#fantasy world
theblackbookofarkera · 3 hours ago
Car-Tyndrone is also known as “the Seafoam City” and by population is the largest of the five Caraxi city-states. The stone used to construct Car-Tyndrone is of a light green and remarkably smooth to the touch. For its sizable population the city has relatively few buildings compared to others though they are known for their prestigious size and height. Well-tended botanical gardens and streams intersect the city blocks giving it a strange and open feel. The residents of the city are known to speak softly while on the streets and vendors use colorful signs not shouting to attract potential customers.
At the heart of the city is the Temple of Nep, a tall square building with a facade carved to look like waves and whirlpools. From the four corners atop the temple are man-made waterfalls that send water to a canal built around the temple. This canal is a popular spot for citizens to swim and bask in the temple’s shadow.
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dreamer-05 · 5 hours ago
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thecrazyworldbuilder · 8 hours ago
On magical casters.
Classification of casters always have been troubling me so I will try to convey my idea here:
Wizards are the type of MCs (Magical Casters) who are specializing on the usage of spells. See, the franchise of Haroldinho Le'Potterman (you know who I mean) is about wizards and this is a good example. Wizards have spells for cleaning the floor, for opening doors; Shortly saying, for every task. Usually they cast their spells verbally, making them very vulnerable to one very specific transmutation-modification encantation:
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Erase Mouth.
Mages are the guys who can be called the magical artists. Sure, there are many Academical Mages, but usually it's the other way around. Mages don't use spells as their main weapon - their magic is in the freestyle, in using energies, summoning and transmutation in many creative ways with only their mind rather than spells which are somewhat like tools/lines of code. With this analogy, Mages are the programmers who write the code themselves while Wizards take from the code libraries.
Mages are not restricted regarded the usage of spells - they usually do, the only thing is that they might modify those spells easier. Instead of copy-pasting spells, they weave them themselves, adding modifications on the go.
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This is interesting. Druids as I believe don't directly use magic, at least not when it's causing disbalance. Druids are masters of natural magic, they sense it everywhere, in every living and unliving natural thing. Animals, plants, stones, water; Everything what is opposed to the Nurture is under Druids control.
They don't cast spells nor weave them. They just know "tricks". "Tricks" that will allow them to turn into animals, to command tree roots, to heal wounds. They unlock the nature part of their magical potential and just use those abilities as if they always could do that, as if they unlocked innate powers.
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Monks are close to Druids in concept, but instead of unification with nature, they seek peace inside their souls.
A great monk unlocks their innate powers through discipline, high morals and inner peace. Think anyone from Kung-Fu Panda: they all have some sort of inner peace with themselves, and many are capable of inhumane feats, such as incredible fighting skills, chi stealing, paralysing or healing.
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Warlocks are sort of tricky. In my native language, they are called "dark(magic)book-ers", something like "users of dark magic who learn from dark magic books".
Their entire thing is they got their magic from a patron, a being of powerful nature that gifted them abilities of different kinds. They can learn to use the magical powers they were given as spells or incantations, but generally, these will just remain abilities. Think "opening unholy portals to hell so you can summon foul little demon minions" or "turn into a six-limbed monster cat with laser eyes" and such. Warlocks can lose their powers if they don't follow what their patron tells them to do, or can be punished by the patron severely, so much that their powers won't matter anymore afterwards.
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Priests are too, like Warlocks, getting power from a patron in a religious fashion. It is tricky to differentiate of course, and even as I am writing this I am unsure how to tell the difference.
There is one, though. While Warlocks had their abilities are given by the patron and it is not necessary for them to have innate magical talents, Priests have their abilities unlocked by their patron. Meaning they cannot be taken away if the Priest loses faith or betrays their patron, instead gaining negative effects for using them since they use their religion as a channel, and boy oh boy if their deity doesn't have it turned on at all times.
Priests are somewhat religious Mages, not bound by specific spells.
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Clerics are the religious Wizards type. They are reading their holy books and repeat prayers, wield powerful encantations and follow the guiding hand of their patron while doing so.
