Does your story’s world have its own magical life force or air that give the people it’s power or something?
I want to know it all.
Mine is a bit wonky, but I still love it. Pretty much it is magical air that is breathable by everyone, but there is a catch to it.
Mana is called Air of the Firstlings or First Mist.
In some countries, the denser the First Mist is the more likely to produce Rhaks (people capable of wielding magical powers who have very extended lifespans) and help keep the Zirkens (lesser gods or Firstlings who chose to remain on Llyria for the rest of their immortal lives) eternal. However, the only places in Llyria that do not have dense or thick First Mist are the Gaian only nations. Machina are adaptable to any density of the First Mist for some strange reason.
Gaians cannot handle such thick First Mist like the Rhak and Zirkens can. They can only handle less dense air since inhaling too much of it can cause them to physical strain and possible death.
Imagine climbing the world’s tallest mountain and trying to breath as you climb to the very top. That is what it is like for Gaians trying to breath such dense First Mist. They will suffer immense physical stain and suffocation or go into shock.
So, they stay in their countries where they breathe easy and not die. However, Rhaks and Zirkens need the thick First Mist, because it is their life force that keeps their lifespans extended or completely immortal. Without it, they will surely lose parts of their life and become sickly or even die.
It is a strange world. BUT there is a way around this. Rhaks have to take a certain medication for the rest of their extended lives that prolongs their lifespan and keeps their magic flowing while keeping them young and healthy. That is if they want to live in a Gaian nation.
The Gaians have to drink a special liquid which is like medication, but the only difference they don’t need to take it daily.
So, the Magical Air on Llyria is a combination of deadly and safe depending on where you go in the world.
What about you?
Also, Gaian can wield magic, but it can only be magical items tailored to a Gaian. Though those are rare and hard to come by yet still exist.