Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wacky setting idea

As I'm running through ideas for the setting to use for BTR, I come up with some interesting stuff.

I was watching a documentary recently on the idea of "ancient astronauts" and how people are meshing the description of various mythological events with our modern understanding of the sciences.

Many years ago, I read a book by a French UFOlogist whose name I don't recall in which he describes certain encounters with "fair folk" and "little people" that meshed rather well certain aspects of the UFO phenomena.

Why are we looking at this stuff with such a scientific/technological perspective? What if our ancestors knew magic when they saw it, but us modern people try and force it to mesh with our own ideas of the universe?

What if the universe is magical? What if our science and technology is considered "backward" by the rest of the intelligent beings of the cosmos because everyone else is simply ignoring the physical laws that we are forced to live by?

Though I think humans would have an advantage in this scenario. Our inquisitive minds would start looking at magic as another science for us to master. And we would incorporate our existing scientific knowledge, as well. So humans would be the universe's first technomancers.

What do you think?


  1. Needs fleshing out, but GREAT starting hook to hang all those assumptions needed for good fantasy on. You could go conspiracy (a la Harry Potter) or Cthulhu (secrets man wasn't meant to know!) or just gonzo silly (D&D). Look forward to hearing more.

  2. My thinking was to have a near/far future setting where humanity is starting to explore the galaxy and instead of encountering little green men, they meet elves. The timeline would be advanced to the point where humanity could have their own mages and have created some of their own spells (I mentioned technomancy, right?), but they're still finding their way in this fantastical cosmos.

    The trick will be avoiding having this sort of thing sound cheesy. The magic will have to be as rigorous as the tech, if not moreso.

  3. This sounds very interesting. I like the first contact being Space Elves instead of some little green men or some other silliness.