Way back when, the original idea for Ontyre was that it would be medieval world with axes and swords. Visualize, to a degree, Tolkien, but with female characters. I spent considerable time building the magic system and enhanced it over the years. The rules were law. There could be well thought-out exceptions to many things, but not to how the base magic system worked.
Then I became sick, almost died, and during my long recovery there came a remarkable shift in my approach to the fantasy I wanted to write. That move to a more modern fantasy world, from swords to airships, brought with it a major challenge to my magic system.
It was one thing to dictate the abilities of people, but quite another thing to apply magic to a world’s technology. We’re talking about mechanical stuff and you don’t want to know how much I know about that…
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