A little bit more… (topics and magic in Albion)


 Today in our ongoing tour of the authorial wiki, a bit about some other topics. Today, we’re taking a look at the topical pages, which come in two groups, Magic and Topics.

Cover of The Fossil Door displayed on a cell phone, lying on a scattering of tumbled stones in shades of purple and green.


I have lots to say about magic in Albion. (Unsurprisingly!) But I also wanted to make it easier for people to find more about particular aspects of it. Each section has a sidebar that makes it easy to go to other articles in the section, as well as links to other pages as relevant.

Some of what’s here has been explicitly explained in the books so far, and some of it hasn’t.

Magic in general

The main section about magic covers general background. This includes:

On magical capacity, one of the things I thought about a lot when working out some details for Albion has to do with the question of how many people have comparatively strong magic, and what the difference is between being inherently powerful and having the training to use your magic most effectively. This obviously varies by profession (the Penelopes, higher ranks of the Guard, the Council, and some magical specialties obviously require substantially powerful magic, as well as training.)

But I also wanted a world where small amounts of magic could make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. For about half the population, what they have is more on the level of keeping the milk sweet longer, avoiding infections, reducing the threat from illness, or using magical tools (like keep-cool boxes and stoves) created by someone else.

In other cases, there’s magic underlying the infrastructure (heating, indoor plumbing, safer furnaces on ocean liners), but it’s not terribly visible to most people on the average day. Check the article out for some specific character examples.

The magical world

Here we have articles talking about Albion as a culture and community.

  • Magical creatures (fauna) and plants (flora) and other materials.
  • Magical beings (The Belin, custos dragons, merfolk, naga, plant beings, and selkies. Basically any magical being who is visibly and obviously magical, rather than human shaped.)
  • The Fatae and the Cousins
  • Bohort and pavo, the magical sports of choice.
  • Falconry
  • Families, specifically the categories of family heritage relevant to Albion.
  • Music (focused on the musical culture of Albion and the way magic and Albion’s history affect music.)

I’m glad to add other topics – just let me know what you’re interested in seeing! I’m hoping to spend some time in the theatre community of Albion at some point, it just hasn’t come up much so far.

Magical skills

The Magical Skills page links to all the different kinds of magic – Agricultural to Sympathetic. Each page includes a summary and information about the necessary education. I’ve also included examples (avoiding explicit spoilers) and notable experts, with links to the relevant pages.

The Duelling page has more details both about the different rule sets and the process for duelling.


Our last category of articles for today are topics – basically everything that isn’t specifically about magic.

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