Question #5: How do you do that again?

We’ve arrived at the final question in our quest for a system of magic. How do the people of our world use magic?

Now, before we address the question, we need to remind ourselves of what we’ve done thus far. Our magic comes from a supernatural source. It is a gift from the gods so to speak. Furthermore, it is exclusive. Only select individuals are blessed with the gift. We’ve also established its power is sufficient to take on 5 average warriors at once, but we also decided that its minimum impact will effect 3 which may potentially harm people the caster does not wish to harm. Finally, we discussed costs and limitations to the use of this power.

I greatly enjoyed your ideas and have let my mind wander down several tangents of my own after reading them. (I hope to share some of these tangents later as an example of where the process can lead.) For this world, I am choosing to use tattoos as the limiting factor. Hilaire’s suggestion that they are protective wards for the caster is the one we’re going to run with. One large reason for this is found in her wording of the idea which suggests that targeting the spell might be rather difficult. I like the way this fits with our minimum impact so we’ll be adding that as a cost/limitation. To sum up, spells are difficult to control and may harm or kill the caster if they do not have a tattoo ward to protect them. Once there is no longer sufficient space on their body, they have no further protection from their own spells or the spells of others.

Now, we’re prepared for our final question. Taking everything we’ve done thus far into consideration, answer this question. How? Are spells the result of prayers? Are they channeled thoughts? Do they require incantations or elaborate gestures? Are they channeled through a holy/demonic relic? Do they require preparation? Do they require components?

As always, have fun!!!

About Kirk

I enjoy life and have been blessed with many different experiences. An eye for the underlying truths that surround me accompanies a growing faith in Christ and God that informs my world and reveals small miracles and beauty surrounding me every day. This is the major reason I felt led to start Dance of 2 Companies - a dance studio where I can share all the little amazing things God's taught me through life as a dancer - about myself, about others, about marriage... and most importantly, about Him.
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5 Responses to Question #5: How do you do that again?

  1. southerndreamer says:

    Well, if they require tattoos for protection, one must conclude that logically that there is a fair amount of preparation required. Perhaps there is a certain amount of physical or psychic harm a Mage is willing to endure, but in general, does not cast a spell w/o first preparing. Given that it is a gift of the divine, I would think this implies ritual of some nature. Perhaps the caster must invoke the god/goddes(es) to imbue either the caster or a relic with power or for a accomplish a certain task. I’m feeling a bit gruesome. I’m going to suggest that to each time they must invoke the divine. I think the caster can use a spell to accomplish the goal, but it has to be worded just so. The power comes from the divine and channels through them, if they are deemed worthy. (Here’s where you could layer a whole pantheon w/favorites and wars and the like, or a single deity who uses the caster as a vessel.) Also, is the deity a peaceful/creator type or a fearsome force of destruction? This will determine the types of things the caster must do or be to be given the power.

    • Kirk says:

      So, if I am reading this correctly then the means of casting spells could be one or more of the following: 1) a specific incantation, 2) a ritual, or 3) a relic imbued with the god’s power. I actually like leaving it open by including all three and, as you suggested, going with a pantheon of yet to be determined gods who will have their own gruesome, petty, wise or off the wall preferences. I can already see the potential. A powerful priest begins muttering rhythmically in an ancient language only to find himself engulfed in flames as the servant of a rather careless new god yells, “Burn in Hell!”

  2. southerndreamer says:

    *Okay…my brain got distracted with misbehaving pumps in lab and totally forgot to mention gruesome part. I was going to suggest a blood price.
    *accomplishing….*sigh* It’s Friday. LOL

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