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6th Apr '18 3:19:35 AM VVK
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** In some way, the existence of the background magic field maintains the LawOfNarrativeCausality in the world, causing the whole universe to run in a different way from ours. ''In Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the wizards of the Unseen University use the huge energies from splitting the thaum to conduct a previously hypothetical experiment of sucking all the background magic from an area. This results in their having a BiggerOnTheInside pocket universe with no magic in their hands -- and soon they're wondering how the hell it can have obviously nonsensical things like round planets and life springing out of nowhere without a Creator...

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** In some way, the existence of the background magic field maintains the LawOfNarrativeCausality in the world, causing the whole universe to run in a different way from ours. ''In Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the wizards of the Unseen University use the huge energies from splitting the thaum to conduct a previously hypothetical experiment of sucking all the background magic from an area. This results in their having a BiggerOnTheInside pocket universe with no magic in their hands -- and soon they're wondering how the hell it can have obviously nonsensical things like round planets and life springing out of nowhere without a Creator...
6th Apr '18 3:17:33 AM VVK
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** ''In Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the wizards of the Unseen University use the huge energies from splitting the thaum to conduct a previously hypothetical experiment of sucking all the background magic from an area. This results in their having a BiggerOnTheInside pocket universe with no magic in their hands -- and soon they're wondering how the hell it can have obviously nonsensical things like round planets and life springing out of nowhere without a Creator...

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** In some way, the existence of the background magic field maintains the LawOfNarrativeCausality in the world, causing the whole universe to run in a different way from ours. ''In Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the wizards of the Unseen University use the huge energies from splitting the thaum to conduct a previously hypothetical experiment of sucking all the background magic from an area. This results in their having a BiggerOnTheInside pocket universe with no magic in their hands -- and soon they're wondering how the hell it can have obviously nonsensical things like round planets and life springing out of nowhere without a Creator...
6th Apr '18 3:15:36 AM VVK
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* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', including the unstable magic areas where crazy things happen. In fact, the Disc would fall apart without this trope. (In ''Dicsworld/TheLastHero'', it's stated that a temporary but total disruption of the world's magical field would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsweKnowIt within seconds.) Bonus points for actually being a very close [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything analogy to radiation]] in some books. Possibly a case of WriteWhatYouKnow, as Creator/TerryPratchett used to work as a press officer for the nuclear power industry.

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* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', including the unstable magic areas where crazy things happen. In fact, the Disc would fall apart without this trope. (In ''Dicsworld/TheLastHero'', it's stated that a temporary but total disruption of the world's magical field would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsweKnowIt TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in a very decisive manner within seconds.) Bonus points for actually being a very close [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything analogy to radiation]] in some books. Possibly a case of WriteWhatYouKnow, as Creator/TerryPratchett used to work as a press officer for the nuclear power industry.
6th Apr '18 3:14:29 AM VVK
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* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', including the unstable magic areas where crazy things happen. In fact, the Disc would fall apart without this trope. (In ''Dicsworld/TheLasthero'', it's stated that a temporary but total disruption of the world's magical field would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsweKnowIt within seconds.) Bonus points for actually being a very close [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything analogy to radiation]] in some books. Possibly a case of WriteWhatYouKnow, as Creator/TerryPratchett used to work as a press officer for the nuclear power industry.

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* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', including the unstable magic areas where crazy things happen. In fact, the Disc would fall apart without this trope. (In ''Dicsworld/TheLasthero'', ''Dicsworld/TheLastHero'', it's stated that a temporary but total disruption of the world's magical field would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsweKnowIt within seconds.) Bonus points for actually being a very close [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything analogy to radiation]] in some books. Possibly a case of WriteWhatYouKnow, as Creator/TerryPratchett used to work as a press officer for the nuclear power industry.
6th Apr '18 3:14:07 AM VVK
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* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', including the unstable magic areas where crazy things happen. In fact, the Disc would fall apart without this trope. Bonus points for actually being a very close [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything analogy to radiation]] in some books. Possibly a case of WriteWhatYouKnow, as Creator/TerryPratchett used to work as a press officer for the nuclear power industry.