Their gifts aren't gifts exactly. They can be magically talented, but the only way they will use this talent is to cast standard and limited spells provided by their god. And, importantly, these words will not lose their power if they ever were to betray their patron. They will know the key to the patron's locker of magical powers, and the only thing the patron can do is either smile from the irony or try to weaken/block such spells.
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This... Is difficult. Yes, they are pretty much like Priests and Clerics, yet they are way more gifted than them. They are something like the middle ground between the religious duo and Warlocks: they are something like pawns evolved into chess queens, upgraded by their patron, given, not unlocked, strenght and powers.
They follow the orders of their god, and will be punished if they decide to turn away from them. They made their choice, and their patron would be qutie dissapointed once betrayed. The results may vary, but I think at least part of the powers will stay with the Paladin - at least the spells.
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Shamans are too, quite quirky. But as I classificate them, I think they are somewhere in the middle between Druids and Warlocks.
Shamans are powerful masters of nature magic, but they are not bound to just that. They have a hint of Monks in them (spirituality), and usually have some sort of a patron (may it be a Spirit Animal or just any sort of spirit honestly). They can heal, they can harm; They can create, they can destroy - Shamans are not the keepers of balance, they are the keepers of the law of the jungle, of traditions, of history and myth.
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Sage isn't really a caster type of a magic user. A sage is just a person of experience and wisdom, who knows the secrets of life and destiny.
Sages don't make guilds. Many don't even think themselves as sages even. They are just people whose words have a weight to them. Ones who see and understand. They can learn magic, sure, of any kind at that, but they will always be something like a lowkey Monk: in peace with themselves, and wishing to help others.
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Sorcerers are the talent type casters. They have so much magic in them they can't control it.
This magical potential can be tamed yes, but with very hard training and maybe some limitations (think Shadow the Hedgehog's rings). Sorcerers don't know how to cast spells, but they have some skills and encantations that are weirdly specific or powerful. Some sorcerers are planetouched, and are gifted with powers over the elements (think benders from ATLA). Or they have wild magic in their veins, causing strange and random stuff to happen at times. Maybe they are capable of using just this one specific spell of gargantuan power which even the greatest magic casters can't replicate, or maybe they have some sort of superpower due to their gift (think Encanto or X-men).
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This is the trickiest one. Basically, think self-corruption for a greater good. It's like a Warlock, but usually without a patron. It is somewhat Sorcerer, but their innate potential is mixed with training and education of a Mage or Wizard.
In my opinion, Geralt of Rivia is one very clean example of a bloodhunter. Has innate potential (seventh son of a seventh son), has training (in Kaer Morhen), was "corrupted" (witcher elixir) and fights for a greater good. He is somewhat "evil", "dark" or "grim", but more in an antihero sort of way.
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Artificers are not exactly magic users. Their powers are granted not through patrons, not through training but through artifacts. It might be a badass sword (King Arthur?) enchanted armour (Ironman?) or pretty much everything.
Sad thing about Artificers is that without their artifacts, they are pretty much nothing. I say "pretty much" because to me, they are still a threat. Artificers are not just users of artifacts - they can be their creators. For this they will need some magic components, sure, but as such, they are to be feared in any situation.
Basically they are not-quite magically gifted people who study magic and it's physical implementations, such as runecircles and sigils, enchantments, alchemy and many more.
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(Pictured: an artificer when threatened in their natural habitat)
Even though Houdini wasn't a magic user, he was considered unnatural and mystical. A stage performer, an illusionist; Those people's magic is in the secret, in the way they trick people into thinkin they actually have magical powers while using nothing but tech.
I mentioned them just for a good measure, to illustrate what they basically are. They are sort of Artificiers, sort of Thiefs (regarding their sleight of hand) but almost never true mages. There could be a trope where a stagemaster is actually a magical caster of sorts, but it only adds an additional level of mystery. How do you make magic look like mundanity looking like magic?
