Maybe death magic is evil and life magic is good, and both fit the theme of controlling peoples lives. The steps of rituals are based on hearsay, so its hard to know whats actually necessary. It happens as the tale sees fit. (Arguably, before the development of modern science, many people had similar attitudes towards technology! Create a crater-sized hole in the earth to later redistribute the soil, though, and you might have some problems. Now you have all the tools you need to create your own magic system. In the HP books, the only reason why Harry cant do everything is that hes still learning. However, I think vital your point about how a magic feels. Tolkiens magic confuses people who are looking for rules because no one sits down and says what the rules areto really understand whats going on that one has to delve into all his works (including letters and unfinished stories). To keep your magic mysterious like in Game of Thrones, hide how it operates. If one were to observe the Vibrations and the way they Flow(this is another process, different from the other Four Laws) it would seem whacky, but they are extremely intricate and complex. While its more difficult to tell whether a soft magic system is rational, I suspect Game of Thrones is using a rational magic system. If your characters will use magic to resolve that conflict, then establishing a clear set of rules for your magic system is necessary to avoid cheapening tension via contrived magical solutions. the interactions between spells of opposing Wizards. Skill in this magic system is all about how little inspiration you need to produce your own energy; How many methods of create, increase or decrease you can do & How many energy types you can work with; and how much energy you can actually produce at once. Moon magic is cyclic in its strength, strongest during a full moon and weakest during the new moon, and is also weak during the day. And the Aether is born from our Thoughts and Actions, more specifically, our Souls. It will first appear has a reddish purple mark that will slowly spread across the whole body. Theyre usually gifted to devout followers, but anyone can use them once they figure out how it works. I was wondering if any of you could give your thoughts on it. Even within one category, theres no way to extrapolate new spells because the rules are so eclectic. For which Ive added some more rules: He exerts his own living will in opposition against the tendency towards balance. If an Interferer and a Conduit have a baby, can it do both, or just one? And this is why I post my ideas on places like this someone will ask the really obvious questions I forgot to ask myself. Actually, one of the principles of old-time portions-making was that a plant which looks like a certain body part is good for curing that body part (actual results may vary). They weave certain spells out of the fabric of reality. Thats cool. Without this action, the person is consumed by the power, turning into a brute beast, only wanting to destroy those with more power then themselves. That means the stories cant foreshadow spells prior to their explicit introduction, and when a protagonist has to face a tough problem, they cant get out of it by inventing new spellwork. Hey! This article is very normative and I think its furthers clich. The costs of magic can be physical, societal, or even financial. Brings back memories of the magic system I was working on for a really trippy book not really super Lovecrafty per se, but set in modern day Maine among a world of dark magicks and secret cults, so in that sense an echo I lost track of back in my 30s and am just now remembering. This also gives some spirits incentive to become a mages familiar they get much more experience of the human world by being there than collecting random memories. However, even if we have energy available, there is still always the problem of directing it. Harmony: how multiple different vibrations intermingle and interact, depending on the previous too, some Vibrations can overpower another one Because minds were immaterial, physical brain damage wouldnt really affect thoughts, personality, and so on, instead mostly things such as the ability to move and regulate basic bodily functions. Though a country can have a large number of a certain Primal (such as the Sun or Earth Primals) that doesnt mean that people of other Primals cannot be born in that area. Most often, your audience should see the effects of magic but not the cause. And I did read the other piece about magic but my system sounded alot simpler in head head so I didnt think it applied as much. You just need a set of guidelines that all of your spirits/nymphs follow. Olwens father told Kilhwch he wanted that comb, razor and scissors to dress his beard with on the day of the wedding, before he would allow him to marry his daughter. In The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, magic comes from magical spirits like djinn. If travelling to the tower of the Dark Mage takes three weeks on horseback, there should be a good reason if you tell the reader the way back only took a couple of hours. While both of these magic systems have mysterious aspects, in general