Questions tagged [magic]

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Changes to firearms based on gasoline

I got a little question: how would it effect firearms if they would not be based on gunpowder but on gasoline like flammable liquid? What I think would happen: -because the liquid would need to be a ...
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I know Magic is real, but it’s not usable. How can you make it usable? [closed]

So I learned a bit of magic. I learned that magic is just energy. I poured myself a glass of milk from the fridge, but then I saw the cats outside were hungry. So I grabbed my glass of milk and poured ...
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How can the transfer of a soul to a new body lead to physical deformities?

The soul is the metaphysical spirit of a mortal being and is the seat of human consciousness. It retains all the aspects that we consider makes us human, from personality to memories to how we ...
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Why wouldn't tribal chiefs use berserkers in warfare?

So in my setting, there's this magical elixir that can essentially turn people into berserkers for a short time. They enter a state of "murder high" where they basically become hardcore ...
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The Witch's Broom

A very common trope in witchcraft-themed fictional narratives is the iconic Magic Broom, a magical object made from wood and straw to fly and serve as a vehicle for witches. Witches generally fly with ...
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What kinds of technology would we be limited to if magic causes EMPs? [closed]

In an attempt to explain why things aren't as advanced as things could be with the help of both technology and magic I've made it so that each spell that is cast emits an EMP that is extremely ...
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Why can't you keep casting Wish [closed]

In my D&D game, the spell wish doesn't work after you cast it a certain amount of times. The relevant portion of the wish description (emphasis mine): Finally, there is a 33 percent chance that ...
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necrobotany and necromancy - bringing the dead back [closed]

in the story i'm writing, there are different types of energy that can do different, but related things. Green energy is the closest to earth magic (think control over plants, but it can also be ...
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Where does mana come from? [closed]

I’m slowly developing a magic system loosely based on how magic is usually seen to appear in most fantasies, but with consistent rules. So far I’ve decided that mana exists in the world alongside ...
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Manufacturing and interchangeable parts in a pre industrial world

Let’s assume this is a society that has some knowledge of advanced technology but is currently in the 16/17th century politically and technologically. How would a society before the industrial ...
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What are the effects of bullets on a superhuman who keeps getting stronger?

In a story I’m writing, there’s a superhero who uses a magic spell to increase the strength of her body. This means that her body becomes more durable as well. As she increases her capacity to output ...
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How can my character transform without losing their powers?

I'm writing a story about a character who can manipulate the cells of any living organism - himself, others, plants, soil, etc. His power is psionic-based and stems from his brain. In my story, I've ...
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How can magical creatures created from mana be prevented from using mana to perform spells? [closed]

The moon is a celestial object that rotates around the earth and is made up of warpstone, a solidified form of mana. This warpstone radiates its energy toward earth, bathing the planet with waves of ...
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Help with naming [closed]

Name suggestions So I have a magic system that's based on creating and manipulating certain "fields" and need some help with names for the magic and the users. I don't want to call them ...
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How to keep fire magic out of the Army?

The big Empire in my setting has some inspiration from the pre-Islamic Persian Empires, and thus they really like Fire. They were the first to develop fire-magic and all of their priests are educated ...
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Terms for magical effects in the same vein as chemical reactions

Magic in my world is something that isn't explicitly explained but is measured and observed. Magic occurs from a consciousness with a positive or negative "charge" of magical energy. The ...
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How can heavy molecules slow down the rate of condensation? [closed]

Mana is the background energy by which witches use to create magical spells. The level of mana content within the environment rises and falls with the passage of the tides, and consolidates in certain ...
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Preventing a word from being spoken

Toward the end of the war between Atlantis and Mu, such magicks were cast that their interaction rent asunder the very length and breadth and height of the world and through that tear entered The ...
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How to avoid resource curse with an extremely valuable and exclusive resource?

I have a nation, Arunya, which functions under different magical rules from the rest of the world. The entity governing their magic is much more closely tied to the state due to historical factors, ...
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How can a spike in Mana content lead to inconsistent birth rates?

The moon is a celestial object that rotates around the earth and is made up of warpstone, a solidified form of mana. This warpstone radiates its energy toward earth, bathing the planet with waves of ...
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What is a realistic psychological response to magic? [closed]

So I think about this a lot based on seeing things like clichés or unrealistic reactions - how would someone actually react to magic? In some media, the character is in unbelievable denial - you've ...
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Day/night in Aether

An extremely powerful wizard decided to create a new dimension as a birthday present for his wife, this dimension is composed of flying islands inhabited by fantastic plants and animals. The islands ...
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How much sand is required to create a fluffy barrier?

I've got my stone mages who can manipulate earth (let's define earth as silicon dioxide). They can form protective barriers, raise platforms for them to stand on, or lift entire boulders to lob at ...
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What rituals should be used by oracles? [closed]

I am creating a role-playing game(LARP) where rituals are actually performed in real life. The spells are probably going to be created in advance because one can imaging that all following systems are ...
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What effect would a perpetual cold zone in the tropics have on the global climate?

In my fantasy world, there is a peninsula around the size of mexico almost entirely surrounded by mountains about the size of the himalayas which go directly into the ocean. How they got there is ...
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How to make the best use of the ring of life [closed]

So basically the only magic in the world comes from artifacts that fall from the sky on a more or less weekly basis that clearly have some sort of creator but no one can say exactly who or what that ...
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Would spontaneous electron excitation be biologically dangerous?

