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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Can ice magic freeze blood?

In my story, one of my main characters has ice powers. She can turn water into ice, she can conjure ice (sucking moisture out of air and freezing it). She can also drop someone's body temperature, as ...
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Who or what determines if a curse is valid or not?

I'm making a fantasy world and wanted to incorporate curses and geases into the story. When I say "curses" I mean two types, but mainly this: The type where you write your curse and either: perform ...
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What could make large expeditions ineffective for exploring territory full of dangers and valuable resources?

Some sort of cataclysm suddenly creates a territory full of deadly monsters and other dangers, but also valuable resources. Trivial example: a magic volcano suddenly erupts and the mountain is now ...
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Keeping a world with necromancy from overpopulation

This takes place in a magical world with a medieval setting. They've undergone an apocalypse (not defined yet, but it has no relation with necromancy) that wiped all but few thousand survivors, all ...
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What combination of Magical creatures would be most effective in a guerilla war with a nation that has modern weapons and air force?

In my world a Magic High Nation is fighting against high tech level Nation about the same level as one of the nations in our world. I'm trying to decide what sort of magical creatures can replace a ...
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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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Soul Identifying

In my story, I have a system in place that needs a person to be identified as who they will be by their soul. Reincarnation allows the same souls to be identified time and time again over a period of ...
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Battle tactics for portal warfare / exploration

In a story a long time ago in an age long forgotten, the main characters find an ancient portal-gate-system, powered by an even more forgotten magic. The main characters have access to soldiers, ...
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Awesomeness powered magic - why would a group of awesome magicians want to keep their “kryptonite” near them?

Fair warning - just rewatched Bill & Ted, so this is going to be a bit crazy. Imagine for a moment there exists a world where “awesomeness” is a true force of nature. Awesome people have the ...
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How to forge a multi-part weapon? [closed]

So, I'm trying to forge a magic sword. Naturally, this requires magic metal. Luckily, I have access to just such a thing: Spectral metal. Spectral metals are ordinary metals which have been infused ...
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The Industrialization of Earth and the Effect on Magic [closed]

I am currently writing a story that takes place after what we would call World War Three, in a post-war setting. In this setting, magic exists along with creatures created by radiation from WW3 and ...
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Dystopia Fantasy Magnetic or electronic field as a fence [closed]

I am writing a dystopia. In this world there is currently an electromagnetic fence that prevents anyone from going in and out unless they are in possession of a certain sword that neutralizes the ...
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How might early electrical technology develop if humans had an electric organ? [closed]

My hand-wavy magic is that humans can discharge from an electric organ, similar to an eel. I'll go with the eel's generation of up to 600 volts and 1 amp, and they can control the amount of voltage. ...
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How can having multiple casters for a spell create excess heat?

Magic works through transmutation circles infused with sigils that both manifest from a person's mind. The individual focuses their Anima, or life force, through these circles in order to create ...
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How can a caster's natural flow of orgone disrupt the use of magical tatoos? [closed]

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 practitioners must draw on this ...
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What could be some effects of (physical) Mana consumption that prevent long term abuse? [on hold]

In my fantasy Mana is a resource found not only in people (really, really, really trace amounts) but also physically in the ground. In its natural state Mana is a bright blue stone that at night glows ...
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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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What would be the ideal melee weapon made of “Phase Metal”?

Phase Metal is a material that is functionally similar to steel but can pass through its user (a single person bound to the metal when it is forged into a new form.) as if it didn't exist. Phase metal ...
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How would the law enforce a ban on immortality? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story where magic is common and wizards follow a strict code of conduct. One of those tenets is "never stray from humanity and do not seek immortality or godhood." While I admit ...
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How to come up with thoughtful positive & negative effect combos for magic items? [closed]

I'm creating a world in the Golden Age of Pirates. I want to add a little bit of magic but no magicians or mana or something like that. I thought of unique magic items that have interesting twists. A ...
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Are there any medieval light sources without fire? [closed]

In a world of my story, which is loosely based on medieval times, fire disappeared. Are there any sources of lighting without fire that would be possible in a medieval setting? It is a fantasy book ...
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After the discovery of magic in a medieval world, how rapidly might magic develop?

Obviously, this would depend on how prevalent magic was in the world. It would also depend on not only how prevalent magic itself was, but how prevalent are people who are able to perform it. There is ...
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Why would “dead languages” be the only languages that spells could be written in?

Note: this is an in-universe explanation, not media in general. Media in general tends to have magic written in archaic, usually dead, languages. In my world, magic is best described as fickle; most ...
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Will a civilization need to make weapons if their use of magic is limitless?

OK here's the scenario. After 1000 years, the elves were able to build a kingdom for themselves. They were given by their creator God the ability to wield unimaginable magic, magic that can shape ...
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How might telekinesis and pyrokinesis work if they were possible?

