning coin, decided the answer of the second question. So with two questions down we’ve decided that the source of magic in our world is supernatural and that it’s not for everyone. Only a select few can use it. This brings us to our next question – a question of power.
In answering this question, we will establish a scale of maximum and/or minimum power. We may find that a skilled magical warrior is no more effective than a well trained fighter with no magic, or we may find them capable of wiping out entire armies. (Note: Avoid the temptation to do more than muse on how they do this at this point. We’re not there yet. As always, keep it extremely simple. The details will come.)
In order to answer this question, draw a line with 7 points on it. Starting from the left, mark these points with the following numbers: 1, 3, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500. These numbers represent warriors with no magical skill. Choose a number to represent the maximum number of warriors a single magic user can successfully face in combat, and choose a number for the minimum. This will give us a relative standard of measure from which to assess what he or she can and cannot do.
A couple little details in making this assessment. First of all, establish the level of competence you are comparing. Is this the pinnacle of talent for both magical and martial, or is this average vs. average. For our purposes today, I’d like you to use a grade scale for talent. If A is best and C is average, let’s imagine our scale as the comparison between B magicians and B fighters. Secondly, other scales can be made for greater detail if it’s needed.
Finally, here is how we are going to decide our own standard of measure. I’d like for each person to list their three top choices placing them in order of preference. Preference will effect the overall vote, so please make sure to mark first through third. Each person will vote twice in this way – once for maximum and once for minimum.
1 – 1 1 – 1
2 – 50 2 – 10
3 – 500 3 – 100
That’s all there is to it. Look forward to hearing from you!