Hey guys, Forgive me if this has been covered extensively or if it's in the wrong section. My problem with my current novel (in planning stages) is the implementation of magic. The basic background of the necessity of my magic is that there are a race who are substantially powerful (enough so to have ultimate control over all others) but who do not wish to rule. They simply want to keep to themselves. The rest of the world however, has been at war for some time in a power struggle. This 'all powerful' race has decided that one leader of all races will be appointed, and will be backed by them (as no one is capable of opposing them). There will essentially be a vote, and whoever is elected via majority will have the full support of the powerful race. One thing I have seen quite frequently however, is that use of magic that 'regular people' can't overcome makes a story boring. There is of course an antagonist who plans to rig the election to gain power. But if he were to take the throne illegitimately, you would think that logically the powerful race would be like, "Ah, no you don't!" and *poof* he is defeated. How can I make them powerful enough to control the fate of the world, yet weak enough to be deceived and essentially defeated? Is magic at all necessary here? I get the feeling that I might be able to exclude magic, and simply have a vote organised by the races themselves and have a story focused around their lying and cheating etc and a protagonist who fights to have a legitimate and fair ruler instated. Help? Thanks in advance, David.