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Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook by Daniel Ogden

A heavy book. It includes hundreds of translated passages from ancient sources about magic. They range all over.

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The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey

The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle

The original draft. Interesting for people who want to see how things can change. It's a dragon that tells her she's the last in the world, at that, and her interactions with the butterfly seem to convey more. (Hard to tell, it's incomplete.)

I think the plot and characters did not jell as well, partly because some elements in incongruous. But it has charming moments that had to go

pondering sorcerers and blood

Looking at rolling my own sorcerer bloodline type for GameLit. Third time I've done, because it's the third time I've had an idea with a major sorcerer character. . . .

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orchestrating characters in GameLit

In one thing, the novelist must be bound by the rules of writing and not by the rules of the game. Whatever homebrew rules he has to declare in effect for it.

Familiars? Animal companions? Intelligent swords?

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family -- or not

Ah, ideas. It's all very well to throw as many as possible into a tale, but sometimes they don't stick together. I was thinking at one point that the heroine would mention that she doesn't think that a crime lord is her father. To which the hero would say with some surprise that of course she isn't, he remembers when her father sold her to the crime lord.

The idea evolved. That crime lord became a woman -- fine, we can flip to mother -- and then a lion-folk. . . .

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crime lords and class

So, if a D&D/Pathfinder game, or a GameLit novel, has a crime lord, what class should that character be?  Hmmmmm. . . . hmmmmm. . . .

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As with gladness

As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold,
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magic weapons

Should I give the main characters magical weapons?  They're high level, on one hand; on the other hand, they have other magical objects; on the third hand, they had a good opportunity to provide themselves with them in the origin story. . . .

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Siege Tactics

Siege Tactics by Drew Hayes

Book 4 of Spells, Swords, & Stealth and not really a stand-alone. Spoilers for earlier volumes ahead.

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See, amid the winter's snow

See, amid the winter's snow,
Born for us on earth below,
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