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Tagged With: magic

(Odd Idea) Ancestor Worship

Ancestor worship is still quite common in many parts of the world today. The practices vary, but the underlying principles are the same. Sometimes you make sacrifices on the family altar, leave an empty spot on the table, keep the graves in good shape and so on. Many of these things are practiced in cultures that are not traditionally … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Imperial Ending

History tells us that every empire falls, eventually and is replaced by new societies. The Romans, the Parthians, the Spanish and all the others have fallen. But empires are large, they cover several smaller nations and while their fall may be dramatic, it is rarely quick. The simple massiveness of the social and economic construct … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Imperial Glory

  Empires usually have three stages: the rise, the glory days and the decline. In the previous post I covered the rise of empires. This time it is time to peek into the stable periods of large nations. To some, these periods of stability and prosperity may seem boring and without good hooks for adventure. … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Dead Marches

I have touched upon the subject of non-evil undead before. I find the idea of heroic or necessary undead intriguing, so I’m returning to the idea. This time on a bit larger scale. Nations of the Dead are not particularly new ideas. Even the ancient Egyptians believed that the lands on the other bank of … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Book of Names

Names are powerful. They give us the ability to classify things and thus give us power and understanding over them. On some worlds, names may hold more mystical power. If you know something’s true name, you can command or bind it. In some magical traditions that deal in spirits, knowing their true names is the … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Midsummer Night

The Finns have celebrated the midsummer since time immemorial. Celebrating the longest day of the year with carousing, folk magic and spending time with loved ones. For some it’s a working holiday: the police, rescue services and hospitality businesses have their hands full with carousers. Midsummer is said to be a magical time, and on … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Saturday Night Magic

In many worlds, magic has real power. Magical rituals can take many forms. In some cases, a simple wiggle of the caster’s fingers and a few mumbled arcane phrases will do. In other cases, the rituals are elaborate and complicated. Some rituals may be solemn and slow, while others are energetic displays of raw energy. … Continue reading »

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