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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 an elder god who depends on human worship limit the amount that it gets?

This is a follow up question to this older question: How can I use my dominance of the software industry to get my customers to worship an eldritch abomination that they don't believe in? Hastur, ...
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How to mine the underside of a floating continent?

Background The known world consists of dozens of continents floating in an airy void. These continents range from small islands a few square kilometers in size, to great land masses up to 1,000 ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

So, here's my situation: my first book revolves around an unknown entity giving modern day humanity an assortment of supernatural powers. Every week a new power is given to everyone on Earth over the ...
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Why would male organs make better ingredients for a spell?

Witchcraft in this world is practiced openly by witches and is exclusively female. Magic works through long, complicated rituals that require multiple components. The most powerful of these demand ...
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Determining the energy efficiency of a Light Wand

So, I'm working out some of the types of wands people can purchase in my flintlock fantasy setting, and I'm having an issue with one of them. Before I get to that, let me explain how Magic in my ...
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What would be a good way to mix magic and tech? [closed]

I want to create a world that combines both magic and steampunkish technology melding them into two different branches. With a school for each. What would be a good starting point?
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How to determine power or limits of magic if it's bound by laws of physics? [closed]

I'm a fan of plausible superpowers and believable magic. I want to come up with several magic discpiplines and superpowers (or abilities), that are rather impossible in real world, but are still ...
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What features would a pirate ship need to be able to support the weight of a dragon and cargo?

A notable character in my story is a notorious pirate known for his ruthlessness. His notoriety makes him a target for other pirates, marine soldiers, and whatever else decided to make a home in the ...
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The time it takes to advance a medieval period country to a spacefaring intergalactic country

The main character died, and they are transported into another world. Before they are sent by the deity to the other world, he is given overpowered skills. The main character is also given a game-like ...
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How to keep track of everything with an infinite-dimensional telepathic ability? [closed]

The ability to telepathically communicate with and control any of your infinite other-dimensional selves is rare, but exists! Rules for how this works: Although dimensions and possibilities are ...
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Why couldn't/wouldn't people use someone else's summoned familiar, ordered to obey them, rather than their own?

So, in my story, there are six main categories of magical abilities, and everyone's able to have 5 abilities at a time. Each category of power has its own limitations on, and rules for, their use, and ...
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What roles could a mage do in an industrialized world? [closed]

Here is the scenario: In a fantasy world filled with orcs, dragons and other magic critters, most countries live relativly simple, as magic provides most things to life with strong king or ...
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A deadly decadent court of seers. Any ideas on how court intrigue would be altered if every noble and government official could see into the future? [closed]

The fortune tellers take over... I'm supposing an ancient world in which a specific class of magic users, called Gazers, were able to use their powers to massively increase their own wealth (...
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Methods to restrain a Phoenix

I was recently playing an RPG, and a discrepancy came up: What should it take to contain a Fire/Ice bird, or Phoenix? A little background: A Phoenix has been defeated and fallen into a pile of ashes/...
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Capture a city of wild spirits by humans without an arms battle? They can be attracted to a vessel they will attach/feel drawn to and stop resisting [closed]

I need to attack a city under the control of evil spirits to take back control. Since the enemy are spirits, physical or arms warfare will not help. Since spirits are shown to exist, magic is ...
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How would an attacking army take a port city by surprise on land in medieval times?

Imagine a busy port city with hundreds of ships in a medieval setting without gun power. The city is not heavily walled, and is located on a remote corner of the world, away from the jurisdiction and ...
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How to build and run a Skunk Works to weaponize magic flying ships [closed]

My kingdom has developed a new flying ship powered by a new air-magic engine. As near as my scholars and engineers are able to tell, it's the first of its kind. Three working prototypes ply the skies ...
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How could people discover a written magic system? [closed]

Okay, so basically I got stuck making a magic system because I thought it wasn't "cool" enough and I started rewriting it from scratch. I instead added a few elements and an origin and kept most of ...
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How can my main character discover Philosophical Zombies? [closed]

My main character lives in a world of magic. Nothing seems off about the people around them, but some of them are Philosophical Zombies, automatons without any inner life, for reasons important to the ...
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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 put costs and limitations on telekinesis?

I am planning a book about a vigilante with telekinetic powers; however, this power will be extremely watered down. The character can only Push, Pull, and Twist on things. If anyone has read Mistborn,...
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What would determine the strength of a magic gene through inheritance?

This is a follow up question: Why would a society of witches choose to have more boys than girls? witches in this world can do magic, and are exclusively female. Males are unable to perform magic. ...
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In a world where magic is the main spiritual path, how does this affect local goverment [closed]

In this city not everyone fully practices magick but most people are aware that they can. Most people in power practice full magick openly as well as most of the citizens. What are some examples that ...
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Why would a society of witches choose to have more boys than girls? [closed]

In my story's world, witchcraft is a respected institution, with the most powerful practitioners being at the top echelons of society. Due to this, society traces its lineage through matrilineal lines....
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How can a magical prodigy train their protégé?

