So, I’m trying to come up with a concept that resolves a special energy that gives people powers. When they die, their energy still remains. The energy can be crystallized to honor the deceased. However, the crystallized energy can still be used as a source or increase one’s own power if fallen in the wrong hands. My dilemma is this lore concept sounds so similar to the Final Fantasy games, particularly VII. I played and enjoyed the hell of it. Does this sound too similar?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's more pertinent to World Building problems than to Writing per se. I would recommend post this to another forum. – FraEnrico Jul 23 '18 at 6:49
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    Thank you for the suggestion and apologize for the off topic. – R. Omnis Jul 23 '18 at 8:31
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    "Is this too similar to Universe X?" is not likely to be considered on topic on Worldbuilding SE. Worldbuilding, at its core, is about how to achieve a specific result, or whether a specific result is plausible in a given setting; this seems to be more about comparing a (loosely described) work with an existing work. – user Jul 23 '18 at 9:18

As Final Fantasy Fan myself, I wouldn't say that it is bad.

As writer I would say: It depends on your story. Is the story similar to Final Fantasy VII? Do you have a similar setting? Do people use the power in similar ways?

If you take a closer look at the concept of magic, you often have a similar source (Mana or Chi) to cast spells. The difference between them is the source, the origin and the past.

The source and the origin

Where did your energy started? Created by an higher being? Was it there the whole time? How did your power started?

The past

What happened in the past with your power? There weren't nice guys around until your conflict happened. So how was your power used in the past?

Try to differentiate your story from that of FF. You can't recreate the wheel, but you can design it in your way.

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