World-268.4.DJ-3: A World Filled with Genies of Various Types

Alongside humans are jinn. Like humans, jinn (or genies) are highly varied in appearance and mannerisms: some are weak servants or slaves basically just like humans, while others are unchained reality-warping gods. Some look just like humans, while others have default forms partly made of magical blue smoke. Scholars catalogue at least 27 different categories …

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World-247.5.DW-11: Small Desert Communities Focused Around Water Magic

As always, in heat of day or cold of night, the desert is dry.  As always, the search for water determines who lives and dies.  And thus oases become the deciding factor for where people live, travel and trade. An ancient magical art of water magic makes life easier for many.  Water magic not only …

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Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre: Egyptian Temple (1840)

Covenant and Ruin by John R. Canter

“Any luck?” he asked. She hesitated. She was trying not to find what she knew would be there. And as she passed the light over the stone carvings, she saw it: a bare spot where the inscriptions, lost secrets of ancient Menurabi, were now truly lost, and a circular marking carved over it instead. She pulled out a mid-sized book from her traveler’s bag, holding it in both hands, and recited magic words; her eyes glowed, and in her field of vision, the magical forces of the world were laid bare and visible. The arcane mark shone a dark blue and was indeed a glyph of a solar eclipse with a stylized zigzag, either lightning coming down or a toothy maw of darkness swallowing the sun.

Sand in Black and White by John R. Canter

Xeric scratched his short beard. The young man thought for a long time on how to word his wish. You had to be careful with djinn, he thought, and efreet were even more dangerous than them. In the dark basement storeroom, a pair of fiery red eyes gazed impatiently through the smoke. What appeared to be a horned man had a grin on his face, trying to look trustworthy. It worked surprisingly well.