Chapter 1 | Page 40
Fun Fact: I wanted the faint runes in the page's background to make sense, so the text felt real, but since it wasn't relevant to the plot, I didn't want to waste much time coming up with said text. So I grabbed a copy of my favorite translation of Poe's The Raven, and used that.
An idea popped into my mind then:
Imagine a bunch of mages that need to recite a poem every time they want to cast a spell. There's a magical circle on the ground, and a group of hooded figures chant "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..."
Sounds cool, right?
But then, in my mind, each poem could only hold one spell. So for every minor variation you'd have to take a separate poem. In the space of a few years, we'd run out of all the serious, classic poems.
So on day, you have your hooded figures all around the glowing circle, but now, in all seriousness, they start:
"Today we're going to the zoo.
I'm psyched, I'm zinged, I'm Scooby Doo..."