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Building a Fantasy World
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: second part

>>Current thinking is that practically all of the originals were either killed or sealed away back to a dimension known as jinxspace, thanks to the efforts of sorcerers who aren't themselves necessarily of daemonic heritage, but can control the miasma for spells of varying purposes.<<

Okay, cool. Why? This is a significant issue, because the modern society seems not to make too big a deal out of the daemonic heritage since it's so widely spread. But if there was a major war or something, people would tend to hate daemonic traits, not accept and/or exploit them. Once again: what serves the story? What connects with the themes?

>>(if they have any - though I think that at this point in Seeran history, practically everyone has some sort of daemonic heritage, though they might not know it, or it wouldn't mean much to them),<<

You'll need to check the math on this, and it's not simple math. There's a point at which everyone living shares the same ancestry, and that can be figured out. First, consider that there are always some holdouts in a human population, no matter what the math says. The easiest way to reach the effect you're describing without starting an argument over the math is to figure the threshold of full dispersion (where everyone living would have some daemonic heritage) and then back up a handful of generations from there, giving you the desired level of "most." Anyhow, this would be a good discussion to have with a friend who is a mathematician; it'll give you a handle on how long the daemons have been in that world mixing with the humans.

>>(I know "miasma" technically refers to poisonous gases, but it's the term I came up with while I was working with this story for NaNoWriMo a few years ago, and I haven't come up with anything better. It refers to the ambient power that runs through Seera Kai. It can be harnessed either for magickal purpses, as just mentioned, or as a power source for technology.)<<

It's acceptable to set an exotic term for mystical energy; I happen to like that one. Crank back the etymology: it's originally from a term meaning "stain" or "pollution" and went through a phase meaning "swamp gas." So it might refer to an earlier time when people thought it was bad, a kind of contamination, before they understood its uses (which is true of oil, actually); pulling on the original "pollution" interpretation. Another possibility is that one very high ambient energy zone could be a marsh or swamp, which is a source of teeming life; pulling on the intermediate "swamp gas" interpretation.
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