Hi folks, I've been tinkering with some ideas for a few days now. I thought I'd share and see if anyone had any comments. So far I've been trying to build and explore a world to see what themes/plots/characters flow from it. I've got a few basics settled. What I've been experimenting with is simply writing about ordinary people within the world and seeing what comes out of it. I'm enjoying the process at least and it has illuminated some elements of how the world and magic system work for me. So i'd love some feedback - where would you want to take this? Do the premises sound like they might interest you in a novel length story? Cheers for your time! ------ The world so far The world is pre-technological/industrial - I can envisage some elements of simple technologies, supplemented on a day to day basis by some magic used widely, but at a low level. Magic is common place but very limited, being tied to naturally occurring minerals which slowly absorb 'energy' from the world around them. Anyone can use these stones, with some training, to perform basic tasks, but anything complex requires experience or specific training. Different uses would exhaust these stones more rapidly - boiling a pot full of water would be far more demanding than using the energy to kindle a small fire to cook over. The stones themselves are naturally occurring but rare and imported from a distant land. Most families may have a small sliver or pebble which gets handed down through generations. The wealthy and aristocracy may have larger stones of better quality, made into amulets, jewellery or other ornamentation at severe expense. Conflicts Magic in this world is, by its nature, limited but still useful. There is scope for conflict between those who do and don't have magic at their disposal. For example a neighbouring warfaring nation may decide to conquer for the wealth they see in these stones. It turns out that for warfare most magic is essentially useless. You'd exhaust your reserves striking down one enemy perhaps but then you'd be back to bows and arrows? Potential for guerilla warfare - small strikes, harassing an enemy and fleeing. I have also toyed with the idea of someone stumbling on a new way to access magic - for example using one of these stones to draw energy directly from the world around them, or perhaps finding a way to refine the active ingredient from the minerals to make far more potent magical reserves. This could be perhaps a major opponent - a skilled and power hungry individual using their magic to upset the status quo. Main Character This is not at all settled but what I've got so far is a young person (male/female?) who has been apprenticed in a trade for some time. They know the trade but are frustrated because they cannot develop further without a Stone of their own. All master craftsmen use stones routinely when making their best work. He/she has no prospects of gaining their own stone through the normal ways (handed down in families as prized heirlooms) so naively sets off into the world to find one for themselves. MC stumbles blindly into wider political machinations once on the road.