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Article on Magic here at Mythic Scribes

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  1. acapes

    acapes Sage

    Hopefully this isn't redundant of me to post this here (and apologies if that's so), but I'm really happy to see an article I wrote right here on Mythic Scribes - love to hear what everyone thinks!

    It's on the role of 'soft' magic systems:

    ‘Soft’ Magic Systems Still Have a Place
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  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    Myself, I'm a fan of soft magic. there I admit it...
    I like the wiggle room it gives you to do or not do stuff.
    I try to write small magic. I rarely have Great Wizards riding dragons and blasting mountains and armies with a single thought. I try to make my magic users more personal, let their magic be rare, organic and low key.
    Personally I think D&L Edding [few rules] and JRR Tolkien [not really explaining it at all] are the best approaches unless your story is about the limitations of the magic... I'm usually more interested in the repercussions of its [non-] use than the mechanism for its existence.
    With any hard or soft magic the chance/risk of the deus ex machina is going to be there. The "with a bound our hero[ine] was free" is the pitfall you can leave yourself open to. I try to make the stumble a few times if they try...
  3. acapes

    acapes Sage

    Hey CupofJoe - I agree and I love the very simple set of rules on Eddings' magic system, very neat, huh?

    Me too, and the stumbling's part of the fun I reckon - and it's probably more realistic too, more in maintaining suspension of disbelief.

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