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Questions tagged [magic]

For questions that have to do with magic, as opposed to science/technology. Remember to explain any limits.

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Designing a magic-compatible polearm

The people in my story's universe all have various magical powers, and if they want the effects of these powers to extend to their clothes or equipment, said equipment needs to be designed to a few ...
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How could a tree survive a volcanic blast?

Background I am working on a Role Play Video game, and I have a particular island called Morogar in my medieval fantasy. (Magic and Mythical Beasts run wild). Originally an island with forests and a ...
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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 can non-magical soldiers gain power from a magic ritual without making its participants weaker?

This particular coven operates as a powerful and wide spanning enterprise focused on accumulating power to direct the world in ways that align with their interests. Witches gain more power through a ...
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Wizard clothing for warm weather [closed]

Wizards in fantasy worlds are very often portrayed in thick robes and hats (and of course long beards and hair for the men). These don't seem very practical for summers or any kind of hot weather (...
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How to forge a multi-part weapon? [closed]

So, I'm trying to forge a magic sword. Naturally, this requires magic metal. Luckily, I have access to just such a thing: Spectral metal. Spectral metals are ordinary metals which have been infused ...
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How can I avoid the problems of incest without expanding the gene pool?

The demigods of this world are avatars of the one true God known as Dea and built in the image of humanity. They are independent and have their own opinions from each other, but are connected by a ...
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How can drunken, homicidal elves successfully conduct a wild hunt?

In this premise, the drow rule the fae-realm, an alternate dimension existing alongside the material plane. Every year on one night, the drow have an event known as "The Wild Hunt". During this night, ...
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How to shrink the human population? [closed]

So I'm writing a post apocalyptic story. Basically, a war happens and after a solar storm there's very few human survivors on Earth. This world has "magic" crystals, rocks that emanate energy. The ...
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How could a possessed body begin to rot and decay while it is still alive?

Qui-Gon Jinn has finally realized he is an idiot and that everything is his fault. Everything that has happened (fall of the old Jedi order, rise of the empire, the rebellion, the First Order, etc.) ...
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How much water is needed to create a Katana capable of cutting flesh, bones and wood?

I've created a character for my world that has the ability to manipulate water with her magic. She applied this ability by using it with a katana hilt. I will try to explain how she uses this ability ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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How can an eldritch abomination hide its true form in public?

A hag is a witch deeply entrenched in the art of dark magic. This kind of magic comes from experimenting with forces beyond our reality. Over the years, her abilities and spells grow in power. However,...
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Could a nomadic hunting society survive in a country without wind?

This question is similar to What would happen if there was no wind?, but the lack of wind is confined to a small portion of the planet. To make things concrete, the affected region is roughly circular ...
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How could Catholicism have incorporated witchcraft into its dogma?

Most branches of Christianity has always associated witchcraft with the devil, or some form of demon worship. This has been used as an excuse for the persecution of innocent people who were seen as ...
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No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 4: Silver)

Part 1 No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1) Part 2 No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 2) Part 3 No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 3) Only two parts left to go! Now my fair folk ...
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How can a soul sucker avoid the negative traits of its victims?

People are souls that inhabit and animate human bodies. The lifeforce of an individual is what powers the soul and allows it to excercise control over the body. Physical and mental attributes, such as ...
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No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 3: Iron)

Part 1 can be found here No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1) And part 2 can be found here No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 2) So, my not so metal inclined Fair-folk are encountering ...
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No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 2: Radioactive metals)

For reference, here is part 1 No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1) A brief recap. My fair-folk are weak to all metals, but each metal has their own specific effects. The last question resulted ...
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Salem witch trials safe haven [closed]

With the story I'm writing I really want to find an accurate place to set up a school (preferably in New York) that was originally a safe place to go to during the Salem Witch Trials. I'm hoping to ...
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Plausible magic systems? [closed]

I’m currently world building a high fantasy story. Within this story there are a species(most of the characters are a part of this species) that have abilities. These abilities are determined by how ...
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How can a coven of witches operate as a pyramid scheme?

