Military Casters: Fireballs Among the Swords and Arrows


Check out this post from Charles Yallowitz’s Legends of Windemere blog with Military Casters: Fireballs Among the Swords and Arrows

Legends of Windemere

Fairy Tail

Magic is an important part of fantasy writing.  Some would say it’s one of the defining traits of the genre.  Not every story has magic, but those that do might want to consider including it with their military forces.  This is where you get battle casters, combat mages, or whatever you want to call them.  Their role is to hurl spells around a battlefield to create an even bigger scene.  So, what are some things to consider when designing or using a character like this?

(Yes, I know it’s another list, but I’ve tried to make it a non-list post and it wasn’t working.  Sorry about the repetition.)

  1. Consider giving the casters a specialty, but don’t make it a requirement.  This usually boils down to Fire Caster, Lightning Caster, Ice Caster, or some kind of element because they won’t require much flexibility.  They’re really here to make the…

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