Questions tagged [abilities]

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What's the role in a medievial society for people who are magically bound not to lie?

In the prosperous capital of the country where my story is set, undesired babies are discreetly abandoned in the darkest hours of the night on the front door of the guild of Truthers. There, as ...
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Suddenly, everyone in a world can know the thoughts of everyone else. What happens? [closed]

The actual question is concrete and comes at the end, but first, I will explain the premise in detail. This fictional world is the same as our Earth. It has the same history. The same conditions. ...
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How can I limit the power of someone who can create gravitational spheres?

In my world, similar to our earth, a person has the ability to create gravitational "spheres". He can: modify its location vary the force move the sphere (once created) select what or who ...
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Would turning into dust freeze you?

I have an idea for a power/ability, but I want to know if it would work like I think it would. Basically, the person has the power to separate themselves into separate hive mind cells and join back ...
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How to utilize Compression and Expansion of Matter and of Time-Space outside of combat

Someone has a magic power that allows them to compress and expand matter and time-space. You are not strong enough to create blackhole but you can almost make one. Mass remains the same to preserve ...
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How could you affect bullets with Compression/Expansion powers?

Someone has a magic power that allows them to compress and expand objects. Mass remains the same to preserve the law of conservation of mass. Two scenarios: What would happen if this person shrunk ...
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Feasibility of non lethal “x-ray” false-colour vision?

One of the powerful abilities of Superman is his ability to make several layers of opaque solid objects translucent to him and only him alone. What plausible future technology would allow us to see ...
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Industrial and Economic use of magic that can compress and expand matter and space-time

Someone is able to use compression and expansion to matter and space-time. Law of preservation is still in effect so no matter how small the matter is, it will still weigh the same as if it was ...
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What kind of biological characteristic does a human being need to achieve great speeds?

In my book there is a tribe and one of the characteristics I describe is that they can achieve great speeds, something like 80km/h (50 mph) for 2 minutes approximately. How could it be?
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World where everyone can know what everyone is thinking [closed]

In this question all humans have had this ability for as long as there have been humans. I've also posted a separate, different, question where the power is exactly the same, but all of humanity ...
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What limitations, drawbacks, and gear can I give my hero who has absorption and reflection abilities?

I have a character who exists in a world where superpowers are a thing and common. Her ability is to absorb and reflect back energy and force she receives and even amplify that force (kinda like Black ...
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Plausible explanation of Psychometry

Psychometry (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, "spirit, soul" and μέτρον, metron, "measure"), also known as token-object reading, or psychoscopy, is a form of extrasensory perception characterized by the ...
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Tier classification of techniques : Flight

I'm designing a magic system for my story in which the characters can passively or actively accumulate "magical energy" (haven't decided a name yet) and they can use the magic to perform various super ...
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Issues and benefits related to having the ability to see and have an affinity for portals? [closed]

I am writing a story in which people with a rare genetic ability are able to see, and are attracted to portals which lead to other dimensions. I have some ideas on how I want to differentiate good vs ...
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Astral Doubles (Avatar)

This might be entirely opinion based which is frowned upon in world building but I really do need help on this. I’m writing a story of an alternative version of Earth where almost 80% of its ...
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How anyone would find unusual abilities?

How would anyone find that he/she has any unusual ability? Background There are two nations (called Priests of metals and Desert people) that have men and women gifted with very unusual* abilities ...
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What's the elemental form used in conjuring a super power/ability? [closed]

Example: kinetic energy used for psychic abilities and chakra for ninjas and so on. What more forms are there? If a knight(mage/magical knight) were to use his 'superpowers', what form of energy ...
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Could the genetic makeup of two parents theoretically combine just right to make a superhuman, or at least semi-superhuman child?

Basically I want my character to have only gotten their powers through the luck of two parents with the right genes mixing. Technically, given enough time and enough generations of breeding, couldn't ...
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How would MRI-vision works?

How would intelligent lifeforms evolve bio magnetic resonance imaging? No bionic components or any other prosthetic technology is allowed, how can I extend the ability to see through dehydrated ...
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The ability to reduce the movement of particles [closed]

Let's say that there is someone with the ability to reduce the speed of particles' movement (or vibration), he can reduce the movement of molecules, atoms and electrons. I want to know what will this ...