First post, so I’d appreciate suggestions and help on how to make this question better.
Suppose there’s a sorcerer with power over light. He can use these abilities to perform all the supernatural tricks you might expect: creating illusions, making things invisible, acting as a human torch, annoying foes with super bright flashes of light etc. Normal wizardy stuff.
I’m wondering what would happen if we extended the definition of “light” beyond just visible radiation and assumed that the real laws of physics still hold in his world (alongside magic).
Assumptions and Constraints
Say we make the following assumptions:
He can generate electromagnetic radiation, shift it, focus it, or essentially manipulate beams of light like clay
He can, to a limited extent, change the wavelength of existing light.
He can, to a limited extent, change the intensity of existing light.
The source of the light generated need not be from his body—just within line of sight.
He can’t alter the properties of materials to change how they actually interact with light (i.e. changing their refractive index or absorption coefficient). He can only modify the light itself (i.e. bending it around things)
He can (either magically or physically) protect himself from whatever light he emits. Just for simplicity.
He can’t emit ultra-focused high powered lasers, or extremely high frequencies like X-rays and gamma-rays. Too ham.
He has limited mana, and generating light tends to be more costly than simply moving or removing it. So there is some hand-wavey degree of conservation of energy going on…but I’m flexible on this.
Physics acts normally until you directly manipulate it with magic
The guy’s living sometime around 1900-1940, before the advent of computers. Again flexible on this.
Would it be possible to…
- ...interfere with or attenuate radio waves nearby?
- ...microwave his foes from several meters away? (What if his foes are wearing metal?)
- ...act like an IR flashlight to spot-broil things from afar?
In general, what are some of the possibly absurd, overpowered, world-breaking, plot-hole-generating things that a light mage could do in the real world?
Thanks for your help and let me know if I’ve overlooked any of the rules!