What would you like to see more of in fantasy books?

Cyphon

Journeyed there and back again
#61
It's quite an interesting idea to use rap specifically. However, the relation between language and magic is a very old one. In fact, most real-world magic systems (Kaballa, alchemism, voodoo etc) rely on the user saying a spell / incantation just so, otherwise the spell is useless. In many magic-systems there's also the element of rhyming.
Very true.

I guess I was aiming more for the idea of full on sentences for spells and a continuous use in battle. In Harry Potter for example it is just a 2 word spell or whatever and then bam. I like the idea of the pressure of having to make sure the lines rhyme and coming up with it on the spot during battle. They wouldn't be previous recorded spells with a specific standard for making them work. It would basically be a a freestyle the entire time.

Seems like it would take a lot of effort to make work and keep it from being broken though.
 

Noor Al-Shanti

Is a wondrous friend of modest Kruppe
#62
Very true.

I guess I was aiming more for the idea of full on sentences for spells and a continuous use in battle. In Harry Potter for example it is just a 2 word spell or whatever and then bam. I like the idea of the pressure of having to make sure the lines rhyme and coming up with it on the spot during battle. They wouldn't be previous recorded spells with a specific standard for making them work. It would basically be a a freestyle the entire time.

Seems like it would take a lot of effort to make work and keep it from being broken though.

Love that idea!
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#63
Very true.

I guess I was aiming more for the idea of full on sentences for spells and a continuous use in battle. In Harry Potter for example it is just a 2 word spell or whatever and then bam. I like the idea of the pressure of having to make sure the lines rhyme and coming up with it on the spot during battle. They wouldn't be previous recorded spells with a specific standard for making them work. It would basically be a a freestyle the entire time.

Seems like it would take a lot of effort to make work and keep it from being broken though.
DanMachi has this. Of course, the long chants mean that spellcasting, whilst excessively powerful, is inherently risky as the mage can be interrupted and the entire spell will fail.
 

Noor Al-Shanti

Is a wondrous friend of modest Kruppe
#65
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If you want to know what 'real' spell-battles sounded like, read the Kelevala, the finnish epic. They are indeed poems, which respond to the rules of sympathy first penned down by Frazer, but also have rhyme, and metric (and music possibly).
Cool! Thanks for the rec. :)