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Semi-magical technologies


"semi-magical": an artificial material or item not magical in itself, but requiring magic to enhance its properties or make new properties possible in the first plac.

For the simple folk, magic is an exotic, exclusive force, only applicable in large chunks to massive effects. Either something is magical, or it is not.  And if it’s magical, well then it glows! (laughter from the audience)

But we all know, that there are more options. The study of semi-magical items has changed the world as we know it, perhaps more than all of our spells together. They bind the forces of magic for productive purposes, make it predictable and usable for the common folk. They empower us. They save us time.

It is a combination of engineering and magical research, and these two sciences now come together on this sacred place, that will advance our knowledge even further. Ladies and gentlemen, please enter the new Institute For Semi-Magical Research!
(University of Magical Sciences, 70 years before the Great Catastrophe)


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The road

The important thing to know about The Road is, that it has sides. If you follow it on the right side in the right direction, you will travel a little faster; if you choose the wrong side, you will be slowed down. Magical support will make route much more pleasant and smooth. A road well travelled will change over time, bumps will be trampled into the ground, and intervening vegetation will wither away.

The road changes even more, when there are many travellers at once. Their magics and will to travel make it into something more, almost a collective conscience. It becomes a stream, that wants to push on, and avoids obstacles and dangers by mere instinct.

The construction requires direction markers, in its simplest form pairs of wooden beams, laid into an angle to resemble arrows, the sharper, the more intense the effect, blunt shapes are dampening, as is going against their direction. A basic ingredient are the bones of migratory animals. Some include the seeds of plants, that pass large distances, for a lesser effect. Bones of migratory fish are reported to work as well.

2008-07-25 07:25 PM » Link: [5203#66471|text]
A Golden Spiral

The spiral is used for many purposes. It reacts on streams and movements of magic, and exerts a certain resistance as this force consumed in the infinite loop. Of course, no model will be truly infinite, so only a small part can be captured. The useful part is exactly the resistance - if the item carrying the Spiral allows it, it can move in response to surrounding magic.

- various triggers and traps running on the presence of magic
- primitive machines running on magic, using circular motion, ranging from prayer wheels, through mixers and other kitchen appliances, up to large millls - all depends on the power source
- simple detectors of magic

2008-07-25 07:25 PM » Link: [5203#66472|text]
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Hiberian String By: manfred ( Items ) Materials - Non-Magical

Not eternal, but useful still: the string or rope that will last for a while.

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The Shadow of Iron Hills By: manfred ( Items ) Transports - Non-Magical

Tales are leaking from below the Iron Hills, that an unnamed winged terror can be seen on the sky on the darkest of nights. What creature it is, nobody knows, but some of the disappearances in the harsh place are said to be its work. If the moon is hidden, nightly travellers are warned to stay from roads and open places.

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Wings of Archimos By: manfred ( Items ) Transports - Non-Magical

The most guarded secret of the Ancients, was the secret of flight.

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       By: manfred

As the PCs travel the road, right after a bend they hear a sharp whistle and call: "Heeey, not so lazy, move your asses!" It is a large man that calls, and there are unwilling workers that listen. A small company, 10-15 men work on the road, push boulders aside, dig up roots from under the road, etc. The large man that shouted turns to you, smiles fast and mutters something under his breath, sounds like cursing some lazy worker. "Where does the road bring you from, travellers?" And does a little small-talk.

And what is really happening? A group of bandits is 'adapting' the road for shady purposes. The road will not be wider, but tighter, with enough cover around (and a few traps perhaps), and will become an ideal spot for ambushing travellers or entire caravans. The bandit leader wants them all to appear harmless. The 'lazy worker' he cursed was actually a guard that should give warning before any travellers come around (fallen asleep). Not surprisingly, the boss may decide for an ambush even now.

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