I've been thinking about an idea about the ancient history of the archipelago that is potentially controversial to this concept and everyone's ideas, but hell here it is: Thousands (or millions?) of years before the stories of the mythic archipelago are set magic did actually exist in rather a raw and powerful form, and the islands of the archipelago were actually one island: now you can probably guess where this is going. The island itself was ruled by one emperor who had conquered the land with magic and this began a rebellion, which initiated a civil war. The magics used in this battle literally tore the island to pieces (thus creating the modern day archipelago). Upon seeing the devastation that they had caused, a lone man discovers a way to severely dampen the magic source by taking it into his own body and sealing himself away to contain it for 'all of eternity'. There could even be a tiny island smack bang in the centre of the archipelago with a tower built on it where this man has imprisoned himself. This could be a phenomenon of the world, no one can get near it or access it or anything like that. But I was just thinking if this plot line were to get taken on, then it would give an extra dimension to the project, firstly because if people want to write some magically orientated stories then they can set it in the 'Pre-Archipelagan Dynasty' and also it opens up the potential for a future plot line of a cataclysm. When the project takes off and it's well on it's way then it could call for a massive collaboration between all the islands to work on one story where the cataclysm of the mage with the power source locked inside himself breaks free or turns evil or something, and the islands of the archipelago have to unite to defeat him etc. Just an idea, and I know it breaks the 'subtle magic' idea, but the idea came to me and I felt like I should see what everyone thought.