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You are right about every world needing an ancient past to draw upon. This provides instant history and depth to the world (I expect Old World -1 and on from other people). The Old world allows odd artifacts and things of exceptional power that people do not understand with the excuse of "It is an Old World artifact." What more needs to be said than Two paws and a tail up. Go to Comment
Perhaps the Old World had regular use of low level magics (perhaps restricted in different ways). It would still be more magical than "now".
Perhaps the Old World had Uber Magics, compared to the low level and restricted magics of now. Maybe there was a disaster, stopping the magic as it was.
If you had a high magic world, very few worlds have realistic and regular applications of magical technology (not an oxymoron). So they might actually utilize magic to its fullest potential, instead of "today" where the magic of high power might be possible, but not regularly used. Go to Comment
Exalted, expecially the storyline of the primordial gods becoming the malfeans and yozis has become an addition to my standard fantasy setting. I've got to do something with those books since I cant get anyone to play with me. Go to Comment
I think it is very common that a setting must have a preset level of magic, IE low level, or high level for the two most common extremes. The approach I have taken is to compare the power and presence of magic to the development of technology. As the understanding and application of magic increase, the apparant 'power level' increases.
Was the Old World a high magic setting, yes. It was because magic was very advanced and widespread in it's use. There was a great amount of magic being used, but there was also a level of pragmaticism also involved. For example, in our modern hi-tech world, there is still a place for older technologies, fireplaces instead of high efficiency heat pumps. So the presence of Teleportation magic is going to change alot of things, but on a fundamental level, it isn't going to replace normal travel. Jetpacks and hovercraft exist now, but we still drive cars.
Following the end of the Old World, there was a dark age where quite alot of magical knowledge was lost, and a resultant backlash against magic as it was percieved to have been the cause of the Nightmare War, so the art degraded even further. so in the modern setting it is low magic. Go to Comment
This is a wonderful idea and while I have a generlized history for my setting it is nothing as profound as this. I shall endeavor to do just this very thing and get into the specifics. Great job. Go to Comment
I agree with Scars on this point. A similar instance occured in the histories of Hewdamia. It was once a high magic reliant world. Basic tasks were replaced by magical means instead of labor. An upheaval in the world caused magic to no longer function as it once did. Not as abundant, rare, and different than its old applications. So a low level magic society rose from the ashes and in certain parts of the world magic no longer was welcomed with open arms but shunned and even outlawed depending on how horrific the change of magic was to that individual part of the world. Go to Comment
:applause: It is all making sense to me now, and I expect some cults have popped up saying 'the past wasn't all that great, in fact the gods struck them down for thier stupendous hubris, claining they were as great as the gods themselves' Or something like that. Go to Comment
Ive been going back to my favourite posts on the site lately, just to show appreciation to the people who have inspired me the most. This is one of them. I like a good solid backstory for both PC´s, NPC´s and the entire setting. This is a good example of that, a well explored history that includes the chaotic touch so common in our own world´s history. Great job!