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    43 KB Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:28 No.10540698  
    It has been fifty years since the beginning of the age of magic.

    It all started in a manner which is nigh impossible to believe. Someone on a message board called 4Chan posted a link to a .pdf file that contained the sum total of all his research into magic, claiming that it was the real deal. As was typical of this message board people dived on it and tried it out shocked to actually discover that it worked.

    You have already learnt about the ten year cataclysm so I won't bore you with further details.

    After the last of the Anonymous cult had been brought to justice the world began to rebuild. Knowledge of the existence of magic though changed how they rebuilt. Every nation desperately sought copies of the instructions used by the cult but only partial amounts of the massive manual were found.

    This led to the foundation of the modern schools of magic in each country. Each school only possesses fragments (typically centred on one form of magic) of the manual and expends massive effort to both research their form of magic and find more parts of the manual to expand their knowledge. Trade between schools is common as many parts of the manual expand on earlier parts meaning that the knowledge is useless to one school but priceless to another, these trades often ignore any political sanctions or even states of war.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:34 No.10540803
    Each country houses one or in some cases two schools of magic. The USA is unique in housing four schools although the knowledge they possess is highly fragmented placing each school in the bottom ranks. However this is compensated by their massive military backing.

    It is actually very common for schools to be state sponsored. They almost always have strong ties to that country's military except in the case of the Healing college of Britain which refuses to aid it's military on idealogical grounds instead all of its member obtain employment within the country's health service.

    The most complete school is currently located in Russia. The Russian School of Necromancy boasts the most complete set of Necromantic instructions in the world totalling 869 pages out of a known 1204. Such is their collective knowledge that they have been able to create a standardised training regimen to train Necromancers for military service. These Russian Army Necromancers were essential in the Russian Federations expansion in the post cataclysm years.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:36 No.10540840
    Ooh, I wonder what Australia has...
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:36 No.10540846
    >You have already learnt about the ten year cataclysm so I won't bore you with further details.

    I swear, that summoning spell was SUPPOSED to summon a nymph, not open a hellgate - okay?

    Geez, I'll never hear the end of this.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:37 No.10540867
    Dream Magic and Song Magic.

    You sing the world into being, and walk in the Dreamtime with Gods.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:38 No.10540882
    Where once the nuclear weapon dominated the international debate table it is now the state controlled magi. Who has the most? Who has the most powerful? State magi are national heroes with each nations most powerful magi appearing frequently in propaganda showing off their abilities. Even the lowliest of state Magi receives substantial benefits for their service with their paygrade typically eclipsing that of a senior officer.

    However the learning of and use of magic is not without its dangers.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)18:41 No.10540939

    1. Are we using the typical 13 schools?

    2. WHAT 4 schools do the uessians have?


    Oh, so Alchemical Exalted. Carry on.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:42 No.10540964
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    This is a promising thread.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:45 No.10541019
    Anyone can pick up a spellbook and dabble in magic. However to control it requires time, discipline and effort. A lack of control can often result the user immolating himself or loosing control over the spell cast with often disastrous and destructive results. This was what caused the vast majority of the casualties among the members of the Anonymous cult.

    Then there is always the possibility of summoned beasts from outside our realm running amok. Or even worse a gate to another realm being opened when a summoner looses control of his power.

    And finally the least obvious but certainly not harmless danger. Magic poisoning. The magi must attune his body with time and practice to be a more efficient means for the casting of spells but this results in them storing dense crystalised concentrations of mana within themselves rather than drawing all of it from the environment. After a while this becomes instinctual and they can no longer stop themselves from doing it, the amount stored only increases as they progress further along the path of power. The great magi must perform truly epic feats of spellcasting daily in order to stay alive while lesser mages can survive easily by casting a few simple spells each week.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:45 No.10541024
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    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:45 No.10541033

    Never played exalted. Making this up as I go along.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:47 No.10541064
    This is a dangerous problem. It implies the presence of powerful mages who must cast reality breaking spells or die....and mages, being stupid, will do just that.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:49 No.10541104
    You already have the gist of it - magic godlings are nukes. They play a game of MAD with each other. Alchemicals are different in that they aren't also the heads of state, but are instead built from souls and magical materials to serve the state as a whole.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:50 No.10541107
    protip: don't fall in to tropes... come up with something more original
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:50 No.10541110
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    >State-sponsored Necromancy

    this pleases me.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)18:50 No.10541117

    Not if 'earthshaking' = battlefield-wide radio jamming/silence.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:51 No.10541129

    Exponentional spellcasting?

