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4. History

Aunt Family
Ooh!

In World History, the Aunt Family ‘verse parallels our own. The magic that exists here is mostly personal magic - it can change a single person’s timeline, or a single family’s, but rarely the world’s.
(Yes, I know that there are ways that A can change B, but this is not so much an AU as it is a world in which personal problems sometimes have unusual solutions).

The Aunt Family themselves… their history is lost in myth and fuzzy retellings, and every branch of the family tells it a little bit differently. What we know is that, at some point, the strong personalities in a long-ago family decided that their thin but interesting powers could best be handled — and family feuds avoided — if they kept the power in the hands of a single childless woman.

And as the family grew, so did the power.


Portal Bound

Many centuries ago — nearly a millennium — portals opened between an untouched planet and several other worlds, and a few people came through, a farmer and his family.

You said that already, Lyn.

Ahem.

That farmer’s settlement became the basis of the capital town. He brought through others from his home village — which was in chaos at the time — and, when the portal opened somewhere else, brought through those people, too.

Other portals formed their own settlements. Over time and trade and more than a few battles, over quests by Key-bearers from other worlds and mighty adventures, the settlements on these islands/small continents settled into a few nations.

The nation our story is set in became a monarchy with a very strong bureaucracy . Which was fine for quite a while.

And then the Crown Prince vanished.

Date: 2017-06-15 05:44 am (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
So historical fiction with magic, not AU?

Weren't you already writing a missing crown prince? In ... one of the Narnia crossovers?

Date: 2017-06-18 03:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sauergeek
I'm still kind of surprised that the power can be shifted between people, and particularly that it can be done without people knowing it's happening. Also that it can accumulate -- and distribute back out, still of its own accord! -- over the years. I'm noodling about how the mechanics of that might work. I suspect there are formal rituals for acceptance into the family for both children of existing family members and for strangers marrying in, but I'm not sure that we've seen any of those on-screen. (Well, unless Welcome to the Family is it.)

Date: 2017-06-20 12:04 am (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Definitely catlike!

So, what they're trying to do to Stone is put his power into his Aunt (I can't remember which name is which)?

Date: 2017-06-20 06:31 am (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Yes? But maybe not so explicitly? I wound up with more the impression that if Stone (or anyone else in the family) isn't actively exercising their power, it'll slowly be siphoned over to the Aunt (currently Eva, previously Asta, in Stone's lifetime). Possibly if more people than just the Aunt are exercising their power (Rosaria, for instance), the other active practitioners in the family will attract some of it, too.

But this is reader interpretation, so salt heavily. :)

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