July 26th, 2008

Voodoo Dolly


While working on a game, I'm pondering how effective illusions are, and what they are capable of. I gave a list of questions to some players, and I'm opening it up for discussion, so I thought I'd posts here and see what there is to say here about it.

1) Does an illusionary light produce actual radiance, allowing one to see inside a darkened room? Or, is the radiance illusionary, and the things seen within the light radius an illusion too?

2) Can a person use illusion to turn themselves invisible? What happens, then, if you turn a door or wall invisible to look through and see what is on the other side? Is what you see real, or just an illusion?

3) If you create a telescope or periscope with illusion, can you see distant things as if they were closer? Can you look over a wall with the periscope to see what is on the other side?
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Voodoo Dolly

In relation to last post...

I got some consistent answers, but they've given me some extra thought on the nature of magic. Specifically: What do you consider an illusion?

Is an illusion a trick of the mind, making someone see something that is not actually there? (In which case, only the target actually sees the illusion, correct?)

If not, it is something visible to anyone who comes across it. This then brings up the question: What is it made of? Does light strike it, thus causing you to see it, or does it produce its own image, thus making it visible? How does it affect the world around it?

I used the 'can an illusionary light produce true light to see by', and a number of people said 'no'. Well, then. Can an illusionary sound produce an echo?


I'm thinking, for my game world, if a sense can detect the illusion, the illusion is 'apparent' to that sense. If you make an illusionary flame, it will produce light. If you add the sensation of 'touch' to it, it will hurt like all hell, but not actually cause burns. If you produce an illusionary sound, you will get an echo (if conditions are appropriate). This means, I think, that in my game world, phantasms can bend and alter light, thus allowing things such as telescopes and invisibility.


Just some food for thought. :)