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Who or what determines if a curse is valid or not?

I'm making a fantasy world and wanted to incorporate curses and geases into the story. When I say "curses" I mean two types, but mainly this: The type where you write your curse and either: perform ...
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How can I design my spell system to stop my casters from being overpowered?

Battle magic works by coalescing the mana inside your body and forcing it out your hands into the spell you wish to conduct. This is physically and mentally demanding, and the user must maintain ...
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How to come up with thoughtful positive & negative effect combos for magic items? [closed]

I'm creating a world in the Golden Age of Pirates. I want to add a little bit of magic but no magicians or mana or something like that. I thought of unique magic items that have interesting twists. A ...
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How can having multiple casters for a spell create excess heat?

Magic works through transmutation circles infused with sigils that both manifest from a person's mind. The individual focuses their Anima, or life force, through these circles in order to create ...
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How can a caster's natural flow of orgone disrupt the use of magical tatoos? [closed]

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practitioners must draw on this ...
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How would the law enforce a ban on immortality? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story where magic is common and wizards follow a strict code of conduct. One of those tenets is "never stray from humanity and do not seek immortality or godhood." While I admit ...
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How can power levels matter in a magic system that emphasizes control?

Magic works through transmutation circles infused with sigils that both manifest from a person's mind. The individual focuses their Anima, or life force, through these circles in order to create ...
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How to make all magic-casting innate, but still rare?

I'm having some real dilemmas creating rules for magic in my fantasy novel. Here is my issue: there are three intelligent beings included in my novel. The entire premise is that all races were created ...
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How could two magic systems that functionally are different be connected?

I'm looking for help balancing my magic system. In my world I have two overarching forms of magic that manifest themselves. But I'm stuck on how to link the two. The first form of magic is like this: ...
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Realistic Harry Potter Owls

The owls in the universe of Harry Potter can track down anyone who is not disguised by any spell. But even on the official site, things aren't really explained. Would there be an explainable way that ...
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How would I use different systems of magic when they are capable of the same effects?

Spells in this world is broken down into several categories, each designed to fill a certain niche: Enchantment Spells These are spells designed to capture cosmic power within a crafted item, so ...
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How can I build a school around a particular form of magic?

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practicioners must draw on this ...
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How can I make personal mana capacity relevant to a form of magic that doesn't use it?

Dryadism is a passive form of magic that anyone with the skill and training can learn. Unlike other forms of magic, it does not depend on the individual using their mana, but on the natural mana ...
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How To Prevent The Industrial Revolution? [duplicate]

I have a fantasy universe that has magic but I still try to make it the most scientifically accurate I can. However, how can I prevent the Industrial Revolution? This world is medieval, and it needs ...
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Ambush tactics for dummy witches?

Magic in this world focuses on controlling the elements of nature (earth, air, fire, water). Witches perform magic by drawing in energy from the natural world and focusing it into a spell using their ...
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How can I protect witches in combat who wear limited clothing?

On TV, witches often wear skimpy, impractical outfits when going into a fight. This is done for fanservice reasons, so I wanted a way to make this sensible. Witches perform magic by drawing in energy ...
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How can I refine the rules of precognition to make it valuable in a fast paced enviromment?

Precognesis is a school of magic in which an individual can access the time stream of reality. These individuals are called seers, who use their mental training to read the future. This ability is ...
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How can I prevent hyper evolved versions of regular creatures from wiping out their cousins?

The world is covered in mana, the life force that flows through all things. In certain places, this mana saturates to high levels. This affects the animals living in those areas, who absorb the high ...
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How can I design a glamour spell for a creature that meets certain requirements? [closed]

The malcubi are demons from hell that consume people's souls during the act of intercourse. They have lived on earth since the days of early Mesopotamia, devouring men to feed their hunger and sustain ...
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Balancing and predicting magic which changes material properties [closed]

My magic system allows the transfer of quantities of certain properties from one object to another. For instance, electrical conductivity from metal to rubber -- the metal becomes less conductive, and ...
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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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What's a good approach in creating a system of magic? [closed]

What are the important points to consider when creating a magic-system? Particularly with curses and healing magic or white and black magic. For example: Where it comes from? Who can wield it? What ...
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What is a good way to explain how a character can produce flames from their body?

So in a webtoon that I am drawing/writing everyone is born with 1 or 2 psychic abilities that can range anywhere from teleportation, sensory manipulation, thermal conductivity, elemental kinesis ...
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Nuclear magic: Surviving your own spells

TLDR: Portals to other places; wizards use them to make nukes-as-fireballs/anti-personal level attacks, how do they survive? In a system of magic that functions around opening portals, what ...
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Is there a way to keep science from ruining tribute magic?

This magic is done by offering a tribute to god. The tribute is mana, the magical power source. You offer it up in return for a wish granted by god. The benefit of the magic is that the only ...
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How can I balance my magic to make it feel like there is a believable cost to using stronger magic?

In the story I am writing the universe itself was create from a magical storm in a realm known to mortals as The Beyond. Now it is believed that there is the Realm of Reality in which the story takes ...
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If magic were the manipulation of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation through a biological medium, how would this affect the body?

The idea here is magic is cast by altered mitochondria in-taking a new form of radiation which acts as a sort of manipulation net for ionizing or non-ionizing radiation depending on need. Then ...
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How could creating a familiar permanently bind you to one specific form of magic?

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practicioners must draw on this ...
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How could a slave master ensure his slaves return? [closed]

One of my POV characters in this epic fantasy is a slave. He and another slave get sent on a mission to another nation by a slave master (who is evil). I'm struggling to find a way for these slaves ...
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Why would having more mages to conduct a spell not make it faster?

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practicioners must draw on this ...
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Ways to somewhat balance a gem based magic system so as to avoid total oligarchy

Problem In my world, the magic system depends on access to a certain type of gem. This gem is plentiful, but only found in a single place, with 6-8 mines. My magic system is totally skewed in favor ...