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backstory and magic

Ah, characters!

One just came to me and told me that his backstory was incomplete.  It wasn't enough to have a prediction made about him by a sibyl, or being sold into slavery, or his mother's father being fooled into accepting him.

No, there was something actually magical about the way he had been conceived.  His mother had been foolish in using it, but it had indeed been magical, not just something she told her husband, and then ensorceled him into believing.

And the irony is that I'm nowhere near, in my revision, the part of the manuscript when any of this can come out. . . .
Tags: backstory, families: parent/child, revision, world-building: magic (plot device)
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