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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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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 ...
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Most useful material properties for min/maxing by transfer? (Magical material engineering) [closed]

My magic system transfers quantities of certain properties from one object to another. For instance, electrical conductivity from metal to rubber -- the metal becomes less conductive, and the rubber ...
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Turing incomplete magic, avoiding computers in world where magic is programmable

Inspired by Cort Ammon wonderfully detailed answer here: How to prevent tiny mistake in 'programmable language' magic spell causing horrible disasters, and my desire to go out of my way to ...
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How would it make sense that spellbooks or grimoires teach only one spell?

In a JRPG-like setting; Spells are chanted, mana is consumed, and spells can be learned through grimoires or spellbooks, how would it make sense that a spellbook teaches only one spell? If it is like ...
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If angels and devils are the same species, why would their mortal offspring appear physically different?

Angels were all originally part of the same race before the war in heaven, when the ones that rebelled were cast out and sent to hell. The humans on earth were similar to angels, but without the ...
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Power Generation Using Undead

Say that we have many undead zombies/vampires/ghouls/whatever. I want to use them to generate electricity, because they never get tired, never need to take breaks, and can exert great force without ...
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Where would a “Magic gland” go for full-body saturation of magic?

If there were some organ, akin to the liver or a gland (I'm blanking on organ functions right now), that produces magical energy to project through the body, its various vessels, and directly out of ...
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Why is risky sport about absorbing magical creatures not banned?

Set during the medieval period say between 500 to 600AD, there are magical creatures inhabiting the same world as us. These magical creatures actually exist in a parallel world but an impact from an ...
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What would one wish to make magic real? [closed]

One day, as I walked in some random countryside, I found myself in the presence of some higher being. It's kinda blur in appearance, and I can't quite say if it's a genie in a lamp, a technologically ...
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Using L1 Lagrange point to block energy from the sun?

Working on a near future fantasy world and am trying to work on a mechanism for magic being discovered/unlocked. My current thought, which is what I'm trying to get a feasibility check on, is that all ...
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Plausibility of Mushroom Buildings

How plausible would buildings made inside of, or made using, giant mushrooms be? Copyright Raphael Lacoste 2018 A staple of the fantasy genre, mushrooms have commonly been seen as magical and ...
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Why can demons only possess human skin but not human bodies?

Demons are incorporate, malicious spirits from the depths of hell. They require a human form in order to pass into the mortal realm. A dark sorcerer can sacrifice an individual in order to trap a ...
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How can a pacifist country protect itself?

Think of a more or less traditional medieval fantasy world: multiple races, magic, some alchemy/magitech that is of comparable power and reliability to ordinary magic. And in this world there exists ...
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Life evolving on a artificial Floating Island on a ocean world [closed]

I'm having troubles with developing my ocean world. Same size as Earth, same atmosphere and gravity. The idea is that on a planet with an endless ocean with no continental landmass. The only form of ...
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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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Reason why dimensional travelling would be restricted

Alternate dimensions/timelines are an important part of one of my settings, a modern fantasy. Magic is well known, and it is possible for objects to be enchanted by a powerful magic user to connect ...
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How to reduce the threat to life of a nocturnal parasite-like creature [closed]

In this world there is a giant cloud of dust permanently on top of this continent, it makes it hard for sunlight to reach said continent, also there are only two giant continents on each side of the ...
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Logistics of a hovering watercraft in a fantasy setting

So in my fantasy world, there exists a substance that (when applied to the surface of an object) repels water in the same way a very strong magnet would. This allows boats to hover above the surface ...
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How the orbit of Earth changes if it has the double of water in the ocean? [closed]

A portal to another Earth in a parallel universe is open at the bottom of the Ocean and all the water is moving to the new Earth in the form of a waterfall in the middle of the Atlantic. The form of ...
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Would there still be land if the amount of water in the oceans was doubled?

A portal to another Earth in a parallel universe is open at the bottom of the Ocean and all the water is moving to the new Earth in the form of a waterfall in the middle of the Atlantic. The form of ...
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Super Strong robotic prosthesis steampunk Style

I'm thinking of a character that has the magical ability to transform parts of his body into technology, similar to Generator Rex or Bleeding armor iron man, but only with the technology that he "...
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Logic behind planets being gate realms in a regular universe [closed]

I have designed a universe with three main planets that contain life, but the three planets are impossible to reach via space travel for irrelevant reasons. What matters is that in order to get from ...
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What would be the consequences of overusing a magic system that consumes energy from human metabolism?

