Brainstorming Magic Systems, Part Two

 

Questions for your developing magic system

Magic-specific:

  • What is the source of the magic? How is it accessed?
  • Who has access to the magic? Everyone? A select few (chosen, trained, holy)?
  • What is the relationship between magic/non-magic people? Why?
  • How are magic spells performed? Does one have to do something specific to access it? Why?

  • What are the limits?
  • (If relevant) Why haven’t magic users taken over the world?
  • How does magic interact with the world?
  • Can it realistically be used in combat? Can it be defended against?
  • What are the effects of use over time?
  • Do you want to focus on using familiar terms or original terms in association with your magic? Why?

Technology-specific:

  • How did it evolve from the world as we know it?
  • Is it as practical as it is fun?
  • Why was it needed?
  • Does it accomplish its task in the most efficient way? If not, why?
  • How available is this tech for the common person?
  • How much training does using/repairing/creating/improving this tech require?
  • Does this tech require an element or advancement that doesn’t exist?
  • Has this technology truly improved quality-of-life for the people?

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