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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 competing gods ignore an obvious power source? [on hold]

Human souls are energy sources that gods feed upon in the aether realm. This pushes them to interfere with the mortal realm and gain followers through worship. Messiahs, prophets, and all manner of ...
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How would I use different systems of magic when they are capable of the same effects?

Spells in this world is broken down into several categories, each designed to fill a certain niche: Enchantment Spells These are spells designed to capture cosmic power within a crafted item, so ...
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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 can I build a school around a particular form of magic?

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practicioners must draw on this ...
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How would a “year” comcept work in a planet that has the Three Body Problem? (And two more fantasy questions) [on hold]

I write High Fantasy books, with the craziest stuff in them, but I would like to keep this a little life like... So yeah, the planet is in a binary star system, and has a chaotic orbiting pattern ( ...
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Weaponising the Grasp-at-a-Distance spell

Wizards have developed a Grasp-at-a Distance spell. It has numerous uses in everyday life of course but the Emperor (may he live forever) wants it to be deployed as a weapon of war. Spell operation ...
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What range of colors is it physically possible for a humanoid race's skin to have? [on hold]

My story takes a sort of Shadowrun-esque approach to the concept of fantasy races, in that all members of fantasy races are, or are descended from, former humans transformed by magic, though in this ...
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Habitability inside an enclosed solar system

In D&D Spelljammer, there's a concept of "crystal spheres" that enclose a solar system, with its radius being double the radius between the sun and its furthest planet. For my solar system, I did ...
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Dredging in a fantasy setting

So, I am setting up a world for a DND campaign in which, through a magical accident in the past, the face of the globe is covered in ocean, all except for a few tiny islands where the highest mountain ...
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Why would extracting mana from a mage be more successful than from a muggle?

This is a follow-up question to this: How can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise? Mana is life energy of the soul used in conducting spells. Crones are renegade ...
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How can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, which increases with age and peaks at a certain point. Individuals are born with all the mana they will ever have, but it can be refined with practice ...
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How do I keep my slimes from escaping their pens?

Hmm... Time to take inventory of the slimes real quick... Lamp Oil Slime, O- Slime, Yellow Paint Slime, Pur-... Red Paint Slime? Blue Paint Slime? You two didn't...! Great... So I need a new RPS and a ...
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How can I make personal mana capacity relevant to a form of magic that doesn't use it?

Dryadism is a passive form of magic that anyone with the skill and training can learn. Unlike other forms of magic, it does not depend on the individual using their mana, but on the natural mana ...
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Adverse Effects of Widespread Immortality [closed]

In a medieval high fantasy world where magic exists, if there is a geographic area in which living creatures mature and then stop ageing; what would the negative effects of this be; firstly on a small ...
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How do I keep my remains safe from being summoned as a skeleton?

Imagine a magical world similar to this question, where everyone uses skeletons as soldiers. There are mages running around searching graves for bones to summon them into skeletons. How do I keep ...
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How To Prevent The Industrial Revolution? [duplicate]

I have a fantasy universe that has magic but I still try to make it the most scientifically accurate I can. However, how can I prevent the Industrial Revolution? This world is medieval, and it needs ...
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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 I prevent hyper evolved versions of regular creatures from wiping out their cousins?

The world is covered in mana, the life force that flows through all things. In certain places, this mana saturates to high levels. This affects the animals living in those areas, who absorb the high ...
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How would I build a civilisation of multiple worlds around multiple suns work? [closed]

I’m building a group of magical civilisations, in which there are seven suns, orbiting a much larger sun, each with their own planets. There are forty planets in total. Some are moons orbiting gas ...
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How to make being a mage so cutthroat that generally only power mad become mages? [closed]

In my world mages are powerful and potentially game breaking in a fight. However, I want to limit them to being mostly used by the 'enemy' side, and until very recently it was quite rare for mages to ...
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In What Way Would Cryomancy Affect the Food Eaten by Medieval People?

Cryomancy is magic involving the removal of heat from an object by converting thermal energy into magical energy, thereby cooling the object. The conversion to magical energy is not perfect (some ...
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Scientifically Correct Hanahaki Disease?

For those who don't know, Hanahaki Disease is a fictional disease related to love. It can happen when someone has unrequited romantic feelings for someone, so flowers start growing inside them. The ...
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How would two fireballs act when they collide? [duplicate]

A magical fireball is just a large mass of high energy, or rather a chaotic state if excited particles. Normal flames require a fuel that will have kinetic energy when flying in a direction, resulting ...
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Differences between users of magic depending on their denomination [closed]

As anyone that knows a bit about magic in fantasy worlds can tell you, there are many names for magic users, such as wizard and mage. So what makes a wizard different from a mage? My idea, although ...
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How can I refine the rules of precognition to make it valuable in a fast paced enviromment?

Precognesis is a school of magic in which an individual can access the time stream of reality. These individuals are called seers, who use their mental training to read the future. This ability is ...
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Value of ice during the Renaissance

This is set during the Renaissance, a mostly normal European setting. Magic works through controlling the flux of energy. A mage can't simply create energy, but he can store and change it. Most ...
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How to make plasma manipulation powers, on equal power with phases of matter, without material generation powers?