    I like that.

    How big are we talking? If they go around rearranging the landmass of their given country daily, this will cause great problems.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:51 No.10541140
    Pro-tip: everything has been done before. Everyone steals from something else. All that truly matters is what you do with it.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)18:52 No.10541155

    Pretty much this.

    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:53 No.10541162
    As was mentioned before each nation has its own schools with focus on specific forms of magic.

    Russia has but one which we have already discussed. The Moscow Necromancy Institute which is also often simply called the Russian school of Necromancy. This school is controlled by the Russian military with all students being junior military officers.

    Britain has the Healing College which is often at odds with the British government over their refusal to engage in military service. Unlike other schools they are more spread out holding classes at many British universities.

    Britain also possesses the Nottingham Institute of Elemental Magic. This school is very varied in its teachings which depending on which "elemental" path students pursue can lead them to careers in waterworks, the military or power. Although these elemental paths can all be applied with great effect to the military if you think about it. This school engages in some information sharing with a US institution of similar type.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)18:55 No.10541205

    Say an elemental mage needs to do his. He might say "Right which city needs power for the next few days?"

    A healer may go "Right find me cancer ward"

    Great magi are extremely rare due to the time, effort and spellcasting ability required. So governments expend massive amounts of effort keeping them alive. And their frequent need to cast epic spells makes it easy to propaganda films.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)18:56 No.10541229



    Battlefield magic or Ritual magic?
    D&D splodeymancers or... well, Call of Cthulhu/CthulhuTech-esque hours of setup and a two-hour long ritual?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:58 No.10541248
    You should sort out the basics first: what magic schools are there? How many countries survived the cataclysm? What do countries without magic (if there are any) do?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)18:58 No.10541262
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    Did someone archive this thread? Because I think someone needs to archive this thread.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:01 No.10541287

    Australia has Epic Spellsingers and Dreamwalkers?

    Wow, not the most usual magic schools and a bit stereotypical 'aborigine' but very impressive and cool.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:02 No.10541319
    The four USA colleges are typically regarded as the underdogs of the magical world. Even the African Union can boast a more developed school of magic than they. But what they lack in knowledge they make up for variety by combining the teachings of multiple schools into single students. Also of note all the US schools are under the control of the military with all students being US military officer candidates recently recruited and chosen for their idealogical beliefs.

    The schools they have are as follows:
    The Texan College of Elemental Magic. This school has entered into information sharing agreements with their British counterpart but they receive very little from it.

    The Alaskan Summoning School. One of only two summoning schools in the world. Their only real boasting point is that their summons are infinitely more stable than their counterparts if nowhere near as impressive.

    The Washington University of Mysticism. This school is rather mysterious to the rest of the world. Very few know what it actually knows or where this knowledge came from. They are also very picky about which students they teach to with those they do teach being the very cream of the USA's idealogical crop. Their defining characteristic however is rather impressive; the ability to fly using magic.

    The final US school of magic is the West Point Healing Department. It contains very little knowledge (the least of all US schools) but is mandatory learning for all US military magi meaning that no matter what else they may have learned all US magi are capable of basic healing.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:03 No.10541333
    The premise is quite interesting, but D&D-esque schools of magic in a realistic world just fails.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:04 No.10541345

    Both. Depends on your level and what you're trying to do. A great mage can throw around spells that would take a lesser mage a week of constant effort to perform but they suffer for it by HAVING to do this daily or else they die.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:04 No.10541357

    The schools are an artificial construct thought up by
    people who only have limited information.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:11 No.10541465
    Other schools of note are the African Unions school of Shamanism which most western observers comment is just a combination of necromancy, healing and electrical elemental magic. Effective however as it was through the Shamans that the African Union was able to become the controlling force in Africa and put a stop to centuries of senseless fighting. This led to Africa actually managing to develop into a modern nation even if it is still held in low regards internationally.

    There is also the Chinese Summoners Educational Institute. They lack their US counterparts control but are capable of far more impressive feats of summoning with their senior members being able to summon literal armies to the Earth. However as a result of both their lack of control and China's constant political infighting these magi don't have a habit of living long and as a result China possesses no magi who could be regarded as great magi.

