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
I know this may be a stretch to ask but would you mind if I used the symbols for the elements as alternative runes for my Pottermore Wand designs? The main reason I ask is well I do intend to sell my wands, I'm sure for a fact that while you said you want this to be "Open" you didn't mean Public Domain. I would be willing to give you a percent of any wand's sale when it is sold or some other system and I would draw up a contract and have it Notarized so it is binding.
If you wish to continue discussing this further tell me and I will contact you through notes and or Email your pick. Sorry to bother you but I think these would make interesting runes and all and I rather use pure fictional Runes where I can.
Thank you I like how you tie the things together 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