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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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How would react a medieval magic world to the arrival of an Interstellar colony? [on hold]

A space colony comes to a planet who is pretty similar to how fantasy's worlds tend to be represented. The space colony is 44% formed by "humans" only 8% of these still look like classic humans, the ...
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Anti-decomposition mechanisms?

Suppose that due to some kind of magical force I'll leave handwaved, (non-sapient) organisms are able to practice necromancy, reanimating their fallen peers as undead bodyguards. However, the magic ...
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If curse and magic is two sides of the same coin, why the former is forbidden? [on hold]

A gun can bring destruction but at the same time save lives, both curse and magic belongs to different system and operates independently. Curse requires strong feeling such as suffering pain while ...
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Gravity magic - How does it work?

This question graduated from the Sandbox for Proposed Questions Gravity magic - How does it work? (What physical law can magic manipulate in order to affect gravity?) In my world everyone is ...
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An immanent, Omnipresent, all-seeing eye [closed]

By the title, I don't really mean the type of all-seeing eye that Sauron in the LOTR is, where it's perched on a tower watching all over middle earth, looking for his ring etc. I mean an all seeing ...
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What would one wish to make magic real? [closed]

One day, as I walked in some random countryside, I found myself in the presence of some higher being. It's kinda blur in appearance, and I can't quite say if it's a genie in a lamp, a technologically ...
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Massive effects of grand spells on the weather and terrain [closed]

So I watched a cartoon eries called Dragon Prince and saw a scene where a mage use a grand spell to prevent winter from coming. I'm planning to do the same premise in my world of using grand tier ...
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Using L1 Lagrange point to block energy from the sun?

Working on a near future fantasy world and am trying to work on a mechanism for magic being discovered/unlocked. My current thought, which is what I'm trying to get a feasibility check on, is that all ...
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Plausibility of Mushroom Buildings

How plausible would buildings made inside of, or made using, giant mushrooms be? Copyright Raphael Lacoste 2018 A staple of the fantasy genre, mushrooms have commonly been seen as magical and ...
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Why is risky sport about absorbing magical creatures not banned?

Set during the medieval period say between 500 to 600AD, there are magical creatures inhabiting the same world as us. These magical creatures actually exist in a parallel world but an impact from an ...
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Life evolving on a artificial Floating Island on a ocean world [closed]

I'm having troubles with developing my ocean world. Same size as Earth, same atmosphere and gravity. The idea is that on a planet with an endless ocean with no continental landmass. The only form of ...
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Most useful material properties for min/maxing by transfer? (Magical material engineering) [closed]

My magic system transfers quantities of certain properties from one object to another. For instance, electrical conductivity from metal to rubber -- the metal becomes less conductive, and the rubber ...
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Power Generation Using Undead

Say that we have many undead zombies/vampires/ghouls/whatever. I want to use them to generate electricity, because they never get tired, never need to take breaks, and can exert great force without ...
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How to reduce the threat to life of a nocturnal parasite-like creature [closed]

In this world there is a giant cloud of dust permanently on top of this continent, it makes it hard for sunlight to reach said continent, also there are only two giant continents on each side of the ...
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Would there still be land if the amount of water in the oceans was doubled?

A portal to another Earth in a parallel universe is open at the bottom of the Ocean and all the water is moving to the new Earth in the form of a waterfall in the middle of the Atlantic. The form of ...
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How the orbit of Earth changes if it has the double of water in the ocean? [closed]

A portal to another Earth in a parallel universe is open at the bottom of the Ocean and all the water is moving to the new Earth in the form of a waterfall in the middle of the Atlantic. The form of ...
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Logistics of a hovering watercraft in a fantasy setting

So in my fantasy world, there exists a substance that (when applied to the surface of an object) repels water in the same way a very strong magnet would. This allows boats to hover above the surface ...
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Reason why dimensional travelling would be restricted

Alternate dimensions/timelines are an important part of one of my settings, a modern fantasy. Magic is well known, and it is possible for objects to be enchanted by a powerful magic user to connect ...
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Logic behind planets being gate realms in a regular universe [closed]

I have designed a universe with three main planets that contain life, but the three planets are impossible to reach via space travel for irrelevant reasons. What matters is that in order to get from ...
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Super Strong robotic prosthesis steampunk Style

I'm thinking of a character that has the magical ability to transform parts of his body into technology, similar to Generator Rex or Bleeding armor iron man, but only with the technology that he "...
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How does my spell ignite the sky?

For years, humanity and nephilim have battled (more or less) together to staunch the unending flow of demons and angels wrecking havoc on Earth in their unending wars. Now, we are finally in ...
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What are the exceptions to Natural Selection? [duplicate]

Consider a population where a low percentage of people (5%) posess a genetic advantage over the rest. In my fictional world, let’s assume this small percent of the population can wield magic while ...
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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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How to make ice magic work from a scientific point of view?

