marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

the categories of magic

Magic can be sliced up a lot of ways. . . and indeed they do slice up a lot of ways.

There's the principles used.  Similarity vs. contagion vs. identification vs. -- quite a few others.

There's the intention -- protection, order, wilderness, etc. -- which may affect what sort of lore you need to figure out how to apply the principles.

There's the technique -- transformation or alteration or what have you.

And then there's typical use.  Household spells.  Soldier spells.  The first three I suspect I'm going to have to systemize so that the young scholars can study them, but this one I can dismiss with a character's observation that by this classification, you have to learn the spells by rote, they don't really have an organizing principle.
Tags: world-building: magic (technique), world-building: schools

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