Historical Fantasy, an Oxymoron?
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I have had this idea for many many years. To a certain extent many of the ideas here have come from my past gaming experiences.
I would like to collaboratively create a world history for earth where all the fantasy elements exist, and yet history’s major events still remain the same. Magic, deities, monsters, all the races etc. Rome falls, but maybe it wasn’t barbarians, maybe it was overuse of magic…. The possibilities are endless I believe.
How do magic and technology interact. The old D & D spell “unseen servant” made permanent could turn wheels, light is a fairly easy spell, how would a readily accessible source of light have affected civilization?
If Deities exist (no wish to offend anyone, this is just an exercise in imagination) how do they interact with their followers. If necromancy is available did/do civilizations use the dead as labor pools? Pyramids anyone? The black death might not have killed feudalism because of the ready (and free) source of workers. But as we are staying close to history, then what did kill feudalism and bring on the renaissance?
So I’m just throwing this out there, hoping people will add to it. I’ll try and keep it organized and have pages for the various races, periods of history, technological/magical creations etc. Whatever I/We determine needs a space for organizational purposes. Of course feel free to add a particular page if you feel it’s needed.
To create an alternate earth history in which I will write stories and perhaps novels for publication.
This alternate history includes magic, and all the standard fantasy races and monsters. These will have a few twists. So hopefully they are recognizable, but different enough to be interesting.
The history will be the same as ours, in the larger sense. I.E. The major civilizations, their approximate times and demises etc. Obviously with the fantastic elements inserted, events may have different causes, but similar results to our history.
The temptation will be great to have magic or other races be the focus of some of mankind’s greatest achievements. For example, perhaps it was a more intimate contact with a Dwarven colony that spurred Rome’s incredible engineering.
Some parameters to keep in mind, although nothing is carved in stone if a convincing case is made to change them.
- Magic can be used by anyone. Most people use very minor spells each day, usually blessings, and protection from the evil eye, etc. Truly powerful Wizards are rare. I see magic as a science, or like math, Anyone can learn math or science, but advanced math or science requires a lot of training. Very, very few people in the middle ages have the time or opportunity to get that training. There will be more ‘guidelines’ under how magic works page