Having seen the ideas thrown around in the comments regarding question 3, I’m setting the answer for scope of power at 5 and 3. To clarify, when an above average spell caster goes up against above average opponents with no magical ability he can reasonably defeat up to 5, but no more. So in this world, there will be no god like magical acts that destroy an army. No matter the cost, no matter the time – that is not possible in this world.
You’ll note that I’ve chosen to set the minimum at a number greater than 1. This is in large part to a recurring idea that has been suggested in your comments – that the magic is too powerful to use in some situations. Applying this literally as some of you have gives us a good example. If the magic will harm three individuals and there are fewer than three enemies, someone else will be caught up in the spell. Harming a friend or innocent may be a cost the magic user is not willing to pay. Which brings us to the 4th question. What is the cost of using magic?
As a very brief primer, I’d recommend reading this article by Orson Scott Card. It will help give you a clearer picture of cost. Ultimately, cost or risk makes magic more believable and it is a grand source of story ideas when fit into the bigger picture. So, what will it cost? In order to answer that question I’d like you to do 3 things.
- Brainstorm a list of at least 5 potential costs.
- Decide whether the cost must be paid by the magic user alone, or if it can be paid by another?
- Post your answers in the comments.
Easy enough. I look forward to seeing your ideas and as always – Have Fun!