I thought I’d start a thread for talking about elements in the Setting Declarations page. I see that page as being the staging area for adding elements to the campaign and this forum thread for talking about them.
The process would be: post a declaration with enough information to give a good idea of what it is about on that page. Next make a post in this thread to initiate conversation about that topic. Once discussion is completed, we move the information into a more permanent page in the wiki.
So I added two elements today centered around Military Mages and Magic. First I’m putting forward that Military Mages are no different than mages trained in other institutions. Meaning, they use the same Mage class. Military Mages would usually have the Veteran background to show their time in service to their nation.
Because of their training there are specific ways they do magic. First is their organization by color. This allows commanders to quickly identify what a mage is capable of and utilize their talents accordingly. Second, all mages trained by the Uruk Army utilize a Military Lance.
The Military Lance is a multifaceted tool that serves as melee weapon and magic focus device. For color, the device will reconfigure its shape based on what spell is being cast. For example, the Arcane Bolt spell may configure into a shape much like a modern day bazooka, while casting Heal will may cause it to open into a viewing device to identify wounds & damage and concentrate healing energy on those areas.
I also introduce the idea of Elementalism. This seems to tie in well with the types of magic and has a pagan feel to its system. This may prove an interesting counter-point to the beliefs of the Oracles. I add this now, knowing I don’t have a really clear picture yet how it will impact play.
That’s what I have to start with. Feedback is welcome.
I like the ideas. I say we see how they develop during play as opposed to trying to define them a prori. That way they can take the shape we need them to as we go along.
Sounds like a plan.