Modem Magic ▰ From MicroKids ☯84MAY | “But to all of us, sooner or later, comes the need to get out of our shell and communicate with the world out there. It is then that we begin taking a little more interest in that most amazing of computer peripherals, the modem.”
i love harry potter (as do we all) and like most im incredibly disappointed with the lack of multiculturalism in it and i havent been able to stop thinking about how wizarding communities in different cultures might evolve. some cultures are much more in touch with spirituality and magic, so the wizarding community doesnt have to be as repressed everywhere as it is in england. so… think about it?
spell casting in different languages!! tonal languages like chinese. if i know anything from 5 years learning mandarin its that intonation can change your meaning completely… a transfer student attending the beijing wizarding school. theyre doing charms and accidentally get the tones wrong. the only thing you hear is their chinese classmates yelling “nO NO NONONO-” before they all get turned into frogs
big wizarding families with ancient lineage having had generations living in hidden hutongs across chinese cities!
what about all those stories of old emperors sending envoys out to search for the key to immortality - and this brings up the interesting possibilities of intersections between magic and traditional medicine!
you know how bats are a symbol of good luck in china? and black cats are symbols of good luck in japan? yeah
also screw the gross western conflation of blackness with evil, with corruption. screw the death eaters with their “dark marks”. many cultures see white as death, as emptiness, and black as richness, as life. wizarding communities finding power in the darkness of the night
what about indian wizards and witches? theyre big on scientific magic (unlike the incredibly scientifically backward communities in england) bc for centuries india and the middle east had the greatest scientific developments in the world
indian wizards/witches making breakthroughs in astronomy through their charmed instruments and maps that rotate with their view of the skies!
hindu wizards using mehndi to form magical symbols on their skin
and what about tattoos and piercings across cultures! so many communities across africa and south america and the pacific that have long histories with tattoos. imagine tattoos glowing while they spellcast.
young witches and wizards earning tattoos as they grow… the tattoos grow organically and shift and change
and its incredible bc all different cultures would have completely different approaches to spellcasting at all!! what if wizards across the world dont generally use wands? some use staffs or their bare hands or scrolls or even their eyes!
inuit magical communities!! conjuring fire for warmth. keeping seals and wolves as familiars. using ice and water in their magic and hunting in the icy waters by transforming into animagi
wizards and witches in the amazon who are hidden from the rest of the world. they use plants to their advantage by merging into foliage or slipping into shadows, leaving no trace behind at all. they nurse their ecosystems back to life
east asian wizards using martial arts to strengthen their magical abilities or to duel
and what about the possibilities in art across different cultures!! old japanese woodblock prints that oscillate and move around. wall carvings in hindu temples dancing and walking around
kashmiri and pakistani wizards with eye colours that subtly shift and change depending on what magic theyre performing
hieroglyphics in ancient egyptian wizarding communities!! they often have cat familiars too
nomadic communities living in scorching deserts… wearing shimmering fabrics, almost appearing to be mirages themselves bc they can bend and twist light
viking wizards exploring the world on ships!! powered by wind they harness themselves by performing incredibly powerful coordinated spells. especially strong norse wizards could harness lightning
maori magical communities and southeast asian communities and pacific islanders taking care of reefs. they can manipulate air and water to travel deep below the surface of the ocean
magical communities atop the himalayas in monasteries. they protect muggle climbers from avalanches and heal climbers who have been wounded
wizards/witches in the swiss alps who are animagi. they transform into saint bernards and form strong bonds with explorers
im just in love with wizarding communities across the globe evolving separately and having different relationships to spirituality because!! nothing is ever black and white but the world is vast and diverse and there are ten thousand sights that could blow you away and how tiring that the only glimpse into wizarding communities we receive is the drab and repressed one in the UK
I'm roughly halfway thru Once Broken Faith (& LOVING it). Not only am I so happy to see my faerie friends again, I also can't help but imagine a fae CSPAN broadcasting the conclave proceedings to magic mirrors across the globe.
“Well, Diane, it looks like October–”
“This would be October Daye, first changeling to be knighted in the Kingdom in the Mists in over a hundred years, daughter of Amandine and an unidentified mortal man.”
“Exactly so. October appears to be, ah, insulting another monarch.”
“You know, Charles, sometimes I think this girl wants to be a ficus tree.”
Hanging by a thread: Muse was in a fight that left them just barely alive. Drifting between life and death, it’s up to a mutual or mutuals (whoever wants to jump in) to keep them alive and conscious until they can get to the hospital for proper treatment. Lasts until at least one RP partner gets them to the hospital, or the muse succumbs to their injuries.
Red Scars: The scars on the muse’s body suddenly open again, bleeding just as heavily as when they got them. Whether or not they are just as deep/just as fatal as when they got them is up to the mun. Anon decides duration.