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* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', including the unstable magic areas where crazy things happen. In fact, the Disc would fall apart without this trope. (In ''Dicsworld/TheLasthero'', it's stated that a temporary but total disruption of the world's magical field would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsweKnowIt within seconds.) Bonus points for actually being a very close [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything analogy to radiation]] in some books. Possibly a case of WriteWhatYouKnow, as Creator/TerryPratchett used to work as a press officer for the nuclear power industry.
6th Apr '18 3:08:23 AM VVK
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** ''In Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the wizards of the Unseen University use the huge energies from splitting the thaum to conduct a previously hypothetical experiment of sucking all the background magic from an area. This results in their having a BiggerOnTheInside pocket universe with no magic in their hands -- and soon they're wondering how the hell it can have obviously nonsensical things like round planets and life springing out of nowhere without a Creator...
27th Feb '18 8:19:47 PM Ninamarie124
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18th Feb '18 11:41:56 PM Kazmahu
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' also has ether, although in this case they're specifically identified as particles, and subject to MinovskyPhysics [[spoiler:and normal physics as well, at least as far as thermodynamics is concerned]]. Humanity (a very broad term in the setting) can't access it on their own, and rely on a [[EmpathicWeapon Blade]] to draw in ether particles and and pass elemental energy along to them. Ether energy can also be harvested by machines and used to perform mechanical work, although this is a developing technology.
4th Feb '18 3:00:13 PM Gamermaster
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* It's mentioned during Kanna's introduction in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' that Earth is lacking in ambient mana (unlike the other world). While Tohru and Lucoa are able to produce their own, the other dragons have to convert other forms of energy (like electricity from outlets or fire from gas stoves) in order to recharge themselves.[[note]]They ''can'' use the excess that Tohru and Lucoa produce, but it tastes terrible.[[/note]]
5th Jan '18 2:44:14 AM Theharbo
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** Each of these Background Magic Fields cannot directly influence the universe, and instead, their presence causes the existence of the 6 main schools of magic in the universe: Holy[[note]]thus the Light Background Magic Field is often known as 'The Holy Light[[/note]], Nature, Arcane, Necromancy, Void, and Fel respectively. In places where one Background Magic Field is strong enough, its corresponding school of magic can coalesce into a sapient avatar made almost entirely of the corresponding magic school which is very much capable of interacting with the world: For The Light, you get the Naaru[[note]]Floating windchime-looking entities which go through a cyclical Life-Death-Life cycle. During their lives, they are beacons of hope and warmth, during their deaths they become ''Void''-entities that cannot help but snack on souls[[/note]], Order begets the [[{{Precursors}} Titans]][[note]]Planet-dwarfing amalgamations which traverse the cosmos purging corruption of any kind[[/note]], Life begets [[NatureSpirit Wild Gods]][[note]]Giant, immortal, sapient beasts[[/note]], Disorder begets [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]][[note]]HornyDevils, Magic-eating hounds, DemonLordsAndArchdevils, and beyond - they also have ResurrectiveImmortality outside of their own realm[[/note]], Death begets TheUndead[[note]]Everything from DemBones to {{Lich}}es and beyond[[/note]], and Shadow begets [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]][[note]]They can infest entire planets with madness, and, because of the Shadow/Void Lords being sapient, the Old Gods are not so much naturally coalescing as they are created[[/note]].