Setting: City similar to the City of London. Oppressive government. People live in fear and merely trudge on in their dull lives. My characters: Part of a cell of a large national resistance group. ...
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How to realistically implement magic-users in medieval warfare?

So, I’ve seen other settings before where magic-users – mages, sorcerers, wizards and similar – are basically gods. There have been fantasy stories where a mage can singlehandedly wipe out an army, ...
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What is a good way to explain why magic doesn't work on people's bodies?

My magic system is based on the mind fundamentally altering the properties of matter for short periods of time. But it should be limited to non-living subjects. The magic has to do with the physics of ...
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how can you place limits on sex-fueled magic?

In this world, witchcraft is practiced openly in society and is a respected institution. There is a tradition among witch covens to occasionally meet at gatherings called sabbaticals. There, ...
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How does tulpa communicate with his owner?

A Tulpa is a concept in mysticism and the paranormal of a being or object which is created through spiritual or mental powers. The Limbo is like internet, a vast information network made of dreams ...
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What would stop a witch from telling everyone about magic [closed]

In my urban fantasy world, magic users exist alongside regular people without them knowing. The world's history is the mostly same as ours except that magic secretly existed the entire time. Real life ...
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How could males be essential to a gender-specific magic system?

In this world, witchcraft is practiced openly and is respected. It exists in three forms: ritual and arcane. Ritual magic involves using the mana of the world and directing it in a way to suit you (...
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A magician can draw magical power from other planets in a star system, but not their own - why?

Basically, in the world I am building, magic-users draw the energy necessary to use their abilities from other Realms - specifically, these other Realms are actually planets in the solar system. This ...
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How to avoid cursing myself with my black magic? [closed]

My magic system works through runes. Each rune has a different effect and they need to be carved on different materials for different effects. Let's focus on a curse named "I rot your life." For this ...
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How to balance my magic robots so they don't monopolize my story?

A setting I've been planning for a while involves a function of magic that can animate objects using the magical equivalent of programmable functions. A wizard/witch/magic-user uses a magic language ...
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Help designing which metals are associated with specific magical powers in my magic system [closed]

In my world, one of the magic systems involves people crushing special objects in their gauntlets to gain the dormant energy that exists within them. Essentially, imagine there are certain energy in ...
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How might a medieval fantasy/magic-using society state the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

If a medieval-level society with access to things like magic (which itself follows the laws of thermodynamics) were to have some understanding of the laws of thermodynamics, how would the 2n law be ...
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Use of magically Bound Bowls Pair [closed]

After years of research, MagicBowls create a new product: The nearly indestructible Bound Bowls Pair. Whatever happens to one is applied to the other as it was one object! We just don't know how to ...
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Building a Medieval/Victorian world. How should the architecture and culture be seen or visualized? [closed]

I'm thinking this new world should have Medieval tech, but with Victorian/Gothic architecture. I want to know a little about how a kingdom's capital might look and how the culture may be affected. ...
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'Magic' regeneration without breaking the 2nd law of thermodynamics

In designing a hard magic system, I would like to keep things consistent with the laws of thermodynamics (as many do) since, if I don't, I fear I may accidentally create a way for mages to create ...
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Why would witches create warlocks when it makes them weaker?

In my story's world, witchcraft is a respected institution, with the most powerful practitioners being at the top echelons of society. Due to this, society traces its lineage through matrilineal lines....
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Could a magic-filled world have religions that are unrelated to magic?

Essentially, this is a sort of brainstorming question: Say a world has many kingdoms and cultures, and each of these have magicians who can use magic, which includes things like improving physical ...
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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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How could “power control” laws be enforced with the fewest violations of civil liberties? [closed]

The central premise of my story is that one day in the year 2017, an unknown entity starts imbuing humans with supernatural abilities. A quick rundown of the system: Every human over the age of 13 ...
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US Police trying to arrest a god [closed]

I have a character who the police are trying to arrest for a crime that he was framed for. He doesn't want to be arrested, but rather than just change the situation, he is just not letting the police ...
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How to combat magic as science?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.                     – ...
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How to assign kingdoms and tribes using my magic system with their own specialized type of magic? [closed]

I am using a tattoo spell-casting magic system and am working on integrating it into the nations of my made-up world. I am currently working on naming kingdoms and tribes based upon what types of ...
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Schools of magic based around energies, not elements [closed]

The classic approach of categorising magic spells based on a variant of elemental groups a well-established trope, but has never had me particularly convinced. We're used to seeing Earth, Wind(or Air)...
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How can this more technologically-advanced army efficiently fight against a less developed mixed human/undead foe? [closed]

I am looking for ways that the military, described below, can face off against Desert warriors akin to Ancient Egyptians. They're not at a high level of technology, mostly using bows for ranged ...
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What reasons would you have to reclaim your spot if the current rulers aren't evil?

Let's say a strict monarch who ruled a kingdom of "hunters" was overthrown by a race/group of "witches" in a way that wasn't proportionate to any crime the recent ruler may have committed, but instead ...