It’s been a while, but the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain is back, with a great prompt.
Which fictional world would you most like to be a part of, and what role do you think you would fulfill in it?
Honestly, this prompt gives me a bit of trouble, which explains why I procrastinated until the day before it was due to answer it. (All I can say is, as fun as the blog chain is, it seems too much like homework.) After lots of thought, and a giant process of elimination, I’m still hung up over three choices. However, I think I can safely say that my favorite universe (or should I say, cosmere— that should be a hint to some of you) to ever read about was Scadrial, the world of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.
I am an unashamed, yet unknown, superhero fanboy. It doesn’t show much, but I adore people with new and interesting powers. I was, as a kid, enthralled with the idea that a person could be exposed to fatal doses of radiation and somehow get powers from it. (Turning green was a given.) Of course, now I see there’s a side to superheroes that must be watched– namely, their superhuman abilities, which run the risk of making them perfect– but I still enjoy a good superpower. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy has some of the coolest powers I’ve ever read.
The Force was cool. Iron Man was awesome. Dustfinger was spectacular. Better yet, however, were the ideas of Mistborn and Mistings, Feruchemistry, and Hemalurgic spikes.
The powers of a Mistborn come from “burning” metals within the body– steel, iron, pewter, bronze, and many others. Mistborn have the ability to burn all types of metals, but Mistings can only burn one. Each metal gives a different power– steel pushes metal away from the user, pewter enhances the body’s strength, and so on for each metal. That in itself is really cool.
Feruchemists are restricted to a certain race of people, the Terris. They have what are called metalminds– using the same metals the Mistborn do, but with different effects. Feruchemists can store physical or mental qualities– memory, weight, strength, speed. When they need it, they can retrieve it from the metalmind, doubling or tripling what they could previously have done.
Hemalurgic spikes are a different sort of magic, one that isn’t so well known, but the basic theory is this: a spike driven into the body at a specific point will cause a specific effect. It isn’t as pleasant of a magic as the others, but it’s still pretty cool.
Scadrial itself is a travel destination of debatable worth. Featuring Ashmounts that spew ash into the sky, oppressed people called skaa that are treated as slaves, and an evil emperor called the Lord Ruler who has reigned for the last thousand years, it’s not the most fun place to be. However, I would totally go just for the magic systems… as long as I could be a Mistborn.
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