I am considering a setting where an all-permeating "background magic field" has a side-effect of randomly bumping electrons of any contained matter into an excited state (let's say it can ...
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Pragmatically, what is the ideal shape for enchanted jewelry to take?

Enchanted jewelry is a major mainstay of basically any genre of fiction involving magic. It comes in many forms, but the concept is the same: wear it, and it gives you certain powers or protects you ...
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Why would mages think the spell analysis is useless? [closed]

The world setting is high fantasy with some game elements (Just a status screen) and a fair amount of realism. Even with magic, it's fairly easy to die. The magic system is a hard type. To use a spell ...
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How to ensure magic-sensitive population remain low? [duplicate]

In my world, China earns its beginning to three major clans: the Huang, the Yan, and the Chi You. Huang and Yan are normal homo sapiens, but Chi You is a clan of sentient magical reptiles like dragons ...
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How would modern religions react to magic [closed]

So I have an idea for a scenario in which all at once humans across the world are able to do at least some magic. This event is entirely random so a Christian pastor has the same chances of gaining ...
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Possible Reason, why magic can't be recorded by modern technology

I am imagining a Harry-Potter-like magical scenario: A secret parallel society of magic wielders in our modern-day era, only known to those, who grew up in it or those, who got initiated. I find it ...
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Wizards have nuclear weapons now but how have they not killed themselves

The wizarding world is a cut throat place. It's divided between several great mage families. Each one of these has a network of lesser families allied to them through marriage. Relations between ...
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How would this sort of limited teleportation affect strategies and tactics used to defend against a tactic like pincer movements?

How would this sort of limited teleportation affect strategies and tactics used to defend against a tactic like pincer movements? In my world, teleportation circles are not only possible, but ...
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How would someone break into a vault in a pocket dimension? [closed]

In my fantasy world, most very rich people hide their wealth in a pocket dimension. Now, normally there are two ways to get into a pocket dimension: a spell that requires a tuning fork with a VERY ...
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Effectiveness of lightning weapon on a medieval sea

How effective would a charged weapon be on a medieval sea Alright, so imagine we have a barge — a city barge, similar to some of Technochtitlan raft farms. Due to (magicly caused) climate conditions ...
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How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time?

How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time? In my fantasy world, wizards are quite powerful, and they can kill anyone they know the location of with a thought. The usual methods of ...
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How to have humans evolve the same on multiple planets

How to have humans evolve the same on multiple planets In my fantasy universe, almost all sentient life, and most non-sentient life including humans, was teleported to hundreds of planets after a ...
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How can two disciplines of the same magic system be made incompatible?

Daemons are malevolent spirits that inhabit the astral plane. This religion views these spirits as divine beings and worship them as gods. They are heavily revered in the faith, and are considered ...
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How to create an immobile continent?

For my fantasy world, there is an artificially created continent (created by magic, but an important note is that the continent itself is ENTIRELY non-magical.) The continent is nearly 20,000 years ...
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Societal impact of steampunk robots on the Victorian era [closed]

I’m doing some cursory research into the Industrial Revolution as a whole for a steampunk/Victorian fantasy story and one detail of my setting that’s setting off alarm bells in my head is the use of ...
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Why would civilizations have no major technological development even after ten thousand years?

Basic Introduction (story background for anyone interested) I have a character whose punishment for causing massive genocide was immortality for ten thousand years. To be more specific, after his ...
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would it be possible for a living creature to have a vacuum organ?

So in my fantasy world there is a large creature which feeds on berries by sucking them in, would this be possible.
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What would be the effects of a warm, tropical island in polar waters Part 2

This is a follow-up question to this question. So, suppose that there were an island, with an average diameter of 90 miles, located within the arctic (or antarctic) circle. This island has a magical ...
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Can a group of assassins help win a war? [closed]

The Icratic empire and the Noctan Empire, both powerful empires, are fighting a war. The Noctan Empire has physically well-built soldiers that are well suited to the terrain they are fighting in, but ...
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How noticeable would it be if gravity decreased to be around 90%? [closed]

I am wondering how it would feel if gravity suddenly got reduced to be around 90% of what it was. Like if a person was not paying attention or was asleep, would they notice?
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What would the effects be of a warm, sunny tropical island located in polar waters?

So, suppose there exists an island (roughly the same size as Hawaii's big island) which is located well in the Arctic (or Antarctic) Circle, but magically has a tropical rainforest climate (warm ...
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How to make a nonmagic user rise to power? [closed]

I'd like to make a nonmagic user rise to power in my story dominated by magic users, but I can't think of a way that doesn't use magic in any way at all. I don't want the character to use any magical ...
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Will autocannon armed "soldiers" be useful in combat?

I'm creating a magic system where extremely rare humans with psychic talents could be trained to channel their powers into something similar to firing a 20 mm autocannon. Would such large calibers ...
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How hard magic could make bows, swords and other early/mid- medieval weapons relevant alongside fairly advanced gunpowder weapons?

Introduction In a quite a lot of games swords, bows and so forth exist on a regular basis alongside guns, and often are as powerful, if not more so, than firearms. In a realistic, non-magical setting, ...

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