I've recently been imagining a world of magic with heavy influence from chinese wuxia and xianxia. In such worlds, there's often various fire and ice magic, among other different types. Now, fire ...
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Awsomeness magic job screening - how do I avoid failing the test? [closed]

Related to a previous question of mine The time want by, the technology advanced, dave (still with a lower case D) became noting more then a story told to kids before bed, but despite it all the ...
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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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What species should be used for storage of human minds?

The business of mind storage became a profitable one, after the discovery of a magical process that allows the memories and personality of a living being to be transferred into another body. ...
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If angels and devils are the same species, why would their mortal offspring appear physically different?

Angels were all originally part of the same race before the war in heaven, when the ones that rebelled were cast out and sent to hell. The humans on earth were similar to angels, but without the ...
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Why would a demigod born to a goddess not be immortal? [closed]

In this alternate world, demigods were human beings which gained divinity from a divine parent. A male deity would knock up a mortal woman, who would carry the child to term. This demigod would share ...
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How can I prevent an oracle who can see into the past from knowing everything that has happened?

Our study of human history has numerous problems. 99% of history isn’t recorded. Writing has been around only for 5 thousand years, and much of what we know comes from archaeological evidence. ...
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Spells that would be effective against a modern day army but would NOT destroy a fantasy one [closed]

I'm developing a story about a few hundred modern day US Marines who are transported to a fantasy world and must do battle with an army of Orcs and dragons. I know they will be extremely effective at ...
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Why waste effort manifesting objects when there are already existing physical ones? [closed]

Set in the early medieval ages, you know the one, where King Arthur pulled out a sword and got famous. Magic proliferates but not everyone has affinity for it. In this world, those who are ...
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Doing business with time magic in ancient-medieval world

What business could I in theory do if I have Time magic which can reverse or accelerate time of inanimate/non sentient objects in a limited area? This is in relation to my question, Liquor making ...
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How to make my shadowrealms respected [closed]

My world is collaborative post between me and my friend. So, There is one nation that I'm fleshing out and it was overall a fun but I got writer's block. Most of the evil shadow empire have ...
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What are some reasons for mages to use guns as well as magic? [duplicate]

The world that I'm building is set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of the early 20th century. Magic involves the traditional eight schools and anyone can become a magician if they choose to ...
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Liquor making with Time related magic in an ancient-medieval world

So you can accelerate or reverse time of an inanimate/non sentient object within a limited space. Despite having such powers, you don't want to rule the world. Instead you want to make alcoholic ...
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How to prevent a fantasy world response to repeated near extinction events?

This is for a medium/high fantasy magic setting with a medieval flavor (a D&D campaign setting) and am trying to get a grasp on expected long term effects/reaction by repeated worldwide ...
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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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How would floating islands work? [duplicate]

Soaring among the clouds over an earth-like planet, islands... on which fortresses are built for strategic advantage, on which stations for the dragon air force are built, and which can be relatively ...
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How large can a magical cold region be before it dramatically alters global climate?

In the setting I'm working on, I want to have a vast 'sea' of diamond dust that is sustained by some kind of chilling magic effect that's spread across the surface of the land. Since magic is ...
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Why would a blood transfusion of midiclorians not make my force abilities stronger?

Midichlorian's are chemical compounds found within every living cell that forms the basis between the connection life and the Force. Without midichlorians, life would be impossible. The amount of ...
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Team of people need to destroy a highly guarded room without hurting anyone [closed]

In my fantasy novel, there is a rebellion that needs to be stopped. They have a weapon in a highly guarded room that is under ground. The team tasked with stopping the rebellion plans to drop several ...
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Problems Blending Sci-fi & Traditional Fantasy? [closed]

I have been cautioned against blending: Traditional fantasy elements Such as magic systems and exotic, less plausible creatures (on a scientific level - magic tends to explain away these beasts) ...
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Is the size of a portal going to limit the propagation of gravity through it?

It's a general question but my specific concern is whether different planets would crash into each other if a portal is made between them. We're assuming bare, naked, "hole in space" portals. This ...
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Discovery of life on Mars [closed]

For months now I've had a dream, with every night building upon it. Only till recently I've decided to write it as a story. I'm by no means a writer, but once I started writing, I got this feeling ...
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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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What are the effects of mass extinction? [closed]

In an “Ancient Greek” technological world a magical plague causes the extinction of all animals larger than a chicken, or say 5lbs/2kg. Some Humans and small animals (cats and dogs) survive this by ...
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What kinds of minerals or compounds could radiate heat?

I'm working on an RPG in a world with some magical elements, like a type of energy (so far unnamed) inherent in animals and humans. Those with high amounts of this life energy in them are thought of ...
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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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Why can't different runes that enhance the human body be used together? [closed]

Runes are used to enhance the human body's capabilities. They are inscribed onto the skin with through a ritual and work by the individual accessing the mana inside themselves. This mana is forced ...