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In a world where you could train up to have superpowers -- hero or villain or neither -- where would you train?

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Was just about settled on partible inheritance for fairy tale kingdoms -- not only does it fit the fairy tales where there are kings who are brothers, it also helps split up the kingdoms after an only daughter princess marries an only son prince -- and if it would result in kingdoms the size of postage stamps, well, that would explain why a princess who sets out to seek her fortune can easily walk to the next one and get a job as a scullery maid.
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marycatelli: (God Speed)
Was contemplating this and that and thought of another reason why, in urban fantasy, the werewolves and vampires and whatnot might be living in secrecy among us.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
I have noticed recently one bit of flawed but frequent world-building: people underestimating how little social distance is needed to create views of "Mesalliance!"

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was reading a story where a Regency-era heroine was soundly berated for a solitary walk.  In the country.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
What does a proper young lady wear when she goes for a walk, and suspects there may be a real danger of being pixy-led?  Which would necessitate her turning an article of clothing inside out to escape?

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was further pondering the problems of fully adult characters as the protagonist of fantasy adventures. . . .

There are the professionals.  People whose jobs are adventures. . . the canonical heroes of sword and sorcery, to be sure. . . but there are issues even with traveling mercenaries.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Was thinking about the magical enforcement of the masquerade, hiding all the magical from the mundanes.

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class

Nov. 10th, 2015 09:38 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
Looks like they've got the professions vs. trade in their world.

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status

Oct. 19th, 2015 10:35 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
Once upon a time. . . there was a kingdom where a certain status was conferred on those who had mastered wizardry to a high enough degree to be of assistance to the kingdom.

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class magic

Sep. 7th, 2015 10:41 pm
marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Once upon a time, magic was the province of the powerful.  Whether you had court magicians a la Merlin, or put the power directly in the hands of the rulers.

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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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kingdoms

Jun. 2nd, 2014 10:46 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
So how far apart are the kingdoms?

Actual postage-stamp size being out.

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mesalliance

May. 1st, 2014 11:02 pm
marycatelli: (Baby)
Been philosophically contemplating mesalliances and world-building
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
What would happen if you released Smaug's hoard into the economy?

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marycatelli: (God Speed)

There are characters in this world -- one of them my heroine -- who walk about a lot.  From town to village to village to village to the hunting lodge to the next village and maybe a city about. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
A sweet little visit to the heroine's home -- her and her betrothed husband -- acquires a twist when I have the betrothed, a prince, explain to the heroine how to set the protection charms about the chamber while she sleeps.
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