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Of course I will stay silent about the "battle-" modification for classes; A battlemage is a mage specifying in fighting, Battlewizard might know a couple of harmful spells to aid in battle (making them slightly similar to Bloodhunters but without the corruption bit). Generally any sort of battlecaster is just capable of using their magic quicker and on the go while in battle. Hop - and the enemy is petrified, turned to pebbles by a smash of a hammer seconds later; Shazam - and a trench instantly forms before your feet, swallowing a line of the incoming enemies and giving you the high ground advantage (*cue to Obi-Wan heavy breathing*).
Now we are done! I think I touched every matter, so please let me know if I forgot something; It might be that some classes are just variations of the already listed ones of course.
And so, I can show you the several criteria of classes classification:
-> Source of power.
-> Way of using said power.
And that's basically it. You can get your power from innate talents, unlocked sources of energy inside of you, from a patron, artifacts or some sort of mutation (Witcher elixirs).
The way you use it of course is different too. You can read spells out loud or can weave your own incantations, aka Bookworm versus Freestyler.
Sorry for a long post and here's a sweet potato:
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mask131 · 12 hours ago
You know, I find myself agreeing a lot with the idea that, when it comes to magic in fantasy, there are two types of “approach”. 
There is an approach inspired by tabletop games, roleplaying games, video games and... basically all fantasy games. An approach which leads people to want a strict and rigid “magic system” for their fantasy works, a magic about practicality, workability, applicability, with a lot of definitions, limitations, specific rules and levels, a magic with a lot of structures and details, much more scientifical or mechanical in approach: a true “game system”.
And there is a second view and perception of magic, which is the one taking inspiration from the classics of fantasy literature. I am talking about Tolkien’s Legendarium, or LeGuin’s Earthsea, or more children-oriented fantasy like Narnia and Oz, or more modern takes such as The Belgariad. An approach of magic that is much more literary than gamey, and thus where people (or creators) tend to turn toward a “softer” system much more flexible and “open”, relying much more on intuition, possibility, imagination... a more “poetic” and “thematic” magic. Not that there isn’t any rule: if you note, in all of these works, rules of magic are very important and capital. But there are few. There are clearly different types of magic, and there are things forbidden or impossible to do by magic, and the origins and sources of magic also play a big deal. But sometimes there is not even a clear “system”. It is just a magic “nature”. It is a magic much more inspired by legends of mythology or ancient fairytales or by folkloric beliefs. 
I don’t know, just something I thought as I saw people talking about creating fantasy worlds with magic (while reading fantasy classics like Earthsea ; all the while looking at DnD history videos)
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nuttymeowzy · 22 hours ago
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may1th · 3 days ago
creature! their name is takoranu theyre a creature from a fantasy world i made named gara!
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fahrenmarade · 4 days ago
Journey of Maradé #10
It is the 11th of Aeda Crasslem of the 807th Year since the Relighting.
I write this next letter in hopes of explaining the detailed political landscape of the Island of Aarnith. The island is a self-governing lordship, but is a dependency of the theocracy of Kirth. It is fascinating to see this small island be so contested in the geopolitical landscape of middle-Ko'mos.
The Lord of Aarnith is part of House Sarvahass. They are a beautiful house. The Lord himself is Lord Theodorn Sarvahass, and he a strong man, with a mighty strength. He is noble, kind, and very caring. In all of his duties he does what he can to achieve righteous justice. Though he has an appetite for violence. As he frequently hosts jousting or sword plays to amuse himself in his spare time.
His wife, Erena Sarvahass, was once part of House Lahrath of Andarlen. She is a beautiful woman, strong and fierce, and hosts a wide range of talents, ranging from hawking to archery. It was a pleasure to watch her hawk in the late afternoon as the clouds covered the sky. For hawks are of a great importance to the island.
Erena told me, that an ancient tales speaks of a great eagle swooping into the world, slaying a great beast, and once the waters settled, there its back became the island of Aarnith. Its a beautiful tale, and it speaks much about their culture. I look forward to writing more.
Fáhren Maradé
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cherrybombfangirlwrites · 4 days ago
Hello. Happy WBW.
In your world, which meals or foods are considered classics or universally loved?
