Questions tagged [magic]

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Why doesn't knowledge of how magic works break magic in this world?

In this world, magic is based on belief - if "everyone" believes something is true, then it is true. In order to create a new belief, it may evolve naturally (and then there is no problem) OR one ...
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Why don’t dragons fly low?

So, we have five floating islands in the southern sea. Their surfaces are mainly composed of fields of grass and fruit trees (weeds, non-profitable trees, etc. are disposed of) A dozen or so feet of ...
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What would powers based on electromagnetism look like?

Or more specifically, What physical law can X manipulate in order to affect the electromagnetic force? For something to base our assumptions off of, lets assume that we can; Fly Cast lightning ...
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What would be the benefit of various schools of magic when spells are interdisciplinary?

Orgone is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practitioners must draw on this reserve of power in their souls to make a magic spell work. ...
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Can two moons have intersecting orbits yet be guaranteed not to collide?

Working on a D&D campaign. As a physics nerd, I'd like the orbital mechanics of the planet, its sun, and its moons, to follow standard Newtonian/Keplerian mechanics. I'm trying to come up with ...
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What would powers based on the weak force look like

In other words, What physical law can X manipulate in order to control the weak force? And as for the abilities, I...don't have the greatest grasp of what someone can do with the weak force as their ...
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How can resurrecting a person make them evil? [closed]

When a person dies, their soul leave the body and departs for the afterlife. There are ways for a person to be resurrected, however. The first involves calling the soul back into the mortal realm and ...
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Best spot within a human to place redundant heart

Magic lets you take a lot of shortcuts when it comes to fighting, and occasionally do things that normal people may refer to as 'cheating', such as installing a second, redundant heart. In the event ...
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Magic breaks the second law of thermodynamics. Why is the law still valid?

Around the twenty-first or twenty-second century, a scientific experiment finds that a certain ritual (they were trying to make cold fusion) causes a heat difference to appear in fluids. For instance, ...
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Concerning magic and the replacement of the four traditional elemants with the four fundamental forces [closed]

In a world of magic where spells are not based on fire, water, air, and earth; rather, the electromagnetic force, the gravitational force, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force—How do ...
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How would a limit on the number of lies a person can tell change society? [closed]

Say that, through magic, a limit to the number of lies someone can tell is imposed on each person when they are born. You can't ignore this limit--it's not a law or a rule, it's an inborn mental ...
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a magical “void” fluid that demons can move around, punching demons filled with the fluid, and able to resist damage

so essentially demons can control a liquid that can have a density of up to 1500 kg per meter cubed (which is just about less dense than rubber) when being controlled. luckily demons have the magical ...
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How would a nephilim be more powerful than angels or demons? [closed]

Angels and demons possess a number of abilities, such as super strength, speed endurance and other enhanced physical abilities. Where they differ is that one serves God in heaven while the other ...
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Reason/Mechanism for seemingly randomly lengthened lifespans in characters in a roughly viking-age world

So here's the deal. I'm working with the idea that in my world, people can have very different lifespans. Most people live a normal lifespan - the book is set in a fantasy world roughly equivalent to ...
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Feasible explanation to the continued existence of dangerous magical creatures in a modern setting

The setting is based on the Earth during the 60's, but with two big changes: Magic exists (although somewhat limited to humanity). And so do all sorts of magical creatures (Dragons, dryads, ghouls, ...
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How would projectiles used in my magic gun look like?

So, advanced [on average comparable to the end of 19th century Europe/America, though diverging in specifics due to magic] magical civilization has a problem. They have unique magic guns, that work on ...
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How can I protect a cannibalistic ritual from corruption?

This country is dominated by witch covens, who celebrate a holiday every year called "the great feast". Each coven selects 7 witches from their community to participate in a ritual that ends with a ...
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How could an abortion cause infertility in a witch?

Orgone is the natural life energy of the cosmos and the lifeforce which allows the body to function. It is used to perform spells, and constantly regenerates after use at different rates for an ...
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Cannonless ship of the line - could I have ship of line with magic catapults/balistae?

I am facing a conundrum. You see, my world has magic, but this magic is very restricted and has great limitations. As consequence of these limitations, they never got into metalwork, developing no ...
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How do magic forensic works?

Imagine a detective using a special kind of instrument to see the lingering leftover of magic spell at the scene, markings such as spell circle could help to identify type and nature of the spell used ...
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How can entrance through an open doorway only be possible from one side?

In the beginning, the universe existed as one, where humans and their gods lived among each other and existed within the same realm. Due to an ancient war, dubbed " The War in Heaven", circumstances ...
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Is it possible to create light that imparts a greater proportion of its energy as momentum rather than heat?

This is yet another question concerning lasers as employed by sorcerers in a particular fantasy setting, but this one pertains to the momentum that photons possess and whether it's possible to ...
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How to defeat an enemy that feeds off energy

I have a creature capable of absorbing all energy to feed itself. So efficient is it at doing this that the creature itself appears utterly black, since it absorbs all visible light. Its eyes are ...
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What anti-aircraft magic adaptation would be better for dragons than flame spitting?

Alright, we all know the drill, dragons spit fire, like a massive flamethrower, but their fire probably has quite limited range. This is okay for hunting land animals, and being an unremoveable thorn ...
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Starships without computers?

