Category Archives: World-Building

Magic Monday: AI Magic 5

Week 5: Power Play Magic is a tool, and people tend to find ways to use tools for amusements or relatively trivial tasks; it’s not all killing curses and raising new islands out of the depths of the sea. This … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: AI Magic 4

Week 4: Tools of War Many say that the best magicians are those with a wide repertoire of spells that allow them to control a situation without any need for violence. But many also say that the longest-lived magicians are … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: AI Magic 3

Week 3: Magical Happyfun Singalong Time This is the old magic, the magic of voice and drum. Words are magic, and math is magic, and some spells combine these in the sorcery of song. Strict GMs may require a Perform … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: AI Magic 2

Week 2: Unnatural nature Why would you, the discerning magician, be satisfied with normal plants and animals when you could make things weird? Conjure Bark You enclose yourself, or somebody you touch, in a magical semblance of a tree, which … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: AI Magic 1

(I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of Janelle Shane’s “AI weirdness” blog. Recently, I followed a link to this old post, in which the neural network created a list of spell names for D&D, and this has inspired me … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – the Sword of Eternal Guard

The Sword of Eternal Guard An ancient master forged this steel gladius-like blade and enchanted it so that it could not leave the hand of its wielder so long as a single enemy remained within ten paces. And even now, … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – Asëa Aranion

Hero’s Sleep (Knit Flesh Bind Bone) Natural healing is slow and uncertain; this herbal magic accelerates the process dramatically, which in turn reduces the chances of infection or atrophy. The patient must drink an infusion of herbal medicine, after which … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – Now you smell it?

Phantasm (Impose Dream; Inception; Hallucination) In contrast to the Painter’s Spell, which crafts an image for all to see, this spell summons a minor daydream and compels it to implant a full sensory experience into the mind of a single … Continue reading

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A Friday link: The power of (mis)translation

[Here’s the link] One of the blogs I follow is A Book of Creatures, which regularly introduces cryptids (animals that someone has said exist… that probably or definitely don’t in reality) from around the world. Many of these would make … Continue reading

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Method & Moil

Method & Moil – a Lasers & Feelings hack (I found L&F a while back, read through it once, thought it was cool, and then let it lapse as a PDF stored somewhere on my computer for several months. Then … Continue reading

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