The waterfall behind the cave

Short stories and other random thoughts by Gigaherz

Month: June, 2012

The First Rule of Magic

Concept idea I wrote sometime around 2009-2010

The first rule of magic is also the most important one. As my master and teacher told me: “Never, ever, cast an unbounded spell. In the best case, you would die, in the worst, you would destroy the world.” The reason? Simple: Magic draws magic.

Unbounded, magic would start a chain reaction, the power flow would increase exponentially, setting loose such forces that eventually they would attract the space and time themselves into a single point. In fact, is that not how the world came to be? We could then theorize that the world existed before, but someone managed to release magic from its bounds. The reality is, though, that such feat would not be easy. In fact, many consider it to be impossible.

For magic to happen, the user must drive the primordial energies through their own body, direct them using the words in the spell to shape their will, and finally release them towards the target. This creates a simple limit such that if the energy was too great, the user’s body would be strained to the point it stops functioning. To drive the amounts of energy necessary for the world’s destruction, one would need to either find a way to release magic itself, or obtain an immortal, invulnerable body. Surely there is no means to the latter, and the former is such a ridiculous concept it’s not even worth considering.

Or so we thought.

Magic

A small thought I wrote years ago, I don’t know the exact date at the moment.

Magic is the common name given to things we cannot explain. At which point does it stop being magic and becomes science? Can we still call it magic, if it’s known, proven, but still out of what we use to consider ordinary? If we cannot explain it, it can be called magic, but what if others can?

Historically, magic has always been “tricks” played by people on those who didn’t have enough knowledge to realize how the tricks worked, leading them to believe on supernatural powers that put the “mage” people above the rest. In a sense, they indeed were above the rest, but not in supernatural powers, rather in better knowledge of physics and chemistry.

But I digress. While I know it might not be appropriate to call it magic, I cannot seem to find a better word to describe that which, considered within the bounds of our reality, would seem unrealistic, or maybe unexplainable.

This “magic” I’m trying to explain is something I have personally experienced, and because there was no way to prove its existence, I’m certain some people will try to make me look like a fool for even believing in it, and I know the vast majority of the world, even amongst those who get to read this, will believe it to be just the work of my imagination, yet another fantasy story taken from the realm of dreams, rather than actual experiences.

Lapse

This is a rewrite of an old idea from back in 2004 or so. I don’t remember the exact date.

They were speaking in a language I didn’t understand. I was being held down on top of a stone, by men from a country I couldn’t identify. It had all happened too fast to do anything. I was surrounded, and then suddenly a dozen wavy swords pointed at me. Obviously, I gave myself up. I was unarmed, and even if I had had any weapon I didn’t have any battle experience. They must have gotten the wrong person, I thought.

They called me by a name that wasn’t mine, although it was not the first time someone used it. “Sorry, you got the wrong person”, I always said. Most often, they were comprehensive and excused themselves and let me go, but a few times I had had to run. That worked because those people usually found me in a city, where the streets are narrow and there’s a lot of places to hide in. I had to learn how to use the cities to my advantage the hard way, though.

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As Winter Falls, Part I

There was ever only one way out of The Forest, and is was not an option any more. It does not matter, because turning back had never been on the plan. If the mission succeeds, it will not be necessary to leave the forest, and if it fails, then there will be nowhere to leave to. Knowing that, the man walks forward, towards the deepest point of The Forest, the point where the shadow energy keeps gathering.
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Curse

This is an old “thought” I wrote some years ago.
I have lost the original .doc file so I don’t know the exact date…

The legend says magic has a way to link two souls together. By binding their fate, the time one consumes, becomes the other’s future. And so their life will split from the universal flow, and instead their time will revolve around them. After the moment of the union, these two souls will exist outside of the stream of time, forever, but their existence will be unchanging.

The legend speaks of a young sorcerer who fell in love with a girl, but fate made it so that the girl would die soon after. In her last moments, out of pain, the boy used the forbidden spell, and linking their souls. But how foolish that was, for since that moment, and through all eternity, the past will become each other’s future, and they will both exist to see the death of their loved ones, forever, until the end of time.