EXERCISE Music Challenge - Melodious Magic

Discussion in 'BUILDING WORLDS' started by Jorick, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. My music challenges are fairly simple: music is provided to inspire some form of creativity, and you'll use it to create something that could be used in a world of whatever genre and time period you like. So long as you use the music as some kind of inspiration, no matter how directly or how vaguely, go ahead and create whatever feels right.

    For this challenge, create a magic spell inspired by the music provided. Here's your song:

    School of Seven Bells - Connjur

    Here are some questions to get you started, but don't let them constrain you.

    What is the spell supposed to do?
    How does someone cast this spell?
    What does the spell look like in action?
    Are there any sounds or smells that come from the spell?
    Does anything bad happen if the spell is performed incorrectly?
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  2. My spell would be a spell that creates fireworks. To cast, the person would simply thrust their hand into the air above their head. The person must hum any tune or song. The note they are humming or singing will decide the color of the firework. IF they sing or hum an incorrect note, the firework will still go up, but fizzle out into a sad sight. People could put on huge lighting displays with this and hold extravagant concerts. Sounds like fun to me.
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  3. Krakenhoff's Bird's Eye Scrying Spell is meant to allow the caster to piggyback on the vision of birds. The spell is cast by taking a feather from the bird you mean to see through and placing it in a scrying pool or bowl. The caster must then add the following ingredients in order:
    1. Liquid orichalcum in proportion to the bird's size (three drops for a pigeon, raven, sparrow or like-sized bird, 10 for an eagle, hawk or other bird of prey. Albatrosses need 25 drops and seagulls need 7. Halve the dose it the bird is juvenile.) If you are unsure how much to add, guess and add a quarter more.
    2. A pinch of moon dust. Another pinch must be added every quarter hour to perpetuate the spell, usually by an assistant.
    3. A powdered sample of something the bird might eat sprinkled to the right side of the bowl or pool. This may (and usually does) include ground seed chaff or powdered animal bones; the part does not need to be actually eaten by the bird, only be part of something the bird would eat.
    4. A single drop of the caster's blood. As soon as the blood touches the water of the scrying bowl/pool, the caster's vision is replaced by the bird's for the duration of the spell.
    To those not casting the spell, it seems as if the caster staring into space. The caster may still hear and move, but his sight is replaced with the bird's. The spell offers no control over the bird's actions, and does not impede the bird's sight. Some casters mention smelling what the bird smells, but this is usually attributed to unfamiliarity with the new senses afforded. Most mages and magical scholars doubt the bird is even aware of the caster's presence. The spell may be interrupted by removing the caster from the scrying bowl or pool, but has somewhat drastic consequences: the caster and the bird are temporarily struck blind. The effect may last minutes or months. One reported case left a foolish apprentice blind for half a decade. In order to avoid this unpleasant side effect, the spell must wear off naturally. After a quarter hour since the last application of moon dust, the caster may safely depart the scrying bowl or pool; his vision will slowly revert to his own.

    Take care to heed the following warnings:
    • Do not add too little orichalcum: your bird vision will be blurry and you will not be able to improve it once the spell has begun. Adding more orichalcum during the spell will only drain the bird's sense of color, and therefore your own.
    • Do not add more than a pinch of moon dust at a time: adding too much moon dust will make the bird sight seem more like a series of pictures than any true vision. It will also distort the amount of time needed before safely departing the scrying bowl or pool and may damage the caster's sight in permanent ways.
    • Do not add feathers from multiple birds: the caster will see from both birds' eyes simultaneously, and the human mind is ill equipped to cope with such overload. (Scrawled in the margin: Add an extra pinch of moon dust for each feather for a real trip. Even better when the birds are flying.)
    • Do not add more than one drop of blood: excessive bleeding will result in fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and poor studies. (Scrawled in the margin: Duh.)