Questions tagged [magic]

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How can the absence of the soul provide for immortality?

I am Yosef Mengalus, a mage and Philanthropist with an interest in studying the metaphysical. The soul is the core of the human being, and the seat of what makes a person "them". Personality, emotions,...
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Tactics people with wind powers would develop against people with fire powers during a death tournament, and vice versa?

For centuries, on the day the moon would turn a blood red, a portal would open across various worlds. Chosen warriors from these worlds would enter the portal, usually at most five people per world, ...
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How would companies capitalize on the existence of magic, forcing the little peopel to rise against them? [closed]

I wanted to combine "Shadowrun" - "industrial espionage runs rampant in a near-future setting. A "Shadowrun" is successful data theft or physical break-in at a rival ...
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How can I protect witches in combat who wear limited clothing?

On TV, witches often wear skimpy, impractical outfits when going into a fight. This is done for fanservice reasons, so I wanted a way to make this sensible. Witches perform magic by drawing in energy ...
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How can black magic be prevented from becoming common?

Since the olden days, black magic was used by malevolent individuals to cause harm to others. A bloke who wanted revenge or was spiteful against another could use these spells to hex that person, ...
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Why casting grand spell usually accompanied with tapping the ground with quarterstaff?

Magical spells in the medieval times requires an incantation and a swing of a wand or quarterstaff to produce any effect, however to cast a high tier grand spell it is necessary to tap the ground as ...
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sleeping beauty sleeps. And then? [closed]

Sleeping beauty sleeps. The King sleeps, the household sleeps, the cook sleeps, even the flies on the wall sleep. The castle sleeps. That means, the heads of the government are taken out. As we all ...
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How can a soul be unable to resurrect from multiple locations?

I am a warlock who has committed many evil and despicable deeds in his lifetime. Bad karma has blackened my soul, dooming me to an eternity of unspeakable suffering in hell. Luckily, there is a way to ...
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I can't wish for someone to die, how to get around this rule? [closed]

A genie gives you the ability to make any wish possible with a few rules : no time travel no destruction of the universe not causing the death of anyone not wishing for others to do whatever you ...
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If soldiers that don't die from infection or bleeding exist, how would pre gunpowder medieval european warfare change in terms of combat and strategy?

The soldiers in question are, for lack of other words, magically enhanced due to a 2 yr training regime with potions such that their veins close immediately in case of injury and their immune systems ...
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What kind of damage can a single swing of a super sharp sword at super speed do?

The wielder is super-human, enhanced by magic, able to swing the sword at any speed physically possible (without breaking the laws of physics). The sword is ultra-sharp, with an edge of any sharpness (...
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How useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount?

I am in the "drawing board" stage of creating fantasy mounts for my world and I was wondering how useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount ? I am personally operating under ...
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How to Limit the Power of Resetting Time

The protagonist has the ability to reset themselves back to a place in time a limited amount of times. With that said, what other limitations can I place on the protagonist, so they are not ...
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What would civilization be after a fantasy apocalypse [closed]

Im making a campaign set in the United states around a few hundred years after an apocalyptic event that gave the world magic. The flora and fauna is fine again and only a few isolated pockets of ...
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How can I extend the life of a spell that depends on degradable material?

Magic works by utilizing the individual's mana to power a particular spell. These spells are designed to work through the use of either verbal enchanting or specific runes, which are used to activate ...
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Are my ocean currents passable?

(Excuse the mess, as this is just a rough draft I drew up in CC3+. If it needs to be tidied up, just let me know. Bright red and dark blue arrows indicate wind direction.) I was marking the ocean ...
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Magic is illegal in warfare, how would generals workaround that? [closed]

First I know I did not explain everything in the title. It's a little complicated. Similar to the rules in this question. Magic potions exist with the following rules Pre-industrial revolution world. ...
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How do I encourage fully armored knights to carry a shield

I am told by my friend, who has some HEMA background, that real fully armored late-medieval to Renaissance knights generally did not carry or use shields. This was because of two reasons. Firstly, ...
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What scientific theories would support the existence of magic? [closed]

I am working on a dark fantasy world for my board game, and I want to have magic in it, but I have a hard time coming up with "reasonable" ways to explain the existence of magic without it ...
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Warfare result of stamina potions?

In a world I'm working on there is magic potions of all kinds. However since using magic directly in war is illegal, and few wizards make courage potions. The only thing left for generals to use is ...
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Would we see cannons in a magic-using society?

In a society that has relatively plentiful magic, enough that spell casters would be a standard part of any size-able army, would cannons and artillery still develop? For the purpose of this question ...
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Explaining where energy comes from to power magic

I'm trying to create a realistic magic system, this may be a lost cause. Imagine in our story we have a wizard who wants to cast a spell to start a fire. In some magic systems there are magic words, ...
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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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What kind of culture would an undead nation develop? [closed]

Imagine a high fantasy world where some powerful necromancy was developed. After a massive war, a few liches began raising undead from the bodies and souls of the fallen warriors using a lengthy ...
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What species, if any, would survive this kind of apocalypse, and what would global environment be like?

So, this is going to be kind of a tricky question to answer, because the setting is a science fantasy world, in the sense that, on the surface at least, it looks like our reality and it seems like the ...
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What would people in early civilization with magical food source do?