Happy WBW!
I do have a couple of meals that are considered classics in Eltya:
We have an omelette like dish that's made with fish and chicken eggs, and it's called orisyl. It's a very common breakfast meal, especially in coastal areas. The fish eggs are blue, making the dish blue, so kids might call it blue eggs.
There's also shepard's stew, which is made with lamb meat. It's a common comfort food, and typically served on cold nights or when one is feeling unwell. It may also have vegetables, typically pumpkin and squash, and the thick broth has a light tan color.
That's all I have for now, thank you @bardic-tales!
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theblackbookofarkera · 23 hours ago
Iji is the patron deity of the city of Car-Ilfain, one of the five Caraxi city-states. Iji is a hermaphroditic deity that was once two gods that after a cosmic catastrophe became one. Once husband and wife the couple was attacked by a cosmic wolf spider and mortally wounded, to survive their souls and bodies merged to form Iji. Iji is a fertility god and like all the deities of the Caraxi a giver of portents, signs and prophecies. Iji is represented as an androgynous and glaberous figure with alabaster skin wearing a gossamer pink gown.
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plantmatters · 5 days ago
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Weekly updates @plantmatters
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thecrazyworldbuilder · 3 days ago
Had an idea if some king became a conlanger.
Like a literal king of some kingdom.
Maybe he chose to learn foreign languages to establish better political skills and have favour of his allies. But then he sort of got carried away and started making his own language.
Maybe he made amalgam languages, taking half a word form one and mashing it with another. I think he would also barely think of something practical himself, just stealing language structures and gimmicks from other languages he knew.
Yet he might've tried to make it as elegant as possible, to be the secret language of nobility.
Perhaps he teached it to his kids, then the servants, and slowly it might've spread.
And after a long time it became like an actual, interesting language that really affected the natural ones as they took loanwords from it and all sorts of stuff.
Perhaps when after some generations the kingdom was to make colonies across the sea and so the colonies ended up speaking this conlang.
That would be rad to implement in a fantasy/sci-fi royalty setting.
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submarinekitten · 5 days ago
Writing Prompt 4
A world similar to Earth but with different species of people-like creatures along side humans.
You could walk a few miles in one 'habitat' and end up in a completely new one with new plants, animals, weather, culture ect. Like entering a whole new world.
Who would be the strongest/more successful?
Would the rules and morals of humans be different compared to the other species?
Is there any tension between the groups? Like war?
Imagine how unique everyone would look. From the height difference to the language and accents. Some could even be multicoloured.
Just like humans their appearance might vary in looks depending on their environment or choice of style. They could have really weird accessories or clothes.
Please someone give me this😭
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nuttymeowzy · 22 hours ago
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kombination-of-lifes · 6 days ago
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fw-owner · 3 days ago
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dogladman · 7 days ago
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you ever just chill in a hot spring with your buddy?
(and his boobs?)
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fahrenmarade · 7 days ago
Journey of Maradé #9
It is the 8th of Aeda Crasslem of the 807th Year since the Relighting.
Since we made port at a town called, Aalamen on the Island of Aarnith, I have had plenty of time to write down my notes. It has been a wonderful few weeks to explore the island, to introduce myself to these people, and to learn about their fascinating culture. As they love to proclaim themselves as distinct from mainland Ko'mos, and rightfully so.
The people of Aarnith call themselves the Nithic, or Aarnese. They have a heavy culture in dance and music, as women take up alot of their hymns and lamenting songs in their choirs. They have a glorious selection of cheeses, spices, and even fruit which I haven't seen naturally grow anywhere else on Ko'mos. They bake glorious cakes, and lovely food. It has been an honour to meet and get to know these people. They use natural red dyes for their attire, and I believe this dye and style of clothing is what inspired a lot of Kirthic culture.
I have written much about the noble lord and lady who rules over the Island of Aarnith, a Lordship, under the Kirthic theocracy.
I look forward to travelling to the mainland, to finally meet with the Blue Vel, so this discussion of the terrible death of Aaradam, can be resolved.
Fáhren Maradé
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