Basically, my world includes both magical and scientific elements, but it leans more towards being scientifically explainable (even if it usually ends up being more pseudoscience). As such, I want to know how to explain the magic system I’ve developed under a pseudoscientific lens.
Currently, the magic system is explained as the following:
Magic originates from the Inner Magic, a form of individual-specific energy reserve that is bound to the mind of all intelligent, sentient life in the universe. The Inner Magic functions via a variety of exotic types of energy, which are called Magical Energies. About 10 percent of the universe’s intelligent lifeforms possess the means to utilize their Inner Magic, and of that 10 percent some species are more capable of learning to use their Inner Magic efficiently. Additionally, some species and individuals possess greater mystical power than others, allowing them to use their magic to affect greater regions and produce more powerful spells. While it can be generated via immense willpower, the Magical Energy that the Inner Magic requires to function is typically gathered from the world around the individual. It can be found in special substances that typically appear as mist, crystal, powder, or smoke.
That’s the basics of how magic works in my world. However, here are more notes:
The Inner Magic is almost unlimited in capabilities: with enough mystical power and/or Magical Energy, virtually nothing is truly impossible, as even death can be undone. However, resurrection takes a lot of magical energy and mystical power, almost always more than a singular individual would possess. Additionally, it is possible for mystical power to be transferred, allowing an individual to become more powerful, and for the Inner Magic to be ‘expanded’, allowing an individual to store more magical energy. Lastly, devices utilizing magical energy are possible via the transference of magical energy from an individual who has learned to utilize their Inner Magic. These devices can make advanced spells easier to cast and control.
Edit: Seeing as I’ve been told that I need to add an example of what casting a spell looks like, I’ve gathered two excerpts from my story. Unfortunately, I don’t really have more right now. However, both of them are edited from the original text to give a better visual.
First one is an example of building something, in this case a small survival shelter.
“Well, here goes,” Blake said, starting to concentrate on the shelter. Soon after, he felt what felt like steam flow out through his hands, and the shelter built itself next to them against a tree, each of its components appearing out of thin air. The result was a makeshift shelter with a sheet of leaves and other foliage to cover it, and a log cabin-like wall to its back, front, and left side.
Second example is an example of dispelling an illusion spell, in this case a teenage girl who’d disguised herself as a raven.
”Hello, Malandra. Off my shoulder, please. The illusion is broken by your raven form’s abnormal weight,” Kairo said, giving the raven an instruction. Upon hearing the instruction, the raven hopped off Kairo’s shoulder and fluttered down to the ground next to Kairo. Shortly after, a faint light engulfed the raven. The silhouette of the raven’s wings morphed into that of human arms, the feathers merged together to form fingers, the talons expanded into a pair of human feet, and the rest of the body re-proportioned itself before the raven grew in size to about 65 inches in height. In seconds, the raven had fully morphed into its true form; a young girl of about 16 years of age.
Edit: I’ve just seen that I was also told that it would be of aid to say what stage science is in. Unfortunately, as of the time of my story… that highly depends on the group of characters we’re looking at. However, the ones who use magic in this story are closer to renaissance-era in terms of where their science is at. Otherwise, you’ve got humans who’ve had lightning-shooting guns, which are only the size of a small pistol yet are still capable of producing twice as much an explosion as a railroad oil tank being shot, since the mid-1990s.