In the first part of my WIP, I have spent a long time showing the reader ‘oh, look at all the cool shiny magic you can do! So useful, very powerful.’
Now I want to hammer the point that there’s only so much magic. But instead of just saying ‘not everybody has magic, most of the world is much worse off’ I want to write a section that shows this in a visceral way.
I’ve been considering something like having the player return to their rural village and noticing all the poverty, but this feels like railroading the player’s worldview and background by forcing them to come from rural poverty.
What are you guys’ thoughts?