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28th Dec '16 11:48:26 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Mirri Maz Duur knows it, calls it by name, and warns Dany that it has a terrible price.
** Melisandre uses it to (apparently) kill Stannis' enemies, though the circumstances surrounding their deaths are sometimes ambiguous.
** The witch Maggy, who predicts Cersei's future in "The Wars to Come", needs to taste her blood to do so.
** Shireen is sacrificed because of her king's blood in an attempt to end a blizzard.
18th Dec '16 6:00:05 AM Mesmiranda
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*** The player themselves can become a blood mage in ''Origins'' and ''2'', although ''Origins'' players have to unlock it[[note]]one time (once you've unlocked a specialization, it's permanent through all playthroughs)[[/note]] through--you guessed it--a deal with a demon during the "Arl of Redcliffe" quest. Oddly enough, nobody in either of your parties ever comments on your blood magic use, even when Merrill (an open blood mage) gets into arguments with the rest of the crew. Blood magic was dropped as a specialization in ''Inquisition'' and [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Hawke]], who could ''be'' a blood mage themselves, is now very anti-blood magic ([[ItsPersonal although given what's happened, maybe that's not that surprising]]).
13th Dec '16 11:34:50 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/{{Elenium}} plays with this. In this case blood isn't so much magical as it is innately capable of ''restraining'' magic. The living stone Bhelliom is supposedly controllable by two rings, each of which contains pieces of the original Bhelliom stained red with blood. Later, it's revealed that blood restrains Bhelliom for a very prosaic reason: [[spoiler:Bhelliom cannot stand the touch of iron, and human blood has iron in it]].

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* The Literature/{{Elenium}} ''Literature/TheElenium'' plays with this. In this case blood isn't so much magical as it is innately capable of ''restraining'' magic. The living stone Bhelliom is supposedly controllable by two rings, each of which contains pieces of the original Bhelliom stained red with blood. Later, it's revealed that blood restrains Bhelliom for a very prosaic reason: [[spoiler:Bhelliom cannot stand the touch of iron, and human blood has iron in it]].
25th Nov '16 3:14:19 PM Cifer
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Spilling of blood is a [[ThePowerOfBlood potent force]] in the working of magic. It may be a token sacrifice, but it may also be [[CastFromHitPoints the loss of life that fuels the spell]]. Expect mages who practice Blood Magic to be portrayed as [[BlackMagic evil]], or [[TheDarkArts at least dark grey.]]

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Spilling of blood is a [[ThePowerOfBlood potent force]] in the working of magic. It may be a token sacrifice, but it may also be [[CastFromHitPoints the loss of life that fuels the spell]]. Expect mages who practice Blood Magic to be portrayed as [[BlackMagic evil]], or [[TheDarkArts at least dark grey.]]
grey]], with possible exceptions made for {{druid}}like nature cults that may be considered [[NatureIsNotNice amoral]].
22nd Nov '16 5:59:38 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Tamuran}}'', [[http://www.tamurancomic.com/?p=161 the princes' blood is needed for a working]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Tamuran}}'', [[http://www.tamurancomic.com/?p=161 the princes' blood is needed for a working]]working.]]



* A number of Islamic Scholars accused UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein of dabbling in this trope when he commissioned his infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran Blood Qur'an]]. That said, [[EveryoneHasStandards even those who didn't believe in magic were disgusted of the act]]. Saddam's own rationale for commissioning the Blood Qur'an was as a means to thank Allah for protecting his regime over the decades which really ''might'' count as an attempt at blood magic, if you are feeling generous.

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* A number of Islamic Scholars accused UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein of dabbling in this trope when he commissioned his infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran Blood Qur'an]]. Qur'an.]] That said, [[EveryoneHasStandards even those who didn't believe in magic were disgusted of the act]]. Saddam's own rationale for commissioning the Blood Qur'an was as a means to thank Allah for protecting his regime over the decades which really ''might'' count as an attempt at blood magic, if you are feeling generous.
22nd Nov '16 5:58:33 PM WillKeaton
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** In the Dawnguard DLC, the lock sealing away Serana requires blood and a small puzzle to open it.

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** In the Dawnguard ''Dawnguard'' DLC, the lock sealing away Serana requires blood and a small puzzle to open it.
22nd Nov '16 5:58:01 PM WillKeaton
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*** Conversely in VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening, it's eventually revealed that the sentient darkspawn that have been showing up originated from [[spoiler: a RogueDrone called the Architect who found out that he could use a mixture containing Grey Warden blood to turn other darkspawn into {{Rogue Drone}}s as well]].

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*** Conversely in VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', it's eventually revealed that the sentient darkspawn that have been showing up originated from [[spoiler: a RogueDrone called the Architect who found out that he could use a mixture containing Grey Warden blood to turn other darkspawn into {{Rogue Drone}}s as well]].
22nd Nov '16 5:55:57 PM WillKeaton
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Some blood may be indicated to be more powerful than others. Common types are human blood, the [[RoyalBlood blood of royalty]], the blood of a special line, a child's blood, the caster's own blood[[note]]as a self-sacrifice, this version is the only one even remotely likely to be practiced by good characters[[/note]], or [[VirginSacrifice virgin's blood]]. Sometimes only a single person's blood has power, and any other blood is powerless.

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Some blood may be indicated to be more powerful than others. Common types are human blood, the [[RoyalBlood blood of royalty]], the blood of a special line, a child's blood, the caster's own blood[[note]]as blood,[[note]]as a self-sacrifice, this version is the only one even remotely likely to be practiced by good characters[[/note]], characters[[/note]] or [[VirginSacrifice virgin's blood]]. Sometimes only a single person's blood has power, and any other blood is powerless.
18th Nov '16 11:13:18 AM josho3000
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* Do mods count? ''VideoGame/Minecraft'' has Blood Magic, Blood Arsenal, Blood Baubles and Sanguimancy, which all use blood to some degree.

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* Do mods count? ''VideoGame/Minecraft'' Minecraft has Blood Magic, Blood Arsenal, Blood Baubles and Sanguimancy, which all use blood - either drained from the player or from enemy mobs - to some degree.degree. Its liquid form is called [[CallARabbitASmeerp Life Essence,]] but it's bright, blood red in color so it's rather obvious what it is.
18th Nov '16 11:10:06 AM josho3000
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* Do mods count? ''VideoGame/Minecraft'' has Blood Magic, Blood Arsenal, Blood Baubles and Sanguimancy, which all use blood to some degree.
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