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

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How to avoid cursing myself with my black magic?

My magic system works through runes,Each rune has a different effect and they need to be carved on different materials for different effects. Lets focus on curses,This curse name is "I rot your life",...
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How to balance my magic robots so they don't monopolize my story?

A setting I've been planning for a while involves a function of magic that can animate objects using the magical equivalent of programmable functions. A wizard/witch/magic-user uses a magic language ...
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CURIOUS // and my personal thought [on hold]

Is this for a game or something similiar? Just curious, but the only reason I can think of a witch giving away 1/2 her power to a male is because he has access to something she wants, or his physical ...
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Magic System Help [on hold]

I have this idea for a magic system that I have been working on. It consists of 3 realities. Our physical self would be the in between for these magical planes. One would be a area of high positive ...
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Help designing which metals are associated with specific magical powers in my magic system [on hold]

In my world, one of the magic systems involves people crushing special objects in their gauntlets to gain the dormant energy that exists within them. Essentially, imagine there are certain energy in ...
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How might a medieval fantasy/magic-using society state the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

If a medieval-level society with access to things like magic (which itself follows the laws of thermodynamics) were to have some understanding of the laws of thermodynamics, how would the 2n law be ...
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Use of magically Bound Bowls Pair [on hold]

After years of research, MagicBowls create a new product: The nearly indestructible Bound Bowls Pair. Whatever happens to one is applied to the other as it was one object! We just don't know how to ...
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Building a Medieval/Victorian world. How should the architecture and culture be seen or visualized? [on hold]

I'm thinking this new world should have Medieval tech, but with Victorian/Gothic architecture. I want to know a little about how a kingdom's capital might look and how the culture may be affected. ...
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'Magic' regeneration without breaking the 2nd law of thermodynamics

In designing a hard magic system, I would like to keep things consistent with the laws of thermodynamics (as many do) since, if I don't, I fear I may accidentally create a way for mages to create ...
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Why would witches create warlocks when it makes them weaker?

In my story's world, witchcraft is a respected institution, with the most powerful practitioners being at the top echelons of society. Due to this, society traces its lineage through matrilineal lines....
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Could a magic-filled world have religions that are unrelated to magic?

Essentially, this is a sort of brainstorming question: Say a world has many kingdoms and cultures, and each of these have magicians who can use magic, which includes things like improving physical ...
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What are some ways stop magicians from using magic without resorting to the old 'special anti-magic metal' cliche?

In my world, the magic-users have to open small, thin 'holes' in reality to tap into the power from the Realm they are tapping into. As a result, said tears in reality must stay open for them to use ...
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How could “power control” laws be enforced with the fewest violations of civil liberties? [closed]

The central premise of my story is that one day in the year 2017, an unknown entity starts imbuing humans with supernatural abilities. A quick rundown of the system: Every human over the age of 13 ...
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US Police trying to arrest a god [closed]

I have a character who the police are trying to arrest for a crime that he was framed for. He doesn't want to be arrested, but rather than just change the situation, he is just not letting the police ...
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How to combat magic as science?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.                     – ...
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How to assign kingdoms and tribes using my magic system with their own specialized type of magic? [closed]

I am using a tattoo spell-casting magic system and am working on integrating it into the nations of my made-up world. I am currently working on naming kingdoms and tribes based upon what types of ...
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Schools of magic based around energies, not elements [closed]

The classic approach of categorising magic spells based on a variant of elemental groups a well-established trope, but has never had me particularly convinced. We're used to seeing Earth, Wind(or Air)...
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How can this more technologically-advanced army efficiently fight against a less developed mixed human/undead foe? [closed]

I am looking for ways that the military, described below, can face off against Desert warriors akin to Ancient Egyptians. They're not at a high level of technology, mostly using bows for ranged ...
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What reasons would you have to reclaim your spot if the current rulers aren't evil?

Let's say a strict monarch who ruled a kingdom of "hunters" was overthrown by a race/group of "witches" in a way that wasn't proportionate to any crime the recent ruler may have committed, but instead ...
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How plausible are the terrain and land-forms on my fantasy map?

You might have seen me ask a few questions the last few days. Basically, I'm just looking for advice on how plausible this (very early prototype) map might be. Disclaimer: I unfortunately know rather ...
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How to justify the coexistence of countries with different levels of development? [closed]

Note: The word "culture" refers to a collective of peoples and countries using the mentioned technologies. So I'm running into the problem that I want multiple technological environments in my world ...
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Help balancing my six-sided magic system?

I'm basically looking for advice on how to balance the magic system I'm designing for my novel. Basically, the way it works is this: There are six known Realms beyond this one where almost magic ...
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What is a good excuse for why an early 1900's-like fantasy world has not yet invented rifles / guns of any sort?

I am writing a book where the world is split into multiple kingdoms, with each kingdom using a similar magic system to the rest, but using different powers. IE one can control the elements, another ...
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Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare?

Are swords, spears, and arrows that turn slain enemies into pure gold useful, in medieval combat, or are they useless aside from free money? Notes about the weapons: flesh wounds don't turn people ...
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How to integrate magic with nature, avoid the “our world with magic tacked on” problem? [closed]

tl;dr The typical fantasy setting is just Earth with "magic" tacked on to let the wizards cheat nature. There is absolutely no attempt to integrate magic with nature. Trees, lightning, birds and so ...
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What would be a good metaphysical component for a spell? [closed]

Magic varies from story to story, but in most universes there's a price to pay for magic. The RPG system D&D sums it up three very ellegant categories: Vocal: some magic words, like Abracadabra; ...
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Reasons for going through a standard mountain path and not around/beside it [closed]

I am designing a Mountain Dungeon for a story in a video-game style. For those who are not familiar with what is a dungeon in a video game terminology, simply put: A dungeon is a series of monster-...
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Effect of 1.5g (Induced hypertension health effects?)

