Fantasy Magic III – The Masks We Wear

My previous posts on magic and religion, and magic and science show my starting point for building a magical system for a fantasy world. However - except in certain circumstances - we want to write a story, about people, some of who use or face magic, not a textbook on how the magic functions. Just … Continue reading Fantasy Magic III – The Masks We Wear

Fantasy Magic II – Lacking in Chemistry

Following on from last week's discussion of the possible boundaries between religion and magic and the impact it might have on a fantasy world, I am moving on to the boundaries between magic and science. A distinction both more immediately obvious and harder than that with religion. Just as a cleric and a spirit magician … Continue reading Fantasy Magic II – Lacking in Chemistry

Fantasy Magic I – Coming Out of the Cloister

One of the most common tropes in fantasy is that of functional magic. Reading through a selection of classic fantasy I could probably recognise it when I saw it. However, I found when trying to create my own fantasy worlds that it is much harder to invent than recognise, and risk becoming inconsistent. Obviously acts … Continue reading Fantasy Magic I – Coming Out of the Cloister