    The final school of note is the Australian School of Psionics. A school completely dedicated to skills such as telepathy, telekinesis and affecting the mind. However the Australian government was quick to grab onto this and began using these magi to control the minds of the public. The Australian Great mage Derrick Jones took complete control of Australia twelve years after the founding of the school.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:13 No.10541500
    18 replies in and you want to archive this thread?
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:15 No.10541538


    Also, so, what, Chinese summons are earthshakers that last short periods (seconds? minutes?) and American summons are minor but last forever?
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:19 No.10541601
    Many countries in the world have no schools of magic or possess only very limited magical knowledge. These countries either stay quiet or merge with another nation in order to avoid becoming a battleground between these new superpowers.

    Some nations however are gone. The world is a very different place.

    Japan was destroyed by a gate to another realm that was opened. Later study revealed it to be caused by someone turning themselves into a gate as a form of suicide.

    Canada is mostly gone with whats left becoming part of the USA. In one of the most impressive feats of elemental magic ever observed the Anonymous cult destroyed 90% of the Canadian landmass.

    Italy was rendered completely lifeless by a necromantic plague and now only zombies remain who present a constant hazard to the rest of Europe which except for Britain, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany were all absorbed by Russia (these other nations became part of the United Kingdom).

    The maintenance of the Italian quarantine is a joint UK and Russian operation with the UK forces providing muscle while the Russian provides necromantic expertise.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:21 No.10541644

    China can summon an army for an hour. But the chances of that army being under anything resembling control is slim to none. So you don't summon it near friendlies and don't expect it to act according to your plan. It'll just charge in and main kill burn.

    The US summons are much fewer in number, last longer and can carry out complex instructions (depending on the skill of the caster). A US great mage who specialised in summoning could probably summon a group of creatures who are on par with a special forces team in terms of what they can do while if the Chinese had a summoning great mage they could summon a massive army for a prolonged period and exercise vague control over it in terms of where it goes.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:23 No.10541685
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    >the last of the Anonymous cult had been brought to justice
    You wish, nigger.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:23 No.10541699

    Grammar brotip: your sentence about the state of Europe being Zombieland is a little garbled. Try

    Italy was rendered completely lifeless by a necromantic plague and now only zombies remain, who present a constant hazard to the newly expanded Russia. Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany allied themselves with Britain.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:25 No.10541742

    ...interesting. A combination of The Red Army and Chinese Fire Drill, if you're familiar with the colloqualisms.

    If you aren't, replace them with 'human wave tactics' and 'total clusterfuck.'
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:27 No.10541767

    Let me correct meself.

    >The only nations not subsumed by Russia were Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany, who instead allied themselves with Britain.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:29 No.10541811
    No love for Argentina ? or south america for that matter. Spell knigths and mage warriors, maybe?

    Also, what about India?
    Some sort of paladin-like mages, i guess, they have lots of deities.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:30 No.10541819
    >Canada is mostly gone with whats left becoming part of the USA. In one of the most impressive feats of elemental magic ever observed the Anonymous cult destroyed 90% of the Canadian landmass.
    But only a small percentage of Canada is inhabited it doesn't mean a shit ..oh I see what you did there.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:30 No.10541824
    The new political landscape means new alliances.

    The UK and the USA are still on exceptionally good terms despite the USA often being accused of being the cause of the very existence of the Anonymous cult. As a result of these accusations and the unfortunate truth behind them (the majority of Anonymous cult members were confirmed as US citizens) the first amendment was repealed and strict controls over net access and information were put in place.
    The UK however remained relatively unchanged except for a revival of the "Rule Britannia" mindset among its populace and record enlistment in its military even in the new territories. The only other change of note is that the monarchy (Now under King William) clawed back a lot of power from parliament with the nations direction now being the concern of the monarch while day to day life is the concern of parliament. Parliaments attempt to usurp the throne through an alliance with a great mage was unsuccessful and the parliament of the time was almost entirely executed.

    The African Union is pursuing a policy of "trade agreements with everyone but alliances with no one". Their rich mineral wealth has put them in a great position globally coupled with a populace who have gotten a taste of the good life and want more has only served to catapult them forwards in terms of development. The Shamans fulfilling a role of guide to their people from the local level all the way to the top.

