FourFold: Setting: Magic
Having written this piece I managed to sort of explain how the magic of FourFold came to be, but I didn’t really go into how it works.
Well to start off, I originally got the idea as part of a discussion I was having with someone about how broken a superhero could you make with one superpower. I said if I could control my own energy perfectly that I would be able to do just about anything I put my mind to. She said Brownian motion, or the movement of particles. Thus Rex, in this incarnation, and Lysander were born.
The idea branched out along an idea from a book series by Piers Anthony wherein characters each have one magical ability to call their own, and these abilities vary greatly from useless, to absolutlely overwhelming. In Xanth however it is never really described how a person’s talent is decided, so after some thinking i decided that the one ability thing really wouldn’t work.
So i came up with an idea that i felt would do the concept justice. Each person has a level of magic they can use and it is their own mind, along with genetics, the determines what they can do. Which in theory means that anyone can learn anything so long as they have to power to do so; even against genetic pre-disposition.
In the regard Rex, with his control over energy skill, is translated into a pretty normal person and his above average talent relies on his huge amount of magic and his ability to think on his feet; all of the power is only really useful so long as he can put his mind around how to make it work. This is seen best in the early chapters where he tries to fly.
It is also possible in this model to get stronger, if you can increase your mind. Which helps to better rationalize the theft of other peoples magic.
This still isn’t quite where I want it to be but it will work for an understanding moving forward.