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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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Why would we burn witches?

So, imagine a world where magic is a real, quantifiable energy. It has real, visible effects, and can be used by humans to mold reality as they see fit (with varying degrees of finesse). The beginning ...
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How could physical fitness and arcane magic be linked to each other if they operate differently?

Souls are made of chakra, which is the life force of all things. People are born with different levels of chakra that remain the same throughout life. Shamanism is a form of magic that uses your ...
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Why should magical created sand-bugs never stop multiplying?

My world is a medieval-magical setting like in "The Dark Eye". An extinct, magical elves-race had a technique to raise "bugs" from sand, but other materials were possible too. Those bugs usually had a ...
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How can mana absorption by a warlock lead to less than 100% overall gain?

Johnann Gotticus is a warlock on a quest to create his own kingdom, whatever the cost. For this to work, he needs to seek power to destroy his enemies. There is a procedure that allows him to steal ...
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Why would mages not use mana they have stolen to permanently boost their power?

The soul of an individual is made up of two parts: The ghost, which is eternal and lives on after your death, and mana, which is the life energy that keeps your body functioning and your soul grounded ...
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How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts?

Premise: In a world similar ours, whose culture is like our medieval era, there is one key difference. There is a "Darkness" (at night or in very dark places) which forms into "beasts" through some ...
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help: heart in a box [closed]

So, one of my main characters, 'Underneath' serves the 'old king', who lays among cobwebs and old scriptures underneath the cathedral of silence, bitter and crippled. She provides him with snips of ...
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What are some scientific ways in which someone can gain magical powers? [closed]

I have been stuck between magic that has seeped in from another world, or has simply been made through experiments by the government. I have settled with the first, but how would that work? Would ...
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Superposition as an ability? [closed]

my question is: can superposition be used as an ability? If yes, then how? if no, why? I have magic systems already set, but I think that having superposition as an ability of some sort... would be ...
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Magic system cost [closed]

If a magic system based on words to create an effect such as fire and gestures such as a rotating motion to cause it to turn into a tornado of flame what would a sufficient cost and price system? ...
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how can i defeat a lich without getting close to it? [closed]

This setting takes place in the ancient world. A lich is a creature who absorbs the mana from the environment around them to temproarily boost it's spells. As they get older, they become more powerful ...
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Magic fundamentals [closed]

Its a simple question. What causes the form of a spell the hand gestures or is it the words. Its not a huge thing. I ask for peoples ideas and what they think. Magic such as fireball and such are not ...
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Why does my island nation start building bridges? [closed]

I’ve got a fantasy world in which the landmass is essentially a large series of archipelagos and island chains. For a real world comparison, think the Hawaiian islands in range of size and distance ...
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A Mountain appearing in the desert

What would happen if a mountain just appeared in a desert? This would happen by magical means, but what would happen to the surrounding ecosystem if a large mountain just appeared in the middle of a ...
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What color would human blood be, with no iron in it? [duplicate]

There have been a few other questions similar to this, but I'm not talking about, say, copper-based blood being green or anything. I'm merely wondering about human blood, if it had no iron. And were ...
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How to not let magic advance the technology too fast?

So lets say that the level of the non-magic wielding species i.e. humans technology is at around the level it was in the early medieval times. I would then introduce magic to the rest of the world in ...
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A magic system at least partially based on the real-world cultural history of magic? [on hold]

I've long had difficulty trying to put this into words, and trying to find reliable sources that I could look into to inform me on how to move forward with my writing. I'm hoping someone out there ...
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What would the proper shooting stance be for a recoil-free arm cannon?

Quick summary: it’s the modern day, and everyone can use magic. Some of that magic is of the variety that lets you launch energy blasts from your fists, similar to a Mega Man style arm cannon. You ...
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How to limit magic mirrors so they're not overly powerful?

Based on a set of questions by Pavel Janicek about how to address and then monetize magic mirrors in today's modern world. The short version of these magic mirrors is that any one magic mirror can ...
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Why would mass suicide be the only way to summon a god? [closed]

Eons ago, there was a war among gods that came close to destroying humanity and the mortal realm. Gods depend on humanity, and their destruction would inevitably hurt them as well. At the conclusion ...
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What would petrification feel like? [on hold]

If a character in my book series gets petrified by magic, how would the process feel physically? Here are some things to note when answering this: -The character has similar physiology to that of a ...
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how can warlocks be prevented from taking over a coven?

Magic in this world is gender linked. Estrogen lets you focus and direct the power, while testosterone allows you to channel larger amounts. Shamanism is a field of study that calls upon the magic of ...
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Why would sorcery require the use of both sexes to be performed?

Sorcery is a field of study that calls upon the magic of the planet. Rather than using their own natural energies which are finite, an individual uses the energy of nature and the world around them. ...
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How to make firearms rare while metal is still widely available.

My world is in a Napoleonic era in terms of weapons technology, but firearms are extremely expensive and rare. How do I make his believable? Im doing this because I want to keep bows, swords, spears, ...
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Incomplete Magic System [closed]

I am looking for help on my system of magic spells and spell casting. The system is made up of three parts; your alignment, your element, and how those two interact. Alignment: Your alignment works ...
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How to monetize magical mirrors in today's world?

