If magic follows the following rules, what would the effect be on the gender roles of a medieval (1200-1300) civilization?
- All magic requires runes and a verbal activation (saying 'magic words' that correspond to the runes). Runes are one-use only. 1 in 100 women can activate spells, one in 10,000 women can make runes, 1 in 100 men can make runes, and one in 10,000 men can activate spells.
- Any spell lasts a maximum of one minute (no enchanting)
- Any spell has a certain maximum amount of power, and will not complete tasks under that power (you can create a small fireball, but can't make a storm or teleport)
- Any spell takes three seconds to take effect after the verbal component has been said (gives time for a counter-spell)
- Runes can be traced on a surface (traced rune) and can then be activated only by the maker, or engraved/written (engraved rune) where they can be triggered by anyone holding the object.
- All activation phrases must be yelled, and cannot be muffled (can't use magic while gagged or holding cloth over face)
Assume that magic has existed since the dawn of humanity, and is accepted and magicians are not persecuted (usually).