The magic system works like a horoscope, each month carrying the magical properties of an element, and the time of day effecting the way it manifests in the person.
Everyone in the world is born with magic affiliations, often finding their calling in a sub-element. Only those who dedicate their lives to magic study can unlock the power to access multiple sub-elements. However, it is impossible for internal magic users to perform external magic, and vice versa. Otherwise, magic prowess depends on the amount of study and practice put in by the individual.
The different ways of "casting" magic (transformations, enchantments, etc) also take years of study, and usually learning a single application can be a lifetime of dedication. Certain magic applications often bleed directly into crafts occupations across the world.
- Internal metal user who applies through enchantments: can specialize in a gold sub-element and create enchanted jewelry. By touching and interacting with the gold, this magic user can infuse it with their influence, perhaps through something like a personal crest or brand. These gold rings or necklaces can hold magic and enhance the resonance of the wearer's own magic.
This example can also apply to other materials, like gems, metal for armor, wood for wands, herbs for potions, etc etc. (yes, crafted items with infused magic can also be ingested, depending on the make)
- External water user who applies through an area of effect: can specialize in snow and cause a snowstorm around them. It would only be a certain radius, the size depending on their capabilities or energy levels.
This example can also apply to other elements, like an earth user who causes quakes, a fire user who specializes in magma and causes volcanic eruptions, etc
The descriptions under each element are different “cycles” that occur throughout the year:
1) the outermost cycle is the cycle of life,
2) the middle circle is the cycle of agriculture, and
3) the innermost circle is education
If you have any questions or think of any of your own examples, please feel free to ask in the comments below! This is a universe that I am slowly working on with Ai-Bee and TheFlamingZebra, but please feel free to suggest and get involved! I want this to become an open world eventually for people to make their own characters in
More of this world can be found here
Other words, this magic system is unique and admirable and really flips the fantasy genre onto its head. I'm also doing something similar with this concept in my world-building.
As far as summer, the closest thing is the Fire Month of spring
One question, though. Not sure if it's been asked already: Where did Summer go :v?
They could manipulate their own gravity, giving them the ability to float (like walking on the moon) or Harry-Potter-accio-charm esque abilities, making an object be gravitated towards them, etc
A really powerful internal gravity user could potentially manipulate the gravity of the area around them, like making a field of intense gravity (similar to the gravity training chambers in Dragonball Z)
2. Even though there is a defined difference between night and day, can I still watch the sun set/rise?
3. Is sonar/vibration sense (like a bat’s supersonic squeaking or a mole’s ability to hear tremors in the earth) external or internal?
4. Is there a thing like the north/ south poles? What happens to day/ night?
5. Do elements effect what they like/ don’t like? Like, although water can be forceful at times, and soothing at others, would all water element people not like fire?
6. Can mages of different elements cooperate to create a more complex form of magic? What if mages of all six worked together?
3) it would be internal!
4) no north or south poles! I'm using a similar system as discworld, where the world is generally flat
5) I'm sure some cultures in this world have elemental affiliations and zodiac-esque alignments, but I don't want it to be a set-in-stone thing
6) yes they can! I need to develop that a bit more but that's definitely something that can be done
if born in the sunset/sunrise can someone have both internal and external magic ?
And this fantasy world has a very distinct difference between night and day, so sunrise and sunset don't really exist
For example, Wood magic with an Herb subelement can make healing potions, or a Bard with Air magic and a Sound subelement could create healing songs
Some of the healing magic in my world isn't immediate, but rather more medical and slow-acting, like if a Fire magic user had a Light subelement, and used light therapy
Thanks for your interest!
Secondly, I couldn't help but wonder... what might happen to one born at the time of sunset? Or sunrise? Could the division between internal and external magic ability become somehow indecisive? Perhaps wavering... or labile...? So many tempting possibilities...
Like, magic user whose ability changes every now and then. And the change is not under his/her own control but determined e.g.
- by emotion
- by the time of the day or night (or some other time period)
- several of the above
Or, it could be determined immediately at the day/night of birth, after which it stays constant. In which case there absolutely has to be a case where one of twins is external and the other one internal magic user - just because daybreak (or nightfall) happened to occur between their births.
