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->There is a place in the galaxy where [[TheDarkSide the Dark Side of the Force]] runs strong. It is something of the Sith, but it was fueled by war. It corrupts all that walks on its surface, drowns them in the power of the Dark Side -- it corrupts all life. And it feeds on death. Revan knew the power of such places... and the power in making them. They can be used to break the will of others... of Jedi, promising them power, and turning them to the Dark Side.
-->-- '''Kreia''', ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II''

Places around the world where magic is said to naturally gather in large amounts. These areas are often geologically significant, such as the top of a hill, or the intersection between two or more rivers. Natural rock formations are also common sites, as are many others. Some are given significance by events that occurred at that location. Battlefields, for example, are often said, in fiction and real life, to contain "vibes" left by those who fought and died there. Another common place are so-called Ley Nodes, which occur where two or more {{Ley Line}}s intersect. Or you may just find one AtTheCrossroads.

These places may be used by priests and mages for [[RitualMagic various rituals]], such as worship, sacrifices, summoning, or all of the above. For some, spells with a high requirement may be possible to cast there, with the ambient magic of the area making up for the mage's own deficiencies. Some can gather even more power during certain times of the day (sunrise/set, noon, and midnight), year (solstices and equinoxes, for example), or other times (such as solar and lunar eclipses, planetary alignments, and the like).

A MagneticPlotDevice is sometimes explained this way. Often acts as a FieldPowerEffect. Compare and contrast the more malevolent EldritchLocation.

If it exists in Real Life, it's a LandmarkOfLore. Such places fall under studies such as Psychogeography, arts like Feng Shui, and other teachings. Much of it, of course, is dismissed as pseudoscience, but in fiction, is far more likely to be true.

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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' there is one moving around the Earth and is currently situated under Ichigo's hometown - explaining the going on weirdness and making it the vital location of the BigBad's plan.
%%* Tokyo's "Crystal Points" in ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* The Tower from ''TowerOfGod'', which will give you powers just by climbing it if you are worthy.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' had these also in TheMovie.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has two spots outside of the planet Mid-childa where something like the [[KillSat Saint's Cradle]] could position itself to absorb the magic from Mid-childa's two moons.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has the Spear Pillar, ancient ruins on top of a mountain where [[BigBad Cyrus]] uses the Red Chain to summon Dialga and Palkia (the gods of time and space).
* ''{{Psyren}}'' as a whole is a place of power, since the atmosphere amplifies psychic power and grants it to those who breathe in the air there.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In the DCUniverse, Comicbook/SwampThing's swamp in Louisiana and Stonehenge.
* In the MarvelUniverse, Comicbook/ManThing's swamp in Florida and Comicbook/DoctorStrange's Sanctum Sanctorum in [[BigApplesauce Greenwich Village]].
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* Lands in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', especially the five basic lands (Plains, Islands, Swamps, Mountains and Forests}, as they can be tapped for mana to cast spells.
** Basic lands in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are the inverse of this trope; they're just, well, basic. Many nonbasic lands fulfill this trope, though, from "dual lands" which count as any two of the types of basic lands to lands that can produce more than one mana, which basically means that they naturally generate or have more magical energy than most lands, to lands that do completely different things like animate and fight like creatures.
*** Can't forget the ones [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=131005 that change how every other land does its stuff]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Played with in ''Film/BackToTheFuture II'' with time instead of location. When Doc realizes Biff chose [[ContrivedCoincidence November 12, 1955]] as the date to return to to give his younger self the Almanac.
--> '''Doc''': Unbelievable that Biff has chosen that date. It could mean that this date might hold some special significance, being the temporal junction point for the entire space-time continuum! Other than that it could just be an [[BellisariosMaxim amazing coincidence]]...