they dont invoke wonder because they are understood. Life is responsible for, well, life and health. Sandersons First Law Sympathetic spirits will take pity, accepting minor payment (maybe even the painful memory of seeing said loved one get shot). Once you examine all the implications of this change, youll discover their powers are different indeed. It does seem likely that humans, with their limited lifetime, would not master all elements in a system of elemental magic, but it is, of course, possible for humans to use different types of magic or magic from different sources all at once. this is all super helpful! Further into the future two young men of solitude manage to unlock the greatest fighting potential by breaking mental barriers making them the strongest people to exist since Black and White but they have a fight on morality causing a great war. Im not sure if this will help ScWall any, but I experimented with something very similar a number of years ago. In Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, magicians owe a demon years of their life in exchange for magic. So Id rather go science fiction, or full-on, its my world, I make the rules magic. As fun as fantastical powers can be to write, crafting your magic system with care is key. Hydro (water) ^_^. Balance being an essential figure in most fantasy pieces, this works on many levels! But because of Saurons _spiritual_ and _moral_ corruption, ADDED to the fact that dis werent no ordinary Elfk, Luthien was able not only to win handily but to pretty seriously humiliate Sauron before his boss (no other than Morgoth, the Satan figure in Tolkiens universe, Old Scratch himself) by the pathetic ease by which she shelled him? But these machines are still not quite able to understand what it means to better humanity; many still die, while those that survive have varying effects placed upon them (perhaps theres some genetic basis, idk). As I said, I was also inspired by depictions of psychic powers in fiction, so I used this idea to explain telepathy (immaterial minds were the same substance, so they could have a way to directly communicate with each other) and telekinesis (if thoughts could generate energy, then maybe they could create enough energy to affect outside objects as well). Magic that powerful would leave a large fingerprint on the world, and if you dont avoid ultra-powerful characters, it can also break your plot. To have the power of the Towers, one must have originated from them, or been taken to it by someone from the Towers. Lich could do for those who contain the energy, as liches go on living long after they should be gone, so essentially containing life energy past their due date. Even though there are no physical costs to using magic, being Grisha means losing their freedom to pursue the life they wanted. Kathy Ferguson An entire category of limitations would no longer apply to them. Perhaps, the basic power influenced by the caster is stronger at a certain time of the month (new moon or full moon for instance) or of the day (noon, midnight, sundown, sunrise). Perhaps, a ritual needs chants which will take most of the night. Some theorize, that the Sephirot is an aspect of God, but our understanding of God is just one aspect of it, you could say the projection of its Will, in simpler terms. The story is at a climax when emotions are always high? Rowling has cherry picked her source material from myths that cross many cultures, Irish, Celtic, Greek, Welsh, Slavic, etc. Spellcasters cant blow up planets, because obviously that would take too much energy. That way, it would mean using that energy to influence an element. Its the same with a story. So this sentence: This is true even if weve never seen anyone craft a tunnel before. They should be able to deduce, if they want to, what a magic user (or a psychic) can or cant do and you shouldnt suddenly throw someone in who can do something that should be impossible by the rules you set down and showed before. When you look at all your categories together, you shouldnt find any large gaps where a category should be, and two categories shouldnt be unusually similar. Practitioners are all female. Those who dont contain their power are simple called Unchained, with the name of their source before or after the Unchained, if you want to designate it further. All people that use magic are split up into different yet powerful factions. E.g., player can only use some energy from the environment, depending on available amount and the players skills. Its at its strongest during a thunderstorm and is the most dynamic of the Primals, as the mage is always connected to the Primal at a given time. My protagonist would be one of the paranoid who wants to conserve the thread. Some feel cohesive; others feel random. Sorry about the comment length and the long worldbuilding paragraph. From this point onwards paint is incorporated into science and technology. Those are just considerations, however, when it comes to flaws I only really see one. Terminology is pretty difficult to deal with, because there isnt a big enough shared vocabulary for storytelling to have the discussions we need to have on the site. If you figure out exactly