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?
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