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special snowflake magic and class

There's another problem with magic where some special characters have it and others don't.

It's formula for a caste system.

As long as magic is actually powerful, what else could logically happen? Not to say that some works don't manage to glide over it without actually justifying equality between wizards and non-wizards, but that sort of balance of power doesn't really work.

Except when the wizards are in hiding. Which masquerade, as I have noticed before, has problems of its own.

Yet Another Reason why I prefer "anyone can do it, depending on talent and effort" wizardry.

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starshipcat
Aug. 12th, 2017 10:46 pm (UTC)
One possibility would be a world in which magic is non-hereditary, and just sort of appears at random, perhaps to all children born under a particular alignment of the planets. Or in a world with Physical Gods, those children who are favored by the gods.

Humans being humans, you might still end up with a self-perpetuating magical class, but it would be a lot harder and would be closer to cronyism than traditional hereditary aristocracy.
marycatelli
Aug. 12th, 2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
Or isolated sorcerers lording it over their locality, a la classic sword and sorcery
Em Ess
Aug. 14th, 2017 06:58 pm (UTC)
I thought the magic in Diabolical Bargain was well done.

That being said, I think a caste system for most magic systems makes more sense with how human societies are normally organized. Except for what you called diablerie, because anyone can consort with spirits, however much they shouldn't...
marycatelli
Aug. 14th, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
Well, it does depend on whether the devils want to consort with them.
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