Like, I carry a shortsword, and I am a water elementalist who specializes in either ice or cold. Whenever I cut someone with my blade, I cause needles of frost or ice to bore into the enemy from that cut, causing pain and immobilization. Would that be external magic, since one could argue that I'm chanelling the effect outside of my own body and making it hit someone else? Or would it be internal magic since one could argue that you are channeling the cold power from yourself through the blade?
If we take your Ice Sword example: cutting someone to freeze them would be internal. The magic goes from the body > sword > victim
An external version of your Ice Sword could be someone pointing the tip at someone like a wand and freezing them from afar. The magic transfers only from body > sword, then hits the victim
I have a pretty fleshed out idea for a character, but I have a few questions regarding your world that I would like to know to make sure that the character would fit into it without any problems. The first of which is, how strange or unusual would it be to see a being of one race or...subrace I guess?...living outside of their own lands? Could, for example, a Jotun live in the Naiad Dominion? And if there was a Jotun there, how would most people react to that?
Also, are there anything like computers in this world, or is that beyond their technology right now?
And when I finalize my character, should I post it here or is there a better place for you to see that? Just because I don't want to bog down your Magic Calendar comments with a bunch of stuff on this if there is a better place for it?
Races outside their home depend on the specifics! Usually it's not too odd for there to be mingling within the same cardinal realm (so a western Naiad in a western Gnome city isn't off, or a southern Giant in a southern Djinn city)
For Jotuns in the west, here's some history to help you along!
The Jotuns and Naiads actually used to coexist in the west, but a cultural schism (differences in religion among other things) led a majority of the Jotun to immigrate north. Over time, the Western Jotun population that was left behind suffered more and more, coming to a boiling point when one Naiad prime minister attempted at an ethnic cleansing. The Northern Jotun were rightfully enraged and waged war on the west, resulting in what's known as the North-West War. Unfortunately the North ended up losing, but they were able to achieve a change in the Western realm-- with the Myrmidons' political pressure and a lot of internal strife, the Naiads stopped their genocide and are slowly working on reparations with the Western Jotun.
In the world's current time, Western Jotun are still generally low class and racial tensions with them are medium but on the mend. Since the Naiads have a large social gap between upper and lower class, many lower class Naiads actually find the political actions of their rulers pretty unfavorable and find solidarity with the western Jotun. Biracial Jotun/Naiads happen frequently enough in low class areas, but mid to high class would probably look down on them. Because of remaining feelings of the war, Northern Jotun (mainly identified by their clothes and accents) are not welcome in most Naiad institutions. The subculture of low-class Naiads and Jotun tend to idolize them and eagerly provide housing if needed, but if an official were to hear news of it, they'd quickly be weeded out. There are some remaining Northern Jotun in the West from the war-- those who were stranded in the midst of battle and have settled in the West out of necessity-- but most of them gravitate towards the Myrmidon Nation or Gnome States
I don't have a set place for people to submit characters yet! I wouldn't mind if you just sent it here, or you could note me, or you could write up a profile on your own page (like a written dA submission or a journal even if you want) and link it to me.
I'm pretty open about it, so whatever's comfortable for you!
(sorry I'm so verbose, hope all that makes sense to you haha)
If you're making a character for my setting, please just check in with me about specifics and I'll do my best to help you out!
Very well thought out. Automatic favorite.
"Glass" and "bone" water. Refined crystalline matter metal.
Not clear on the linguistic clarity on "chemical" but the context of "connectivity" which is correct.
"Acid?" "Ice" metal. "Electricity" air. "Sound," "vacuum" and "gas" appear wooden. "Mist" in the context of what obscures.
Just wondering because a internal air or memory could, through a breathing trance, recite something with perfect recall (like text from a speed read book). While, an external could manipulate mist/clouds to create a reenactment of an event for storytelling/educational purposes.
Both those could absolutely work yes! But the element system doesn't need to be attached to the trait words (like "memory, dispersal, teaching" ) as much as the actual element itself, those are just cultural traits often associated with each element but don't usually affect the magic!
So to open it up, Internal Air can be things like: flight, invisibility, breath manipulation (either yourself or sucking the air out of an enemy), electric touch
While External Air can be things like: weather control, lightning spells, wind blasts, etc
That does seem a little far-fetched for my world, but as a compromise I think what your character can do instead, is he may be able to give magical properties to anything he writes on. We'll need to work out some of the limitations, but something like "this item will always return to me," or making a book not open unless a code word or phrase is spoken.
Or maybe he could create/summon ink constructs and creatures that are only as durable as ink would be