Here are some answers to some common things I saw in the posts.
1. Why do the factions hate each other? Just hating someone because I was told to by a god, or because it has always been that way is stupid.
Why does anyone hate anyone? Look at any major civilization, religion, or ideology in history. They hate and kill each other land, power, possessions, and just because it has always been that way.
In the histories AM started out by believing that magick was a bad thing for mortals and shunned those who practiced it. Demonic and Magick split because some mortals believed that dabbling in certain magicks (like the demon realms) for any reason was a bad idea. Add on a few thousand years, a ton of wars, lots of murder, hate, killing, and the lines are drawn in the sand, no matter how illogical it may seem at times.
2. The demonic plane was sealed away with the Hammer of the gods. Get rid of demons in the skills.
No, the major portal for demons to enter the physical realm was closed. Mortals can still manipulate demons as they have always done. Demons can still sneak into the realm as well with great effort, but the days of massive legions of demons entering the world is long gone. The demonic realm still exists and mortals can still screw around with it.
3. Demonic is evil, Magick is neutral, AM is good.
I concede that they names make it seem that way. However there is no reason for it to be that way. Let's face some facts though. People who want to play with demons are probably going to be perceived more 'evil' then those who do not. However, this is based on what you as a real world person thinks. In the real world we have we learn that demons are evil, god and angels are good. When I planned out the three factions, I did not realize that people would come in with that quite as hard as they did. Also, Achaea at that point was every much like that and a lot of people came over from Achaea with that in their heads too. In my mind I saw the potential of AM being Salem witch hunters or supremacists, indiscriminately killing anyone that had anything to do with magick.
I HATE the idea that one faction is good, evil, neutral. Each faction has evil, good, and neutral characters within them. Well, that is they way I would like it to be in my perfect little world.
4. Change the story for this faction.
We cannot change the story for a faction, that story has been there for thousands of years. You cannot change the past. We can add stuff to the story and we can change some mechanics to help facilitate the movement of that faction in the future. That being said, we are not going to change the fact that we have three separate ideologies that need to be maintained.
Those three ideals are:
1. All Magick is dangerous and must be avoided.
2. Magick is fine, but must be used with caution. Some magicks are dangerous and should not be used.
3. All forms of Magick are acceptable.
One can find parallels with these concepts in the real world. These ideals are backed up by years and years of wars, hatred, and conflict. They are the major conflict points in the game. We are not going to consider changing this. What we can do is add to it to make it more meaningful.
5. Explain how magick works.
It's magick, it is not real. I do not want to do the Star Wars thing and explain that is it a chemical in the body or equally lame. That is looking too far into it. It is magick! Ooooooeeerrr.