Many of them do not; however some (such as Abbots or more senior monks) are forced to in some circumstances - however, even then they will not speak unnecessarily. I will post something on the worship of Silence before I disappear again. :-) Go to Comment
Not to mention being very useful to low level PC mages with delusions of grandeur, should they manage to get hold of it. Suddenly, everyone believes them when they say, "I am a powerful mage" leading to predictable effects on their ego. Go to Comment
Just found this - it's always great to know someone's actually used one of your submissions for RP; a high compliment. I also very much like the way he makes the order come to life (the eaten sword really made me laugh as well!) Go to Comment
Some large birds have complicated mating dances in which the male and the female birds court each other. In our world it is thought that this is something to do with showing their flying skills in order to ensure that they are a good mate; however, maybe in your world the patterns in which they fly actually call forth some minor fertility cantrip.
If size (compared to humanoids) and intelligence are factors in determining the amount of magic that a creature has, then surely the mighty songs of humpback whales, heard over thousands of kilometres, contain mighty magic indeed.
Maybe the darting shoals of fish, tens of thousands strong, call forth some magic that blurs their outline, making them harder for predators to spot precisely where each fish is.
If magic is scattered everywhere in your world, then it is presumably more concentrated in some places than others. Just like any other natural resource (such as an upwelling of nutrients in the sea), such areas will be rich and abundant in animal life (unless the area is totally barren in other ways). Go to Comment
Continuing the ant theme, any kind of animal like this that constructs a large edifice could instinctively construct in the shape of a magic symbol, much the same way as in our world they construct them so that air ventilates through, etc. I am particularly thinking of the huge termite mounds, but any large ant nest would do as well. In this way, the continual motion of tens of thousands of ants/termites through the ant hill would be as if the symbol was constantly being retraced and redrawn, generating a constant spell. This spell would be something mildly beneficial; perhaps as EchoMirage suggested to increase plant growth near them, or to control the tmperature, or to increase the fertility of the queen, etc. Ants in different regions (perhaps quite close together) would have different structures (and thus spells); just as different termite types have different type hills in our world. Go to Comment
What about a 'criminal' society with distinct laws - for stealing, the larger the value of something stolen, the less punishment the courageous thief recieves (but must return it of course). For this pirates(?) caught petty thieves deserve to be punished harshly. If you take, you better take a lot.