Given the remarkable response and popularity of the Andalusian Magic articles I posted recently, I’ve decided to add a few more to the menu and also link them in to the The Mythic Levant project pages.
First, Niall Christie’s article “Islamic Magic and 5th Edition” (published with permission) updating the Islamic Parameters from ArM4 Blood & Sand to 5th edition.
The second article is an update to the concept of “the Faerie Problem” experienced by non-European Hermetic magi more familiar with jinn than traditional Celtic, Germanic or Slavic style faeries.
Both article may also be useful for Sagas set in the Mythic Middle East drawing upon the material in The Cradle and the Crescent.
Life does that – sickness in the family, unexpected pressures at work, trying to buy (and sell) a house while planning a trip to Europe etc etc.
Although it doesn’t excuse anything, I notice that the other attempts at NaNoWriMo / NaGaDeMon similarly stalled. (Although Timothy’s “Vanilla Covenant” project seems to be faring well, even though he is the first to admit he’s not really playing by the rules).
Still, it was a real fun start and one post and page per week on this blog wasn’t a bad achievement compared to some of the months I’ve been blogging. I’m really proud of the makila(walking sticks) and lickstone concepts – sure I lifted the latter concept completely from Timothy and just rebadged it for ArM5, but it seems a given to me that magical golden dental plates are a must for any self-respecting fashion conscious 13th century Redcap! 🙂
I found by focusing on a particular topic I actually managed to accumulate a lot of interesting ideas that I’ll hopefully use in the future – tattoos, Faeries as Items, magical feathers and much much more – perhaps even Marco’s amazing Faerie shoes. It also got me thinking about some other concepts: low-level common items with basic magics, the role of hedge magic items for Redcaps, mutable items complements, guidelines for single-use items and their replacements, Redcaps using stories as items, Faerie Item Companions, the interaction between Faerie charms and Redcaps… I think there’s actually a lot to be explored here so I do want to eventually write a full 30 posts / pages on Redcap magic items.
On a technical note, I also learnt quite a bit more about blogging style and formatting, which I think will help as I evolve the rest of the blog and go back and correct some of the issues I had initially with formatting exported text from cut files of supplements or Sub Rosa articles.
I’m catching up tomorrow over lunch with Timothy Ferguson, line author extraordinaire and a great inspiration to me. To this end, I was rereading his collated “Marco the Liar” posts over breakfast. Theses short tales were originally written as part of an attempt at NaGaDeMon, but he became ill during the writing process, completing only 15 posts and then a final post that winds up some of the loose threads. It’s complete enough in its own right, although I do hope for more Marco tales in the future.
The Tales of Marco the Liar is not only a great piece of fiction IMO but also a very interesting insight into the subtle and sophisticated “Fergusonian” meta-game philosophy that underlies all of his contributions to the line and his unofficial material that surfaces in Sub Rosa or his “Games From Folktales” blog (itself constructed mainly from high quality offcuts and extras from his published works).
Matt Ryan and Tobias Wheeler, authors of the recent article “The Watchers in Diana‘s Sphere” article on House Diedne in Sub Rosa #13 have announced they plan to update their blog every Friday with new material on the Thirteenth House.
I’ve enjoyed the first two entries greatly and look forward to further entries to come – so head over there and sign up to follow them for updates in the weeks to come!
(And then come back here and browse around – more material coming soon!)
While Marko was crafting the bulk of the City of Brass adventure we submitted for Tales of Power, we had a vigorous discussion on which Realm the City should be located.
There was no vengeful Ignem magic used at any point but I’d note that when he’s headed in a particular creative direction, there’s very little that can dissuade him! That’s what I really like about Marko, he’s passionately committed to his artistic vision.
At one stage I thought Faerie more appropriate, but he convinced me Magic worked better. This proved to be the better choice as made the Brass Bottle mechanics much easier to refine and we could link the bottles with the city buildings which was a core concept.
Marko’s decision also made it much easier to work out the relationship between the various regiones. This resulted ultimately in the “concept map” I created on page 59, which has been beautifully realized by Sean MacDonald over at Fantasy Cartography from the near illegible scanned scratchings I sent him. Sean’s a very talented artist – I loved his maps in The Cradle and the Crescent and may even commission something from him for the Erythraean Sea project I’ll be working on once I finish my official edits.
During the drafting process, while we were deciding on how to model the ‘afrit, I worked up some inserts and paragraphs related to my original Faerie concepts. With the passage of time I think the Faerie option works best as a “replay”, with the magi and their servants falling into a story about the Magic city. This may be either an Arcadian version of their own adventure, a Eudokian version of the original Emir Musa’s tale, or perhaps they fall into a completely different tale.
See here for the details of the excerpts relating to my Faerie options.
The land of Al-Hind, on the far banks of the great river Indus, is mentioned briefly in The Cradle and the Crescent as a possible destination of merchants, the source of over-sized fantastic elephants and a place of many other marvels. There are vague references to the Mythic Muslim holdings of al-Sindh on the near banks of the Indus but much of this material was later cut.