The world I'm making is primarily sci-fi with a few elements of hard fantasy (the fantasy is mostly aesthetic). The magic system I've come up with so far consists of these premises:
1) Everything in the world is made up of infinitesimal vibrating strings called Filaments, which vibrate at different frequencies.
2) A select group of people evolved a series of mutations which created specialized organs and/or brain structures that allow them to perceive and produce these vibrations, which are collectively called the Pulsation.
3) The mutants’ powers come in 3 categories: An’di (mind-based powers such as telepathy, empathy, mind control), Tava’i (like bending in Avatar, but with magnetism and electricity as added elements), and Ji’uu (body-based powers such as accelerated healing, enhanced physiology, control over one’s metabolism like certain Buddhist monks).
4) The mutants have minor variations to their mutations depending on whether they practice An’di, Tava’i, or Ji’uu. However, they all share the organs and structures that allow them to perceive and produce the Pulsation.
5) The powers do come with a cost. If, say, a Ji’uu user were to heal themselves, their wounds would be gone but they’d end up starving and cold from the calorie burn. If a Tava’i user launched a fireball at you really fast, they would be pushed back from the force. And there are various “side effects” from exerting oneself too much, which range in severity from nosebleeds to seizures.
With all this in mind, does my magic system seem at least somewhat grounded in reality? If not, what changes should I make? Constructive criticism, please; this is my first time worldbuilding.