In my fantasy universe there are people called Naorein that can control the world around them, bending it and using it to their will. However, it is all small scale, like people creating small handholds for climbing or seeing what's behind a wall.

In this empire, these people are thought to be disciples of the god Rèin, the god of the empire's official religion, Reinism. However, these Naorein are born with varying strength, and those that do not fit a certain criteria are shunned. Those that are thought to be more powerful are brought to the royal city and integrated into the empress's royal guard. In this royal city, the Naorein's powers seem to spike in strength. Because of this it is thought to be the holiest place in all the empire.

However, it is later found out this is because of a super weapon located under the city. During the course of the story, a rogue Naorein is hired to assassinate someone in the royal city, but when he gets there he realizes that it was a double cross and the whole mission was a trap to heard him into the royal palace along with every other rogue Naorein. Once they have him they need to use all the captured Naorein for something about this weapon.

The problem is, I don't know what. I also want it to be that these Naorein are in some way connected to this weapon. If you have any additional questions about the weapon please go check out my first question:

How would a fantasy civilization with Napoleonic technology, survive against an uprising of gods such as H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu?


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  • $\begingroup$ Why are certain Naorein captured? Are these the powerful users who are to be integrated into the guard? Also what is special about your main character that there would be a reason to lure him in to the palace? $\endgroup$ – Schrodinger'sStat Oct 10 '17 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ Well, they are captured to use then for something about the weapon. The Naorein that reach a certain level of strength in their power are brought to the royal palace to be in the empress's royal guard. And they are luring all Naorein in for this weapon, but the ones that are not rogue are already at the palace in the first place. $\endgroup$ – Unhappymarshmellow Oct 10 '17 at 20:01
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I think the simplest solution would be to "Reload" the weapon. If they don’t regularly do this ritual their magic booster runs out.

There are an infinite number of tropes you could use. Save the world. Conquer the world etc.

P.S. This question might be considered off topic due to its idea generating nature.


In this royal city, the Naorein's powers seem to spike in strength

Seem's to me you have already answered this question

I also want it to be that these Naorein are in some way connected to this weapon.

So sure presence of the power can be hereditary but the weapon acts as an amplifier increasing their strength. It could be that those who inherited the power descend from those who either created or were able to master the weapon.

As for:

they need to use all the captured Naorein for something about this weapon. The problem is, I don't know what.

They could be used as sacrifices to power the weapon.

It could be that the weapon entrusted its power to certain ancestors and wants to reclaim that power through sacrifice of their descendants.


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