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** Each of these Background Magic Fields cannot directly influence the universe, and instead, their presence causes the existence of the 6 main schools of magic in the universe: Holy[[note]]thus the Light Background Magic Field BackgroundMagicField is often known as 'The Holy Light[[/note]], Light'[[/note]], Nature, Arcane, Necromancy, Void, and Fel respectively. In places where one Background Magic Field is strong enough, its corresponding school of magic can coalesce into a sapient avatar made almost entirely of the corresponding magic school which is very much capable of interacting with the world: For The Light, you get the Naaru[[note]]Floating windchime-looking entities which go through a cyclical Life-Death-Life cycle. During their lives, they are beacons of hope and warmth, during their deaths they become ''Void''-entities that cannot help but snack on souls[[/note]], Order begets the [[{{Precursors}} Titans]][[note]]Planet-dwarfing amalgamations which traverse the cosmos purging corruption of any kind[[/note]], Life begets [[NatureSpirit Wild Gods]][[note]]Giant, immortal, sapient beasts[[/note]], Disorder begets [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]][[note]]HornyDevils, Magic-eating hounds, DemonLordsAndArchdevils, and beyond - they also have ResurrectiveImmortality outside of their own realm[[/note]], Death begets TheUndead[[note]]Everything from DemBones to {{Lich}}es and beyond[[/note]], and Shadow begets [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]][[note]]They can infest entire planets with madness, and, because of the Shadow/Void Lords being sapient, the Old Gods are not so much naturally coalescing as they are created[[/note]].



*** Tapping into these schools of magic brings any more in tune with its underlying Background Magic Field and with the corresponding Avatars. This is '''not''' a good thing, [[GreyAndGreyMorality no matter which school of magic it is]]: Naaru are seriously KnightTemplar about the whole 'smite everything not good' thing, and are fully willing to employ BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood; The Wild Gods are supersized immortal animals[[note]]Goldrinn - a Wild God wolf - is so large that he chases beasts of burden like wolves would rabbits[[/note]] who embody NatureIsNotNice; the Titans want their vision of Order to be followed and, spoiler warning: fleshy mortals susceptible to corruption are not part of it; The Old Gods are C'thulu mythos {{expies}}, with all the insanity that entails; TheUndead all serve a master, and most of them a mindless - those that aren't see living as a curse they should rid everyone else of; and the Demons are out to cause chaos, corrupt, and burn things. So far the only school of magic that is 'safe' to wield is the elemental offspring born from the interactions of the main six schools, and even then, this magic is granted by sapient {{Elemental Embodiment}}s that make up ''everything'' in creation barring the avatars of the main six: If you want to use their magic, ''ask them nicely''; If you don't and are lucky, they just won't grant their powers to you, if you're unlucky they will take the magic away from you when you most need it, and if you're really being a JerkAss, they will show you why DoNotTauntCthulhu is a trope.

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*** Tapping into these schools of magic brings any more in tune with its underlying Background Magic Field and with the corresponding Avatars. This is '''not''' a good thing, [[GreyAndGreyMorality no matter which school of magic it is]]: Naaru are seriously KnightTemplar about the whole 'smite everything not good' thing, and are fully willing to employ BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood; The Wild Gods are supersized immortal animals[[note]]Goldrinn - a Wild God wolf - is so large that he chases beasts of burden like wolves would rabbits[[/note]] who embody NatureIsNotNice; the Titans want their vision of Order to be followed and, spoiler warning: fleshy mortals susceptible to corruption are not part of it; The Old Gods are C'thulu mythos {{expies}}, with all the insanity that entails; TheUndead all serve a master, and most of them a are mindless - those that aren't see living as a curse they should rid everyone else of; and the Demons are out to cause chaos, corrupt, and burn things. So far the only school of magic that is 'safe' to wield is the elemental offspring born from the interactions of the main six schools, and even then, this magic is granted by sapient {{Elemental Embodiment}}s that make up ''everything'' in creation barring the avatars of the main six: If you want to use their magic, ''ask them nicely''; If you don't and are lucky, they just won't grant their powers to you, if you're unlucky they will take the magic away from you when you most need it, and if you're really being a JerkAss, they will show you why DoNotTauntCthulhu is a trope.
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