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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 plausible are the terrain and land-forms on my fantasy map?

You might have seen me ask a few questions the last few days. Basically, I'm just looking for advice on how plausible this (very early prototype) map might be. Disclaimer: I unfortunately know rather ...
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How to justify the coexistence of countries with different levels of development? [closed]

Note: The word "culture" refers to a collective of peoples and countries using the mentioned technologies. So I'm running into the problem that I want multiple technological environments in my world ...
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Help balancing my six-sided magic system?

I'm basically looking for advice on how to balance the magic system I'm designing for my novel. Basically, the way it works is this: There are six known Realms beyond this one where almost magic ...
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What is a good excuse for why an early 1900's-like fantasy world has not yet invented rifles / guns of any sort?

I am writing a book where the world is split into multiple kingdoms, with each kingdom using a similar magic system to the rest, but using different powers. IE one can control the elements, another ...
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Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare?

Are swords, spears, and arrows that turn slain enemies into pure gold useful, in medieval combat, or are they useless aside from free money? Notes about the weapons: flesh wounds don't turn people ...
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How to integrate magic with nature, avoid the “our world with magic tacked on” problem? [closed]

tl;dr The typical fantasy setting is just Earth with "magic" tacked on to let the wizards cheat nature. There is absolutely no attempt to integrate magic with nature. Trees, lightning, birds and so ...
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What would be a good metaphysical component for a spell? [closed]

Magic varies from story to story, but in most universes there's a price to pay for magic. The RPG system D&D sums it up three very ellegant categories: Vocal: some magic words, like Abracadabra; ...
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Reasons for going through a standard mountain path and not around/beside it [closed]

I am designing a Mountain Dungeon for a story in a video-game style. For those who are not familiar with what is a dungeon in a video game terminology, simply put: A dungeon is a series of monster-...
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Effect of 1.5g (Induced hypertension health effects?)

On this planet, gravity faces many fluctuations, but humans spend most of the time in 1.4-1.5 gravity. During these periods (usually lasting about 5-7 days) I was thinking I'd have them increase salt ...
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Explanation as to why Male/Female Wizards have sexy bodies [closed]

I know that RPGs employ eye candy tactics to players of their preferred sex in order to entice the players into the game. Male Wizards are sexy and muscular. Female Wizards are sexy and have big ...
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Creating a derogatory term for non-humans in my fantasy novel? [closed]

I've been writing a fantasy novel in which humans are the ruling class, largely striving to squash all magic users throughout the country. What I'm trying to do is come up with a derogatory term for ...
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What disaster can cause an ancient magocratic civilization to fall into a magical dark age? [closed]

The idea that I have for the plot of my story revolves around recovering magical texts and artifacts from ancient ruins. My magic system is based around speaking a written language of magic to cast ...
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Why would sorcerers not use guns? [closed]

I have noticed that in most fantasy books, at least the ones I read, the group of sorcerers, wizards, or demigods don't use guns or other modern weapons, and instead prefer to use medieval weaponry. ...
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How tall can a humanoid creature be without alerting the rest of the planet with earthquakes?

Planet is earth sized. Fantasy medieval setting that takes place on Continent A, which is on the other side of the planet from Continent B - about as far as South America is from Asia. Continent B ...
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How would a deity best reform his Church peacefully? [closed]

The Beginning A deity of good aspects (Justice, Light, etc.) has guided mankind since the dawn of Creation, helping them develop and prosper. He was always a powerhouse in terms of raw divine power, ...
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Everyone can heal very quickly. How does this impact forensics and criminal investigations?

So the central conceit of my story is that everyone has various superhuman powers in modern day America, and one of the powers that everyone has is a superhuman healing factor. Anything we'd classify ...
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What happens when a dryad tree awakens? [closed]

A dryad is a fey-like creature bound to a tree. Always female and mostly human-shaped with some tree-like features, her life-force is bound to her tree - should the tree die then so does the dryad and ...
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How would dwarves tell time (calendar)

Information I am developing the culture of the dwarves in my fantasy world, and I am interested in a calendar system for my dwarves. Yes, I am aware of the question How would my dwarves tell time ...
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Magic: Reality check of effects of mass-altering magic

I'm looking into magic systems for my fantasy world, and among other things, I want to make sure that I have the effects right. One such magic system allows the user to create a small 'bubble' of ...
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What happens when a moving vehicle loses all its kinetic energy at once

In the system of magic that I am using I try to follow the laws of physics as much as possible. The idea being that whatever magic can do, a scientist and machine can eventually do. One of the things ...
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What would be good reasons that prevent mages from making it into government? [duplicate]

I have a world where the mages are strong enough to defeat great demons, and can use their power to build anything from toothpicks to elaborate weapons. I understand that with all that power they ...
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How can I use magic to make childbirth easier?

Going through labour is an intense and painful process that can last anywhere from 8 to 18 hours. It was also very dangerous for women during the middle ages. The lack of medicine and healthcare led ...
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why would the bodies of an immortal sorceress decay at an accelerated rate? [closed]

A dark sorceress has discovered a dark form of immortality. A being can transfer their soul to a younger body and take their place as long as it is an individual in their family or generational line. ...
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Why would mages hide their power level? [closed]

In this fantasy setting based on medieval Europe, scary monsters and minions of the Undead King plague the land. In response, large cities have started to employ those proficient with sword or bow ...
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I Just stole all of the money in the world. What happens now? [closed]

Using a magical computer virus, I’ve stolen all of the money in the world. All of the cash. All of the money from every checking, savings, retirement account. Every bitcoin, etherium, and doge ...
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Why does mana content in humans increase as they get older? [closed]

Mana is the life energy present in all humans. It allows the body to sustain itself and perform its necessary functions to keep us alive. It also gives us the ability to use magical spells and rituals....
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How much energy would be required to vaporise a giant reptilian monster?