On this planet, gravity faces many fluctuations, but humans spend most of the time in 1.4-1.5 gravity. During these periods (usually lasting about 5-7 days) I was thinking I'd have them increase salt ...
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Explanation as to why Male/Female Wizards have sexy bodies [closed]

I know that RPGs employ eye candy tactics to players of their preferred sex in order to entice the players into the game. Male Wizards are sexy and muscular. Female Wizards are sexy and have big ...
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Creating a derogatory term for non-humans in my fantasy novel? [closed]

I've been writing a fantasy novel in which humans are the ruling class, largely striving to squash all magic users throughout the country. What I'm trying to do is come up with a derogatory term for ...
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What disaster can cause an ancient magocratic civilization to fall into a magical dark age? [closed]

The idea that I have for the plot of my story revolves around recovering magical texts and artifacts from ancient ruins. My magic system is based around speaking a written language of magic to cast ...
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Why would sorcerers not use guns? [closed]

I have noticed that in most fantasy books, at least the ones I read, the group of sorcerers, wizards, or demigods don't use guns or other modern weapons, and instead prefer to use medieval weaponry. ...
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How tall can a humanoid creature be without alerting the rest of the planet with earthquakes?

Planet is earth sized. Fantasy medieval setting that takes place on Continent A, which is on the other side of the planet from Continent B - about as far as South America is from Asia. Continent B ...
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How would a deity best reform his Church peacefully? [closed]

The Beginning A deity of good aspects (Justice, Light, etc.) has guided mankind since the dawn of Creation, helping them develop and prosper. He was always a powerhouse in terms of raw divine power, ...
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Everyone can heal very quickly. How does this impact forensics and criminal investigations?

So the central conceit of my story is that everyone has various superhuman powers in modern day America, and one of the powers that everyone has is a superhuman healing factor. Anything we'd classify ...
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What happens when a dryad tree awakens? [closed]

A dryad is a fey-like creature bound to a tree. Always female and mostly human-shaped with some tree-like features, her life-force is bound to her tree - should the tree die then so does the dryad and ...
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How would dwarves tell time (calendar)

Information I am developing the culture of the dwarves in my fantasy world, and I am interested in a calendar system for my dwarves. Yes, I am aware of the question How would my dwarves tell time ...
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Magic: Reality check of effects of mass-altering magic

I'm looking into magic systems for my fantasy world, and among other things, I want to make sure that I have the effects right. One such magic system allows the user to create a small 'bubble' of ...
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What happens when a moving vehicle loses all its kinetic energy at once

In the system of magic that I am using I try to follow the laws of physics as much as possible. The idea being that whatever magic can do, a scientist and machine can eventually do. One of the things ...
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What would be good reasons that prevent mages from making it into government? [duplicate]

I have a world where the mages are strong enough to defeat great demons, and can use their power to build anything from toothpicks to elaborate weapons. I understand that with all that power they ...
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How can I use magic to make childbirth easier?

Going through labour is an intense and painful process that can last anywhere from 8 to 18 hours. It was also very dangerous for women during the middle ages. The lack of medicine and healthcare led ...
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why would the bodies of an immortal sorceress decay at an accelerated rate? [closed]

A dark sorceress has discovered a dark form of immortality. A being can transfer their soul to a younger body and take their place as long as it is an individual in their family or generational line. ...
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Why would mages hide their power level? [closed]

In this fantasy setting based on medieval Europe, scary monsters and minions of the Undead King plague the land. In response, large cities have started to employ those proficient with sword or bow ...
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I Just stole all of the money in the world. What happens now? [closed]

Using a magical computer virus, I’ve stolen all of the money in the world. All of the cash. All of the money from every checking, savings, retirement account. Every bitcoin, etherium, and doge ...
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Why does mana content in humans increase as they get older? [closed]

Mana is the life energy present in all humans. It allows the body to sustain itself and perform its necessary functions to keep us alive. It also gives us the ability to use magical spells and rituals....
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How much energy would be required to vaporise a giant reptilian monster?

At the climax of my story, the main antagonist transforms into a gigantic and nigh-unkillable monstrosity that resembles an unholy hybrid of a crocodile, Mosasaurus and Dimetrodon. After a long and ...
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Why is there only one wizard's guild?

The characteristics of a wizard: Spellcasting is very complicated and difficult - a high intelligence is critical to make a success of it. They spend many years studying to master the basics of their ...
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Why would witches not create magical familiars? [closed]

In my story's world, witchcraft is a respected institution, with the most powerful practitioners being at the top echelons of society. Due to this, society traces its lineage through matrilineal lines....
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Weather Impacted By Extreme Magical Effect (Heat)

On an Earth-like/Earth-size planet what would be the meteorological effect of a zone, maybe 300 kilometers across, about 20 degrees latitude, in the middle of a northern hemisphere large continental ...
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How different human society and behaviour would be if the talion law was imposed by a benevolent goddess since the creation of mankind? [closed]

In another universe and another dimension, humanity is created by an omnipotent and benevolent goddess. The planet in which these humans inhabit is a perfect clone of the earth and the goddess is ...