I think we need to establish some rules for the magic system. It doesn’t need to be a hard magic system, but we do need to give some idea of what’s possible so that there can be tension in these scenes.
Just to pitch an idea out there, since a lot of the spells have revolved around the word “phobia,” what if the Time Lord magic system allowed for Time Lords to use a certain roster of spells based on their own fears and insecurities? There’s a hard set number of spells that they can naturally cast and other spells require the use of magic items or stealing other beings magical essence.
Characters may try to expand the size of their rosters or implement magic systems from other dimensions/worlds, but without the essence to sustain this kind of power there are harsh consequences (ie Lord Kumquat’s whole situation).
I’m thinking that this upcoming bit with Lord Kumquat and Peter would be a good time to insert the rules. Peter is completely new to magic and he’s just now discovering how they work. LK could explain the relevance of essence and why Peter specifically is best suited to counter Kristen.
What spells have we seen so far? I know we’ve got Pyrophobia for shooting fire/energy out of your hands, then there was that spell that Kristen kept using that I can’t remember the name of, there’s teleportation, and then there’s the ability to change your appearance/physical form. Have we shown any other magical abilities?
I just read the newest entry of the story. I’m not sure why it took me a while to get to it but it did.
What just happened in the story could be the climax. As it is now, it isn’t. It could be depending on how the next entries are presented and how the characters are dealt with though. It does seem to indicate that the story is at least winding up for the climax.