I had a really cool dream last night, the kind that when you wake up from it, you wish you could go back to it to finish.
It was set in a medievalesque time period, ruled by pagan gods and magic. Magic was everywhere, and there were any number of pagan pantheons, and an arsenal of magicians was integral to the defense of any fortified area. The place that was being focused on was a fortified library, a defended assemblage of learning not unlike the Library of Alexandria, that all the pagan pantheons agreed had to be protected at all costs, and each had a representative (an actual god from each pantheon) in residence in addition to the multitude of elite magicians and physical fortifications. The thing was in a castle in a fort.
A rising force in the world at the time was the christian god, who was slowly taking over by force and dark magic, with a very cultish following. Dark magic is, of course, a relative term, especially in a world in which blood magic is an established and respected branch of magic. But at one point, in the library, the christian god decided to “take” one person in particular. This person was not a magician, just a highly knowledgeable man, and was targeted because of specific knowledge he had that would prove valuable to an emerging power.
One of the first signs of this god trying to take somebody were lines of blood running down the walls of the building, then the room that person was in. This is an important aspect of the dark magic, because blood magic centers around the power of blood taken from a person. Things bleeding that should not have blood would be dark magic indeed. But anyway, the three top magicians (or, if you prefer, mages) in the library were tasked with preventing this person from being taken, and they started their joint protection spells as the blood began running down the walls.
It…did not end well for them. The next shot showed the person they were meant to be protecting gone, and all of the three magicians having died fairly gruesome deaths.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I would watch the HELL out of that show.