Questions tagged [magic]

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how could a nature spell need to remain constantly active?

Angels are massively powerful entities that inhabit the astral plane, separated from our world through a metaphysical barrier. They can only enter our world by way of a summoning spell, a form of ...
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Dungeon-fed civilization - what are the consequences?

So, I'll start with a short summary: I wanted to have magic world with other-than-agriculture based civilization. I gave them magic dungeons. I'm afraid that there are many problems I didn't take in ...
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How many people within a given population could reasonably be “noble” without inbreeding becoming an issue?

I have searched around the site and seen several population-related questions, but not one that is getting at what I'm specifically wondering (or that is at least explaining it in a way that my ...
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What kind of power could be stronger than light and shadow? [closed]

I am creating a world where exist 2 main types of magic users: the ones with the ability to control the light of the sun and the ones with the ability to control the darkness of the shadows/moon. ...
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Designing a Oil-Firing Crossbow-Like Weapon

The setting and technology level is late Medieval to early Renaissance. I have a character who possess the ability to create and manipulate flames, however, the power comes with a single drawback - ...
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How can energy seeping into reality be prevented from spreading?

Our reality is separated from the realm of chaos by a thin barrier that prevents either realm's inhabitants from interacting. The exception is during an event which occurs every 1000 years. In this ...
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How would planet Earth reason with people? [closed]

Let's say that...Planet Earth has a soul, and is a little more than a fat rock floating in space. And that around the begining of the carboniferous period, Earth was very curious to know what this ...
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What would the biology of magic plants that get their energy through pure darkness look like?

In a world just like our own, one day, everything turned dark. Literally, as the planet was consumed by near-total darkness, the clouds turning black and allow little to no natural sunlight through ...
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Magically binding contract or oath: text example template

I find myself in need of the rules and text body of an oath for a magic and/or devil contract. Here are my thoughts: Does magic rely on the collective subconscious, or personal minds involved to ...
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What powers do you think constellations would have? [closed]

For instance, I have a character who inherits the powers of a constellation and I was going for the minor ones like Serpens. I know that Serpens has two parts to it like the Serpens Caput and Serpens ...
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How can caravans safely move between towns despite threat of monster attacks?

I have a traditional quasi-medieval fantasy realm where a few generations back improper use of magic lead to creation of monsters throughout the land. Our main countries have had to figure out how to ...
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How can I describe an incredible release of power, realistically [closed]

In my writing, a goddess is removed from her position as a god and reduced to a human. (See my question on writing.SE) At the moment of the loss of power huge amounts of energy would be released into ...
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Does this magic system seem sufficiently hard-rational?

The world I'm making is primarily sci-fi with a few elements of hard fantasy (the fantasy is mostly aesthetic). The magic system I've come up with so far consists of these premises: 1) Everything in ...
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What makes natural Mana more difficult to contain than synthetic mana?

Synthetic Mana is a form of artificially created energy that is used for various purposes, such as power sources, fuel, etc. These substances can be made in large quantities and stored away for many ...
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why wouldn't a beneficial mutation be passed down to descendants?

Individuals are born with mana, which accounts for their life force and has a hand in determining the strength of their spells. Mana level and composition is determined by a person's genes, which they ...
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Why would witches be incapable of using wands?

Witches are born with various levels of mana, with some having larger pools than others. This determines the strength of their magic and the power of their spells. However, magic is complicated, ...
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how can large reserves of mana not be made irrelevant by technology?

All individuals contain mana, the life force of a human that can also be used to power spells. People are born with various levels of mana, with some having larger pools than others. This determines ...
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What kind of materials could be made with immense heat, that weren't available in a typical Medieval setting?

So, I won't go into all the details, but in a medieval setting, an individual character has discovered a new extension of my world's magic system, where by using an ability that resembles 'telekinesis'...
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Kinetic magical boxers - consequences [closed]

I have little problem with physics and I do not know how to formulate question to get help of a google. Say, in my settings I have a Boxers (and other street martial artists) which can store impact ...
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Why bother with contractual summoning when sealing a magical creature into an inanimate object works just as well?

Set in the 12th century C.E. a trend seems to spread like wildfire across the kingdom: many young mages are practicing sealing a slain magical creature into all kinds of melee weapons, most commonly a ...
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How can a demonic parasite protect its future investment?

Elves are born with different amounts of mana, which increases as they age and will determine their potential of magical power. Elven maidens with large reserves of mana usually produce powerful ...
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How can a creature that feeds on energy not grow more powerful?

Elves are magical creatures that use Mana as a source of power for their spells. Individuals are born with different amounts, which increases as they age and will determine their potential of magical ...
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How can my gods be explained as abstract life forms? [closed]

My idea for my fantasy world is that magic is a philosophy, and through a process an individual understands that they are a collection of particles that is conscious, and they have the ability to use ...
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how can maternity death rates be higher among witches with large Mana reserves?

Mana is the source of magic in the world, and is connected to a person's life force. A witch contains the mana within their soul, and determines the physical constitution of the individual. ...
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Does this magic system stray way too far from the realm of medieval fantasy? [closed]

I have thought of a magic system, I’ve just thought about it so it’s not a system really. There is a special kind of metal that when a magical powder touches, a practicer of the arts can cast a spell. ...
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How can I prevent witches from cheating the magic system?

