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Ta’anit umikveh?

斎戒沐浴sai.kai.moku.yoku Literally: purification – admonition / precept – wash – bathe Alternately: Ritual purification in advance of an important holiday, ceremony, or time of prayer; in particular, fasting and bathing. Notes: This is a compound of compounds. 斎戒 refers to … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – This land is my land

Wizard-Ward This enchantment is one of many that can be used to create a “place of power” in which the abilities of its resident magician are magnified and hostile forces are weakened. Each day of the month-long ritual, the magician … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – A utilitarian charm for certain professions

Charm of the Quiet Brother Commonly used by those who wish to avoid notice, this charm is nothing more than a small sack of mouse-hide filled with powdered mouse-bones. If worn or carried, it helps make the one it protects … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – Mother’s Day Version

Birthing Charm A ritual beloved by midwives. When a woman is pregnant, the father creates a small stylized human figure and performs ritual actions over it for ten days. After it is complete, the man ceremonially presents it to the … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: Undoing, part 2ing

So last week we talked about counterspelling and dispelling rotes (normal “spells” in the D&D magic paradigm). This week we’re talking about the same for rituals and gnosis. Rituals This is magic-as-natural-philosophy. Like a chemical reaction or a Rube Goldberg … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: governed by skills

One of the funkiest tasks in making a fantasy game has got to be the magic system. Rules for travel, combat, and any number of other mundane tasks can be modeled on real-world data, as in Justin Alexander’s famed breakdown … Continue reading

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Tweaking magic

Last time was a grab-bag of ideas, but the main one that drove me to post was the idea of Devotions. I like the idea of (myths and game settings that feature) human-like gods, with moods and whimsy, and the … Continue reading

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