BOMBSHELLPlease forgive me (or let me know!) if cross-posting should not be done. Though there are large chunks of the shrine that more traditionally character-driven, I wrote a long series of connected essays, called "Indistinguishable?", about the nature of magic in Final Fantasy 8, because I always thought about how that worked, particularly in a world where technology is also emphasized. Unfortunately, I've not yet played FF7, which has a greater emphasis on the connection between technology and magic. Someday I'll play through and update it!
And apologies about the delayed plug. ><
EDIT: Larissa has already sassed me about my allusion to FF7 and my need to play FF6 for the greater thematic significance of technology and magic. I'm going to heed her wisdom and rest assured both items are on my never ending backlog.