A crone is a witch on the path to achieving godhood by stealing the life force of others through a dark ritual. The second stage on this path is the baba yaga, a point where the crone loses all traces ...
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Why would a “chosen one” come from outside a religion? [closed]

The crawling chaos, Nyalathothep, has formed a cult on the mortal plane devoted to his cause which worships him as a god. This cult has been operating in secret for thousands of years, sowing ...
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How to ethically utilize ability to transfer life from one human to another? [closed]

Lets say that a method has been discovered to transfer the 'life-force' from one individual to another, killing the donor but providing the recipient with healing and an extended life. The healthier ...
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No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1: alkaline)

Excuse the broad question but I couldn’t resist making a metal pun. So in my universe the Fair Folk encompass a large group of creatures. They live in their own little pocket universe, in which ...
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Best shape for a necromancer's undead minions for battle? [closed]

A necromancer can reanimate flesh and bone to form mindless, undead creatures. The necromancer controls the minions like puppets through magic. An undead creature is not limited to its natural shape. ...
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What would prevent living skin from being a good conductor for magic?

Various forms of magic exist, and they are used in different ways for different effects. One involves scribing runes onto an object to provide it with magical properties. This allows for enhancement ...
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How can armor compete in a world of biological enchantment?

Enchanting is a form of study for the eldar race that involves ascribing runes to a particular object in order to give it certain properties it would not have normally. Through this method, the human ...
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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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Living ice magic - what can I do with it?

I, the Grand Sorcerer Alazam of the Guild of Arcanists, have invented a remarkable new spell! Using unique magical artifacts, I can create what I call 'living ice' - chunks of ice that grow and ...
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What is the best way for a skeleton to impersonate human without using magic?

The classic skeleton that a necromancer has reanimated has gained independence and escaped from the group. Now, as a free individual, wants to know more about humans. Obviously, humanity sees it as a ...
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Can magic and technology coexist? [closed]

Some background The world I am working with contains 5 (and a half) realms, two of which are more like reality, one realm with magic, one without. The realm without magic is presented as the world ...
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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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What accommodations would a giant need?

I'm making a human female who's size was multiplied by 10. I need to know what sort of accommodations she'd need to make up for any disadvantages. This is in the modern day, so 21st-century medicine ...
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How does magic enter the real world after a calamity? [closed]

Background The world of Phrelle is Earth, but many thousands of years after an unspecified calamity. I would like to use Phrelle as a home brew setting for a D&D campaign, populating it with ...
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How would a fixed altitude magical Airship be propelled?

Background In my world, there are vehicles that can spatially "lock" themselves to a single altitude. The locking mechanism is a magical core, combined with runic metal bands extending around the ...
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How long would it take for people to notice a mass disappearance?

If 5 million people disappeared at the same time globally, assuming an even spread of random disappearances (not focused in any one location) how long would it be before people noticed there had been ...
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Realistic Necromancy? [closed]

In my fantasy world, necromancy exists and it is considered "evil". I try to base my world on science, so how would realistic necromancy work? Dead bodies decompose fast, and souls don't exist in my ...
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What are the potential pitfalls when using metals as a currency?

Somewhat related question, but not the same goal In my current concept metals (from nickel to iridium, based on density) are used in the magic system. So in a way they are directly tied to power. I ...
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How much land disappearing would it take to drop the sea level by 10 meters (30ft)?

THINK ATLANTIS There's an island. Maybe it is a continent, maybe not. I am not sure and that is why I need your help. If the size of my world is equal to Earth's, what landmass size would it take ...
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Why would competing gods ignore an obvious power source? [closed]

Human souls are energy sources that gods feed upon in the aether realm. This pushes them to interfere with the mortal realm and gain followers through worship. Messiahs, prophets, and all manner of ...
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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 would organisms adapt to survive darkness beasts? [expansion to my old question]

[This is an expanded/refined version of my old question: How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts? ] Premise: 'Beasts'/Seraphins are other-worldly intangible beings (you can't touch them, but ...
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Habitability inside an enclosed solar system

In D&D Spelljammer, there's a concept of "crystal spheres" that enclose a solar system, with its radius being double the radius between the sun and its furthest planet. For my solar system, I did ...
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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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What range of colors is it physically possible for a humanoid race's skin to have? [closed]

My story takes a sort of Shadowrun-esque approach to the concept of fantasy races, in that all members of fantasy races are, or are descended from, former humans transformed by magic, though in this ...
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Weaponising the Grasp-at-a-Distance spell

Wizards have developed a Grasp-at-a Distance spell. It has numerous uses in everyday life of course but the Emperor (may he live forever) wants it to be deployed as a weapon of war. Spell operation ...
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Why would extracting mana from a mage be more successful than from a muggle?

This is a follow-up question to this: How can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise? Mana is life energy of the soul used in conducting spells. Crones are renegade ...
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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 ...