Disbelief: Muse believes someone they love and cares about was killed by ___! Anon decides duration.
Cold: Muse wakes up freezing cold, completely shivering, and unable to get warm. Careful! They might get sick! Last for an hour or more, as decided by the anon.
Shivering: Muse is shaking uncontrollably, either due to fear or cold, or unexplained circumstances. Anon decides the duration.
Sick: Muse is sick with symptoms given to them from the anon. If left unspecified, the spell is no longer valid, so be sure to leave them!! Last for 24-48 hours.
Animal: Muse is transformed into some kind of animal- either domestic or wild. Anon decides the duration.
Haunted: Muse is haunted by all the big mistakes they’ve made. Either in past time lines, past RP’s, or in this lifetime in general. Muse does not want to leave bed or interact with anyone. Anon decides the duration.
Trapped: Muse is roughly about 4 cm tall, and is trapped inside a bottle or jar. Lasts for the duration that the anon set after they’ve been set free.
Snowy: Muse is trapped inside a magical snow-globe- and yes it is cold in there, as if they were in the location itself in the middle of winter. While they can see and hear the other people on the other side of the glass, those on the outside can’t hear their voice, only see them move inside the freezing dome. Muse is also shrunk down to fit inside the small souvenir, and will only grow back after the snow-globe is cracked or broken for two hours, meaning that a person could potentially fix it and put the muse back in captivity.
Lady Luck: Muse is incredibly unlucky for the duration set by the anon. After that, they will proceed to have good luck for the same amount of time after, to balance out their karma. If they are a villain, or just a bad guy in general, the second phase will not take place, and their bad luck will continue until the two phases are over. Lasts for double the duration set by the anon. Bonus points if the muse doesn’t believe in luck!
Sore Throat: Muse’s throat feels sore,and speaking hurts too much, and can potentially cause their throat to bleed. Lasts for 24 hours or more. Bonus points if the muse likes to talk a lot!
Poltergeist: Muse’s spirit has stayed close to the ones they love, their body completely missing. They cannot be heard, and seen very rarely, unless on camera or video. To communicate, they can pick up, throw, and move objects, or even touch and scratch people. Anon decides duration.
Chained: Muse is chained to a wall, and unable to escape on their own. Lasts until they are released, or somehow manage to escape.
Roman Luna on a Globe Statuette, 2nd-3rd Century AD
Luna was the personification of the moon, equivalent to Greek Selene, often shown as an aspect of the Roman triple goddess (diva triformis), along with Proserpina and Hecate. Her billowing robes represent the endless forward motion of the goddess in her celestial chariot, while the silver detailing of the figure evokes moonlight. Her chief temple was on the Aventine Hill in Rome.
Her Greek name means “light’ or radiance” and she was the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, and sister to Helios, the sun god, and Eos, goddess of the dawn. Several lovers are attributed to her in various myths, including Zeus, Pan, and the mortal Endymion. In classical times, Selene was often identified with Artemis, much as her brother, Helios, was identified with Apollo. The poet Aeschylus calls Selene “the eye of the night” and other ancient literary references describe her the “bright and beautiful haired.” The Orphic Hymns give Selene horns and a torch, describing her as “all-seeing”, “all-wise”, a lover of horses and of vigilance, and a “foe of strife” who “gives to Nature’s works their destined end”. Paired with her brother Helios, Selene adorned the east pediment of the Parthenon, where the two framed a scene depicting the birth of Athena, with Helios driving his chariot rising from the ocean on the left, and Selene and her chariot descending into the sea on the right.
From Pausanias, we learn that Selene and Helios also framed the birth of Aphrodite on the base of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. There are indications of a similar framing by Selene and Helios of the birth of Pandora on the base of the Athena Parthenos. Selene also appears on horseback as part of the Gigantomachy frieze of the Pergamon Altar. Due to her association with the moon she was the tutelary deity of magicians and sorcerers.
Hi, I love your tumblr prompt fics a lot. The characters are very on point in the fics and it's lovely to read them. I'd like to leave a prompt with you, if you have time and if it interests you, I'd be delighted to read your take on it. - During a battle Magnus gets seriously hurt. Alec being his usual over-protective self, burns himself by worrying/ tending Magnus and neglects to take care of himself. When Magnus finally wakes up, Alec is too sick to greet his Magnis properly. - Thanks a lot!
“Don’t you dare die on me” for malec Magnus being hurt? Thank you btw ur fics are awesome
Thank you both so so much, you’re really kind <3 I hope you’ll both like this! :3 As usual I had a few more details about the Warlock and what happens but they didn’t really fit into the story; ask away in case you’re interested, and let me know, please! :)