    China absorbed many other Asian countries who survived the Cataclysm except for North Korea which has defiantly held off merging with China for many years through the use of an unknown magic which effectively sealed it from the outside world.

    Australia and China are on good terms with each other. The "Mage Emperor" of Australia often lends the services of his psionic magi to China in exchange for favours or the promise of future payment.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:30 No.10541825
    Germany fell to Russian invasion? So the UE lost it's largest economy?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:31 No.10541846
    Just changed the owner. Thats all.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:32 No.10541855

    Like I said writing it as I go so some bits will be garbled.


    The idea of the Anonymous cult came to me when I remembered what a police officer asked me when I was putting up posters for Project Chanology. He thought Anonymous was a cult and when I was thinking who to have as the source of magic in the world it hit me.

    lol 4Chan.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:33 No.10541861

    No Germany joined the united Kingdom and is now the border between the UK and the expanded Russia.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:34 No.10541875

    Other nations either are classed as unimportant on the international stage, only have minor schools of magic or don't have one.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:35 No.10541890
    I have a question.
    If Anonymous became a continent-crippling cult who practically ended the world, where was moot when the dust settled?
    Put on trial for war crimes or something?
    Or did they finally make his dream of becoming the little girl a reality?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:36 No.10541901
    So... are the new powers in a sort of armed peace or are there any theatres of war?
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:37 No.10541923

    The mysterious criminal known only as "m00t" was a shadowy figure occupying a similar position to Bin Laden in the war on terror. He made one statement saying "it was all over now faggots" and disappeared.

    Every nation in the world is offering a substantial reward for his capture or death. However no one has yet found him or even figured out his real identity (records from pre-cataclysm are often incomplete)
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:39 No.10541957

    I imagine poor Mr. Poole got the same treatment as CEOs do when someone, somewhere, forgets to turn on the safety.

    Minus, you know, the cash. But he probably wouldn't be hurting too bad, you can't blame Mr. James Gun for what people do with his inventions more than you can blame Mr. Zog Fire or Mrs. Gawunga Wheel.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:39 No.10541959
    I guess, but South america as a faction could work well. Let me explain why i said spellwarriors:
    Considering the world is now a magocracy, the remmant south american countries have merged in one alliance. However, there's a huge cultural crash, and the minor schools of magic end up merging on a greater one, which actually works as the jack-of-all-trades. While being not especialized or especially powerful in any field, they have learned to use most magic styles. However, this is still limited. Because South american mages dont have acces to specialized magic, they train their bodies and augment them with runes, resulting in extremely agile and strong mages. They dont have greater strengths, but they dont have mayor flaws either. Their best companion is adaptability.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:41 No.10541977
    guess /x/ finally did summon a succubus after all...
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:41 No.10541980

    The USA is in an open state of war with Russia. Alaska is the main battlefield as well as the middle east which is mostly under US control. Post cataclysm the Muslim population of the middle east has shockingly enough settled down actually joined the USA willingly bringing with them a surprising amount of useful knowledge (most of which was instantly classified). Their inclusion as states did bring a surge of public outcry however this has balanced out with them being strong advocates of state level lawmaking and private arms ownership which coupled with their conservative values made them a hit with the Republican party who has enjoyed an unbroken string of presidential victories in the post cataclysm era.

    Russia is also at war with China who often call in Australian reinforcements. However in recent years the war has reached a stalemate thanks to the undead army the Russian forces have built up as a result of the war.
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    So even more jack-of-all-trades than Uessian mages?


    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:42 No.10541993

    Ohh totally adding that.

    Also only Australia is ruled by a mage. Everywhere else its still all politicians.

    The mages are just public heroes and powerful ones very influential.
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:43 No.10542009

    ...why is it that Nercomancy compliments Russia's historical battle tactics so well?

    Yes, I know about large numbers of causalties recycled into soldiers who don't mind the cold. The question was rhetorical.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:43 No.10542014
    Right taking a breather. It's too hot and humid here.

    Be back in ten or so minutes.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:43 No.10542018
    Isn't that kinda covered by the US already?

