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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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Designing a constrained spell-crafting system for the modern world [closed]

I am attempting to construct a magic system for a fictional modern world akin to ours. In this world, like ours, magic has largely been forgotten, so it is no longer part of the world and has had no ...
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How much should a witch charge for her magic? [closed]

I am writing a medieval fantasy novel. In my world, magic exists, but there are not a lot of people with magical powers. If a witch can summon rain and heal people, how much should she charge people ...
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What happens if there is no Air Friction [closed]

In my world everything is formed from the following fundamental elements. Air, Water, Fire, Earth, Nature and Mana. I wanted my creations to be able to travel faster than the speed of sound with no ...
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How can my dragons use their tongues to control their fire breathing?

Some background you may or may not skip I was daydreaming the other day about how tamed dragons whose magic was somehow harnessed as an energy source by humans could be used as a metaphor for nuclear ...
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Get trapped for a long time without food [closed]

A group of people get trapped in an unknown construction. Uninhabited. Nobody takes care of the place. There are no living creatures around. They were prepared to go inside and spend some time there, ...
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How can a renegade coven recruit its members without being discovered?

This is a follow-up question for this one: How can I preserve the long term cooperation of a witch coven? All people in this world are born with some degree of magical power, which increases through ...
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Is a horse a suitable familiar for this wandering wizard? [closed]

Most wizards stay in their City of Wonders. Everything they need is there. However once in a while an adventurous soul decides they would like to explore the outside world. On the outside everything ...
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Ways to somewhat balance a gem based magic system so as to avoid total oligarchy

Problem In my world, the magic system depends on access to a certain type of gem. This gem is plentiful, but only found in a single place, with 6-8 mines. My magic system is totally skewed in favor ...
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How might the absence of faith-based miracles in a magical world affect people's respect for religion? [closed]

The magic of the world I'm thinking of has a wide range of effects, has existed since before humanity, and can be learned by basically anyone. This means that 'miracles', which are commonly used by ...
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How can I preserve the long term cooperation of a witch coven?

A coven is a group of witches that have come together for a single purpose: apotheosis. This is a divine state of being in which a person becomes an idealized version of their own vision of perfection....
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Hidden Benefits to being able to control what aspect of yourself is destroyed? [closed]

I'm designing a simple magic system for a small game I'm developing. It's based around the classical elements (water, earth, fire air), plus a few of the more common combinations of the of those ...
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Mutually invisible foes. How can they fight?

For millennia the Arbol and the Byrond clans have engaged in bloody warfare. A benevolent wizard who is passing by and hears of this decides to stop them once and for all. He casts a powerful spell ...
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What would be the culture of an advanced socially mature species? [closed]

The species is eusocial and incapable of stimuli such as adrenaline. They are highly affectionate, highly extroverted, can feel nirvana out of anything, are suppose to be masters at every social ...
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Why would a religious person extract the hemoglobin of those who failed to survive his spiritual healing ritual? [closed]

This is for a crime/mystery novel with a religious antagonist. He’s trying to cure people of their psychological issues, by creating a “nightmare world” inside their mind and hoping that their ego is ...
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How could these giant animals travel oversea?

I've got these 2 giant apes like creatures who are too heavy to go on the ship to be taken to another continent. What are some ways that they could possibly get across the sea? This is a medieval epic ...
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How can I prevent planeswalkers from organizing into an army? [closed]

A demigods is a human who is born with a divine spark. When this spark is activated, the individual becomes a being with incredible power. It grants them a number of abilities, including immortality, ...
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Medieval airlocks, would they be possible?

In terms of context, this airlock would be used on airships which fly at a height in which oxygen levels are too low for humans to live. Within the hull of the airship, stored oxygen would be pumped ...
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Child sorcerers - are they a danger to themselves and others

Young sorcerers' talent starts to emerge when they are two or three years old. The level of their power varies greatly and isn't correlated with their intelligence or sense of responsibility. They ...
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Why can't sorcerers use magical armor? [closed]

Magic is derived from the energy field surrounding the world. A mage accesses that field through incantations to perform feats of magic in the physical world. Most magic is temporary, and can only ...
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Why would magic wane? It's so useful [closed]

It's a fairly common theme that magic was a more powerful force in the past but as we come into modern times it has got weaker and maybe extinct. But why? The ability to use magic would be a huge ...
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Needing help with “New York” worldbuilding in 1920s setting [closed]

I have been writing a fantasy novel for the past 12 years. The story is mostly finished (as far as the storyline and plot goes), but I have been having some trouble with worldbuilding. The story is ...
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Magical system that runs on calories? [duplicate]

I've been thinking if it's a good idea to have a magical system that consumes calories to cast spells instead of mana or some other magical energy. So the mage preps for a magical battle by eating ...
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What can I cook/create to convince a medieval person that I'm a magician? [closed]

Time reference: 16th-ish century. Magic does not exist, and the story is well-grounded in real laws of physics. Backstory: I want to convince the king of my country that I'm a magician (for reasons ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of a ship made of a single piece of wood

Would a ship made out of a single piece of wood have any advantages over a normal vessel? Context: A particularly clever/mad mage has discovered how to make a living ship by binding a dryad into a ...
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Gods and Demons

Does anyone have any references to instances where gods have had sex with demons, with offspring resulting? In my novel, demons are not classified according to Judeo-Christian beliefs. Instead, they'...
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How do dwarves defend their City-under-the-Mountain from a dragon?

