>>44718322 A strengthened magico-military-industrial complex that predicates the economic function of it's host empires on prolonged intractable conflicts against distant nations of monstrous humanoids and aberrations who themselves are frequently a result of prior clandestine activity by the very same wizardly groups who make up the core of the magico-military-industrial complex today.
>>44718457 >>44718382 >use 4chan magic to mysteriously gain the ability to reverse-image-search Google OP's picture >image appears on countless fringe/kook "news" sites >doesn't appear on a single legitimate news site >Al-Jazeera's site uses the weasel words "similar to this" and "as severe as this" without actually stating that the kid in OP's picture is in Iraq
As the participants get nearer and nearer to apothesis, they gradually lose their freewill and effectively become the pursuit of victory and can't NOT do anything that will aid them in that victory no matter how bad an idea it otherwise is. "I'm fighting the red moon. Genghis Hitler fought the red moon. Time to bring break Genghis Hitler our of his personal hell constructed because nothing else could hold him!"
>>44718322 Depends on the setting, I'd personally say that if it's something like "The ten-year Arcanist's Civil War" and magic is being flung left and right in a certain area for a long time, maybe either some kind of strain on the magical fabric of casting begins to happen, or a concentration of magical force that increases the efficiency of spells, but also leaves the rest of the world with slightly less efficient magic, sort of like a tidal pull.
>>44718322 Well in my setting, an entire continent the size of Australia was subject to unrestrained magical warfare. Magical WMDs were unleashed, and the result is a twisted landscape full of highly dangerous magical fallout. Native animals become mutated with excess magic, polymorph storms wracking the landscape, rogue floating enchanted metal roaming the wastes, bound shadows of necromantic armies still prowl long after their physical form and master ceased to exist. Probably filled with anomalous magical foci that disrupt the leyline that resemble STALKER anomalies as well.
I liked Pratchett's Sourcery take on it, where magical warfare is analogous to nuclear war, which blights landscape and makes it dangerous or uninhabitable. He kinda dropped it in later books, but I guess the 80's nuclear fear tinged his works then it became no longer so horrifyingly relevant. Also it makes intelligent rats.
>>44718322 If magic is a select few kind of thing then most candidates would be selected at birth or young age creating severe long term class issues that would lead to prejudice among the magically in tune and those without.
There was a Larry Niven short story series where mana was like oil. It took a long long time to generate naturally, and magical warfare just burned through it like nobody's business. So the long term consequence was that magic (and all magical creatures) died off.
Another thought could be that large scale magic warfare does for magic what large scale warfare did for almost everything you need to fight large scale warfare. Created a huge push to standardize and mass produce it, so at the end you have huge numbers of former soldiers who know basic magic spells, and you get this new evolution of magic as the old guilds are broken.
>>44718322 In a very loosely Abrahamic based setting I'm running, magic is channeled by opening a tiny (invisible to the naked eye) portal to heaven / hell to conjure a spell (unbeknownst to the caster). The longer magic based wars went on, the larger the portals got, until they were large enough and lasted long enough for creatures to slip through. Longer this goes on the larger the portals get and the longer they last, more creatures get through, armageddon battle between angels and demons humans struggling to survive etc
The stomach being external probably isn't (fairly common ectopic stomach), the extra limbs don't make much sense unless there was like five equally fertilised fetuses that the main baby kinda absorbed like tetsuo.
>>44720361 Yeah, that's why everyone that still lives or otherwise visits must have strong wards and charms against polymorphing. Just imagine. One second you're a Tharsian human, then you turn into an insect, then halfway through you start sprouting tentacles, then you become a slime, then a fish, then a dragon, shifting shapes as long as the storm hangs around. Then, when the storm clears, there's just so many polymorph spells stuck on you that barring a high-strength or repeated Dispel Magic you won't be able to return to what you were. Many unprepared ones who were caught in one chose to die, as the polymorph spells take their toll on the person's mental fortitude. So always, always check that you have your wards and amulets set up, if you want to brave the blighted wasteland that is Ascia.
>>44718322 Play Quelong for LotFP. Its basically fantasy Vietnam/Cambodia with added magical plutonium radiation and a war between two trancendant wizards. Its pretty awesome. The /osr/ trove has a copy under LotFP
I and a few other chucklefucks have been trying to build a setting that has ecological themes to it. In this case, magic = cocaine + oil and once caused the entire world to get all nuked to shit. Now there's huge swathes of desert full of radioactive dust and weird dust beasts that keep expanding kind of like the Sahara, destroying more and more habitable land. Plus the post-apoc races have once again discovered cocaine magic and its spurring on a nuclear tech revolution they might not recover from. Issue is no one can decide what kind of magic theme they want so half want oil magic and half want to copy Tolkien / Avatar so the whole dealio is going nowhere fast. Anyone got any ideas?
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