** Of course, it gets a might bit iffier when ''Back to the Future III'' reveals that there are at least ''three'' versions of Doc Brown and the De Lorean present during that moment in history; the 1955 Doc native to that timeframe, the 1985 Doc who travelled back there and ''his'' future self, the 1885 Doc buried in Boot Hill Cemetery, in addition to the nuclear powered De Lorean from the first film, the fusion powered De Lorean from the second and the De Lorean sent back to 1885, buried for 70 years in the Delgardo Mine.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Diana Wynne Jones' ''Literature/DeepSecret'', Hotel Babylon is hotel built right on top of a power node, giving it [[AlienGeometries hallways that turn ninety degree angles and keep going on past the point of a perfect square]], a clear path to the next dimension over, and a hotel full of people unconsciously attracted to the [[WeirdnessMagnet fan convention]] it's hosting. (Admittedly, the protagonist's fiddling around with fate may have something to do with the last one).
* The eponymous city in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber''. Or, more precisely, in the Pattern within it.
* These are everywhere in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': from Lancre to Djelibeybi to the Wyrmberg.
* Both played straight and [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. There are arguably three Places of Power: the Eye of the World, the city of Rhuidean and Shadar Logoth. However, they are all man-made; the ones useful to protagonists were even made for those specific purposes. The magical power of those places can be destroyed or used up, and when it happens there's nothing special left of them. However, the world of the Wheel of Time also has many places where certain locations ''[[PowerNullifier prevent]]'' magic from working.
** Voids in ''Literature/TheAgeOfTheFive'' work in the same way.
* Creator/HPLovecraft's work sometimes features places like this. The best example would be ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'', where there are several large hills topped with ancient monoliths around the town of Dunwich. Strange noises and smells are often reported around these hills, and some are completely devoid of all plant life. A passage from [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necronomicon]] in the same book links such site to the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]].
--> "They walk the lonely places of the world, where Words have been spoken and Rites have been committed. The wind howls with Their voice and the ground rumbles with Their thoughts."
* Termed Nodes in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, these are formed by the intersection of two or more {{Ley Line}}s and are much sought out by mages and other creatures that feed on or utilize magical power. Only the most powerful of mages ([[PowerLevels Adept-class]]) can handle the energy of a node without being burned out or destroyed.
* In ''TheDresdenFiles'', there's an island that is said to be the source of a major ley line. [[spoiler: Harry forges a connection to it, giving him awareness of whatever happens on the island, as well as gaining the spirit of the place as a dubious ally. It turns out that said ley line is the "body heat" of all of the EldritchAbomination prisoners of the island.]]
** Ley lines in general. There are places where several of them converge, and those are places where much more serious magical power can be drawn, so there are fortresses and temples at these places - the seat of the White Council is on one, the Red Court's Chichen Itza, and others.
** Fae itself, where the laws of physics work differently, allows things like the gunpowder in guns to work very well or not at all.
* The High Heart from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a place in the Riverlands where apparently the old gods still have power, despite the weirwoods being cut down. The red priest Thoros doesn't see any visions in the fire here.
* In ''TheWitcher'' novels, the sorcerers can only hold to a limited amount of Power at the time, so they must draw it from the crossing points of natural energies, usually following underground water veins, in order to cast their spells. The video games have these places giving the player character short boosts to various abilities when he activates them.
* MythAdventures Series had lines of power that went through the air or ground. One of the first things Aahz taught Skeeve was how to find these. They also used them to track down the big bad in the opening book.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' has these, one of which is the site of the House On a Rock, which is a real place. The meeting of the old gods happens there, because the wall between the physical world and the SpiritWorld is thinner. There's also the antithesis, dead zones of utter mundanity where nothing interesting or important happens. The parley between the two factions of gods is held in one such place, the exact geographical center of the US.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer Sunnydale, California]], which was built over a Hellmouth.
** And there's another Hellmouth in Cleveland, which comes up a couple of times.
* The Halliwell house in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* The Power Spot in ''MadanSenkiRyukendo''.