Say I've got a sci-fi setting where I have one faction using relatively advanced technology (think The Expanse, or pre-Covenant war UNSC from Halo, fusion rockets and high-yield magnetic accelerator ...
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If I could sense magnetic north, could I sense magnetic south?

In a world I am helping build there is a certain group of people with the ability to produce electricity from their bodies (and control it, I believe), an additional power I gave them was the ability ...
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How to protect against killer insects?

In my world, modern humans are at war with elf-like humanoids who are harmed by the touch of iron and steel. So instead of modern tools they use bio-tech and elemental magic. The human army is trying ...
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How do you all work out the relative costs of spells?

Magic system question here. Would much appreciate your help! I've read a decent bit about writing magic and I think I have a decent grasp of Sanderson's laws. My magic has a cost (you have to shed ...
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Ecological effects of invisible-but-life-sustaining mana flows on flora propagation methodology

In the universe that I am writing about, there are flows of mana similar to a jet stream that crisscross the land but are invisible to the human eye (except perhaps to mystics, etc). They are ...
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Sun with low emissivity?

I'm creating a D&D campaign which takes place on a Mercury-sized planet, orbiting a Proxima-Centauri style red dwarf. It is tidally locked. I would like it to make physical sense as much as ...
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How can I meaningfully define the energy cost of magical levitation?

In the world I'm building, there is a form of "magic"¹ that effectively amounts to metabolism-powered telekinesis. In particular, there is a maximum power limit of approximately 20 W/kg relative to a ...
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How can I make my sealing ritual necessary?

This concept is based off of an scp foundation wiki monster. http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231 An ancient deity called the scarlet king exists across several dimensions, but is prevented from entering ...
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Lead Amalgam as a Material for a Sword

Edit: To clarify, the Title is simply the title, the actual question is stated below. It is a fantasy world where Magic has been fading away for a millennium and a half. Lead naturally disrupts magic,...
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Why is “Cold Iron” the only thing that can harm faeries? [closed]

In Europe an folklore "Cold Iron" is used to repel spirits and malevolent creatures away. I took this idea and ran with it in my fantasy. In my fantasy world fearies/fae are known as Aos and are a ...
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In a world with very common wizards, how would the military use them?

Suppose wizards are are very common, like 1 in 3 people. Magic ability is inherent, but basically useless without special (fairly expensive) training. Obviously the military would not ignore them. I ...
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how can my “badlands” be made a permanent feature in a magical world?

When the gods created the mortal realms, they constructed them within self-contained material spheres. These spheres protect that worlds reality from the void, the chaotic realm that exists outside of ...
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How do I create a “magic particle” to make magic work with physics?

I'm trying to make a fantasy-esque magic system in which everything works pretty much the same as real life, except there's a sort of "magic particle" that makes magic possible, but with physics. In ...
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In a world where Magic steam Engines exist what would keep people from making cars

I am working a wild wild west mixed with contemorary fantasy setting. So imagine knights in shining Armor, riding along side a train as a dragon flies over and breathes fire down. on they have what ...
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What would powers based of Gravity look like? [closed]

In the post What would powers based on the four fundamental forces look like? @rschpdr gave permission to ask the question that is stated, but looking at each force one at a time. And so, this is the ...
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How to fight an army of skeletons?

How would a standard Roman human army fight a smaller army composed of skeletons? The skeletons are strategic and will reassemble if you cut pieces off. The skeletons came from the army, and retain ...
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Ice Construct Weapons

The Ice Mages of a world I'm crafting can create constructs made from ice. Now, a master Ice Mage might be able to do fun things with his construct like project them in showers of ice shards, but ...
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What advantages would broomsticks have over mage craft?

Enchanting is a form of study for witches that involves ascribing runes to a particular object in order to give it certain properties it would not have normally. Through this method, objects can be ...
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What would be the effect of a giant magical fireball burning in the ocean?

Original prompt: "What would be the effect of a giant magic fireball burning in the ocean? Imagine there's a magical fireball that stays in one spot in the middle of the ocean and emits heat at a ...
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Gravity powers realism

One of the main characters of my book has gravity magic, and I'm struggling to find out how it would work. From what I've read, gravity is the result of immense mass bending space-time, so I have no ...
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How could a Kraken create a realistic superweapon? [closed]

Context: I'm currently writing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign in which the adventurers will have to defeat a Kraken that is bent on destroying civilization as we know it. However, simply destroying ...
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The Validity of Hunting with Fire

I'm planning an RPG character who's supposed to emulate dragons and to live up to the image he'd use as little equipment as possible. Without weapons, his main tool for hunting is fire attacks. I ...
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Should healing potions be illegal? [closed]

How should a world where healing potions exist be treated. They have a massive benefit but could easily be used for evil.
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Why would society not cremate its dead in a world where necromancy is possible?

Necromancy is a type of magic that forces a soul back into a body after it has been killed. Through a dark ritual, the soul is forcefully removed from its eternal rest in the afterlife and is anchored ...
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In a world where magic is common, how can an economy be protected from magical counterfeiting and transmutation? [closed]

Say it's a world where most people are at least aware that magic exists, and that some magicians can do things that would destabilize a real-world economy. How would economists, legislators, and law-...
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How can a witch be prevented from getting weaker?

Souls are made up of mana, which is the basic element of life. It allows our bodies and minds to function, and is also the basis for magic in an individual. A person's magical potential is determined ...