what each type of thread is doing to hold the world together, you can not only extrapolate what magic they can do when woven, but also predict the damage that the world will suffer when too many of them are used. Imagine if Harry Potter could vanquish Voldemort in the first chapter just by making up a spell called antagonist defeatium. So thats where the other two paragraphs of my previous comment come in. And if youre a goddamn god with a controller, it can pull a star destroyer into a planet while at the same time swatting aside oodles of TIE-Fighters (still the only sore point in The Force Unleashed 1 for me). I would also like to point out that alchemy is not a religion, but an admittedly partially superstitious precursor to chemistry. In fact, they are drawing on residual energy left behind when a spirit interacts with the human world. Note that this does NOT prove energy is conserved (at least I dont think so), it means that if energy is not conserved, the laws of physics must change over time this applies even if magic is involved. Mana manipulation is a basic form of magic (though anyone can learn this ability through time and training without doing magic at all. I know some of the basics for the magic in my world but have been having a hard time making them cohesive. VINE DWELLER, based off of forest nymphs from folklore in design, moderate chance of getting medium to strong Eco magic, extremely rare chance to get weak magic of another Type as well. Mages draw energy from these Primals to cast spells, but are limited by the amount of Primal energy drawn, mainly from environmental factors. This is super helpful, thanks so much for taking the time to write it and to provide examples. That also means that magic is an entity of its own, hence experimenting with it can be highly dangerous. In time cities arise around these safe harbors, and ever so slowly life begins again. Are you looking to define what weaving one can and cant do? Not sure what I mean? I was actually thinking of precursor aliens having set everything up, but that raises a lot more questions of motivation and the ability to remain undetected. Look at the fight between Voldemort and Dumbledore in the fifth book/movie the one in the Ministry of Magic. Would the odds be equal or would the magic wielder always have the upper hand? What unusual methods and applications might they attempt? There are 391 different powers and variations in this generator, so you're bound to find one you like. Your different factions have magic that feels very different, and thats hard to put into a rational system. If you read up on no other system of supernatural beliefs, check out that one. Spells are also incredibly varied, which makes adding randomized details a . 2023 Mythcreants LLC, all articles, art, recordings, and stories are the copyright of their respective authors. That goes for magic as well as for everything else. Vampires are commonly believed to be soulless, but in reality their human soul was replaced by a vampire soul, which alters their personality, gives them vampire powers and renders them incapable of casting any spells. And along the way you provided a lot of good supporting material. You can have several sources of magic, but you need to bring them together in a way that makes sense at least in the novel. I know this is an old article, but it inspired me to create my magic system. What do you think? Group B dont have magic at all. ie: Water beats Fire, but MY level 5 Fireball beats YOUR level 3 Ice Wall. And you have the buffer, often a rogue or priest, who can either buff the own group (healing, boosting skills) or debuff the enemy (lowering attack or defence most often). One or all could be part of the system and manipulation of the paper in . There are roughly two types of fantasy. Possession can only occur between a creature that has magic and one that is magic. SWAMP, kind of based off of iguanas in design, rare chance of getting magic. If one person grows wings and another teleports, your system will feel arbitrary. Obviously this is another aspect which heavily depends on your story universe, but most methods can be twisted to fit. Almost all of the magic in Avatar: The Last Airbender is clearly linked to the same rules. Sure, go ahead. Professor of Political Theory in Star Trek. Teleportation is hardest to work out, because it includes the idea that you can pull a body apart and put it back together without any consequences. Humans cant curse (or maybe they just didnt figure it out yet!) I think that Ill change the names to be about the Towers, instead of what I have now. ( ): But, with the power of enough minds, things and beings could be transported to nearly any location instantly, as long as that location was also in the proximity of many minds (Minds were always at least somewhat tied to the physical world during life, so there would still be a range limit, but a vastly larger one for this teleportation, spanning many light-years). It requires words of power, and a magical energy called Deathlight, which is obtained by killing ghosts. So, early on in our history, humanity was deemed too dangerous to stay in the greater multiverse. If they need to gather energy