Weird Story Idea

19 Jun

So …

There are some kids who go to magic school in an alternate dimension – think Whitehall rather than Hogwarts.  Something goes spectacularly wrong and they find themselves dumped on Earth instead.  The good news is that they have magic still; the bad news is that they don’t have enough to reopen the portal and get back home.  They get very lost until they discover, through one of their friends, that they can tap the electric power grid to power their spells and reopen the portal. 

(I have the vague idea that the school’s alpha-bitch will be knocked down a peg or two because her magic is greatly reduced in our world, leaving the harder-working students with an edge.)

The discovery brings forth a new threat – a gang of rogue wizards on Earth, who have been secretly preparing an invasion of the magic world (they’re responsible for the portal accident, indirectly), and they try to stop the kids.

How does that sound?


34 Responses to “Weird Story Idea”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard June 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm #

    Sounds interesting. 😀

    • randallberger June 21, 2021 at 1:34 am #

      Thanks for the spoilers on CHILD OF DESTINY! I think you should remove the post now!

  2. Emily Ellis June 19, 2021 at 4:31 pm #

    Sounds awesome will it be in a new universe or an existing one I’d love to see it in sim universe some how

  3. Michael Rabe June 19, 2021 at 4:33 pm #

    Personally, i hate urban fantasy.The worldbuilding is just never satisfying for me.

  4. wazman1930 June 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

    One way that you could connect this story to say the nameless world is that it is a advanced ‘portal’ test of Emily’s devising sometime way in the future. (After the dust settles from the first story arc). They put a group of students into the test saying that they need to open a portal to this dimension (fake earth) but something wrong an they think they are stuck. It could be like a kobayashi maru test. To see how they would react. Sounds cruel but tell me something that wasn’t cruel in their world.

  5. Wayne Dismukes June 19, 2021 at 5:07 pm #

    A great many of your loyal fans love this genre. I don’t necessarily care for it. That said, the story line sounds interesting. Who knows, it might lead to another great series. Good luck and thanks for all of the great entertainment.

  6. Jared June 19, 2021 at 5:15 pm #

    Sounds apocryphal. Lol will this be separate from the schooled in magic universe? It sounds like there’s potential. Especially, them trying to learn how to live in our world

  7. Allan MacBain (TesterScot) June 19, 2021 at 5:27 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting premise to me, Chris. 🙂

  8. Kris June 19, 2021 at 5:45 pm #

    Hmmmm.. I’d read it because it’s you…but my interest isn’t caught as it is for SIM. Maybe add a distracted adult?

  9. reinventing60 June 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm #

    I’d read it

  10. Jill June 19, 2021 at 9:57 pm #

    sounds like fun! If you write it, I’ll buy it. [let me interject another small plea for a 5th Royal Sorceress book…]

  11. Nick Fury June 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm #

    Personally, I don’t like fantasy stories which somehow connect to our real world. That’s one of the reasons I don’t read your SIM novels. I would prefer to read a story which is 100% in a fantasy world. But I guess your SIM fans would like this story…

  12. Cathy Howat June 20, 2021 at 1:15 am #

    Write the bloody thing mate! It sounds great would also make a good trilogy or short series.

    I must admit I would like to see Emily go back to Earth temporarily to rescue her mum.and settle accounts with her stepfather

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  13. Matthew W Quinn June 20, 2021 at 1:17 am #

    Is this set in the SCHOOLED IN MAGIC universe? Since Emily (and the protagonist of STUCK IN MAGIC) are from our world originally, it is quite probable the same process could happen in reverse.

    • randallberger June 20, 2021 at 9:22 am #

      You might see how this doesn’t sound too far fetched when you read CHILD OF DESTINY!

      • Jared June 20, 2021 at 10:09 am #

        How many people on here have read it already?

  14. Jack Hudler June 20, 2021 at 2:38 am #

    Start with the rouge wizards.

  15. Dave June 20, 2021 at 5:40 am #

    Couldn’t logically be connected to the SIM novels since Emily has magic in that world, but didn’t on Earth, so magicians going to Earth would not have magic. It’s possible that you could use the Zero universe though.

    • Jared June 20, 2021 at 6:25 am #

      That may not be entirely true. Merlin was known on earth as a powerful wizard. After all the catalyst for magic is on the nameless world. But once the reaction has started it’s self sustaining. The magic come from within.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard June 20, 2021 at 2:57 pm #

        Void got exiled to Emily’s home world and apparently started aging as if his youth spells no longer worked. So IMO if magic exists in Emily’s home world, it’s at an extremely low level.

        As for Merlin, the actual legend of Merlin has him as more of a prophet than a powerful wizard. 😉

  16. Stuart Robertson June 20, 2021 at 5:43 am #

    LOL – can you get carriers like the Ark Royal into the storyline?

