After doing a lot of research and resigning myself to the fact that the number of kung fu duels I fight will be increasing exponentially in the next few years, I turned in my article on magic and qi to Fantasy Faction. You can read it here!
The article includes a basic overview of qi (aka chi or ki), its history and relationship to Daoism, its use in the training of the Shaolin monks, and the introduction of the Monk class into D&D, which became an archetype for fantasy martial artists in the Western fantasy genre.
This is the second column I’ve done focusing on a specific type of mage and magic, the first being my column “Old Grey Beards.” If you haven’t read my Worlds Within Worlds columns on Fantasy Faction, here they are:
THE NECRONOMICON TO THE NOKIZI: CREATING TEXTS FOR SECONDARY WORLDS
EXPLORING VVARDENFELL: HOW MORROWIND CREATED AN IMMERSIVE SECONDARY WORLD
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS – PART TWO: MAGIC WARFARE
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS – PART THREE: OLD GREY BEARDS
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS – PART FOUR: QI AND FANTASY
The next spotlight on mages and magic will (hopefully) be necromancers and necromancy!
Here are the opening lines:
“Fallout taught fans that war…war never changes. Military historians, however, argue otherwise. Case in point: the stirrup.
Before firearms dominated the battlefield, it’s generally agreed that the stirrup was the most important innovation in warfare for a couple centuries. Fans of the Rohirrim will recognize why: cavalry is fast and maneuverable, and the stirrup allows the rider to swing swords, carry lances, and fire arrows with ease. Anyone who doesn’t have an army equipped with stirrupped cavalry is doomed to be dominated by those who do. As a result, the stirrup changed the way armies waged war and (arguably) the very face of medieval Europe. Keep in mind, the stirrup is a piece of leather that’s attached to the saddle.
With that in mind, what would magic do to warfare?”
You can read the article on Fantasy Faction here!
It’s called ‘Worlds Within Worlds’! The first article is an adaptation/revision of my OTL post on the Nokizi, titled “THE NECRONOMICON TO THE NOKIZI: CREATING TEXTS FOR SECONDARY WORLDS“. Here’s the banner for the column:
Apart from giving the background on how I wrote the Nokizi, it gives some advice for writers looking to write their own secondary world texts:
- Write out as much as you can
- Always Write for Two Audiences
- Pay Attention to Medium, Style, and Mode
- Include References to Other Books, Events, and People
Check it out on Fantasy Faction!