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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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Optimal placement of a pocket dimension? [on hold]

The main character of one of my stories just met a person specialized in magical tattoos, my character has chosen a tattoo which is linked to a pocket dimension. But where should the protagonist ...
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Could a Romanesque civilization develop chariots (carts, transportation etc) that could survive being ejected out of a magical tunnel at high speeds?

In the setting I am working on there is a sort of "subspace" torrent of energy (called Essence) that wraps around the world. Imagine magical, and definite, lines of latitude. This torrent of energy is ...
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Protections when working with a dangerous supermaterial

In my world, there is a material called amaranthine. This material is effectively energy condensed into an unstable crystalline form (via a series of processes that aren't relevant to this question). ...
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Parrots for tone-deaf people where magic is performed through song (followup)

In my previous question: Magic for tone-deaf people in a world where magic is performed through song it was suggested by Ynneadwraith (many thanks by the way) that animals that produce music would ...
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Would showing that your magic greatly differs from mortal prove that you're a god? [closed]

In the book I'm writing, one of the subplots is the protagonists, that happens to be gods, claimed their divine ascendency in front of the whole world and made the supernaturals come out. Now, some ...
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How can I prevent wizards from “spreading their royal oats”? [closed]

Granny Weatherwax has broken up with her husband, who she discovered had been cheating on her with various women all through their 40 years of marriage. After killing him, she drowns her sorrows in ...
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Magic for tone-deaf people in a world where magic is performed through song

In a world of magic, spells are songs. They aren't easy to sing and becoming truly proficient requires a similar amount of time and effort as it does to become an opera singer on Earth. Of course some ...
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Could crystals grow on living things?

A friend and I are creating a magical bird that eats gemstones then uses them to form a thin coat of crystal armor over its body. Is there any way for this bird (or any living thing) to actually have ...
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Is my fantasy map unrealistic and/or too small?

I've finally drawn out a map of the world in which my fantasy novel (mostly) is set in hopes of creating more countries and deepening political tension between the existing ones through figuring out ...
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How can I incorporate demigods into society peacefully?

Demigods, called devas, are humans born with a divine spark attached to their soul. They are marked by their golden eyes, amber-like blood, and divine aura that they give off. Devas are human ...
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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 can I conceal the presence of magical beasts from humans for a few weeks?

I am in the process of fleshing out an alternate world where, following an unnatural super-storm (think cold snaps down to -30°C and heavy snowfall in the 4ft range [1.2 m] inside of 8 hours) in the ...
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Would fast decompression take place in a sealed tower on an Everest-sized mountain?

I have a large skyscraper-sized tower built at the summit of the highest peak in my world. At that height, I am aware that people need oxygen masks and other aids to survive for long and reach the ...
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How can a mortal woman successfully carry a demigod to term?

Demigods are special humans that are born partly divine. These individuals have been extremely rare throughout history, and always have various significant effects for the world around them, leading ...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

As per the cliché, after getting hit by a truck, our protagonist finds herself in a 'swords and sorcery' fantasy world. Also as per the cliché, she is granted an overpowered ability to make her new ...
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What is the limit of an immortal being's memory? [closed]

-In my story, my main character comes across an immortal being, chained and isolated under a mountain for countless years; subsequently losing memories from her past over time, while still being ...
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Will a civilization need to make weapons if their use of magic is limitless?

OK here's the scenario. After 1000 years, the elves were able to build a kingdom for themselves. They were given by their creator God the ability to wield unimaginable magic, magic that can shape ...
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What wishes should a genie grant itself? [closed]

Genies can be trapped in a lamp for long periods of time, maybe hundreds or thousands of years. They are made of vapour so this doesn't inconvenience them much. Whilst in the lamp they don't have a ...
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Why would only negative mutations be inheritable while positive ones are not?

Human souls are born in the immaterium, a spiritual realm that is a reflection of the mortal world. This realm is made up of light and dark energies that symbolize concepts of "good" and "evil". For a ...
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The magical map - how to stop it being too powerful

In a Middle Earth type world, there exists a magical map. It has the property that anything that happens to the map also happens in the real world. The map can be 'zoomed' in or out to get the right ...
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How can an abortion cause infertility in a witch?

Orgone is the natural life energy of the cosmos and the lifeforce which allows the body to function. It is used to perform spells, and constantly regenerates after use at different rates for an ...
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Why would life energy be poisonous for the environment?

Mana is the life energy of the soul that is bestowed by nature. Everything is born with a certain amount, with humans containing the most. When something dies, it's body naturally decays and supplies ...
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Kingdom Takeover [closed]

There is an army that destroys and massacres most kingdoms (not all). It’s not for power, money, resources (including land) or slavery. Why would they do this?
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Whats the difference between the plane, dimensions, realm and realities [closed]

I'm trying to trying to world build a high fantasy and sci-fi. But I can't differentiate the difference between the plane, dimensions, realms and realities. So, I want to know what the difference ...
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How to compensate for the non-magic wielding humans, when other such as elves can?