The Kingdom of the Dwarves has been rich and prosperous since the days that the first Dwarf-father awoke in the roots of the mountain. In the uncounted ages since he rose, the depths of the mountain ...
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The reason a cyclical world's lifespan diminishes over eons

I'm brainstorming ideas for a fantasy videogame and have been trying to list possible reasons why a fantasy world would have a lifespan diminish exponentially through countless cycles of death and ...
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Redox Magic 2: Iron Age France

This is part 2 of a series. Part 1 can be read here. It's the same premise, in a different era. Imagine that you live in France during the iron age. One day, you and five friends have the ability to ...
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Redox Magic 1: Stone-age France

Because my setting is incredibly varied, I've been advised against attempting to ask this in a single question, and have broken this up into a series. Each context will be roughly analogous to a ...
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What are some real world examples of mental impairment i can use for my magic system?

My question: What are some real word diseases, disorders, drugs, effects, etc. that interfere with a person's thinking-ability (but do not cause blackout)? I am creating a magic system in which I ...
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How would winged humans fight dragons?

So currently in my fantasy universe 2 races are at war, the Anglar and the Darus. (I previously had a question about melee combat while fighting ground troops that involved the same races, if some are ...
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How would the police investigate a supernatural event? [closed]

A police officer gets a call from a teenager that claims of having witnessed his friend getting killed by a werewolf. The officer look up in the archives of the department and realizes that this is ...
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What melee weapon should winged humans use? [duplicate]

So currently in my fantasy universe 2 races are at war, the Anglar and the Darus. Info: Anglar: winged humans (basically Angels without holy powers). Darus: lizard people, they used to have wings ...
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How Could A Normal Human Be Able To Use Magic? [closed]

For the sake of simplicity, the prototypical character of this sort will be Bob. He is as normal as normal gets. The elongated form of my question: If a normal human from our world was transported to ...
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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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Simplest explanation for societies to know about only one kind of magic of the two existing ones?

NB: this question has had some extensive editing. I apologize to those who replied early based on unclear premise. TL; DR two societies (druids & nomads) each discovered one kind of mana (resp. ...
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Cryomancer, combat style

Cryomancy is cool, ice is cool and ice mages too. But does it actually hold any utility other than keeping your food fresh, specially martially wise(?) How could an individual with ice magic powers ...
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How to break down consciousness/soul from an alchemical perspective

I am trying to describe consciousness from a magic elementalist perspective. I've dug through a ridiculous amount of pages of occult alchemical lore without success. My goal is to learn if students ...
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Multiple “keys,” multiple “doors”. Any “key” fits any “door” but a “key” can only be used once. How could such mechanic be described lore-wise?

I am working on a souls-like game and I would like to have an item that works like Fragrant Branch of Yore from DS2. I do not want to copy the concept of petrification from DS2 so while the item ...
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Application of magically-created chimeras [closed]

So, in a typical fantasy world, mages and wizards have discovered a ritual to create chimeras - they can produce monstrosities by fusing animals together. Note that by 'fuse', I do not mean any fancy ...
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What can an adventuring group do to protect their items/money while questing? [closed]

I'm starting a new adventuring group with my friends. I live in a fantasy world with predictable levels of danger in certain areas. We're part of an adventuring guild. Everyone in our group has a ...
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why would performing nature magic be safer in groups of people? [closed]

A Tham field is the background magical radiation field that exists throughout the universe. Nature magic involves accessing this field in order to produce effects in the real world. A user does this ...
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What's the role in a medievial society for people who are magically bound not to lie?

In the prosperous capital of the country where my story is set, undesired babies are discreetly abandoned in the darkest hours of the night on the front door of the guild of Truthers. There, as ...
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How to defend when attacked by an avian species?

Bird people are humanoid creatures with a wingspan of 4 meters, they are as tall as humans and the fittest of them weight 72 kilograms or slightly less, so they are quite lighter than the average ...
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Magical flight competitions [closed]

In a civilization where a portion of the population is capable of flight, I'm trying to imagine what kind of competition would be organized. Details as follows: Skills measured are speed and ...
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Why don't mages use side weapons? [closed]

In fiction mages usually only hold wands, staffs, books or some magic orbs/discs floating around them and most of the time they run around empty handed. How can it be justified other than the rule ...
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What are some real world sources of mental impairment that I can use in my magic system? [closed]

What are some real word diseases, disorders, drugs, effects, etc. that interfere with a person's thinking-ability (but do not cause blackout)? I am creating a magic system in which I want to create ...
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How are humans better than supernaturals? [closed]

The world is ruled by three people each over their own group. A vampire rules the supernatural creatures. A sorceress rules over all magic users. And a man, granted a great man, rules over all ...
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What would a dragon with a prehensile tail look like?

I have a human-like dragon that can hang upside down from trees by its tail and without the aid of its other limbs. What I am struggling with is how the scales on its tail have to be arranged to allow ...