Questions tagged [magic]

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What early middle ages weapons would suit extremely strong child?

I'm worbuilding low fantasy with technology level of the dark ages. Very few of the people could tap into psionic power, which makes them faster, stronger then common people. Average psionic user ...
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What may be a good, possibly prexisting term, for spells that share mana and link together a fixed number of users [closed]

Some context. I been considering a number of conditions relating to spells that have limits and effects based on the number of people able to cast them. An example situation, would be if there was ...
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Why would two similar power sources in the same promixity cause both to be unstable?

The philosophers stone is an item that allows alchemists to perform unlimited transmutations. With this stone, an alchemist can become a literal god among his peers. I have discovered that the secret ...
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The chemical and nuclear science behind pyromancy

For quiet sometime now I’ve been stuck on one of the finer details of my world building. Namely that one of my characters is this world’s version of a pyromancer that, through the use of both the ...
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Why are tomb guardians often more powerful than the king personal guards?

When the king passed away, his corpse is often kept inside a tomb filled with booby traps and seemingly always protected by powerful tomb guardians. These tomb guardians are actually rocks and ...
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Food ingredients in the medieval ages compared to their modern counterparts?

One of my characters (who comes from Earth) wants to open a restaurant in a fantasy world. This world is currently in its medieval era. The restaurant would serve all sorts of modern food; deep fried,...
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How would the weather and organisms and flora be affected on an Earth-like planet with floating continents?

I am currently writing a script for my graphic novel. My novel is in the fantasy genre and I use energy-based hard magic (that is energy-based magic that has its sort of "science" and rules). So I don'...
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In what way would a regenerating undead be “undead”?

We all know an undead is a reanimated corpse, something rotten and decomposing yet still animated. Normally an undead (if made of flesh) will have an expiration date after which it won't be able to ...
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If a portal scroll is cheap and easily available why they are not used when one's life is in peril?

Set in the medieval period, adventurers like to frequent the guild hall to check out the bounty lists, which are updated on a daily basis. Many of the requests on the list requires adventurers to pit ...
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What specialness would be attributed to an age range that would make it preferred for exsanguination?

The blood rite is an ancient ritual in which a bruja steals the life force of an individual and adds it to her own to extend her life. The bruja places the victim inside a cauldron, in which they are ...
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How can two different creation stories be of two completely different religions yet be so similar

The way magic works in my world is runes. Some runes especially the basic variety have a story behind them. The culture my story starts off in is matriarchy and has a reverence to the rune of warmth/...
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Effectiveness of a glowing hot tungsten sword against medieval era knights?

A blade made out of tungsten alloy that’s also electrically heated to 3000C. The shape and sharpness is similar to a katana. The user carries a battery pack that provides enough energy for the sword ...
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Do I Have to Radically Change Plate to House Gems?

In a world there is a king and that king has knights. These knights make use of magic amulets to protect them from supernatural threats: witch spells, manticore venom, werewolf curses, et cetera ad ...
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How to evacuate an entire planet?

Setting: An Earth-like planet except all the continents are joined together like Pangea. The locals are in the medieval era and have the ability to use magic. Magic can level buildings at best, ...
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Why would a mage choose to harvest weak residual anima when wisps anima-filled capsules waiting to be taken?

In my world, wisps are more or less vessels for souls on their journey to the afterlife or reincarnation. These wisps coat the soul in a shell of anima so to speak, allowing their movement and energy. ...
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The eating habits of metabolic wizards

If wizards had to draw energy from their bodies, using only existing biological processes and bound to vanilla human metabolism rates, how would they be inclined to maintain their bodies and diets to ...
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Biology needed for a supersonic dragon?

The dragon can achieve mach 1.5 in level flight and can achieve mach 2 in a dive. It likes to hunt its prey through use of kinetic energy like a Peregrine falcon. My theories: The dragon can ...
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How would Instant communication affect early Civilization Economy

There are three stones that allow basically instant communication. The brighter the stones the clearer the message. A brownish red stone wouldn't be as good as a bright red one. The way these stones ...
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How to explain that there can only be one magic portal between a planet and another

I want to make a world where mages can search for and establish portals between a planet and another, but in a way that only one portal can exist between planet A and planet B, one between A and C, ...
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Would the demigods birthed by goddesses be different from the demigods sired by the gods? [closed]

In Greek mythology and many fantasy stories, they are treated as the same. But I can't help but feel they shouldn't... If we assume that gods can take any physical form, how do you explain it to ...
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How do I fix my broken black and white bending magic system?

I have a magic system with two types of magic: black and white. Black is a liquid that can be frozen/condensed into a slightly tougher than ice, crystalline solid, that can be refined into pointy ...
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What materials would / could be immune to magic? [closed]

For my story/novel I'm looking for materials that would/could be immune to magic. Context: One of the characters accidentally drank a transformation potion that turned her into a newt. So, as I can'...
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How long or how hard is it to develop a medieval fantasy into a modern or even sci-fi civilization.?

Our universe dies due to entropy, so what do humans do best??? COLONIZE! A near sentient AI found a way to cross realities and because our universe was dead, everyone took the chance. They (about ...
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Is it possible to build mirrored goggles for seeing through illusions?

Lore has it that some magical illusions fool only the eyes. They do not appear in a mirror. Is there a way to harness this? Could a hunter of wizards and magical creatures build a set of mirrored ...
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Why would people bury their dead in tombs when they might become zombies?

