marycatelli: (Cat)
Working on the bad guys.

Who form an organization called the Web, which is, if not commonly known, at any rate not actively hidden.

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In this world, I think that wizards are called in an old-fashioned style:  Master Firstname, Mistress Firstname.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Zoning, of course, would be interesting in trying to deal with any super in a city not designed for supers.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Some characters are about to spend some time in some magical places -- some magical buildings, some magical natural features with buildings in them.

Not because they are on some kind of vacation, or to study (though they are students), but because the magic can be used to protect them.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Some children are going to get some advice in a story.  The sort Kipling put in verse:
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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
The rise of technology -- whether normal human or Gadgeteer/Mad Scientist -- would have a big impact on a super world.  Just not the same as in ours. . . .

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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
Most superhero stories have them appear recently.  With perhaps rumors back into the 19th century or allusions to the Greek gods or the like.   One can see why.
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marycatelli: (Cat)
One thing that keeps the setting stable in urban fantasy is that there are no miracle cures for werewolfery or any of the other curses and afflictions of the genre. . . but what if there were?
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marycatelli: (God Speed)
So I observed at one point that a status in a land is granted by the king. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Need some schools of magic.  If the students are to have different interests. . . .

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There isn't much in Harry Potter.    Logical.  There frequently isn't.  When Sir Water Eliot raises his objections to the Navy in Persuasion, he just states the objection of social climbing:Read more... )
marycatelli: (God Speed)
Once upon a time, there were two young men of gentle birth living in a magical city where royals visit but do not reign.  Was pondering why.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
One crucial aspect of world-building for superheroes is whether they are more or less on par with each other.

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marycatelli: (God Speed)
Read a story recently where magical powers are hereditary.  Strictly.  You don't descend from the people who first got them, you don't get them.  And while the way to get them is known, it was stopped.  (However plausible you find that.)

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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
Once upon a time, my heroine got her orders from a royal official and got sent off to work her magic and fix a problem.

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What would a society be like if it contained species of intelligent beings -- which, being species, could not interbreed with each other?

A lot of SF and fantasy writers don't like the problem.  You get the most improbable abilities to interbreed, even among beings that evolved independently in separate star systems.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
In an outline, the hero is off, nobly going to save the realm despite the way the king treats him.

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