I haven't had much time to work on my story lately (last thing I worked on was my pantheon of gods, which I posted here about) but I have come up with a magic system and I'm interested to see what people think of it.
So, humans can't use magic without the aid of objects imbued by it. The most common of these are crystalline orbs that are shaped from a substance found underground. They allow humans to connect directly with the world of magic, and absorb their surroundings into an orb. An orb can absorb (a limited amount of, and depending on the magicians skill) almost anything, from fire, to water, to sounds, to peoples attributes (such as speed or intelligence), and even to thoughts. So an incredibly skilled magician would be able to cast waves of intensely hot flame, deafening sounds, and steal knowledge from their enemies.
I still have to think of a name for the orbs, but anyway, I'm just wondering what people think, if they like it, if they can spot any flaws with it etc. etc.