This is kinda a followup question to my earlier question about magical mirrors: Magical internet - unique addressing system Two months ago, I discovered an ancient house in the middle of woods. As I ...
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Ideas to nullify the gravity of a Neutron Star?

Hello everyone! I've been sitting here for the past hour extensively rewriting a setting because I ran into an issue with mapping. I had a setting built off the good 'ol concept of a dyson sphere ...
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Travelling the multiverse by accident? [closed]

As you've probably guessed, I have no idea how multiverses and parallel universes, or space-time travel, etc work. I don't know how Physics or Mathematics explains alternate universes. But, they are ...
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Why would somebody want to stop the four elements? [closed]

I'm writing a story about the four elements that are in four people. One controls water, one controls fire, and so on for air and earth. Why would the antagonist want to get rid of the four people/...
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Can the soldiers upon this wall successfully withstand this enemy army? [closed]

Edit 7 I'm looking at walls and armies lately and was wondering how to have them built/organized for a fantasy setting. The wall is like the Great wall of China It has influential and powerful magic ...
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How would a unguligrade human (similar to a satyr/faun) ride a horse?

I am working on creating a fantasy race called the Aemani. As they are part deer they are unguligrade bipeds (like a faun or satyr). I am in the midst of creating their culture however I don't know ...
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What are some alternatives to magic and technology? [closed]

It seems most worlds are run by either magic or technology. Sometimes it is both. But usually they are opposites. One may be the yin to the yang. Entire societies are usually based off of one or the ...
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Feasibility of a Crystal Ecosystem

In my Fantasy world there exists a crevice. Plants and animals made of glittering, iridescent crystalline structures in abundance. The crevice can contain any arbitrary materials that might make the ...
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How can medieval-like coalition defeat or force a modern army into submission? [closed]

In my story, there would eventually be a final battle between a modern/high tech army from Earth and a coalition from another world. What are ways that the coalition can gain victory? Given that they ...
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Would it be possible to create tides that fluctuate every 25 days and rise/recede quite drastically. possibly up to a mile

Like the title, my world has drastic tides that complete a cycle in roughly 25 days. is this possible? My limited knowledge of astronomy leaves me pretty limited. I understand that there would have to ...
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Why would steroids not increase magical potential? [closed]

Mana is continuously produced by the body in order to keep a person alive and functional. It is also kinked to magical potential. Testosterone is an important signalling hormone in a mana production ...
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What would be the physique of a damage immune teenager?

I have this protagonist who has has the ability to magically nullify newtons of force when they would harm him. Functionally speaking, this makes the character immune from most forms of damage, both ...
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White Magic consumes Vital Energy, what could be the limitation for Dark Magic? [closed]

In my story, there are two kind of magic powers: White Magic and Dark Magic. White magic are powers such as Telekinesis and its limitation is the consumption of vital energy: The more the user does ...
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Why would an elder god who depends on human worship limit the amount that it gets?

This is a follow up question to this older question: How can I use my dominance of the software industry to get my customers to worship an eldritch abomination that they don't believe in? Hastur, ...
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How to mine the underside of a floating continent?

Background The known world consists of dozens of continents floating in an airy void. These continents range from small islands a few square kilometers in size, to great land masses up to 1,000 ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

So, here's my situation: my first book revolves around an unknown entity giving modern day humanity an assortment of supernatural powers. Every week a new power is given to everyone on Earth over the ...
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Why would male organs make better ingredients for a spell?

Witchcraft in this world is practiced openly by witches and is exclusively female. Magic works through long, complicated rituals that require multiple components. The most powerful of these demand ...
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Determining the energy efficiency of a Light Wand

So, I'm working out some of the types of wands people can purchase in my flintlock fantasy setting, and I'm having an issue with one of them. Before I get to that, let me explain how Magic in my ...
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What would be a good way to mix magic and tech? [closed]

I want to create a world that combines both magic and steampunkish technology melding them into two different branches. With a school for each. What would be a good starting point?
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How to determine power or limits of magic if it's bound by laws of physics? [closed]

I'm a fan of plausible superpowers and believable magic. I want to come up with several magic discpiplines and superpowers (or abilities), that are rather impossible in real world, but are still ...
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What features would a pirate ship need to be able to support the weight of a dragon and cargo?

A notable character in my story is a notorious pirate known for his ruthlessness. His notoriety makes him a target for other pirates, marine soldiers, and whatever else decided to make a home in the ...
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The time it takes to advance a medieval period country to a spacefaring intergalactic country

The main character died, and they are transported into another world. Before they are sent by the deity to the other world, he is given overpowered skills. The main character is also given a game-like ...
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How to keep track of everything with an infinite-dimensional telepathic ability? [closed]

The ability to telepathically communicate with and control any of your infinite other-dimensional selves is rare, but exists! Rules for how this works: Although dimensions and possibilities are ...
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Why couldn't/wouldn't people use someone else's summoned familiar, ordered to obey them, rather than their own?

So, in my story, there are six main categories of magical abilities, and everyone's able to have 5 abilities at a time. Each category of power has its own limitations on, and rules for, their use, and ...
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What roles could a mage do in an industrialized world? [closed]

Here is the scenario: In a fantasy world filled with orcs, dragons and other magic critters, most countries live relativly simple, as magic provides most things to life with strong king or ...