Created By: StarSword on October 9, 2012 Last Edited By: StarSword on June 24, 2013

Artistic License - Setting Rules

Minovsky Physics do not work that way.

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Sometimes in a Speculative Fiction setting, the author takes the time to lay out hard-and-fast rules on how the setting's Applied Phlebotinum or Functional Magic works. And sometimes they then proceed to do something contrary to that.

Maybe it's a new author who takes over and doesn't completely understand the rules. Maybe the author just goofed. Regardless of how it happened, what they did violates established rules of the setting.

The Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment is in effect here: this is not a trope for complaining about retcons.


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  • Neverwinter Nights 2 has three divine spellcasters (Bishop and Zhjaeve in the original campaign, and Gann in the second) who do not have patron deities. While some Dungeons & Dragons settings allow this, Forgotten Realms isn't one of them. Zhjaeve may be justified by venerating the githzerai god-king Zerthimon, who isn't in the game files, but Bishop has no such excuse. As for Gann, the fandom jokingly insists that he worships himself (the actual explanation is that he puts his faith in the spirits of the land).
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • October 9, 2012
    Took the OOTS example (Tarquin overcomes holy word via Will save) back off. Upon re-reading, Tarquin actually didn't say a thing about his Will save, just about being strong enough to resist it, which puts him squarely in "more hit dice than Durkon has caster levels" territory.
  • October 10, 2012
    So this is basically a violation of Magic A Is Magic A? Wouldn't that be vanilla grade Plot Hole territory?
  • October 11, 2012
    Certainly could create a Plot Hole, but I think it's distinct.
  • October 12, 2012
  • October 12, 2012
    From what I can tell, it's specifically a Plot Hole that comes about because a new writer (or fanfic writer) doesn't understand the rules set down in previous canon? I don't know if that's quite splittable....
  • June 24, 2013
    Tossing this.