I know what EVERYONE thinks with a title like that (which is why I chose it....to lure you in. 8) ), and I'm going to state right now that I'm not suggesting that Magi be able to hop back and forth in time.
As a follower of Bonisagus, I'm a firm believer in "The Limit of Time."
What I'm talking about is this theory:
Hypothetically, what if, every cycle of a number of years, the Earth sheds itself a "Regio" of sorts, creating a "Layer" of a different time?
Imagine an onion, with all of its layers, as layers of an undiscovered regio, each a different time period of the Earth?
Reason being is that is a twist I introduced to my players in our game.
A ritual spell was discovered by the players that supposedly is able to allow the magus to travel into the past. Of COURSE most of the magi scoffed at it (who wouldn't?), but one curious player looked further into it.
The ritual indeed allowed him to travel in time to ancient Greece circa 300 B.C.
After the expected (and wonderful) fit my players pitched, I merely asked them to "trust me." Of course, when they tried to exploit the spell, and attempt to change history, they returned to find that time has passed, and nothing changed.
NOW they were REALLY intrigued. After a few game sessions, they discovered that:
A) Each time period is a seperate magical regio. Whatever happens there only effects the regio itself, and not Earth itself.
B) As the players are not native to the "Tempus Regio," they are subject to Warping.
C) People brought from the "Regio of Time" are magical creatures, not human, and therefore are subject to the same rules as normal for the Magical realm and its denizens.
D) There are several "Regiones Temporum," each with its own "version of history"
E) Each "change" made in History within each regio will change time within that regio, but you can travel back to before the change was made.
F) It's a bad idea to try and have discourse with yourself in "another time." You may find that the "Bizzarro You" isn't very nice, and might seek to destroy you.
My players found it to be one of the best story hooks I've made in a couple of years. So, as such, I wanted to get opinions on it.
What do you think?