beforehand, they cant just build a wall of ice without any preparation (which limits their powers). Using this site means trees will be planted. Also, I read that chemical changes play an important role, and those probably cant be detected externally at all. You can have that, too, while still retaining rationality. In a rational system, their powers would have come from somewhere and they would have been close to or even broken through their limit, which would have consequences. Skill also plays a part, and is determined by both intelligence and creativity. you have to touch the person youre putting to sleep or touch the demon youre pacifying. Does the use of power exact a particular cost? Life is movement and if part of nature isnt moving (even the earth) then it resembles death and not life. ;P. I doubt anyone will read this, but I had this flash of inspiration on my commute home today for a magic system for a book thats been spinning in my head for a while. Lastly is the effect both our Perceived World and the World of Energy have on each other. Aside from this, the only other limitation a mage has in magic is their stamina. You could just, you know, move out of the way? Hell make it rain if your rain dance impresses him, but he wont strike someone with lightning no matter how impressive your dance is. The jammers are slowly getting weaker, and the nanites, while the have mostly settled in these past centuries, slowly encroach upon the population. Its crazy long but definitely adds logic to the system :D and its a nerdy heaven. If you teleport, you have to control that energy while your whole body is nothing more than energy, too. They worship and revere the Living Mother (what we might call Mother Earth) in her role as custodian and bringer of balance. Once you've figured out who can wield it it's time to figure out how they can wield it. Combining powers for a summoning could mean larger creatures could be summoned and a teleportation spell could be able to teleport far more people, or even entire cities. The thread is being used up at such a rate that the next generation may have none at all. (In this case, dispelling the Spiritual (Emotional) aspects associated with Fire in this case Anger/Passion. Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, on the other hand, use soft magic. You need to lay enough groundwork and hard rules and be consistent enough that it doesnt feel like a character getting angrier will suddenly allow them to start winning a climactic battle, at least not without significant buildup to such a thing happening. But that doesn't mean all magic systems work equally well for stories. And theres nothing less exciting than a story where the protagonists can escape from any danger just by wishing it away. As long as you dont change fundamental things in the universe, theres no problem with making enough changes to slip your magical or psychic powers in. Do magic users have their own language, religion, festivals, and/or other cultural hallmarks? Iroh or Azulah are already pushing it when they control lightning (which could qualify both as air or fire). Theres nothing wrong with using classic tropes, but if you want to stand out in the crowded world of fantasy, youll need to learn how to use them in an innovative and unique way. The descriptions follow the same pattern overall, but the details will vary to create different magic systems. From the other side, putting lot of fire energy into single point will produce real fire, moving air energies will make air blows. But, in general, all those energies are more-less equally distributed everywhere. What important historical events in your story world were affected by the use (or failure to use) magic? Theres things like creating food out of thin air, which means magic can add something to the world which wasnt there before (alternately, some people have all the rotten luck and their fridges are constantly empty and they dont know why). Origami, cutting, painting, burning. In the fourth book, Harry doesnt know any flying spells, so he uses the Summoning Spell to call his broomstick. Caster is Eco, Given controls animals, which is basically mind control. Or does it speed up molecules/atoms to heat up an object (if we have mostly realistic world)? Both are checked on periodically by officials after. Fantasy Random Generator. Interferers can make things happen because when they add energy to the system, it is concentrated in one place. This article helped me go back to the basics and think about what the rules would have to be to make the magic make sense. I just replied to your last post, but about the different cultures have different ideas of what makes sense, the point about a rational system is that it must make sense to the reader. Do people get to choose their side in this case or are they born with the ability to wield one side? And if so, is it because their culture is different and they learn to wield it in different ways, is it because they simply cannot wield it the same way due to biological differences or is it because they use different sources, like blood magic and magic pools? Is it light and full of wonder? But it feels as if it all fits together, not least