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Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community:

The Mage's Paradox, by Suman Jampala

Given the above premise, the effect of such magic is usually pretty clear on us. Sometimes, it is morally devastating — and at other times, magic can be very uplifting, and even joyous. However, given the nature of talent and practice, is it reasonable to look at magic as something that is wonderful and so utterly breathtaking?

Tags: Fantasy, Worldbuilding, Magic


Previous post: The Juggernaut, Chapter 9 by Monty Wild

< I was there, you know,> the old crew-member said to the younger. < I was a merchant at the time, and I was bringing a truck-load of supplies to trade for refined ore when the [Broad Peninsula Conglomerate] combat automata overtook me from behind. They ignored me, of course, since neither my truck nor I were one of their objectives.

Then I saw the Juggernaut emerge. The [Fifth Range Ninth Mountain Mining Camp] had built it inside [Sixth Mountain]’s peak, and it blasted its way out, the whole mountain peak just exploding away from it. That really made me pull my eye in, I can tell you.

Well, there it was, this huge black… spot, I suppose you’d call it,> Commandthree said.

Tags: Fiction, Science Fiction

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    $\begingroup$ How can we upvote that dude's work. Its excellent. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Dec 23 '16 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ @kingledion authors thrive on comments, and I encourage you to leave him some on his posts. If you don't have a Medium account already, you can log in with Google, Facebook, or Twitter (like you do here on SE). I'm sure he'd welcome feedback! And yes, I agree that Jasper's work is excellent. (Tease: there's more coming.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Dec 23 '16 at 1:57
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    $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Do upvotes carry between blog post updates (have 24 accumulated over time or are they all from this one?) I'd ask elsewhere but we have no meta-meta-worldbuilding. $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Dec 23 '16 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra they accumulate over time. Instead of creating a bunch of individual meta posts, which would get out of hand, we're editing this post with each new blog post. Votes probably shouldn't be interpreted as votes on the specific blog posts. (If you want to know how those votes have changed over time, you could use the data explorer. But that won't tell you if that's why people are voting on this meta post.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Dec 25 '16 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra You reminded me of this meta xkcd $\endgroup$ – Xandar The Zenon Dec 29 '16 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ awesome work, great to read :) $\endgroup$ – Sandy Feb 8 '17 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hopefull I might resume and finish the later part of story that I started medium.com/universe-factory/…. I think it's archived, am I too late? $\endgroup$ – Karan Desai Jul 4 '18 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ @KaranDesai great! It's still there, ready for you to pick it up and continue when you're ready. I'm looking forward to it. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Jul 4 '18 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I'll submit draft asap on Medium $\endgroup$ – Karan Desai Jul 5 '18 at 3:30
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    $\begingroup$ Dang, have we really written that much? I'm impressed. And thanks for putting this together. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Oct 19 '16 at 2:07
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    $\begingroup$ We've written a bit, yes. (The volume is why I didn't add author names to this list -- I was already doing enough typing/cutting/pasting. If anybody else wants to, feel free.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Oct 19 '16 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ What happens when this post hits the character limit? :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 24 '16 at 0:52
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    $\begingroup$ @rand al'thor Add a second post. $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 24 '16 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor yes, as Bellerophon said, when we hit the 30,000-character limit on this post we'll just have to add another answer and divide up the entries. :-) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Oct 24 '16 at 23:32
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    $\begingroup$ Going forward, we could consider dividing this list by month, especially if we plan to increase our output. $\endgroup$ – Jerenda Jan 18 '17 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Secespitus thanks for adding all those author credits! $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio May 3 '17 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio No problem. I hope I got them all right with the second edit. I couldn't find/remember a username corresponding with Evan Hoffman Conlangs for Non-Linguists though. $\endgroup$ – Sec SE - clear Monica's name May 3 '17 at 13:48

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