* The Nematon on ''Series/TeenWolf''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}'' has the Paragon Tower; reaching it after spelling P-A-R-A-G-O-N rewards an impressive 25,000 points.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* According to Music/BillBailey, the UK's ubiquitous Little Chef motorway restaurants were built on the intersections of LeyLines. The roads came along later to join them up.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A very important feature of ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''. The places where [[LeyLine ley lines]] intersect are called "nexuses" and are places where [[{{Mana}} magical energy is most concentrated]]. These locations are optimal for practitioners of magic, but are also where the eponymous rifts are most likely to form. Some very powerful super-nexuses with a lot of ley lines running into them exist, and often have megalithic structures built on them, including Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the ironically named [[HellGate St. Louis Gateway Arch]].
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s Secret War revolves around capturing Feng Shui sites that generate powerful Chi. Capture enough of them in the right places, and history can be changed in your own image.
** The CCG ''Shadowfist'' which is set in the same world as Feng Shui uses this as a win condition. You don't win by destroying your opponent but rather by controlling enough Feng Shui sites. Of course, you'll have to fight to defend them, and that's where the cyborg monkeys come into play.
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has caerns, some of the few remaining "wild places" in the world, where werewolves can commune with Gaia and gain spiritual power.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has Nodes, places in the Tapestry where the separate strands knot up and generate Quintessence.
** And all nodes can be turned into caerns, and all caerns can be used as nodes. Oh, and [[TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast the undead kuei-jin]] also want to use them. Naturally, this leads to conflict...
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' has Freeholds, untamed places that still bear a connection to the Dreaming that provided a font of Glamour for changelings.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' does something similar to ''Ascension'' with Hallows, where Supernal energy either makes it through the Abyss or is trapped and recycled, generating {{Mana}} (nodes are where {{Ley Line}}s intersect, and can be harnessed by mages for free energy).
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' has loci, places bound up in spiritual importance where the border between Earth and the spirit world is a little bit thinner and Essence can be gathered.
** ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' features Haunts, the "low places" of the world touched by death and despair. Yes, they often contain ghosts, but they also contain a great store of [[{{Mana}} Plasm]].
** The Ordo Dracul from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' seek out "Wyrm's Nest," areas where the weird reigns high and power is trapped. More often that not, these Nests are also Loci, Hallows, or Haunts. Which means they're often in competition with other supernaturals for them...
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has demesnes, manses, and freeholds, all of which are places where [[{{Mana}} Essence]] pools and/or wells up, often but not always as a result of [[LeyLine dragon lines]] intersecting. The chief difference between them is whether they have been left largely undisturbed (demesnes), harnessed for occult purposes (manses), or transformed by TheFairFolk into miniature Wyld zones (freeholds).
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a bunch of different variants, some negate magic, some makes it "wild", creating unpredictable effects, and there are numerous other variants.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Magic and ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Thaumatology both spend some time discussing both natural places of power and ones that the caster must create himself (such as sanctifying a room).
* In ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'', "Place of Power" is an actual character advantage; it represents a place where he or she can recharge his {{mana}}.
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[[folder: VideoGames, {{Visual Novel}}s]]
* The four temples in ''[[SpiritTracks The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks]]'' act as power nodes, connected to the Tower of Spirits by the Spirit Tracks.
* In Fuyuki City of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there are two nodes where spiritual energy concentrate: the Tohsaka family of sorcerers built their house on top of one, while the other is located in a temple on top of a hill (an important plot point).
* Malachor V in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II''.
** In fact, ''StarWars'' has numerous sites where the Force is stronger than usual, such as the Valley of the Jedi in the Jedi Knight series or the Dark Side cave on Dagobah in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* Crystals in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' (GBA Remake) (Each kept an element in harmony)
** Crystals in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' shared a similar purpose
* The "Your Sanctuary" locations in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'', which Ness had to dominate in order to make the power of the Earth his own.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': You have the Seven Needles that keep the Dark Dragon asleep. Once pulled, a "great power resonates."
* ''Videogame/MasterOfMagic'' has nodes of power that can be tapped for Mana.
