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posted 15th Mar 2016, 3:00 PM

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15th Mar 2016, 3:00 PM

swamantha

Way to look like a complete creeper, Sullivan....

You guys know we have a tumblr account right? We've been posting additional art and info over there, if you're interested. :) crezurecomic.tumblr.com

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15th Mar 2016, 6:31 PM

crowbar

Great art on the Assembly room; it really has a sense of depth. Although judging from its size, I question the Assembly's use of taxpayer funds...

Q: Is Sullivan's position actually a hereditary/royal 'sovereign' (i.e. is Crezure a representative democracy, or a constitutional monarchy)? In any fantasy work, I'm always intrigued by how the presence of magic use (especially if it's hereditary) affects political structures; if it's rare but very powerful, the magic-users ought to be in charge (or have a compelling reason not to be). But if it's more widespread but not overwhelmingly powerful (or if, in this case, technology has advanced to be nearly as useful), then it's possible to set up some interesting political tension. This seems to be the case in Crezure.

Oh and I hadn't known about the tumblr. There's some good extra art there!

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16th Mar 2016, 10:01 AM

swamantha

Crezure is a constitutional monarchy and the position of Sovereign is indeed hereditary!

Magic ability in Crezure is on a spectrum, with about a third of the population able to manipulate the elements. Another third have no discernible ability at all, and the last third have limited or greatly diminished ability. Tokens are so popular in Crezure because they bring a source of power to those who might not have it otherwise. Those without or with limited elemental talent can still use magic if they can afford one.

In terms of the political structure, magic is a crucial aspect of the governmental body. Originally the Sovereign was elemental, and the Assembly was created to ensure that neither side took power and abused it (and also, that magic was partially regulated). In theory, the Assembly is supposed to be equally representative of both magic and not. And a good five hundred years prior to the story, the Sovereign was almost entirely diminished as a figurehead that led the Assembly, but had no real power to change law.

Really, the Assembly is pro-human or pro-magic depending upon who is currently sitting in the Assembly and getting their laws passed. So whether Crezure is feeling anti or positive toward magic is always fluctuating.

Right now, Crezure is in a downward spiral against magic, in part because the position of Sovereign has changed. Arthur Sullivan, Jack's father, had no elemental ability, and was more interested in technology advancement than magic. He used his extensive wealth and influence to put people in the Assembly who agreed with him, and enacted laws that gave the Sovereign more and more power. He had nothing against magic necessarily, but he inadvertently weakened elemental power in the government.

When Jack succeeded him he continued the trend, but for far more sinister reasons. Jack has an enormous god complex, and he feels he needs to control every aspect of Crezure. Being without elemental abilities (and frankly, he's prejudiced against them), he feels the magical community is out to get him, and he's determined to control them by any means necessary. This is a huge factor in the story of Crezure, and we're going to see this tension play out with explosive results.

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17th Mar 2016, 3:11 AM

crowbar

Very interesting! I will look forward to the explosions...both figurative and literal.

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17th Mar 2016, 3:43 PM

R. Burnett

I think we are all looking forward to that ;p

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16th Mar 2016, 4:18 AM

Matt Knab

It's the steepled fingers. Does it every time. :)

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17th Mar 2016, 3:43 PM

R. Burnett

Right? I agree with you!

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