    • Stephen Wiley June 21, 2021 at 1:36 am #

      Reply to Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard who said “As for Merlin, the actual legend of Merlin has him as more of a prophet than a powerful wizard.”

      Only partly true. He had both prophetic (past, present & future) and shapeshifting abilities.
      Merlin had the ability to appear and disappear without notice, to summon darkness, to summon storms, to summon fire, to summon smoke, to cast sleep spells, to summon mists and to control climate.

      And the ability to teach others to use magic.

  17. randallberger June 20, 2021 at 9:20 am #

    LOL … you’re reverse engineering SIM! Now you’re getting into the realm of my favourite CJN book … A LIFE LESS ORDINARY … I love how STUCK IN MAGIC is also a bit of Emily Meets The Empire Corps … can’t wait for those two to meet!

    • Marshall June 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm #

      A Life Less Ordinary was the book that good me hooked on CJN, and may still be my favorite as well.

      • Marshall June 20, 2021 at 3:13 pm #

        Argh! GOT me hooked. No way to edit after the comment posts.

  18. George Phillies June 20, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

    A story that tween-age boys would like to read…a fine idea. Of course, once one of the kids is seen doing something that involves spell-casting, they will be identified as superheroes by half the population.

  19. Marshall June 20, 2021 at 3:16 pm #

    I like it. It reminds me just slightly of an idea that I really ought to write one of these days, but that’s more of a people messing around with non-magic portals induce magical effects in one of the timelines involved.

  20. emeric99 June 20, 2021 at 8:38 pm #

    Written by you, that could be well worth reading. I’m all for it!

  21. Philip June 20, 2021 at 11:10 pm #

    Initial thoughts: Assuming that this is the Nameless World (SIM), moving any inhabitants from there to Earth (present day) would leave them pretty much out of their depth (even if they retain some magic). Our world is just too different. It was different for Emily because there was much in Earth’s past that she could relate to, the society was so much more open in many ways, and simple in way that she could mostly understand. Basic things like transport, lodging etc. would just not be open to them – no ID, no money, no usable context at all. Not saying that you can’t make a story out of this, just that the detail is likely to be very time consuming.

    Also not sure about electricity being a substitute for magic. Not directly. But maybe you could use it to disrupt/boot Earth’s Ley lines to temporarily generate enough power to exploit them – especially if it were possible to fire up a junction…

    Don’t know how long you see the story being. I think it could lead into something which is more interesting to me — the relationship of the different “worlds”. We know that there is at least Earth and the Nameless World, but we also know that there are alternate versions of the Nameless World (for example, the one with “Evil Emily”). These might just be different time lines of the same world (think Multiverse) – with the Nameless World having “forked” into existence when continental drift took a different path, creating different continents, maybe retarding the development of life by thousands of years, and setting up much more powerful alternate natural forces (Ley lines etc).

    There is also the question of how humans came to the Nameless World. It seems unlikely that they developed naturally. More likely, that there was (is) a bridge between the timelines (worlds) and people migrated there sometime in the past – probably less than 10,000 years ago.

    Magical concepts on Earth came from somewhere. Seems unlikely that they originated there given the poor magical environment, but travel between the two “worlds” by people bringing back stories could explain that.

    Then there is the “race” that can see/travel between/along the timelines… I did send you an email with an idea about that – maybe you didn’t get it, or maybe you thought it wasn’t a great idea — which is fine:-).

    Just seems to me that you have created a wonderful universe to explore, which (at least to me) would more interesting than just dropping a group of people into an alien environment.

    Whatever … I do enjoy reading your work, so keep it up!

  22. Walt Dunn June 21, 2021 at 12:07 am #

    Interesting idea, Chris! I’d expect this to offer great opportunities for expansion too.

  23. readyguy June 21, 2021 at 5:33 am #

    I like it. ________________________________

  24. Robert Kaliski June 21, 2021 at 8:11 am #

    When Emily ignited all the nexus points the portals that may have let humans come into the nameless world might be alive again. The portal might let the mages who come to our world use their talents. It might also limit how far away from the portal they could venture forcing them to use and learn technology.

    I think some people over think fantasy and try to make it realistic. So long as the rules are consistent there is no reason you cannot do just about anything.

  25. readyguy June 21, 2021 at 9:17 pm #

    Just think of the possibility of this. Chases through multiple portals where the rules of physics and/or magic change each time along with the history and culture perhaps. Where the character/abilities of each of the protagonist evolve with each new “world”. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

    Michael L. Whitehouse CWO USA, Retired ________________________________

  26. George Warner June 24, 2021 at 12:27 am #

    Just an FYI: I just read Tom Larcombe’s “An Untimely Error” and “Crow Hill” series where the Earth’s AC power interferes with magic. After an economic fallout and subsequent energy blackout suddenly everyone that’s been barely able to use magic is now unencumbered. Interesting premise & a good read. 😉

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