So, on a large (20-25 000 km^2) island, there is a lake, and in middle of that lake is a small lake-island, where there is a city of 9 thousand Skrits. These poor folks built their city on top of a ...
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Effects of anti coin counterfeiting magic on pre-industrial revolution on trade?

In the continent there are 2 main powers that mint coins. Both of them use a tiny bit of magic on coins that resonates with a small rod when the coin is true and does nothing when it is false. For ...
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How could someone recognize another person as being magically mind controlled?

Background I'm writing a story set in a version of the modern world, but with a hidden magic user society. Mages all come from one of seven "Houses", each with particular expertise in one ...
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how well would a magical scale armor-strength cloak work as armor?

the cloak covers most of the body, usually down to a foot above the ground. it's stiff enough and built to sort of spread out as it gets lower at a constant rate, and underneath the cloak is the ...
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How much can a magician lift if constrained by her own body's energy?

In Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle ( the Eragon books ), magic works in a very specifically defined way. A magician can only use magic as far as his own bodily strength would be able to take ...
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Tactics people with electricity powers would develop against people with water powers during a death tournament, and vice versa? [closed]

For centuries, on the day the moon would turn a blood red, a portal would open across various worlds. Chosen warriors from these worlds would enter the portal, usually at most five people per world, ...
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How can I limit the application of resurrecting spells?

A cauldron is symbolic of the goddess Cerridwen, a goddess associated with rebirth, and have been useful to warring armies throughout the centuries. There is a spell involving ressureccting a corpse ...
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Is telekinetic cooling plausible?

(Note: this is similar to is Cryomancy scientifically possible?, but not exactly the same.) In my story, I have "magic" that amounts to telekinesis powered by the user's metabolism. It seems that ...
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How would you explain magic with eclectic connections between effects, colors and inter-magic interactions?

How would you explain magic with eclectic connections between effects, colors and inter-magic interactions? Basically, "Why do these colors of magic do the things they do?" Such as this following ...
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Properties of a distributed spell altering the appearance of creatures

In my story, a man lived under the influence of an evil sorcerer. In this world, magic takes energy to cast, and the energy required increases over distance, the sorcerer casted a spell focused around ...
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How can enchancing a soldiers abilities decrease their life expectancy?

Griffith, a warlord from the ancient world, leads a group of mercenaries called "The band of the Hawk". They have achieved many victories and ultimately desire to build a kingdom of their own. ...
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What can counter ice magic that's not fire magic? [closed]

In this world, there is concept magic -- such as fire magic, ice magic, light magic, and wind magic. The simplest way to fight a particular concept is to pit its opposite against it -- light vs. ...
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How can humans retain the benefits of sleep through meditation?

According to dungeons and dragons, Elves don't sleep, but go through a process called reverie. This is a meditative state in which they retain the restorative of sleeping, but they remain fully ...
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Must magic be tied to medieval tech?

Most settings with a magical component, whether this means wizards, magical races, or something similar, seem to be parked at a medieval level of development in terms of technology and society. Is ...
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What would be the benefits of cauldron usage for witchcraft?

A cauldron is a giant, iron pot that witches use in the creation of potions. These potions serve a variety of purposes, and it was customary for any self respecting witch to own one since the old days ...
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Equation for magic system involving negative resistance and exposure time

I am devising a magic system that requires the user to output their energy (say, metabolismic calories) as a trigger, thus letting the sea of mana do the rest. Still, the sea of mana would multiply ...
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How would organisms adapt to survive darkness beasts? [expansion to my old question]

[This is an expanded/refined version of my old question: How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts? ] Premise: 'Beasts'/Seraphins are other-worldly intangible beings (you can't touch them, but ...
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How would this magic “energy weapon” affect warfare? [closed]

What if people could fire magical energy beams from their hands. It requires no external resources and is easy to use and cheap. The magic attack has three characteristics : 1- Phases through any ...
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Vanisher - Mage breaking chemical bonds with power of his blood

I have a mage discipline which focus on what is perceived as Vanishing. In reality they just teleport stuff by breaking chemical bonds and moving it. The limitation here is that the teleportation ...
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Magic and Evolution [closed]

I am thinking about magic in humans and the long term effects on humanity. This is normally handwaved in magic-using stories everywhere, be it Marvel Superheroes or Fantasy. This handwaving is ...
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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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What affects would magic potions have on medicine and trade? [closed]

I got a world in which magic potions cure all non magical diseases with ease. They are used for humans, animals, and even added to water that would be used to grow plants and crops and so on. ...
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Easiest to acquire solid element with high purity?

The goal is to create the Great Wall of China out of Titanium - which is to say you need a lot of material. Transmutation magic exists which can turn anything into a pure element (Titanium in this ...
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How can a substance necessary for organic life be harmful? [closed]

Mana is the source of an individual's magical power. A person's Mana reserves determine the strength of their spells. Lady Stoneheart, the Witch of Westeros, has developed a black market industry ...
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Despite being invulnerable against ballistic projectiles, why does a wizard's robe still get wet during rain?

A battlemage practiced the art of close combat fighting, and could deal huge amounts of damage to his opponents at point blank range. He also had a special robe, which was enchanted by a powerful ...

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