    Have them become a divine magic oriented union. Brazil is the largest catholic nation in the world, after all.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:44 No.10542033


    I'll be totally honest with you. The idea of military mages came from me watching FMAB too much coupled with a four hour playsession of Allods online. I saw a zombie in what looked like a Red Army uniform and it just hit me.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:46 No.10542052
    Two things:

    1. Okay, so Japan was destroyed. What is currently occupying the portion of the Pacific where Japan once was?

    2. Will the South African shamen have magical vuvuzelas that conjure swarms of deadly, deadly bees? Because that shit would be SO cash.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:50 No.10542137
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:52 No.10542167
    There should be at least one school of magic dedicated to artifice.

    And at least one school dedicated to antimagic.

    The latter are spies, mostly.

    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:54 No.10542189
    Ok continuing.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:54 No.10542203
    >So even more jack-of-all-trades than Uessian mages?

    north america relies on number, South america relies on adaptability.
    Considering how america as a continent had a lot of cultural crashes, they both work as jack-of-all-trades, but differently.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:55 No.10542211
    How about a nation that used it's magic not for the military but for purely economic purposes?
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:56 No.10542228

    Actually, the 'mystic ppl who fly' school might be the proper location for antimagic specialists.

    Or, you know, nationwide '+1 to all rolls bonus' sort of things for the less obvious but extremely important effect.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)19:57 No.10542241
    >> No Man 06/16/10(Wed)19:57 No.10542250

    Africa. Mineral wealth, focusing entirely on economic development, Shamans enforcing no-internal-fightan, that sort of thing.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:58 No.10542257
    Another school of note and a recent one at that is Argentinian School of Enhancement.

    This school is a fairly recent one to emerge and no one really knows where the knowledge for its foundation came from.

    The students of this school are capable of enhancing their own bodies until they are veritable walking engines of war. Typically they cover themselves in vast complex magical array diagrams that appear to serve as the source of their improved strength, resilience and speed.

    However other than that little is known about them. Argentina used them to great effect to conquer the entirety of South and Central America putting them on the border of the USA. Currently the two sides have done little but glare at each other but rumours persist of border skirmishes. The new south america unfortunately remains a mystery due to its insular nature however there are rumours that the pope lives in South America and may even be responsible for this new school of magic, how he survived the destruction of Italy is unknown.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)19:59 No.10542274

    I went with a different direction for south america.

    We already had a jack of all trades
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:01 No.10542299
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    you... I LOVE YOU

    Take this explodium brofist.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:02 No.10542314
    good idea, terrible execution
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:02 No.10542321

    Grats you just posted a pic of a fight between two fire elemental magi.

    If they decided to get close and personal that is.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:05 No.10542364
    If you have access to healing magic you can also do a lot with cybernetics.

    Shadowrun except without the fucking elves? FUCK YES.
    >> dice2 06/16/10(Wed)20:06 No.10542370
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:06 No.10542374

    Hadn't thought of that.

    Though the world is still mostly rebuilding especially tech wise. Some technology has become impossible to manufacture due to lost skills or infrastructure while others have become more commonplace
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:07 No.10542388
    Just a simple question.

    How could you forget about Atlantis ?
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:08 No.10542410
    If I was going to write an RPG in this setting I would try to make it very flat level wise.

    You don't gain levels you instead learn spells and knowledge which improves your ability to cast spells and also increases your magic poisoning.

    So anyone can learn the entire set of spells of a school and can cast them from day one. All that changes with time is how easy it is to cast them.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:11 No.10542453

    never existed.

    Or did it?

    Just where did the original guy learn all that shit?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:13 No.10542484
    Retropunk? I can roll with that. So basically you've probably got a range of things between the 50's and the 90's in tech level, if it was sufficiently ravaged. Probably leaning further toward the 80's and 90's.

    Definitely doable, but most nations won't have airlines because there are two places in the world that make jumbo jets and I'm sure they went up in smoke.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:17 No.10542558

    The USA is the only country with access to heavy airpower newly made but its mostly freight craft. Every other country relies on old craft that have been kept going through careful use and maintenance.

    The USA mostly uses nuclear power while Britain mixes coal and nuclear power. However rumours abound of a new type of magical power source being cooked up in Britain.

    Russia uses mostly nuclear power too. Often using zombies for a lot of labour as a very well made zombie can easily perform repetitive tasks with no error margin and doesn't need the safety equipment a living human does.

