Mr Bean wrote:
I nominate the Bending system seen in Avatar the Last Airbender. Magic but no one is getting their minds re-written or souls sucked out, at worst we have blood benders to worry about.
So how do you figure the tribes and the avatar cycle would fit into our world?
I vote for Danmaku as you can beat people up without killing them while still being able to pull off crazy stuff.
Otherwise I like a lot of the Nasuverse since it lends itself to incomparables based systems very well; there's no good/bad spells just application. Powerful mages also tend to suck at actual mage combat because all of their research is meant to access Akasha not to achieve practical utility. Also there tends to be an upper limit on what you can do unless your a vampire as you'll fry your nervous system.
These really need a better explanation of how they work. A good argument for them does require evidence of their superiority.
How about spell casting MtG style? You'd need to control vast swathes of land to do anything beyond parlor tricks and nobody can become a true god using it.
If you go by how the books explain mana you don't actually need to own the land so much as have experienced the land, and it (the land) still needs to exist.
As for My Little Pony, yeah the dead god will make that one all sorts of messed up. Like transforming people into ponies, just granting them the magic, giving them wings or horns and the magic. Really. Bad. Idea. Or good old chaos and fun for the Dead God.
More information is needed:
What are the abilities of these 'Elder Things', that are coming to hang out? WHat are their weaknesses and limitations?
None. The things are at the least equal to this effigy, since this is just a prelude to what will come. BUT, they aren't Eville, or even sentient. They are. For all you know I will have further RAR's for when they show up. (Unlikely, this is the best idea I've had, but possible.)
Either way defeating them is un-possible, but surviving is within your grasp.
How are the first wizards and other spellcasters going to be?
Uhhh, better grammar please. I don't know what this means.
Are their good aligned divine level beings and the like in the cosmos that might be willing to assist us?
No omniscience ones at the least, and as such they would not know of your plight. Also they are minor in comparison to the powers that are approaching.
Lord of the Abyss wrote:
... or that everyone should get it like the Lakewalkers do. And if everyone has it, its potential for abuse or attack is pretty limited; everyone can defend themselves.
I should have made this more clear, no matter what not everyone will get magic. The specific proportions of the populace that does depends in part on the system decided upon. And it will be doled out based on the Effigy's whim.
the engines cannae take any more cap'n
warp 9 to shroomland ~Dalton