This is partly a Skyrim-inspired question, but also relevant to a story I'm trying to flesh out. In this world, magic and necromancy are perhaps not commonplace, but certainly not unheard of. Walking ...
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Balancing psychics powers [closed]

I'm GMing RPG game based on Stars Without Numbers, but its happening on my personal world. It's 36th century of our universe and humans are colonizing planets through galaxy. I have big concerns ...
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In a world with a culture that venerates necromancy, how would a lich keep other aspiring necromancers from hijacking their undead minions?

In my new high-fantasy world there is a race of wasp-like humanoid parasitic wasps with a culture that adheres to a 'no-waste' mentality, extending to a mainstream veneration of necromancy as part of ...
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Is magical humanoid by-product allowed in restaurants by the FDA?

What steps should a monster take to make good of their ability to create food, without getting shut down by the Food and Drug Administration in America? For instance, a dryad summoning her own leaves ...
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Can I justify pyrokinesis / cryokinesis in a psychic-style magic system?

I've been going back and forth on my modern setting's magic system for a while now, but I've settled on a power-set that's closer to psychic powers than traditional magic, because of a couple of ...
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Why has the law of equivalent exchange failed to create a proper homunculus?

The law of equivalent exchange says that for anything to be gained, something of equal value must be lost. This means that if you put in the hard work, you will be rewarded with success. I am a half-...
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How would clothes be created for an easy put on/take out in the middle of combat?

There is a magic that allows a certain percentage of the population to create a twin of themselves instantly, a clone that is aware of itself and is equal in all aspects to the original, which makes ...
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In a world where magic is so common that animals can do it, what kinds of surnames would exist? [closed]

A handful of societies determined last name by profession in some cases, resulting in surnames like Smith, Baker, Butcher, Fisher, Shepherd, Tanner, Schneider, Farmer, etc... Most of these professions ...
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Does “kinetic magic” (essentially telekinesis) imply unlimited energy?

In another question, I talked about a form of magic that converts metabolic energy (i.e. the energy produced by biological processes in "animals", which for this purpose includes e.g. yeast) into ...
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What's a good way to raise a child that is too powerful for you, while minimally hurting yourself or others? [closed]

Normal babies have temper tantrums. Magic babies burn down the house. As much as one tries, babies and children won't stay happy forever. What's the best way to raise a magic/quirk/mutant child with ...
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What impact would a magic that slows down the loss of body heat have? [closed]

TL; DR I want to give my "snow elves" a magical ability to slow down the loss of body heat, which when used would constantly drain their mana and make their other spells weaker. It would be greatly ...
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What would be a good reason for the fact that some species can use magic but others can't? [closed]

In my story, this one species is able to manipulate magic. (twenty kinds of magic, more specifically) They're only able to manipulate one kind of magic that they inherit from their parents. On the ...
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Why does the only magical healer, predisposed to prioritizing healing over anything else, have any free time?

In my world most magic is learned through hard work and dedication, and is mostly useless for healing. However, there are a very rare number of individuals who can wield some of the most powerful ...
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Creating heat/exciting molecules by controlling their gravity?

Had a character the ability to control the hypothetical Graviton, would it be possible they could move and excite molecules by altering their gravity enough to create heat? Enough for fire? Or is ...
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To what extent could a magic that allows you to change the density of your body work? [closed]

I have in mind this magic system that allows people/animals to change density. Now, from What I understand the denser a thing is the more resistant it is to being damaged or broken. My question ...
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Fantasy Tax Rate Realism

In a story I'm planning, I want taxes to have an actual rate, and not just handwaved away. The setting is classical medieval with Inheritance (book) type of magic. I was thinking a flat 10% of ...
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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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How would magic users be incorporated into the military?

My magical world is getting into the medieval age and plate armor is becoming a thing. My magic system is simply drawing runes in the air(sometimes)/ground. A skilled person could draw a simple rune ...
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Popping “vacuum bubbles” loudness

Stun-wizards specialize in blinding and deafening opponents at a distance. To do so, they can exert their magical power to manifest a spherical region of vacuum by essentially "telekinetically" ...
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How long to rebuild the world if you could still travel to the current one?

Premise: Modern society discovers a magic portal that leads to a parallel universe that is almost identical to our own but the earth on the other side never had humans (or any other technology ...
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Most energy efficent attacks in a physics-bound magic system

I'm currently working on devising a magic system in which all the standard laws of physics are upheld (Conservation of mass/energy, thermodynamics/entropy, and more). 'Powering' the Spell: To keep ...
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What could cause a potent magic to fall out of favor with society?

In my world, there exists another dimension right above our universe. Only a fraction of the population have the affinity to sense and interact with this extra dimension. A user can siphon energy from ...
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How does material-magic change pre-industrial warship-building?

My magical civilizations have a unique type of magic, material magic. This magic allows them to improve strength and hardness of wood. As an example: with a cannonball, the magically treated wood ...
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How can the offspring of powerful mages be weaker than their parents?

The amount of mana that a person will have throughout their entire life is determined at birth. Mana is the life energy that can be used by a person to produce spells. Certain spells require a high ...
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what are the signs and effects of two realities combined into one reality

I have posted a similar question where I asked how can two realities mix into one reality in which I received many helpful comments. I realise I should've expanded on the details I posted, so I will ...
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how can two realities mix into one reality

so I am a humanities student with little knowledge of physics or any science but I want to create a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that I will also use in a novel I'm writing. In it, my campaign's ...

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