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How would a magic system allowing arbitrary organ transplants work?

Imagine a society with an otherwise Medieval level of technology. But this is a fantasy world, having magic. Specifically this magic enables advanced surgical procedures be done using otherwise ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system [closed]

I'm working on a story (see here) where the way magic works is ... difficult, to say the least. Most magic occurs naturally, either through ley lines (naturally occuring lines of magical energy that ...
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Will nothing bad happen if I just create infinite energy?

My magic system introduces an additional energy form that one can convert at a rate leaving out surplus energy, thus generating more than what was initially utilized. For instance, using Arcana to ...
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Workshopping a higher dimensions-based "magic" system?

I had this recent idea for a system which would allow for beings to defy our understanding of physics while being based on real theoretical physics, but I'd like some advice on how to make it work in ...
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Magic system for teleportation without colonization [closed]

I am looking for a magic setting that supports a role playing campaign we are trying to start. The game wants to focus on potentially-peaceful exploration of different pre-modern cultures. I am ...
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How can someone use bubbles to defeat a dragon? [closed]

6 mighty warriors from different places convened to discuss a plan to get rid of the evil fire-breathing dragon the size of a double decker. The leader came from the Fire nation, had mastered the ...
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In a magic system where smoking live beings boosts your power, is it probable that lung cancer spreads inevitably?

The questions purpose is to ask if anyone can think of how much dangerous/toxic it is to smoke flesh, to the point where abusing this act would make the possibility of getting lung cancer a bigger ...
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Can "innate" magic exist without fostering elitism? [duplicate]

It's a tale as old as literature; magic system is inborn, be it Harry Potter wizards, Tolkien's pretty elves, or the X-Men mutants, and you start to get people that think, "gee, it sure would be ...
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Why can magic users only expel excess magical energy via sexual means?

I am developing a unique magical system for my world, and I’ve introduced a concept involving magic users, Fjǫlkunnugir, who possess the extraordinary ability to manipulate mystical energies called ...
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Realistic version of White and black magic

So this is for my magic system since it's based on the real-world system. In my novel in the works named Successors magic works by bending the rules of science but not breaking them. Examples include ...
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How could entropy control go wrong? [closed]

The magic system of my story works by either increasing or decreasing entropy with the decrease requiring a specific spot ex. dust collecting into a concentrated point or the increase requiring an ...
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When does it makes sense for Sword Masters to use a sword beam as a one-time killing move?

Intro In the creation of my Wuxia-inspired world, 'Sword Intent' is a cornerstone concept where sword masters channel a life force known as 'Qi' to perform extraordinary feats. 'Sword Intent' in my ...
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What kind of magic could people able to manipulate the 4th dimension do? [closed]

In this world with renaissance-like technology wizards are able to "feels" creases in the 3D space and manipulate space in ways limited to their understanding of the 4D (wich is still not ...
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Can I Achieve Immortality by Controlling Brownian Motion within cells? [closed]

Okay, so I have these beings that are supposed to be able to alter their bodies and do it in such a way that they can make themselves and other practically immortal. But now I am needing to know how ...
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How would trees which contain magic react to being cut down? [closed]

In my fantasy world, trees inhabit the magic that flows through all life. This magic contains the energy of both earth (roots) and air (branches), foregrounding the balance that is needed in both ...
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If magic is programming, then what is mana supposed to be?

So it turns out the universe is a computer. Or at-least that is how it can be analogized to our puny mortal minds. Human souls/consciousness are simultaneously the equivalent of emergent AI, players, ...
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How would people protect themselves in a world where scientific laws may be modified almost omnipotently with specialized applied math? [closed]

It seems that Mathematicians are more powerful than we expect. They've found the "Fundamental Universal Laws Rune", which is a mathematical symbol, that when added to the end of any ...
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Can thermo-transferring mage create wind?

I am considering a magical system where a mage can manipulate temperature of objects he/she touches. Either transferring heat from other objects or directly affecting target. The trick is that they ...
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How to balance time-slowing magic?

I like toying around with systems of magic, and I recently had the idea of a system of magic where someone could slow down the flow of time (by a factor of, say, 500) for everything except their brain'...
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What would be a good reason for a clan of 'Pure bloods' to want all other supernatural creatures dead? [closed]

In my novel, I'm working on having some form of clan/club/group of 'pure-bloods' that are descended from Van Helsing that are now an entire organization (in the 21st century) still working to carry ...
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How should I order the categories of my magic system? [closed]

In my world where intelligence is everything, the study of magic is divided into different categories. The type of intelligence you have will affect the kind of magic you use.I’ll come up with names ...
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Making magic into a science in a science fantasy setting? [duplicate]

Lately I've been thinking a lot about science fantasy settings, specifically the inclusion of magic within it. It feels most fitting for, in a society where technology is highly advanced and magic is ...
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How to balance or restrict magical teleportation so that my characters have to travel by foot? [closed]

My universe have these rules applied to teleportation: Any individual can learn the teleportation magic. Though it takes a lot of "mana" normally out of reach by one person, so they either ...
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Objectively most efficient way to increase focus?

If resistance is how long you can go doing physically exausting stuff before you die or get overtraining fever then focus is the analogue to magic, your ability to perform magically exhausting stuff ...
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Why would two different biological forms of magic form in the sexes? [closed]

I understand mixing magic and evolution is ... a bit of a no-no, but why would the sexes develop magic differently? Women's magic comes from a core located near their hearts where they draw and store ...
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Can a spell be balanced by giving it to the other side? [closed]

So I have this world mechanic, where after someone kills 5 people, they gain a one time use spell where they can kill all of the remaining enemies, regardless of where they are, what powers they have, ...
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In a belief-based magic system, what is stopping someone from becoming omnipotent?

