Rebuild Post-Apocalypse

Ok, I’m not looking for likes, just thoughts & answers:

So.

After an apocalypse, how long does it take to rebuild society and “modern” structures given:

a) a hidden magic world in which the magic society is largely unaffected,

b) the apocalypse is caused by a surge of magic that harms tech (steam level and earlier still works),

c) magic can be used to replace tech for communications, travel, and such.

Thoughts?

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Earths, Magipocalypse, The Realm, & The Keep: Thoughts and Merging

After some thought, I decided to take the prologue I posted weeks ago and run with the magipocalypse inspiration that’s been floating in my head for months. However, I didn’t want to start an entirely new setting while in the process of working on The Keep. Fortunately, my madness worked things out preemptively.

I’d already written in a way to include two Earths in one setting.

The basic Keep setting idea focuses on two worlds: Earth and The Realm.

Earth is a hidden magic world with a variety of species and magic, as I discussed briefly previously, centered on the fictional city Newtown.

The Realm is a secondary world, where the Keep is located. The Keep is a structure and entity founded by Earth magicians on a peninsula on a continent on The Realm.

The Realm has two major continents: Lesyan and Niversi.

Niversi is less important right now, but it is where the majority of the native Realm populace lives. This continent is tied up with its own nations and problems. Its residents have no contact with or knowledge of Earth or the Keep.

Lesyan is where the Keep and its associated city, town, and nature preserve are located with a couple hundred thousand Earthers. Lesyan is uninhabited, as far as natives go . . . now. But, like all places, Lesyan has a long history. In this case, the continent’s history is loosely based on Chinese history: seven major kingdoms become three, become five, become a single unified empire. Then European history kicks in with a dark age after the empire collapses (yes, historians don’t use the phrase Dark Ages anymore). The dark ages end, new nations rise, history moves forward into a new age of magical experimentation and advancement.

Then something happens. I’m deliberately being unclear as to what (whether war magic, experiments gone awry, or whatnot). Regardless, everything on the continent is destroyed. The magical forces released change the continental geography. The fabric of magic on the continent is warped to the point that it adapts to what magic wielders expect. More importantly, perhaps, the barriers between The Realm and the multiverse become strained.

The end result is that inhabitants of many worlds have appeared on Lesyan (only around the coasts, for some reason; the interior is still basically wasteland). Among these is Earth and The Keep. But, given the properties of multiverses (see some of my earliest blog posts) and ultraverses, there’s nothing to stop the continent’s magic sink from drawing people or being opened to people from multiple alternate Earths.

Inspiration

Every time I read a Kate Daniels novel, I get the urge to put together a post-magipocalypse (magic apocalypse) setting. I suppose this means that either “Ilona Andrews” (nom de plume for a husband-wife team) has exceptional worldbuilding (it’s inspirational) or awful worldbuilding (the reader thinks s/he could do better). My bet is on the former, as I find their alt future Atlanta rather fascinating as well as the way they incorporate myriad mythologies, magic traditions, and legends both familiar–Western European, Greek, Roman, Northern European, Chinese, Indian, Jewish–and not so familiar–Eastern European, a few Native American–often with their own twist.

Prologue #1

Missed updating yesterday. But, here’s a little prologue I wrote up a couple weeks ago. The world it was meant for has undergone fundamental changes in the creation process, so it doesn’t fit anymore, but it could be useful elsewhere

Prologue #1

We thought magic was a hoax, a superstition of ancient man.

At the very least, we thought the magic was dead and gone. We thought technology was our only way forward as a species.

We were wrong.

In the early twenty-first century, magic returned to the world and everything was changed. Technology failed instantly. Communications and electricity died, showing just how weak and fragile, dependent, we had become as both individuals and a society. By the third day, there were riots. The police force was massively outnumbered and their guns, cars, and security systems wouldn’t work. Before the national guard could get word from the capital and assemble, it was too late . . . the local and state governments had collapsed.

It wasn’t until the fourth or fifth day that we noticed the other problems. People were changing. In hindsight, the brains say that magic’s return reactivated latent genes, causing virtually instant genetic modification in adults and children. The results were strange, or so they seemed at the time. Today, you kids don’t even look twice at a hulking eight foot man with a bull’s head or a woman shooting streams of fire out of her fingertips. Back then, they were a source of fear and made good, inhuman, scapegoats. Looking back, there’s a lot we did back then that shames us now.

We assume the story was more or less the same everywhere. What we’ve managed to piece together from stories told by travelers seems to confirm our assumptions. When communication lines were, sporadically, reopened a few months later, we received more confirmation. The federal government collapsed as well. So far as we could tell, every national government around the world fell. Humanity was back in a sort of Dark Ages, with local warlords and only local government.

That was thirty, forty years ago, kinda hard to tell exactly in the chaos that followed the fall . . . sorry, they tell me it’s called Oroboros Day now. As good a name as any, I guess, a continuous cycle, as the old world ended, a new world began.

-Elias Toban, Oroboros Day survivor, interview