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Thoughts on Meta-magic

Post by Admin on Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:31 pm

So here are my thoughts on meta-magic and some of the steps necessary to turn it into a full-fledged system.

Meta-magic is the art of manipulating spells (obviously enough). As outlined in BI's article, the steps of meta-magic are Access, Alteration and Enaction. A mage using meta-magic must use a spell that can override a spell already cast, allowing the mage to alter its components and then release the spell with the new changes.

The difference will be that meta-magic is not a specific branch separated from other forms of magic. Meta-magic will be a subsection of traditional magic. There will also no longer be random gray portals and some such that once defined the application of meta-magic.

Users of meta-magic must be incredibly skilled, incredibly knowledgeable of magic, or have a very acute Sense. This is necessary to understand the spell they wish to manipulate and to interact with that spell.

Beyond that, the only changes I feel should be made is just a bit of expanding on what BI had to make it a formal system.
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Post by CromTheConqueror on Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:39 am

I'd actually be interested in that being your own class of magic but to not make it mutually exclusive to traditional elemental magic.

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Post by Admin on Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:41 am

I'm not sure exactly what you mean. Can you explain?
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Post by CromTheConqueror on Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:44 am

I'd like to see characters whose sole purpose is literally just to fuck with other peoples magic. At the same time I wouldn't be opposed to masters of elemental magic being capable of preforming some meta-magic of their own as it would make sense at their levels that they could do that to other elemental spells.

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Re: Thoughts on Meta-magic

Post by Admin on Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:52 am

True, that sounds pretty good. That was my intent.

There's also some self-defense types of magic that don't actively manipulate spells, they are just used to break apart spells. It's different than Meta-magic.
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Post by CromTheConqueror on Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:55 am

Subconsciously I was grouping that in with a component of meta-magic as it involved a manipulation of spells even if it was just to the degree that it disrupted them like a Null would. What did you want to call that kind of magic? (Yell spell breakers anyone? Razz)

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Post by Admin on Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:58 am

Just some form of Self Defense magic. It's mostly setting up walls of mana and colliding the spells together to cancel them out. Sazil has a staff that does such a thing, except it also carries some kinetic force with it. You can see what it does in the chapter I wrote that's hosted here.
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Re: Thoughts on Meta-magic

Post by CromTheConqueror on Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:00 am

Alright. Well let's try and get a post that combines the little we established here with BI's post and get MN's approval on it so we can move meta-magic out of RnD.

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Re: Thoughts on Meta-magic

Post by Admin on Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:03 am

Alright. I'll write up a formal system based on these thoughts once MN gets his input in, then we can discuss that and move it out of R&D.
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