On building a magic system for “Porselein”

I’m currently busy with the planning and outlining of Porselein (that is to say, version 2.0 after I got my brainwave post chapter 4). Building a new magic system has been quite interesting as I’m so used to either working within the sphere of the Ruon Chronicles, or using handwavium to put something together for a flash fiction piece. Now, though, I need one that will last me through at least one full-length novel. And that means planning. And thinking about the daft things humans would do with the magic if it really existed. Because humans.

The thing is, people always get a way to mess up power once they get it in hand, and I doubt magic would be any different. So, I always try to have different ways in which the magic is used and abused. For instance, how is magic used by the “good guys”, the “bad guys” and the “guys in-between who probably just want to use it to get a better life not to take over the world or anything”?

In the world of Porselein, memories come into play a lot and the poor can even sell memories to a middle-man or to those who use magic directly. Obviously this isn’t something that’s undertaken lightly as it comes with a high price, but does begs the question as to what lengths people would go to in order to care for their families, etc. I know, I always write such happy stories…

All in all, the magic system is basically complete, and you can find some more detailed notes on my Patreon page next week.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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