HAUNTED MANSION // a short story about haunted houses vs haunted homes
PS: My new book of stories is out at http://shorteststory.com/book
Denfer Fender, firbolg necromancer and genetically certifiable rat bastard
Commission of the tiefling Compassion and naga Sophia.
Fantasy settings have used various categories to explain and divide up their magic systems. D&D’s approach is twofold: differentiating between arcane and divine magic, while also dividing individual spells into eight “schools” of magic (Abjuration, Conjuration, Divination, Enchantment, Evocation, Illusion, Necromancy, & Transmutation). The Elder Scrolls series also uses eight “schools” to categorize its spells (Alteration, Conjuration, Destruction, Enchanting, Illusion, Mysticism, Restoration, and Thaumaturgy). Magic the Gathering divides magic into five colors (black, blue, green, red, & white), each with elemental and thematic associations.
What are some magic systems that interest you? How does other media you enjoy categorize its magic? What about a particular setting’s magic taxonomy made you like (or dislike) it? Have there been times you felt a spell was miscategorized within a setting’s magic system? Are there any instances where you felt having “school” of magic made a character more interesting? If not, why do you think a particular setting failed to make the classifications of its spells relevant? How would you improve it?
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