Following up on my earlier post on an alternate magic system.
I’ll try to post some thoughts on each of the 7 points from the previous post.
1) The gemstone mountain. This may or may not be literaly true. Maybe it is only a legend that the current inhabitants believe in. Maybe it is sort of a distorted memory of some past time when super-science became dominant and magic was almost wiped out.
2) The gem mountain explodes. Again, this may or may not be literally true. Somehow, magic was released back into the world in discrete chunks embodied as the gemstones. Maybe the gods sacrificed themselves to free the magic, or the alien space fortress sucking up all the magic power self-destructed.
3) The gemstone fragments. These are certainly real. They do contain power that the inhabitants of the world call “magic.” Can be ambiguous whether it is actual magic, or if the gems are some type of super-material or devices that store or draw on some type of scientific-based energy source.
4) Spellcasters. There are individuals with the knowledge or ability to release the power from the gems in a controlled fashion. Maybe it is a dim recollection of a technical procedure that has become a ritual. Maybe some individuals have some type of ability (such as a psionic power) to alter the gems at a subatomic level and get energy out of them. Maybe the gems are actually INTELLIGENT; disembodied souls or super AIs imprisoned in crystals – and spellcasters can communicate with them somehow.
Points 5, 6, and 7 might be getting more into the “nuts & bolts” of an actual magic system and how it works, so I will leave that for a future post.