Witches have the ability to siphon Mana from other individuals to add power to a spell. They accomplish this through specially designed runes, which are tattooed to an individual. This rune links the ...
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Could one use electricity to divert bullets?

My main character is one with the gift to control electricity. Despite this obvious flaw in reasoning I try to keep it as scientifically accurate as possible so he cannot for example zap someone from ...
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How does magical healing affect medicinal development? [closed]

In a world with a magic system halfway between hard and soft, which doesn't require technology due to said magic. It has to be remembered that magic isn't uncommon, but powerful magic is. It costs ...
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How would a region with no government affect the people, local villages and farms in a medieval setting?

I'm writing a story at the moment where a griffin has imprisoned a lord while taking his castle as a new roost. Almost all the lord's men and servants have been disposed, therefore any kind of ...
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Which fantasy races would work well together in a kind of symbiosis? [closed]

I've been reading through a lot of questions re various races strengths and weaknesses in battle and social organisation & it made me think that there would be quite a few areas where different ...
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Feasability of replacing roads with far inland canals [closed]

What problems am I going to have to address with regards to man-made continent wide/spanning rivers ? Ecological hazard, erosion, pollution ? CLARIFICATION : This is a completely fantastical setting, ...
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Can secrets/information be a feasible currency in a fantasy setting?

In a generic fantasy world, there exists an island community in which the inhabitants are freely provided food, board, and entertainment. Their only use for traditional coin is to trade with passing ...
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Can a commercial airliner survive a trip through a thunderstorm cloud?

A terrorist mage cast a thunderstorm spell. Unfortunately, a commercial airliner was the target of said spell, which spawned the storm right around the aircraft. The aircraft itself is a large ...
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Using electromagnetic fields to achieve an unbreakable blade

A while ago I stumbled upon the idea of a stasis field, which shined the light in the tunnel for a question I have. Let's assume that a character has the magical ability to control electricity, could ...
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How damaging would the loss of hearing, smell and sense of touch be on an open battlefield? [closed]

Only hearing, smell and sense of touch would be affected, visibility/eye-sight would be unchanged. (effects are temporary) Melee weapons : spears/polearms, swords, something something magic melee ...
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How do different color eyes affect eyesight?

To put it simply. How would the color an eye affect what one could see? I ask this due to watching some of an anime called, "Somali and the Forest Spirit" If I remember correctly in episode 2 the ...
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Using magic to replicate modern technology [closed]

In a fantasy world that operates with magic, can wizards and mages use their abilities to replicate modern technology? For example either a flashlight or a modern aircraft? How would they accomplish ...
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What are some ideal scouting forms for a shapeshifter?

Imagine a shapeshifter has to investigate a dense urban or forest environment. What forms would they prefer? Something that could move fast, climb obstacles, and get into restricted areas? I’m not ...
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Why would powerful mages be the least successful in binding a daemon?

Daemonism is a religion that revolves around the worship of, surprisingly, daemons. Followers practice a form of magic called chaos magic, which flows out of the daemonic realm. While it is powerful, ...
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What would make Mana bending lead to unrelated effects on reality?

Mana benders are individuals who can impose their will on reality by altering it based on their perception, usually interpreted as "magical abilities". These powers can take a number of forms, ...
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Creative uses of Compression/Creation am Decompression/Dismantling magic

Using a magic system with Mana as an external force that can be used to influence matter what would be some cool ways to use these types of magic without it sounding like complete make believe. So my ...
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How can I explain a device that blurs vision within a localized area?

For context a person has stolen a piece of junk military equipment that can allegedly "warp reality". Turns out to be a false rumor, the device actually has a limited ability to alter/warp visual ...
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Lightning strikes a medieval army. What happens?

In a battle, a mage uses a spell that summons a bolt of lightning from the heavens to strike whatever the mage desires. The lightning lands smack dab in the middle of a tightly packed formation of ...
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Figuring out the Cosmic Compass (Updated)

I'm developing a fantasy setting where people can go to other planes (universes) that are not made of mostly empty space, like our universe is. Instead, you have universes made mostly (but not ...
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How can an open area prevent its inhabitants from leaving? [closed]

Long ago, the elven races were embroiled in a civil war called the sundering. This war split the elves into different groups, which eventually became separate races. The elves that remained in their ...
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What happens when you hold a giant boulder over a medieval town for 100 years? [closed]

So I'm writing a fantasy story where a giant colossus appears next to a village and is holding a giant boulder (or small mountain) over it like it's ready to drop. The boulder is large enough to shade ...
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What are the benefits of learning both sword-fighting and combat sorcery instead of just focusing on sorcery? [closed]

I've always liked the concept of using sorcery to enhance one's abilities while sword-fighting. For instance, increasing speed, casting waves of fire with the sword, making the sword cut through ...
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Would the ability to magically reduce one's body mass/density allow for higher mobility, nimbleness, agility and speed?

I want one of my characters to be a full blown "ninja". By this I don't mean an actual japanese ninja mind you, but merely someone who embodies the various tropes that ninjas have become associated ...
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How hard would be to make a concrete fluid container to explode?

The situation is that two magic users are fighting a concrete golem, their only way to defeat it is to destroy it, when this characters crack it they find that the golem is hollow so their strategy is ...
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How effective would a pole-arm blunt weapon be?

No metal weapons allowed I'm limiting this to wooden or composite ones only (for example the use of something as tough or harder than lignum vitae and other materials). I accept far fetched answers ...

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