    Australia and China are coal powered.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:21 No.10542632
    Wait, if Great Mages constantly need to cast bigger and bigger spells, wouldnt the Mage Emperor of Australia eventually be able to take over the world?
    He seems like a huge threat to the other nations then.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:26 No.10542725
    The use of magic on the battlefield has resulted in massive changes to military tactics.

    Depending on their abilities magi can fill roles ranging from demolitions to medics to field artillery and many more. A nations magi play a defining role in its tactics.

    None show this more so than Russia.

    While many often joke that the Russian Army simply orders its troops to charge in and then raise the dead as zombies to continue fighting the truth is far more grisly.

    Russian tactics have become extremely conservative of their troops lives. The use of magical plagues and mass execution of POWs and enemy civilians are commonplace. Against the Chinese their most successful tactic has been using undead troops to lure the summoned Chinese armies onto other Chinese forces or Chinese settlements. This has led to the border between the two nations on Chinas side being a barren wasteland devoid of all life but filled with the constant low murmurings of the undead most of them Chinese soldiers or civilians.

    Russian Army soldiers now fight purely defensively to protect their magi or to place plague weapons inside enemy territory. Penal legions have also made a comeback with them being used as a throwaway troops and raw materials for the necromancers. Survival of a tour in a penal legion is a rare thing but surprisingly nets you big respect among the Russian people and most penal legion survivors go on to join the Russian Army proper.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:28 No.10542754
    >English-speaking board
    >UK-US centered setting
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:28 No.10542756

    He is. But right now his abilities are capped with controlling Australia. Because he isn't getting any better (magical improvement comes from learning new knowledge and new spells) he has plateaued. His abilities and underlings are very dangerous though which is why everyone keeps an eye on Australia but doesn't make a move.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:34 No.10542860

    Its archived.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:38 No.10542954
    Great mages are often the subject of confusion.

    Some people think magi will inevitably become a great mage while others thing it is simply a product of being born great.

    In a way both are true. To become a great mage requires massive drive and commitment. Any magi could become a great mage but the amount of time and effort needed puts most off as well as the difficulties of the studies involved.

    Then there is the matter of control. Many students who attempt to become a great mage end up killing themselves when they slip up during their education, while this is a dire threat to any magi it is a greater threat to those trying to reach this lofty goal.

    In short. A mage can only improve by learning more about magic and learning more spells. Simple repeated spellcasting does not yield that but does help with learning control.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:41 No.10543013

    The US is a jack-of-all-trades, while Britain is a medic.

    While Russia is a giant fucking necromancer.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:49 No.10543184
    The Great Mages are (except in the case of the mage emperor of Australia) almost always at the beck and call of the government of their nation. Typically holding military ranks that place them in the upper echelons of command and being responsible for overseeing the entire nations magical agenda while taking a very active part in it.

    None exemplify this more than General Tarasov.

    He is the first of Russia's great mages (indeed one of the first in the world) with them only possessing one other. He has redefined their military tactics and for the last thirty years has personally commanded the Russia/China front forcing the Chinese into a costly stalemate. He understands well that no one on this Earth is more suited to fighting them than the Chinese thanks to their heavy use of summoned armies and as such he has taken great pains to ensure it is too difficult for them to bring this strength to bear by keeping his forces highly mobile, including the undead through the use of large flatbed trucks.

    He frequently experiments and is never afraid to try something new in his constant attempts to one up the Chinese commanders. He is aided by the Chinese forces habit of frequently replacing their commanders as they go out of favour back at the capitol.

    A ruthless man at heart. Despite his eradication of Chinese civilians in the battle area and subsequently using them as zombie soldiers he enjoys massive popularity in Russia. Even a radio play was written about him which became one of the most listened to radio broadcasts in Russia ever known.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:50 No.10543206

    Britain is medics who refuse to go to war and elementalists who are very specialised.

    Russia is probably my favourite country in all this though.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)20:53 No.10543251

    He also is responsible for determining the course of Russia's magical agenda. It is under his guidance that Russia has accumulated the worlds most complete school of magic by trading away information they couldn't use. While some questioned his motives claiming he only desired personal power the results can not be denied and those critics he has have all learnt to be quiet.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:54 No.10543270

    Russia certainly sound like the country to have the most fun with for story purposes.

    Though I suppose, if it were being used for a game setting, the players probably would be UK/US for good party balance.

    Then of course, MASSIVE ZOMBIE ARMIES are the bad guy.