This is a distinct question from the one I just asked. In a world where magic can be controlled simply by believing something will work, what is stopping someone from just believing they have ultimate ...
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Magically created duplicates with limited autotomy. Is this spell too much or just enough to work?

I have come up with a spell usable by some of my Alendyias characters: Crimson Clone. This spell was inspired by the Semblance of Blake Belladonna from RWBY and the Substitute move from Pokemon, and ...
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Magic Systems: Advice for developing opposing forces [closed]

Dumbledore fights Voldemort from the Harry Potter series of films. Nothing says "opposites" like two different colors incapable of overcoming each other and dripping like magma to the floor. ...
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Explaining what exactly opposite magics are [closed]

In my magic system, there are three contours of magic; three ways magic can be used. Breathers, Binders, and Breakers. Breathers conjure ether(magic) to aid the user. For example, Flamecharm conjures ...
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How to flesh out oil magic as an opposite to water magic? [closed]

So in the magic system in my world, everyone (who is an occultist or is given permission by the highest being) has access to the Shi'eram, also called Song of Spirits, which is a well of some sort to ...
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How can I distinguish and incorporate my skill systems with each other? [closed]

I'm trying to write a litrpg where skills has 3 types of systems. They are: Skill Tier. [Skill tier goes from tier 1 to tier 4] Skill Evolution. [Skill evolution happens when a character ...
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Could a powerful nearly omniscient magic AI God prevent humans from destroying themselves? [closed]

From an outsider's perspective this world looks like your typical fantasy realm with feudalism, mages and fantastic creatures. Only few entities know, that this world used to be a backwater colony of ...
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How Dangerous is Unity? [closed]

No, I do not mean unity between other people. In one of the stories I came up with, people become "zombies" once an alien substance (Choromis) distributed unknowingly amongst the population ...
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Is my magic system too convoluted for my own story? [closed]

I am planning an adventure story, focused in the fights, like a shonen anime. For that purpose I want to have a magic system similar to the the shaman's king one (fusing spirits with objects to give ...
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Would the Clarktech form of magic overlap with X-Men style Mutants, if both coexisting in the same world? [closed]

"any advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" Arthur Clarke. In many fictional worlds, magic can be explained by science. You can call this form of magic Alchemy, Thaumaturgy, ...
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Magic - Applying Physics to Runes

I'm making a magic system, unsurprisingly, based on runes. - Basic concept: Scribe a rune (e.g. a lightning rune), apply force to it (e.g. shoot it with a cannon), boom - lightning bolt. - Problem: I ...
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How would the world view superhumans that are more human or weaker? [closed]

When I say being more human. I'm not talking about a character being more relatable to an audience. Like Superman working in a 9 to 5 job. I'm more so talking about a superhuman character being more ...
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Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

I am writing a fantasy series about witches. It's set in a high fantasy world. To get magic powers in this fantasy world, a girl has to voluntarily transform into a magical being. The magic in this ...
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How to not be controlled by text

In a medieval-fantasy world, the magic exists by imbuing mana into symbols. The symbols can be written, declaimed or even thought, to cast the spell. A formula can store any non-meta spell you can ...
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Why do all magic schools have streaming?

Streaming is the practice of grouping students based on their magical potential, usually at the end of the entrance exam the candidate has to don a talking pointed hat which then announces their ...
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How can a creature literally born from magic be restricted in its magical range?

Mana pathways are a pseudo-nervous system that spreads itself throughout the human body and are what qualifies a person to be a mage. Along the pathways are mana gates, specific points that connect ...
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How could a magic casting device work?

In my story, mages are only able to cast spells through a technological device (I imagine it as something similar to a watch). The source of their magic is a region in the brain capable of producing ...
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Are 4 magic systems too much when it comes to a modern type of world with a lot of moving parts? [closed]

I have four power systems. Superpowers Supertechnology, Magic, and the Charles Atlas Powers. All 4 systems are not original. The systems are pretty generic. The only difference is, im just putting my ...
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How to explain magic scientifically? [closed]

I'm writing a story and I'm having trouble finding credible explanations for certain elements of it. Basically, in the late 2090s, technology has advanced to the point that it is possible to ...
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How can i make my worldbuilding magical, fun and a little dark, but still maintain realism? [closed]

I'm trying to make a character, and I'm first creating their world, but I'm can't figure out whether I want it to be all magical or more realistic. Helluva Boss did this great. It took place in hell, ...
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How can using combinations of binding seals to trap various types of demons be discouraged?

Sealing magic is a specialized form of magic that is used to bind and trap supernatural creatures. A mage who specializes in this area would normally use seals against demons, either to contain them ...
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Why does the "combat triangle" work? [closed]

In the medieval MMORPG Runescape, the combat is balanced by a concept called the combat trinagle. Basically it's like rock-paper-scissors: melee is effective against range, range is effective against ...
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Creatures which can be mortal in one dimension and immortal in another dimension, How do I avoid time freezing forever?

These beings can live a normal life, except they switch dimensions, their body still remains in the same place. But almost as if time froze, they are transported in another world, an infinite ...
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Advantages of my runic magic system that can be used to build machines and computers over electronic circuits [closed]

Mages can use runes to Transfer over distance and transform easily between different types of energies (heat, kinetic, electrical, etc and magical energy) Store raw analogue signals or accurately ...
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