Worldbuilding Power: Illusion

Use arcane deception in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures!

Illusion is the tricking of the mind, and the distorting of the senses. As a category of magic, its purpose is to alter the target’s perception of reality. The definition of illusion magic has expanded over time to include spells that act as disguises, defenses, and forms of attack. Illusion allows casters to turn invisible, and to confuse their enemies. It even extends into disciplines like hypnosis, and camouflaging auras.

For characters whose lives revolve around exploring the nature of reality, engaging in lies and deceit, and harboring dangerous secrets illusion spells are useful tools. Attacks can be avoided. In battle, opponents can be distracted or even frightened off. Cultures and societies can be thrown into chaos, or made to believe a comforting fiction. The course of individual lives, and the larger forces of history, can unfold in strange and surreal directions because illusion magic exists.

Antagonists will seek the same advantages. They won’t use illusion as ethically as a protagonist would, not by a long shot. They will use this category of magic to hide their own secret lairs. The secrets they protect, and the artifacts they keep disguised, will be used for personal gain. A villain will use magical deception to avoid discovery as they hatch their evil schemes. They will find ways to turn what their enemies see, hear, and experience to tactical advantage, not to avoid or at least lessen the casualties of war, but keep themselves safe during the heat of battle.

As with all magic, there will be some fear and misunderstanding among the common folk. The title illusionist implies that the caster deals in trickery, distortion, and falsehood. Such casters will face resentment from those who feel such power is innately unethical, no matter how it is used. Many people will be afraid of being manipulated, and begin to question their own actions in the presence of an illusionist. There may be a great deal of distrust if illusion magic is used openly, even for entertainment purposes.

In this book, we’ll show you how to utilize illusion in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how it can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make illusion into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your campaign.

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