At the climax of my story, the main antagonist transforms into a gigantic and nigh-unkillable monstrosity that resembles an unholy hybrid of a crocodile, Mosasaurus and Dimetrodon. After a long and ...
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Why is there only one wizard's guild?

The characteristics of a wizard: Spellcasting is very complicated and difficult - a high intelligence is critical to make a success of it. They spend many years studying to master the basics of their ...
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Why would witches not create magical familiars? [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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Weather Impacted By Extreme Magical Effect (Heat)

On an Earth-like/Earth-size planet what would be the meteorological effect of a zone, maybe 300 kilometers across, about 20 degrees latitude, in the middle of a northern hemisphere large continental ...
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How different human society and behaviour would be if the talion law was imposed by a benevolent goddess since the creation of mankind? [closed]

In another universe and another dimension, humanity is created by an omnipotent and benevolent goddess. The planet in which these humans inhabit is a perfect clone of the earth and the goddess is ...
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Why would magic users not try to take over kingdoms? [closed]

I am writing a fantasy story, set in a period that is, technologically, much like 15th century Europe. Warriors still ride horses, swords are used in combat, and the occasional plague often hits a ...
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How to let a king be lost for a year and return back to his country, to regain his title without any problems?

In my story, I'm trying make an emperor temporarily leave his country to go to an important (far away) place, and spend a year there. My story has magic in it, thus long distance communication will be ...
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Slowing or Averting Global Warming With the Help of Elemental Powers: Part 1 (Fire)

Other posts from this thread will be posted here as these are updated: Info Part 1, (Fire) focuses on what the fire elementals can do. There are 200 such beings that exist (and have existed for a ...
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How do i make skeletons formidable hand to hand fighters? [closed]

In my kingdom I hired a group of necromancers, they are powerful but their thralls are weak, mainly skeletons and half rotten corpses but I can equip them with anything and the magic of the ...
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In a world based in the 1700s, is it possible that someone created tools to aid or utilize magic?

If there was magic that works like telekinesis in a country similar to 18th century England, would the knowledge level and things that have already been invented/discovered be enough for someone to ...
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How can a single clergy rule over a religion that has different interpretations of its deity?

The multiverse is made up of different realms, each with their own human population. These realms are planet sized, and have their own cultures and traditions. Realm gates exist in each of those ...
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Replace sea salt with sugar, what happens? [closed]

A malefic wizard has announced to the world that tomorrow he will turn all diluted sea salt into sugar. What will the environmental effects be?
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How would the existence of multiple mythological and religious pantheons be justified?

It's common trend for many stories within the Urban Fantasy genre to feature various mythological pantheons co-existing with one another. For example, High School DxD has a universe where Judeo-...
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What are the biggest problems with the winds/currents/biomes in my world? [closed]

Here's my map: Red and blue arrows are major ocean currents, red representing warm ones and blue cool ones. Black arrows are prevailing winds. Hopefully everything else is self-explanatory! My planet ...
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How would you realistically set up bat racing on an island?

One of my main characters lives on an island where people bet on bat races. My story is set up so that bats are domesticated and race one another in dark caves. The bats would use echo location to ...
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Plausible reason why the demons of Hell would be given modern weapons while angels use arrows? [closed]

In the depths of Hell, the rebellion is stirring. The demon guardians of Hell have been exceptionally cruel to the inhabitants for millennium. But finally, humans have rebelled and started killing ...
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What effect would a means of reproduction without pregnancy have on the population?

In sci-fi, we can find the concept of artificial fertilization and incubator quite commonly. I work in a company that's heavily involved in that technology, so I became curious to adapt this to my ...
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Feasibility of a village improving its economy through hot springs

I'd like some reality check advices about the following village set in a fantasy world vaguely resembling early-to-middle medieval Europe in our world. Note the phrase "vaguely resembling": I'm ...
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What could a non-expert blacksmith from a small village do to secure a job in a city?

I'm writing a fantasy story with a human female blacksmith as the protagonist set in a vaguely early-to-middle medieval Europe-like continent. My protagonist is from a small remote village (of about ...
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How does one create specific swears and slang?

I am writing about two characters that come to our world from their own mirror dimension. There is cultural exchange between the two, but not tourism-level. The two characters are a royal witch and ...
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What would cities look like if humans all had the ability to fly? [closed]

Let's assume humans could just fly, no wings. Regarding infrastructure in cities (large and small), what would be different. A couple of thoughts I had. Roads would only be used for transporting ...
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How can humans retain the benefits of sleep through meditation?

According to dungeons and dragons, Elves don't sleep, but go through a process called reverie. This is a meditative state in which they retain the restorative of sleeping, but they remain fully ...
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What is the ecological role of the common fantasy monster, the slime? [closed]

This was a sudden thought during the world build I'm currently doing. What is the ecological purpose of a slime? Most monsters in a fantasy universe can be put into a food chain without much thought....