    This would be a damned fun setting for roleplay.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)20:56 No.10543301
    Are there any underground groups? Anonymous arising, or other?
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:01 No.10543384
    Another great mage of interest is the USA's Colonel Johnson.

    He holds a lower rank than would be expected of a great mage due to the US governments odd habit of putting non-magi in senior magic policy positions. However due to his influence it is a foolish man who doesn't listen carefully to the Colonel.

    While other countries great mages wear an appropriate military uniform Colonel Johnson wears an incredibly garish outfit in red white and blue. He constantly spouts patriotic propaganda (that funnily enough is written for him) and his critics often refer to him as a twisted parody of Captain America.

    While his power can not be denied in foreign countries he is not taken as seriously due to the almost constant stream of merchandise, propaganda and even comic books about him and his "adventures" which the USA pumps out. After obtaining a copy of one of these comics in which the Colonel faced him, General Tarasov was heard to comment "When did I loose my skin? I don't recall dying at any point."
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:03 No.10543412
    You're a dumb faggot. Like any other country doing anything similar wouldn't put themselves in the best possible light. Let me guess: butt hurt euro? Go take a bath you smelly euro sack of shit.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:03 No.10543418

    There are blackmarket groups who trade in magical knowledge as well as cults who possess some magical knowledge.

    Rumours persist of Anonymous still having sleeper cells hidden in the world however nothing solid has ever been found in the USA the right wing media often claims that m00t himself is preparing his cult for another cataclysm although the few experts in the field of history studying the Anonymous cult say this is total bullshit and blatant trolling.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:04 No.10543430

    Dude I'm British.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:06 No.10543478

    He means the guy pointing out it focused on UK/US.
    Though it doesnt really.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:09 No.10543522
    Setting sounds a lot of fun, although very politics/nation heavy which i find hard to grasp.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:11 No.10543545
    The British premier great mage is Sir General Harris.

    A fire elemental magi of exceptional skill. The man is a literal walking artillery gun due to the amount of damage he can put out. Capable of erasing a large town off the map with a snap of his fingers he nonetheless practices a policy of utmost restraint preferring not to resort to violence unless it is necessary. This policy is what led to the formation of a joint UK and Russian taskforce to guard the Italian border despite the two countries effectively being at war with each other thanks to the USA.

    Due to his need to cast powerful spells daily to ward off death he spends most of his time at the Italian quarantine force headquarters where he will fly out to a former Italian settlement with confirmed undead presence and destroy it.

    His policy and ideology of utmost restraint is a common trait to most British military magi who unlike their American counterparts will always attempt negotiation or containment before violence.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:13 No.10543579

    Doesn't have to be really. It all depends what part you decide to concern yourself with. You can be a line magi on the battlefield.

    An independent magi trying to evade detection or a magi trying to bust open a black market group or some cult.

    Or you can go fullout world changing great mage level stuff.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:17 No.10543667
    Right think I'm done for the night
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:17 No.10543668

    Hell you could be a normal person surrounded by crazy shit.
    I could forsee some fun DH-style games in this setting. Magic going awry and fucking things up on a grand scale, while your poor penal legion players are forced to avoid being killed by enemy fire and their own zombie allies.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:17 No.10543677

    That would be fucking epic too
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:18 No.10543697

    Thanks for the setting
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:19 No.10543711

    Thanks for an awesome setting then.

    I will now proceed to steal it wholesale and maybe work some games for it for during the uni summer holidays.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:19 No.10543716
    I think tommorow I'll do another one. Probably another sci-fi.
    >> Freedom Stalker !EnJhCCu3Ns 06/16/10(Wed)21:20 No.10543727

    Well I might try writing a book set in this verse lol
    But go for it man make games by all means
    >> Raptor Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:22 No.10543768
    Great setting. I would love to do a rp about this somewhere.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:43 No.10544112
    what happened to Scotland ?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:50 No.10544228
    Part of England, as it always was.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:52 No.10544283
    Wouldn't the final bosses be.. Anonymous? Hidden ones, who managed to survive the purges? Like five or six left in the world?