** So does its spiritual successor ''Videogame/AgeOfWonders'' and, for that matter, many magic-based strategy games. You find this more in strategy than in RPG games, since the nodes function nicely as resources like gold mines or whatever, whereas in [=RPG=]s it would sort of suck for the player character (albeit make for a possibly interesting gameplay mechanic) to restrict where they could cast spells.
** Daggerfall (from the Elder Scrolls) sort of had that - characters could be better or worse at casting magic when in sunlight, or when in darkness. In practice though, there was never any reason to use magic except in dark dungeons, so people would just use the "Cannot use magic in daylight" thing as a free way to get some more character-building points.
* Used straight ''and'' inverted in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III''. There are Magic Plains, where every spell cast (including ones cast by spellcasting troops, like Genies) is at Expert proficiency. On the other hand, there is Cursed Ground, where spellcasting doesn't work at all (or, if you've installed add-ons, where only first-level spells are possible).
* ''TheWitcher'' has, well [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Places of Power]].
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Forest of Magic]] in VideoGame/{{Touhou}} is the favorite hotspot for magic users specifically for this reason.
* The [[ElementalPowers Elemental Lighthouses]] in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and its sequel boosts the power any Adept of the corresponding element. The beacon of Mercury Lighthouse, which represents Water, has already been lit when the heroes enter. Its power constantly restores Mia's [[ManaMeter Psynergy points]], therefore allowing her to heal and throw [[AnIcePerson ice attacks]] around without having to worry about [[IncrediblyLamePun running dry]]. Saturos, being a Mars (Fire) adept, is greatly weakened by the power instead. Later it is revealed that Venus (Earth) and Mars shares a symbiotic relationship, as do Mercury and Jupiter (Air). Even when Saturos and his partner Menardi [[spoiler:are [[RecurringBoss defeated again]] on top of Venus Lighthouse, they struggle to light the beacon, which ends up fully restoring their power.]] Curiously enough, Garet, the party's own Mars adept, is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation unaffected by Mercury Lighthouse's beacon.]]
** Although Garet could change jobs so he wasn't using mars psyenergy.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one of the Mage Collective quests has the Warden seek out four places of power, located in the Circle of Magi, the Brecilian Forest, the Deep Roads and the Denerim Alienage.
* The Standing Stones from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Not only does the WhateleyUniverse have Ley Lines all ''over'' the place, but [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] is set just a few miles from [[LovecraftCountry Dunwich]]. Yeah. ''That'' [[EldritchAbomination Dunwich]]. There are [[PlaceOfPower Places of Power]] all around Whateley, and all of them are really, really dangerous.
* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' the orphanage is built on one such place, the Arks all landed in such places and various man made structures quickly become places like this, which is why ghosts are drawn to indian buriel grounds.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the Moperville area is a more neutral version of this; the BackgroundMagicField is [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1551 saturated]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1550 enables things that would not work anywhere else in the world]] but otherwise has no inherently malevolent effect.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', there were three Ley Line nodes tapped by the Foot Mystics that had to be liberated to prevent a demon from spreading his reality-warping, undead-summoning power across the planet. Of course, one of these was next to the Statue of Liberty; another was in the United Nations building. The third? At a butcher shop called "Manny's Meats".
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Avalon is one of these, and its Hollow Hill especially so.
* Mortis is an intersection of the Force from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime,'' [[BigBad the]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] has a PlaceOfPower, referred to in those exact words. It appears to be its "birthplace," [[spoiler:the spot where the DepopulationBomb hit during the [[ApocalypseHow Great Mushroom War]].]]
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[[folder: Multiple media]]
* Most incarnations of TheWorldTree.
** In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', the World Tree at the school's campus glows due to excess power every 22 years, right around the time of the School Festival. during that time, six points around the tree also radiate power, enough to turn a simple Love Confession into a magical compulsion.
*** It also power's Negi's time machine, as well as supplying magical energy for [[spoiler: the forced recognition spell that the BigBad want to use to end TheMasquerade.]]
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