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Magic Calender by Dyemelikeasunset Magic Calender by Dyemelikeasunset
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.

Examples:

- 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 :D

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More of this world can be found here
Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by TysheaFantasy Races: [2/4] Elves by TysheaFantasy Races: [3/4] Halflings by TysheaFantasy Races: [4/4] Orcs by Tyshea

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AtlasMagnum Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad to see that there are concepts of a six-element system that differentiates itself from the commonly used Western depiction and the Eastern-styled one with the five elements. Both of those concepts seemed to have left some gaps or stretches such as Wood also representing Air in the Wu Xing while the Western one lacked Wood if you don't consider it as Earth. But with this hexagonal version, more elements are being addressed since it's a combination of the two and there is an even distribution of representations for each element.

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.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
My sentiments exactly! Glad you like it, thanks! :D
Good luck with your magic system too
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2018
Why are there only six months when there are twelve months in the Gregorian Calendar? Is this a difference in terms of culture? Cosmology? Their concepts of the passage of the year being different from our own? Can each month correspond with a month in the Gregorian Calendar? Why is there no summer when summer is usually a crucial part of any lunar calendar? So many questions!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
it's a fantasy world lol the gregorian calendar doesn't even exist here :P
As far as summer, the closest thing is the Fire Month of spring
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2018
That still leaves some questions.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
that's nice ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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AutumnReprise Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haven't checked out new art from anyone on dA in ages lol. Still glad to see all your new pieces. :)

One question, though. Not sure if it's been asked already: Where did Summer go :v?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
first of all it's a fantasy world so seasons work different! summer is part of spring, specifically the Fire Month
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jetstar19 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
What would an Internal Gravity user's abilities be?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It'd be very similar to telekinetic abilities!
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)
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jetstar19 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
It's funny tho
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mediding Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2018
1. What happens during an eclipse?
2. Even though there is a defined difference between night and day, can I still watch the sun set/rise?

Other ones
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?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
1 + 2) it's a fantasy world, so the cosmology is different! The sun and moon don't overlap each other and there aren't sunsets or sunrises, and both are present in the sky at all times. It just depends on which heavenly body is directly over your area of the world that determines night and day

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
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Archibald-Addelton Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
can someone with metal element learn magic from air element ? or any other ?

if born in the sunset/sunrise can someone have both internal and external magic ?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, each element is its own month

And this fantasy world has a very distinct difference between night and day, so sunrise and sunset don't really exist
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Tetsujin28-go Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
What element would healing magic go under?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I want each element to be able to do their own version of healing magic!

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
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Shi-Rokku Featured By Owner Edited Mar 31, 2018
This seems really cool. If you had to think end-game, what are you guys hoping to turn this universe into? Books, games etc? :) I'd definitely read, play or watch whatever this may become. :D (Big Grin) 
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I think a mix of stories/books/comics and an open role-playing world! I don't know if I'll be able to do a table-top though!
Thanks for your interest!
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iamepiclol111 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
Watched. Love the idea of a magical calendar that, of course, would work differently from ours!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
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Tuiverrus Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, Worship .
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.
- randomly
- 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.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The celestial rules of the world are different from ours! The day/night cycle is really clean-cut and the on-coming change of time is visible in this universe :)

There are twins who are separated by day/night though! I have two right here:
Imori and Aseri full body by Dyemelikeasunset
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LionsDisciple Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
Question: What if you were a spellsword that channels elemental energy through your weapons? Would that be considered internal or external magic?

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?

For science.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That would be internal! Both internal and external users can use items to help them channel their power, but their form of "casting" would stay true to their magic type.

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
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LionsDisciple Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
Excellent. Good to know. I sort of want to develop and OC for this world now. It's one of the most unique and interesting worlds I've ever read about, and I'd sort of like to explore it more. If that's okay with you.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yes it's absolutely okay! I would adore seeing a character from you! If you're not much of an illustrator, a written profile is good too!
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LionsDisciple Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
Awesome! Yeah, unfortunately my illustration skills extend about to making doodles and stick figures, but I really enjoy writing, so I'll go for a written profile for this.

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?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I would say computers are out of their tech level. There are some beginnings of telephones, but I'm not quite worked out on those just yet!
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)
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Syko7-y Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018   Filmographer
Just had a question about the setting. So basically magic is highly prominent but there's also some advance technology like vehicles, rail systems, and automatons. So here's my question: does the world setting allow for the development of black powder and firearms, or does this go against the concept of your world setting?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
there are gun powder, some explosives, and firearms in my world, yeah! They're not the most advanced right now, but I'm still figuring out the limits of everything.
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!
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KurisuRed Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love how there isn’t a concept of summer, I might make an oc based on your work.
Very well thought out. Automatic favorite.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to see your character! Thank you so much!
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HoaryStar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
"Combustion" and "magma" tie the wooden nature. 
"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.
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TheSilverInfinity Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
So, looks like Nitendo has been looking elsewhere for inspiration XD
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
What are you talking about?
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TheSilverInfinity Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
Look at the symbols for the 2 types of magic users
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Ender-Skywalker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Wow, you have practically the same elements as me!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
what can i say, it's a really good set of elements! :D
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Ender-Skywalker Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
It took me many years to perfect.
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ArcNight Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2018
Trying to determone what an internal/external of Mourning would be....

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.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Mourning falls under Water! Unless you meant Memory/Air? :)

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
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ArcNight Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
the " sucking the air out of an enemy" bit makes me think of a seductress/seducer assassin.  Perfers up close "personal" attacks, but can attempt long range as well.
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bulgariya Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2018
Hey again! I'm planning to create a character who's a scribe or amanuensis of sorts and therefore will (?) have ink magic as a sub-element of water. I was wondering if it would be possible for him to be able to manifest the words/calligraphy he writes with his abilities into reality (somewhat like the Author from OUAT), or if that seems a bit too far-fetched? Thanks in advance, by the way! :D
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I'm so excited for your character!
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
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bulgariya Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2018
Yeah, I was going to intend for him to have certain limits to his abilities, so as not to make him too OP! Thanks for the advice! :) (Smile) 
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I really appreciate that, thanks! Feel free to check in with me as you develop him, I'd love to help out!
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ShadowNight9 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student Artist
Amazing.
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