Do any of you know of any novels or work of fantasy with an emotion based magic system? I'm currently woking on one where emotions are used as catalysts to perform a magical act.
Thanks for the info, it is as u said i want my system to rely on emotion to perform magic. My mages would be trained with triggers for certain emotions. For instance, and this isnt what its going to be it, they may be train to be angry when they see red by conditioning so they may carry a red cloth to look at when anger is needed. This is a stupid example but i hope you get my drift.
wow. I LOVE this concept. I'm bipolar, so with all the feeling I do...I hope I'd be a supreme or something in that world. Or a super villain, maybe, because I often can't control my emotions. HA! That might be a fun concept to play with, btw. Taking into consideration how some people are seemingly emotionless or don't sway too far in either high or low direction, but others, like me, have drastic mood swings. Hope you share this with us as you get working on it, it sounds amazing.
BTW, in one of my stories, I have a girl who is stuck in a bad situation, far from home and scared when someone pursuing their group (her bodyguard, her, and her younger brother) catch up and surprise them in the night. The guy jumps on her bodyguard and without him, she knows they'll die. He screams for her to hand him his sword, as the two are wrestling, but it's magical, and she doesn't want to touch it. He's about to die, so she uses her magic to do something like a force push sort of spell and she shoves the attacker off the bodyguard. But with her fear out of control, she uses too much energy, and rather than just push the attacker, she kills him by caving in his chest.
Right after that, she falls into a despondent state because she exerted herself too much and nearly killed herself, in her emotional state. While emotion doesn't fuel magic in my world, it certainly plays a part in how much magical energy comes out of a spell, and in the book, she even talks about how the mage council are imposing laws on students, because people have died recently, doing spells that are too far above their skill level. In my world, mages are sort of conduits, streaming energy through their bodies, and if they're not ready to handle it, they suffer headaches, nausea, exhaustion, etc. just like people who tax themselves physically. It'd be like me trying to run a marathon...I don't think I could make it one mile.
I like the concept. The only thing, in my humble opinion, I can see messing with your concept, is the fact that the more broken you are emotionally, the more powerful. So someone that had the worse childhood (parents died, got sent to foster homes, was raped/molested, etc.) will be the most powerful due to their roiling emotions. Good for a villain, but what about your MC? Your MC would have to be as broken as the villain to stand a chance of having equal power, unless he/she suffered from Anger Management issues or the such My question is, what is the internal struggle your MC will go through so that he/she is magically powerful enough to battle the villain, without losing their humanity?
At the other extreme, you could have a character who has trouble controlling their emotions. Worse, their emotional swings can happen unexpectedly. Such a person could be downright dangerous, to themselves and others....
In that case, I can envision a character who struggles to be rid of an emotion, in order to be rid of its magical side-effects.
Yeah. I rather like the notion of the hero being as broken as the villain. And therefore as powerful. Reminds me, a bit, of Unbreakable.