mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Nice)
I was dreaming, but waking. There was something to do with someone being the son of an evil man and not being trusted by the fae because of it. My waking brain said that was not fair and why should it matter anyway? And then it came to me, blood calls to blood. It may not be nearly so powerful as having the blood of the person himself, but the blood of a parent could be used in a spell of influence, of mind control, over the son. So of course he is always in danger should the father ever have the skills he had a ready supply of what he needs to assert control over his son. Creapy stuff.
mishalak: Mishalak with long hair and modified so as to look faded. (Faded Photo)
I have been thinking and wondering what it means for stage magicians if magic were real and commonly known to be real. Would there be stage magicians or would they be mostly replaced by real magicians using real magic upon the stage? Would language more clearly articulate a difference between legerdemain/stage craft and using real magic? Ultimately I have to go with what makes for a interesting and believable setting without going into deep detail, this after all is a fun question that I probably won't actually use in a story. All of this is just background to know if having a character refer to David Copperfield makes sense or not.

A Long and Meandering Process Resembling Thought )
mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Thoughtful)
It was just a throwaway line at the end of chapter 14 in Circus of the Damned.
     "Please tell me I'm not the only one in this car with silver bullets."
     Zerbrowski grinned. Dolph said, "Silver's more expensive than gold. City doesn't have that kind of money."


It got me to thinking about what it would do to history if silver were much more valuable. It should cause all sorts of changes, but then if vampires, magic, and all the rest were real that should have changed history a lot too. But the world of Laurell K. Hamilton is almost exactly like ours other than the supernatural. I, of course, can't just leave it alone so I spent a bit of time recently trying to come up with rationalizations for the apparent contradictions.

My first rationalization is that though the supernatural boogies are real that doesn't change history much as long as they are for the most part hidden from public view (which they are). Second when something happens in history the reason the other side didn't win was because the winning side usually had more magic as well as more arms. I think I might be able to get the enlightenment to work since magic isn't exactly an everyday thing by saying that most scholars ignore it and the few who don't follow Newton in throwing aside many of the old assumptions and studying rationally. That sort of works. But still I think it would produce a somewhat different world than our own.

But none of that is as bad as silver being more valuable than gold. I mean that would throw all sorts of default assumptions into a cocked hat. What about silver dollars? Were they minted? Did Colorado have a longer silver boom? Was there a silver purchase act? Without the cause of free silver what was the rallying cry of William Jennings Bryan and the populists? How far back was silver more costly? The reason is obvious enough; it has more cachet with actually working against the supernatural. And the majority of Gold and Silver's price is their popular image. There are more than enough of both for jewelry, but having this aura about them makes people hoard them. In our world gold has much more of a reputation so it has the high price and silver is regarded as second best and so has a more natural price. If the hording of gold in bullion form and the purchase of it as an investment stopped the price would likely drop to about $50 an ounce or less based upon the amount out there and the demand for jewelry alone.

So how in the world could silver rise to that price level? Well assume some hording by government and it isn't too hard. Though probably very annoying to would be vampire hunters. Still at the higher price there is a lot more silver available. Unless there was some serious hording and more gold available I don't think it would be possible for it to go down in price. And what in the world would that do to the film industry alone? Would it have even started without cheap silver? And what do Navajos sell beside the road in the southwest if silver is that expensive?

Bad world building is probably the ultimate answer. But still it nags at me.
mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (The Prince)
(This is me world building.)
They have their own stores about how the world began. And those that oppose them have had no time to wonder, so none living know how it truly began.

They are right in one thing, before anything else there was the stuff of spirit and raw wild magic. For the universe does have an edge, though it has grown greatly since the beginning and so now is much further away than most would imagine. At the edge there is the raw howl of magic as the primordial stuff of spirts is created and destroyed all at once, for it is not stable if not surrounded by more of itself. In the beginning the cosmos was hot with this raw magic and it was not for long eons after that anything new happened.

Gradually as the universe grew and the elemental spirit was packed together by the force of the magic at the edge conditions became right for the first living spirits. Very simple things that did nothing but absorb a little magic and use it to live and create more of themselves. Over the long ages they did their little repetitive magics, until one sort began to sing of mater. It was useful stuff they created out of magic, for it shielded them better than the distance and the unformed spirit stuff.

More long ages passed and eventually the matter began to build up into planets and stars, though none shone until in the core of the largest and oldest of these balls there came a new source of raw magic. It had grown so large, so dense, that it forced the spirit stuff out of its center and so as at the edge of the universe inside the star spirit stuff broke down into raw magic. This source of power heated up the mater of the star until at last its surface glowed ever brighter, the first light in the universe aside from a few simple spirits.

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