So, I was bored recently, and I decided to revamp the spellcasting for my LARP group. Until now, spell incantations had pretty much been a bunch of nonsense words, but I decided to change it so that mages were actually telling the magic what effect they wanted.
Each spell begins with an activation word that determines the range of the spell.
Fireball would be something like, “þú a Solas”
Solas being ‘burn, fire, conflagration’
‘A’ being ‘small’.
So, ‘One target player+’small’+’conflagration’. + strike (nask)
(I call) a small conflagration to strike that target.
Ice blast is ‘þeír a fu lannar’
Lannar= freeze, ice
“(I call) a small shard of ice to freeze a distant target”
Admittedly, it isn’t the best language I’ve ever designed, but then it wasn’t intended for casual conversation.
On the other hand, now players who figure out how the language and which words mean what can create their own spells for use in the game!