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Magic is Obsolete

This time period is similar to our Earth's late 19th century AKA the Victorian Era, with steam as the propulsion of choice and railways as the major means of transportation. Stagecoaches, highwaymen, and cowboys are commonplace. Airships sail the skies, and figures shadowy and revolutionary stalk the streets. All natives are furry (Skin Avian are present here too). No native humans.
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Magic is Obsolete

Post by Madame » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:07 pm

*READ THIS FIRST: This is an extensive article detailing the use of magic in this age. The explanation offered for this subject in the Introduction to This Age thread is substantial information for this age's magic use. In other words, you do not have to read this article unless you are interested.*

Magic is Obsolete

While magic is still practiced in small part by everyday creatures, its use has largely deteriorated due to the introduction of machines that can perform tasks more quickly. The growing scientific community has begun to question whether magic should even be allowed given its unpredictable nature when compared to machines that can be programmed for specific tasks. Religious leaders have also begun, in the past few centuries, to demonize magic as unholy acts. Even the Trinidad Church of Maze, renown for its Paladin Order has dismissed magic. The magnificent spells that were once performed by the greatest Trinidian saints and the Church's most revered prophet, the alleged son of Mixcoatl, Quetzalcoatl, have been rewritten in scripture as miracles rather than magic.

Peasants, especially those who follow the older, Nature-based religions, are still known to use magic to help with small tasks around the house, but use of magic in public is highly frowned upon. Even performers who once used magic as entertainment now receive derisive snorts from adults passing by who see such behavior as nothing more than cheap tricks. The only magic users who seem to have escaped scorn are those who don't use real magic at all and simply play at parlor tricks with smoke and mirrors.

The Piriqui is the only exception to the obsolescence of magic. Frequent warfare between rival tribes has kept the region largely un-industrialized and as a result, the only option aside from machines is magic which most avians still use to deadly effect. However, even the tribes have been touched by technology that has terminally destabilized the region's political balance. The introduction of superior weapons and armor has begun to erode the belief in need for magic by those tribes who have been influenced by outsiders.
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