So in the beginning when the world was anew, the god Sky gave life to the Elder races of elves, dwarfs, goblins, frells, and nisfelms. In the Age of Dawn, Sky gave magic to the elder races. After they ...
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Why do witches have non-magical bodyguards?

Witches exist at all levels of society, including the top echelons. These individuals summon the orgone within themselves to perform various feats of magic through invocations. One brand of magic ...
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How would a sorcerer in a setting where sorcerers are illegal hide their magic? or just hide in plain sight? [closed]

Moving this to here as I didn't pay attention to the rules ;w; my bad. "I have a homebrew setting where pretty much anything outside of wizardry and general clerical magic is very illegal, like to ...
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How would a cursed mask work? [closed]

I want to write a novel in which the main antagonist has a cursed mask that determines his "mischievous" attitude. Why would a symbiotic mask attach itself on this guy and make him bad (except from ...
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How would an exiled ruler take back their throne and re-establish reign? [closed]

In the story I'm plotting, the ruling monarch is overthrown and imprisoned on the basis of colluding with an invading force that's already encroaching the country's boarders. There are letters to ...
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Magic Explanation of Minecrafts infinite water source [closed]

There is no realistic way to explain Minecrafts infinite water source as far as I know. So I'm searching for the magic behind Minecraft. The source has the abilities: It's somehow infinite water ...
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How could a bloodline ability manifest in one sex but not the other?

A kekai genkai is a bloodline ability that is passed down genetically within clans. They give users access to specific powers unique to that family. These abilities take a number of forms: going bones ...
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How can I track the use of illegal 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. Everyone is capable of performing ...
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What would hunting with wolves look like?

NB: for more background, the humans of this question are the direct ancestors of the druids from that question. I am building the timeline of a druidic society which rose to dominate the forest they ...
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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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How could a lightning magic user fly?

My first post on Worldbuilding, hello all! So my question is what could be some interesting logic or thoughts behind having a lightning magic user being able to fly? To quote another user who wanted ...
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Would the disappearance of gods, make an apocalypse?

We have a world in the first age (think Atlantis without tech but with magic, a civilization with wealth, overflow of resources, no sickness, no pain, a civilization with more power than everyone else,...
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How to establish a fantasy religion for races other than humans? [closed]

The world of Holo was given life by Sky, god of light and life. When the world was new he breathed life into the Elder races in the continent of Itheria. Elves were born from the Great forest, Dwarfs ...
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Redox Magic 3: Renaissance France

This is part 3 of a series. Part 2 can be read here. These questions exist to prefigure the likely impacts, throughout the history of a world, of a specific magical power. Imagine this world is now ...
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How to make a floating islands on future earth?

So my current book set in distant future on earth where earth surface only covered with oceans with no more land mass ( kinda like a water world ) and the only lands are floating islands that made ...
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Why is my Dark World so dark?

My hero has to journey into a mirror world. This world is much like our own except evil. Almost everything there is an enemy and there will be very little kindness. On top of that the world is visibly ...
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How can I avoid accidentally killing my mages during a ritual?

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 would 'Normal' people stop/confound/hinder my telepaths?

The telepaths can read the minds of anyone with less Teep power than they have. I.E. Weak Telepaths can have their minds read by stronger ones, and every telepath can read a 'normal' mind. The ...
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Why are there keys for a magic seal? [closed]

How would I set up a magic system for my world where a really strong seal (or a magic lock) for a really bad character has a key that can open it? What explanation can I tender for a seal that is ...
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Could it be feasible that a medieval fantasy city in the desert be carved into rock rather than made with lumber?

So I know that usually, ancient villages and cities are made mostly with wood, and rarely with stone, since stone is inherently more expensive. But, if there is very little lumber around but lots of ...
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Imprisoning people in frictionless bowls

The king's mages have made a discovery: they can create perfectly frictionless surfaces using a new spell. The king immediately suggests a use for this spell: Use it on areas of floor, to keep ...
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Plausible? Mechanics of Floating Continents/Islands on Gas Giant (with sea) [closed]

Just thought of how a gas giant would have the physics to entertain floating islands/gigantic landmasses + a floating sea of water. Pretty much just wrote down whatever i could think of. Basically, a ...
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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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Why would someone be cursed in order to be forced to hunt monsters? [closed]

This is an idea that I've been wondering about for awhile now, and I can't come up with a satisfying answer. Most of the reasons I've come up with are pretty petty, and considering that this would be ...
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Designing a constrained spell-crafting system for the modern world [closed]

I am attempting to construct a magic system for a fictional modern world akin to ours. In this world, like ours, magic has largely been forgotten, so it is no longer part of the world and has had no ...