In a world with a magic system where everyone can manipulate materials that are in 1 of 4 certain phases of matter, and the phases are: Plasma, Liquid, Solid, and Gas... How do I make the Plasma ...
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Would direct use of kinetic energy be able to simulate a solid object?

For context, imagine that a human being has reality warping powers based on knowledge. Basically, if you know how something works and what manipulations have to happen for a certain result to occur, ...
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Hierarchy: Protect, absorb and reflect vs destructive parasitic or vampiric spells such as leech or draw [closed]

Suppose there are two wizards, one using light magic to protect himself and others, via wards, barriers, shield spells and with some focus on drawing and absorbing energy whilst also attempting to ...
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Fencing style for blades that can attack from a distance [closed]

Due to all the edits and clarifications asked I will re write the question tomorrow, thanks for your patience. Leaving this up until then, for reference. In the setting I'm working on, magitech has ...
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Is it possible to create light that imparts a greater proportion of its energy as momentum rather than heat?

This is yet another question concerning lasers as employed by sorcerers in a particular fantasy setting, but this one pertains to the momentum that photons possess and whether it's possible to ...
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What would a lethal laser attack by a sorcerer look like?

In a magic system that allowed the manipulation of energy by sorcerers, what would a bystander observe during such an attack? Some details are relevant: As I understand it, lasers are visible due to ...
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How can I design a glamour spell for a creature that meets certain requirements? [closed]

The malcubi are demons from hell that consume people's souls during the act of intercourse. They have lived on earth since the days of early Mesopotamia, devouring men to feed their hunger and sustain ...
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How could overclocking the human body actually weaken my abilities?

My name is Dio Brando, and I am the embodiment of masculinity. As the epitome of physucal male perfection, I am stronger, faster, sexier, intelligenter, and frankly just better than you in every ...
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How could sorcerers who are able to produce/manipulate almost all forms of energy communicate over large distances?

Sorcerers possess the ability to sense, generate, and manipulate energy; however, their abilities are largely limited to controlling energy that they/other sorcerers have created, and not naturally ...
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(How) Could a medieval fantasy world survive a magic-induced “nuclear winter”?

So, a council of wizards decided that all should bow to their rule. That, it turns out, is a thing wizard councils did a lot. This lead into a certain degree of disagreement, which in turn resulted in ...
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Unreliable Magic - Is it worth it?

In my world, magic is unavoidably unreliable, for example: You have a puncture. You cast a spell to mend it and with equal probability either it is mended or another tire is punctured. You are ...
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How can an abortion cause infertility in a witch?

Orgone is the natural life energy of the cosmos and the lifeforce which allows the body to function. It is used to perform spells, and constantly regenerates after use at different rates for an ...
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Is it possible to escape being trapped in an invincible humanoid 'shell'? [closed]

My world was created by beings who eschewed physical bodies in favor of enormous blocks of stone to show off their creative potential. There's 12 of them, and together they make Earth and everything ...
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How can I prevent magical armor from cooking it's wearer?

Magic works through a series of runes, which as required magically tattooed onto the skin. The individual activates these runes by using their own will and focus. These runes create effects which are ...
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Curses work by shouting - How to avoid collateral damage?

If I want to curse my enemy I say the curse to him. As a result, he will become sick and have a lot of bad luck. However, if he puts his fingers in his ears or uses some kind of earplug, I have to ...
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Ratio of momentum transfer from weight to wind

Let's say I have a magic system where force can be redirected from one mass to another. So if I have two objects of the same mass, I can link them so the force due to gravity on one is redirected into ...
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What would be some ways to store heat / cold?

I am imagining a story where people store heat in the summer for use in the winter and store cold in the winter for use in the summer, unleashing the appropriate temperature when needed. But without ...
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How would react a medieval magic world to the arrival of an Interstellar colony? [closed]

Edit (I rephrase the question a bit to try to not made it opinion based) A space colony comes to a planet who is pretty similar to how fantasy's worlds tend to be represented. The space colony is 44%...
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Gravity magic - How does it work?

This question graduated from the Sandbox for Proposed Questions Gravity magic - How does it work? (What physical law can magic manipulate in order to affect gravity?) In my world everyone is ...
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How to make ice magic work from a scientific point of view?

I've recently been imagining a world of magic with heavy influence from chinese wuxia and xianxia. In such worlds, there's often various fire and ice magic, among other different types. Now, fire ...
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If curse and magic is two sides of the same coin, why the former is forbidden? [closed]

A gun can bring destruction but at the same time save lives, both curse and magic belongs to different system and operates independently. Curse requires strong feeling such as suffering pain while ...
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What kinds of minerals or compounds could radiate heat?

I'm working on an RPG in a world with some magical elements, like a type of energy (so far unnamed) inherent in animals and humans. Those with high amounts of this life energy in them are thought of ...
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Anti-decomposition mechanisms?

Suppose that due to some kind of magical force I'll leave handwaved, (non-sapient) organisms are able to practice necromancy, reanimating their fallen peers as undead bodyguards. However, the magic ...
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How does a mundane army defeat an immortal army?

In trying to both invent and prevent mediums with which opposing armies can defeat "Army X", I come to you, stack exchange, hoping for some second-opinions on how to 'defeat an immortal army'. In ...