At first I was worried that this was going to be another knock=off of the desert dwelling Fremen of Dune, or worse, Tuskan Raiders. Instead I find myself both amused by their unusual yet effective appearance and by the biological aspects of male versus female in their society. Nicely done. Go to Comment
Two thought came to mind while reading this thread, one was the basic law Conservation of Mass, and the second was the concept of inertia. Conservation of mass would go along nicely with Ria's comments on conjuring and summoning, it all has to come from somewhere. The prime example might be the summoning of an elemental where at least some amount of the elemental being summoned must be provided. Taken to one extreme, this might require a raging bonfire as opposed to a candle to summon a fire elemental. On the other, following with Luke's mention of the magical theory of contagion, the candle is merely a symbolic link of fire and the elemental is able to draw enough ephemera/elsewhere fire to create its mass. Summoning food, or mundane monsters becomes more problematic. Summon a warhorse, somewhere else, the spell has effectively stolen a warhorse. This could be circumvented with the assertation that all conjuring and summoning spells summon 'celestial' or 'infernal' beasts that just mimic normal creature and thus are not included in the conservation of mass.
Inertia is another concept that might bear explaining. Thus goes with the assumption that the concepts of fate and destiny are very real, something quite common in most accepted fantasy. Things are intended to happen, for whatever reason, ranging from maintaining the cosmic balance of mischance and good luck to the games of divinity. Perhaps it was designed that a person should break their arm for X reason, be it humilty, or the continuing of a mundane healers experience. When magic is used to effectivly unbreak the arm, inertia seeks to correct its course. Perhaps the character suffers another broken arm in short order (though this might seem heavy handed to players who avoided the first broken arm) or someone in the general vicinity becomes the recipient of the injury.
My two cents.
Conservation of mass - matter can be neither created or destroyed, only altered in physical form. In practical terms, a fire doesnt destroy a piece of wood, it turns it back into en equal amount of smoke, heat, and gas. Go to Comment
Rambles some, but certainly has some good ideas. I like the concept of the sword technique being used in an RPG, the Final Fantasy: Tactics game has a similar skill for the samurai job, with the effect of the sword draw dependant on the sword being drawn, one sword emited a healing spirit, while another called the wails of the dead. I think it would be interesting for in an game school of such skill-magic. I dont know if I would consider them magi, since I doubt very much there will be any spellbooks, though the sword and the action of drawing, or mimicking the draw could be verbal and somantic components. Go to Comment
Busy, yet somehow the place always seems dusty, and smells of old paper and nervous students. More distant from the Quadrangles would have to be the dormitory ward, where the students would lodge when they were not at lecture. Go to Comment
While it may be to setting specific, it does have a great deal of value. I like the entire concept of a civilian area being dedicated to veterans followed by the slow and inevitable decline of the area into vice, corruption and sin. In the end a possible theme could emerge that nothing good comes from war. Well done. Go to Comment
A more fitting and detailed Stone Henge for a fantastic setting where the distant past isn't quite as distant as it is now. This could be used in a number of ways.
Major omens and portents could be done at the location, perhaps as a misuse of the site, but still playing into the semi-divine celestial nature of the location. This could also be a site for coronations, or other major events for the host kingdom.
It could also be a symbol of national pride and identity, the sort of thing that the enemies of the kingdom, be they subversive nobles or bellowing orcs would like to trash.
The Asrolith could also be a potent tool for the casting of celestial magics, summonings that reach distant planes or other such thingies. The PCs could protect a good summoner or work to thwart an evil.
The asrolith could even become a focal point in a matter of history and faith ala the Rose Line, and Roslyn Chapel from The DaVinci Code. Go to Comment
There is a group that believes no good can come of trying to change to future to render a prophecy or prediction incorrect. They believe that meddling will either cause the prediction to be true in the first place, or make something worse or more extreme happen.