    And further, wouldn't one of the first things they do be develop a safe method of bleeding off magic that doesn't involve LOL LETS GO SINK AFRICA?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)21:59 No.10544378
    One problem I see with this is that because of the original manuscript being distributed through the internet, via a .pdf file, that it would be very hard to eliminate all of the copies. All it would take would be for someone to decide to copy the file to a flash drive, and then they would have the entire document available.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:01 No.10544416
    The remainder of the Anonymous cult and moot live on the bottom of the sea, somewhere in the Atlantic, using magic against the pressure, cold, darkness and lack of oxygen.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:03 No.10544457
    4chan lives in Atlantis ruled by the great King Moot (or should it be Queen since he is now a little girl like he always dreamed?)
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:06 No.10544519
    No, Anonymous would be gone barring one or two, I think. Otherwise, what happens when the fa/tg/uys get magic? They become THE EMPEROR and conquer the land with SPEHSS MAHREENS
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:11 No.10544630
    Yeah, if there was one remaining it'd probably be some guy from /po/ who uses his powers to create infinite amounts of paper with nice, crisp edges.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:29 No.10545005
    so, where did the original manual came from?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:34 No.10545096
    For some reason I imagine that the Mage Emperor of Australia would be a covert anon shielding the few that remain. Mind controlling all of Australia seems like something a /b/tard would try to do.

    Anyway, I'd imagien there would still be a few hidden here and there. They'd make too good of an enemy not to. Besides, anon must have some of the greatest magis ever, I mean, they destroyed 90% of Canada!
    >> teka 06/16/10(Wed)22:35 No.10545109
    There are hundreds of theories. Everything from "God planted it in the mind of someone to bring the good word to mankind" to "Goddamn Anons and their games, they never imagined that they might accidentally invent real magical rules"
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:41 No.10545241
    Maybe there could be a few holdouts or sole survivors of the Anonymous cult, or anons who never really joined the cult but performed magic.

    These incredibly powerful persons are highly sought after, because they remember the original text, and might even have whole chapters of it. If you're real lucky (or unlucky, depending on the anon) he could have a complete compendium.

    Of course, after the cataclysm, the few remaining anons guard their knowledge with frightening degrees of paranoia and power.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:42 No.10545265
    You're both idiots. IT was posted on 4chan, as a result of one /x/enophobe's research into magic.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:43 No.10545269
    You're an idiot too.
    >> teka 06/16/10(Wed)22:51 No.10545432
    oh you..

    As if we could be entirely certain of anything that happened if the 10-year cataclysm was destructive enough to break nations and destroy knowledge.

    Sure, everyone knows the general story, "someone posted it on a message board, the Anon wars started within a half hour", but the same people also "know" that all of the Anons are dead, they "know" that the US-ian/Russian/Brit/Brazilian/Aussy practice of magic is the only true method while everyone else is committing atrocities against the rightful nature of the world, etc, so on.

    tl;dr: "IT was posted on 4chan, as a result of one /x/enophobe's research into magic." caused the great mage war and everything else in the same way that "ww1 was caused by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand"
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)22:55 No.10545500
    No, it's stated by the OP that that is exactly what fucking happened.
    >> teka 06/16/10(Wed)23:02 No.10545668
    thank you, anonymous crusader.
    Without you to protect the sanctity of the original work, someone might write creatively or even expand on the original idea. Onward, brave anon! Protect the internet!

    >ignore all the stuff that happened 50 years ago and is still argued about today.
    >ignore the human nature to get things wrong
    >ignore people streamlining things to find a nice villain, regardless of reason.
    >ignore the way propaganda changes perceptions.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:03 No.10545696
    I am very curious just WHAT exactly the us and china magi summon. What and who and all sorts of other details, gimme!
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:03 No.10545702
    That'd be good, because your shit is just the usual WW style bullshit "OH NOONE KNOWS IT CAN BE ANYTHING EVEN JESUS SAYING LOL GUYS SORCERY IS COOL". It's not original content you're writing, it's derivative bullshit with no purpose other than to suck cocks and make youself feel like you are a part of the creative process since you can't create anything worthwhile on your own.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:07 No.10545773
    So no magic that is thinking with portals?
    >> Raptor Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:15 No.10545961
    what do you mean no portals?
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:16 No.10545991
    the only mention of portals is as a bad bad thing happening cause you fucked up, and the reason japan is gone.
    no upeo wa macho for me.
    >> Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:23 No.10546167
    Is the op still round?
    >> Raptor Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)23:34 No.10546404
    na. but he will be posting some sci-fi stuff tomorrow
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