Ok so I am an RPG game lover. I think that any one that reads fantasy novels also plays RPG games such as Final Fantasy, Chrono Cross and if you are a team player, World of Warcraft and other Online Massive Multi Player Games. When ever we play these games, the developers must choose a term for the magic that we use and for stamina of the characters magic. I am sure you are familiar with the term MP (magic points) and HP (Health points). Just like these video game developers struggle to choose a term I also struggle with my own magic system in the world that I created.
It has become classic or should I say a norm for RPG games to use the terms MP and HP because after all it is the gameplay and story that we are into. In fact most RPG gamers would feel weird if the game did not use these terms. We need something to indicate how much power we are using and how much damage the character is taking. I think a game would be pretty boring if we didn’t have these rules.
Magic systems are crucial for RPG games as well as fantasy novels. The reason why I decided to write about this is because in my world I call Odealeous, I chose to the term Mana for my magic system. Now I have been told. A.J. dont you think that is cliche. Yes it might be but it fits perfectly with the world I created. Mana has been used in video games to indicate a players magic power. I thought it would be perfect and had I decided to use any other term, it would not work and also I felt awkward using words like Chakra or Prana.
In the Japanese anime, Yu Yu Hakusho, they use the term spirit energy but is that different than using the word Chakra. The systems work the same way just different words. The characters use their power to fight and thus their body becomes low on Mana or spirit energy. The Naruto anime uses Chakra which is a term that the ninjas and Indian philosophers use. If you watch Naruto you will notice that the system is same as far as the use of power or magic. A character uses a technique or move and thus their Chakra goes down and they must recharge again.
Its like food. I work throughout the day and by 5PM I feel hungry I must. I must recharge. My friends told me that I must use something different to stand out. I say, I must use whatever fits into the world that I am creating. The innovation is the story it self while. In my opinion, many romance novels are the same. The girl falls in love with the bad boy but each journey is different. It is about how the characters get to their destination and what happens before reaching the end goal.
Each fantasy book uses similar things such as wizards, dragons, phoenixes, elves, dwarves. However fantasy authors dont copy each other. Each journey is different and each story has different meanings with different messages. The wizards, elves and dragons are the items in which fantasy is brought with.