For my world, I wanted to create a reasonable and consistent magic system. Well, since I'm not a fantasy type, the result was something people should concentrate on, in which, the resource ("mana") is ...
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What's a good approach in creating a system of magic? [closed]

What are the important points to consider when creating a magic-system? Particularly with curses and healing magic or white and black magic. For example: Where it comes from? Who can wield it? What ...
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How does my spell ignite the sky?

For years, humanity and nephilim have battled (more or less) together to staunch the unending flow of demons and angels wrecking havoc on Earth in their unending wars. Now, we are finally in ...
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What are the exceptions to Natural Selection? [duplicate]

Consider a population where a low percentage of people (5%) posess a genetic advantage over the rest. In my fictional world, let’s assume this small percent of the population can wield magic while ...
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Why would a demigod born to a goddess not be immortal? [closed]

In this alternate world, demigods were human beings which gained divinity from a divine parent. A male deity would knock up a mortal woman, who would carry the child to term. This demigod would share ...
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What species should be used for storage of human minds?

The business of mind storage became a profitable one, after the discovery of a magical process that allows the memories and personality of a living being to be transferred into another body. ...
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How can I prevent an oracle who can see into the past from knowing everything that has happened?

Our study of human history has numerous problems. 99% of history isn’t recorded. Writing has been around only for 5 thousand years, and much of what we know comes from archaeological evidence. ...
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Awsomeness magic job screening - how do I avoid failing the test? [closed]

Related to a previous question of mine The time want by, the technology advanced, dave (still with a lower case D) became noting more then a story told to kids before bed, but despite it all the ...
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Why can't different runes that enhance the human body be used together? [closed]

Runes are used to enhance the human body's capabilities. They are inscribed onto the skin with through a ritual and work by the individual accessing the mana inside themselves. This mana is forced ...
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What is a good way to explain how a character can produce flames from their body?

So in a webtoon that I am drawing/writing everyone is born with 1 or 2 psychic abilities that can range anywhere from teleportation, sensory manipulation, thermal conductivity, elemental kinesis ...
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Spells that would be effective against a modern day army but would NOT destroy a fantasy one [closed]

I'm developing a story about a few hundred modern day US Marines who are transported to a fantasy world and must do battle with an army of Orcs and dragons. I know they will be extremely effective at ...
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In a world of magic, why would cities still find high walls useful?

In a world where magic exists. A large army can hire several mages that able to cast spells as, or even more, powerful than a 16-19th century cannon. The city walls will not keep out a determined mage ...
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What would be the possible source of a drug that creates a shared mass hallucination ending up in creating a new god? [closed]

I've been thinking about structuring a cult that brews or harvests a liquid drug. That drug is then sealed in jugs and shipped to cities. The drug gives a sense of complete relaxation but also leads ...
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How to prevent a fantasy world response to repeated near extinction events?

This is for a medium/high fantasy magic setting with a medieval flavor (a D&D campaign setting) and am trying to get a grasp on expected long term effects/reaction by repeated worldwide ...
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Why waste effort manifesting objects when there are already existing physical ones? [closed]

Set in the early medieval ages, you know the one, where King Arthur pulled out a sword and got famous. Magic proliferates but not everyone has affinity for it. In this world, those who are ...
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What are some reasons for mages to use guns as well as magic? [duplicate]

The world that I'm building is set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of the early 20th century. Magic involves the traditional eight schools and anyone can become a magician if they choose to ...
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Liquor making with Time related magic in an ancient-medieval world

So you can accelerate or reverse time of an inanimate/non sentient object within a limited space. Despite having such powers, you don't want to rule the world. Instead you want to make alcoholic ...
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How would lawmakers try to use and abuse a system with magically-enforced laws?

John is walking in the park one day, ranting to himself about stupid drivers not obeying the speed limit and roaring down his street and the stupid police not doing anything about it, when he comes ...
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Doing business with time magic in ancient-medieval world

What business could I in theory do if I have Time magic which can reverse or accelerate time of inanimate/non sentient objects in a limited area? This is in relation to my question, Liquor making ...
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How to make my shadowrealms respected [closed]

My world is collaborative post between me and my friend. So, There is one nation that I'm fleshing out and it was overall a fun but I got writer's block. Most of the evil shadow empire have ...
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Why would a blood transfusion of midiclorians not make my force abilities stronger?

Midichlorian's are chemical compounds found within every living cell that forms the basis between the connection life and the Force. Without midichlorians, life would be impossible. The amount of ...
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Nuclear magic: Surviving your own spells

TLDR: Portals to other places; wizards use them to make nukes-as-fireballs/anti-personal level attacks, how do they survive? In a system of magic that functions around opening portals, what ...