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Dragons, and Gryphons, and Unicorns, oh my!
Let’s take a few minutes and talk about magical creatures! Just because you have mythological creatures in your story world doesn’t mean that they have to be magical. Additionally, we’ll discuss the concept of magical companion animals in a couple days.
Animals do not have to be capable of doing magic spells for them to be magical. Magical animals may have an innate sense of magic, and be able to influence it in certain ways. This may lead to a market for animal parts that are seen as a source of magic—like a unicorn’s horn.
If animals can work magic deliberately, you’ll need to decide how much they interact with your characters, peoples, and cultures in that regard. It would certainly add an interesting equation to certain magical events—what if an animal sends in their own bit of magic and throws a spell off completely?
- Are there animals/creatures in your world that are capable of using magic, or exist solely because of magic? If so, what are they?
- Do these creatures have any symbiotic relationships with the peoples in your world?
- What is the most sought-after magical animal product in your world?