marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

common magic

So we have a magocracy where the upper classes have the powerful mages. Usually. They work hard at co-opting lower class mages of power, and those born to high rank without great power often marry them to give them the status.

Do the ordinary lower-class people have any magic?

I think so. I hate the trope where super-special snowflakes can get magic, and everyone else is out of luck. But, still, magocracy is the central trope. . . .

They can do lesser magic. In fact, they can do more useful magic earlier, because they spend less time mastering the power and can get into the subtlies earlier.

I think they are also going to have to have a fair amount of anti-magic. You devise a clockpunk device, you want it to be strong enough to cope with a malicious fracturing spell.
Tags: families: matrimony, world-building: magic (effects), world-building: nobility, world-building: royalty, world-building: schools, world-building: social structure

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