because Tolkien himself had a clear notion of what was going on. First off, Id like to say that your idea is amazing! Eating it makes them very sick, but because of this immune reaction, they can cast more powerful spells. Slytherin still could breed dark wizards and witches perhaps they have a tendency towards dark magic. For instance: a person who has long hair could pluck a strand and send paint through it causing it to straiten making a weapon hard to see or maybe if you can use paint on something you arent touching you could carry a bag of sand around and channel paint into it giving you the power to manipulate it a will. Its easy to mix up rational magic with whats often referred to as hard magic. You could use something like that (being able to project and harness energy) to give your psychics telekinesis by them having those invisible arms. Which, of course, means someone could develop a force field to protect themselves from those arms.. Im sure there are phenomena of nature that are plot holes in this magic system. While characters can invent some potions, it appears they only do it by trial and error, not through a formula that guides what goes into a potion to create specific effects. Dryads represent trees but usually can move about unless they are hamadryads which are locked to a particular tree than a tree type. Thank you so much for the reply! Hermione explains this to Ron in the seventh book when he mentions bringing food out of nowhere. Generate a random star system, including primary planet . Once again, grab a sheet of paperthis time to brainstorm magical sources. Kristen Kieffer is a fantasy fiction writer and the author of Build Your Best Writing Life and Self-Publishing Simplified. However, they are actually Ancient Greek classifications and not modern science-based, so they arent really natural. Many fantasy authors incorporate magic into their stories simply because fantastical abilities are a fun means of escapism. Where does it source its power? Could a small group of magic wielders defeat an army of non-magic wielders? All three should work together to create the magic system. Now the fall is a far more distant memory, and one less likely to be associated with mages, but the habit has become too ingrained to change. High Magic and Low Magic. Someone could gain double the magic in half the time. Players cast spells by arranging corresponding runes in different configurations to express the Spells intention, With the Runes inter-playing off each other in a Rock/Paper/Scissor manner. First of all, why would there be a spell to dodge? Perhaps theyd have to choose two which are not opposites (fire/water or earth/air would be opposites). Sound. You could add the principle of ley lines to that, meaning a mage would have to gather power from his or her element(s) first to use them. Thats why in emergencies, people have moved cars by pure muscle power to save someone. Divine magic comes from appeals to the gods. An explanation for the seasons has its roots here as well. However, a few benders can bend their element when its in a different form or less pure. The source should give you an idea for how it might become available. Can magic be used incorrectly or immorally? At first thanks a lot for this article, it helps to organize some things in my head. Magic types: If you want to create a hard magic system, you need to create a specific logic that serves as the foundation for the entire system. Imagine your body is a magnet and the paint in your body is evenly spread out making it weaker, well stimulating your power can make your magnet stronger resulting in a finer concentration of paint. I understand your point. She holds a BA from Yale University and lives in Colorado. Or you blame all psychic powers on quantum and be done with it, but I doubt you want to take that way out, otherwise you wouldnt have been plotting that much already. Vindictive/less scrupulous ones will take the opportunity to ask for more than youd normally give. Is magic (or the source that fuels it) a limited resource in your story world? Sun magic: Sun magic draws power from the heat and energy of the sun. The Goddess of Exchanges would be less random, but you wouldnt be able to reliably make exchanges with her. This is what making sense means when it comes to magic. Everything in Tolkiens world is carefully designed to avoid being preachy; but most of it also has a carefully thought out moral and spiritual basis, and certain elements (like whether orcs have free will, and are therefore capable of redemption, and the implications of what that means in terms of how the good characters treat them and the conflict with the literary need for a clearly identifiable group of bad guys) troubled him to the end of his life and which he was never able to resolve to his own satisfaction. The expeditions that have come back tell of fantastical landscapes, filled with mystic flora and fauna. You can take the time to practice it yourself, but youre better off finding a teacher. Here are some examples of magical sources: In Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan, magic comes from the gods. Coins, gems, art objects, and magic items from the d20 SRD .