New here! Now let me be clear: I'm well aware that telekinesis and pyrokinesis are both impossible, as I've been rudely informed on every science forum. Nonetheless, I don't just want to "make it up" ...
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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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A Most Subtle Magic

Rynn is not flashy at all. In fact, you would be forgiven to think she's a bit of an introvert. Sure, the people in the town are strangely reluctant to talk to you about her, but you are a newcomer, ...
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Rynn's Jewelry Box: Best Way to Use a Unique Small-Scale Replicator?

It is a jewel-encrusted black box, seemingly made out of a dark exotic wood, a mere few inches across, so it can be held rather comfortably in one hand, although it certainly feels a little bit heavy ...
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Why did the “Orks” never develop better firearms than Firelances and Handcannons?

The Orks of my world are actually the technologically most advanced civilization. They are bigger and stronger than humans, have bone plates on their heads, greenish skin, and are more akin to the ...
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Would 'magic' muskets be a significant advantage over actual muskets?

In my world I have one side armed with 'muskets' which utilize a simple form of magitek. Their 'bullet' is actually a magical 'blast' of condensed magic from the air. Despite being magical in theory,...
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Creating a taser through magic [duplicate]

So I'm trying to explain the basic steps behind magically creating lightning between your hands by combining two or more basic elements together: The elements you can use are: Fire, air, water, earth....
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What happened to everyone's magical abilities? [closed]

The setting: a remote pre-industrial port city. The basic premise: As long as anyone can remember, the residents of the city have exhibited magical powers. The city had become fairly large as ...
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How can combining souls together not increase its volume? [closed]

I am Josephine Mengalus, an alchemist on the path to immortality by becoming a lich. Alchemy is the study of combining magic with science, to create a higher form of study that surpasses both. Souls ...
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How would a normal person have access to souls? [closed]

In my story, magic is powered by souls collected from dead people. The specifics are pretty complex, but in general, a soul is quite a large source of power for magic and will last casual day-to-day ...
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If magic were the manipulation of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation through a biological medium, how would this affect the body?

The idea here is magic is cast by altered mitochondria in-taking a new form of radiation which acts as a sort of manipulation net for ionizing or non-ionizing radiation depending on need. Then ...
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How could re-absorption of mana be dangerous to an expecting mother?

Mana is the life energy of elves that allows it to function. These elves are similiar in design to human beings. When an elf becomes pregnant, the developing fetus feeds off of its mother's mana, ...
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Plausible magic systems? [closed]

I’m currently world building a high fantasy story. Within this story there are a species(most of the characters are a part of this species) that have abilities. These abilities are determined by how ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for mental manipulation? [closed]

I have a character who can suggest things to people, and what she says, they believe to be true. Is there a way to scientifically explain this, even vaguely? I was wondering if perhaps a form of ...
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Diamagnetism for telekinesis?

My previous/first post on here was to brainstorm a means of telekinesis and pyrokinesis (even if very limited) that violates physics the least. Now I do realize that a lot of handwaving and number-...
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How can a mage not be the King? [duplicate]

In fantasy, mages are commonly described to be vastly superior in terms of knowledge & power to the rest of the population. Typically, they live much longer, are able to kill in combat numerous ...
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How could a possessed body begin to rot and decay while it is still alive?

Qui-Gon Jinn has finally realized he is an idiot and that everything is his fault. Everything that has happened (fall of the old Jedi order, rise of the empire, the rebellion, the First Order, etc.) ...
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What would the Ancient Greeks call a wizard that can control life?

In this world set in an alternate Ancient Greece, science is combined with magic given from the gods. People who study healing arts usually worship Asclepius. There also is a cult that studies the ...
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Designing a magic-compatible polearm

The people in my story's universe all have various magical powers, and if they want the effects of these powers to extend to their clothes or equipment, said equipment needs to be designed to a few ...
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How could a tree survive a volcanic blast?

Background I am working on a Role Play Video game, and I have a particular island called Morogar in my medieval fantasy. (Magic and Mythical Beasts run wild). Originally an island with forests and a ...
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How to make all magic-casting innate, but still rare?

I'm having some real dilemmas creating rules for magic in my fantasy novel. Here is my issue: there are three intelligent beings included in my novel. The entire premise is that all races were created ...
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How can I make humans NOT WANT to investigate how a supernatural ability works in an intelligent, non-human creature?

We've had a few questions where answers state, to a lesser or greater degree, "humans would investigate this ability to figure out how it works" in another creature with abilities not readily ...
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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 can non-magical soldiers gain power from a magic ritual without making its participants weaker?

This particular coven operates as a powerful and wide spanning enterprise focused on accumulating power to direct the world in ways that align with their interests. Witches gain more power through a ...
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Other, non-synthetic materials for drum heads besides animal skins

I am writing about a race that uses almost no animal products (nothing that kills the animal; dairy products, eggs, cast-off deer antlers, wool, and honey are fine, and the verdict is still out on ...
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Wizard clothing for warm weather [closed]

Wizards in fantasy worlds are very often portrayed in thick robes and hats (and of course long beards and hair for the men). These don't seem very practical for summers or any kind of hot weather (...