Questions tagged [magic]

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Internment Camp for Magical Beings

TLDR: What would an internment camp look like, if it were designed for magical beings in a high medieval society (with no gunpowder, but fantastic metallurgy)? Setting/Context I am building a world ...
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How can my hammerspace safely “decompress”?

My story has magic, and some of that magic involves manipulating pocket dimensions, hammerspace, whatever you'd like to call it. Whether it be a portal to a closet you can access with a thought, or ...
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What happens if a geocentric model of the world were correct? [closed]

For a fantasy, I need to know how a world similar to Earth would exist in a geocentric model. 1) I would assume the sun would have to be a lot smaller. I'm okay with artificial stars (hand-wave that ...
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What would be the effect of a giant magical fireball burning in the ocean?

What would be the effect of a giant magic fireball burning in the ocean? (I got a lot of good information in the responses. I'm doing some research and will edit my post to be more specific.) ...
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I know a girl who would like to bodyswap with me , we both want to, we dont know how [closed]

I know a girl who would like to bodyswap with me , we both want to, we dont know how. I kniw ut seems unlikely but us there any magical way to do so?
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How fast can an artificial human be grown without killing its host? [closed]

Demons need to possess human bodies in order to exist on the mortal plane. However, a human body is fragile, and unable to contain the demonic essence for long. This leads to these bodies breaking ...
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How long will modern society remain in the archaeological record?

I have an extreme far future setting (we're talking hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years) wherein humanity has speciated and reverted to a cultural and technological level very similar to ...
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How can the absence of the soul provide for immortality?

I am Yosef Mengalus, a mage and Philanthropist with an interest in studying the metaphysical. The soul is the core of the human being, and the seat of what makes a person "them". Personality, emotions,...
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How can I make my homunculus more efficient to prevent it from burning out?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, or life-force, which steadily increases as they age. This mana allows our biological forms to function and is used to power spells in magic rituals. ...
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Low-magic medieval fantasy clothes that allow the wearer to grow?

In my novel, one of the characters has a mutation that allows him to shapeshift into a larger and more powerful form (like the hulk but less intense). How could his clothes be modified so that he ...
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If I believe something, it becomes true- how do I convince myself I'm stealthy? [closed]

This is my first question on Worldbuilding, so hopefully I can get the format and so on correct. In my world, some characters can "will" what they believe to be true into being. If they believe ...
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Why is the king hoarding magical items? [closed]

I'm running a d&d 5e campaign in which the king has declared the possession of magical items illegal, and any magical item found must immediately be surrendered to the government. In most small ...
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Could carbon nanotubes reinforce bones so they're harder to break? [closed]

I'm presently working on a flintlock fantasy about a Half-Orc woman. In my story setting, Orcs are not an ugly race of monsters, as they are in Lord of the Rings, nor are they exactly like the Orcs ...
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Designing a prison for a telekinetic race

I am currently designing a fantasy world that includes a telekinetic race that can control objects if they are touching its material (they can make flying rocks if they are in the same ground or ...
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How can the body reincarnate when the soul does not?

I am known as Malevolencia the good, a warm hearted witch on the path to domination. Using my knowledge of magic, I have discovered a way to extend my life using the souls of others. This ritual takes ...
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How do you make men relevant in a setting where only women can use magic?

The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it as it is naturally inborn. It requires training, some females being stronger than others. Magic takes the form of spells ...
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How to calculate medieval urbanisation

Pretty simple question, or I think so, anyway. I want to know how to determine a realistic ratio of people in my fantasy medieval province living in supercities, cities, towns, villages and farming ...
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How can I prevent soul energy from dissipating?

I am Yosef Mengalus, a dark mage who specializes in the manipulation of souls. A human soul is essentially raw mana condensed and shaped into form held together by various spiritual components. This ...
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How could a high medieval 1000bc level tec army use these spells on a large scale battlefield

Magic in this world is not comon but not particularly rare either. Anyone can do it with the proper training and dedication but to be truly great at it can take several decades however it's fairly ...
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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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How can mana absorption by a warlock lead to less than 100% overall gain?

Johnann Gotticus is a warlock on a quest to create his own kingdom, whatever the cost. For this to work, he needs to seek power to destroy his enemies. There is a procedure that allows him to steal ...
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How can fae rescue one of their number from an iron cage?

In Fae mythology iron is very harmful to them. They cannot stand to be near it (in some versions it even harms them) and their magic does not work on iron or on anyone holding iron. If a Fairy was ...
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Want to write a fantasy magic novel can someone help with scientific guidance for energy? [closed]

I plan to write a fantasy novel with all the usual things that we have read over the years in books. But this book will be science fiction too in the sense that what happens in this world will be ...
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How can I protect witches in combat who wear limited clothing?

On TV, witches often wear skimpy, impractical outfits when going into a fight. This is done for fanservice reasons, so I wanted a way to make this sensible. Witches perform magic by drawing in energy ...
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What would make low-quality mana more valuable for use in a ritual?

Mana is the life force of the human soul, which allows us to function as we do. As a person gets older, their mana supply increases, which makes them potentially stronger in the use of magic. However, ...
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How can eternal separation from God make me stronger? [closed]

My name is Malevolencia, and I am an evil mage on the path to godhood. Magic is a gift from the creator that was given to humanity as a sign of them being chosen. Magic works through a series of steps ...
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magically provoked, naturally manifesting lower gravity area in a 10 mile radius

the setting premises are explained in this other question Survival of an Industrial Revolution city after being transported to a fantasy world What I had in mind today is this: on Stitch theres an ...
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How would a village use its river that it shares with another village downstream?

This question is for a fantasy story loosely based on medieval west Europe. The story is centered around a small remote village in a mountain that sits by a river. The village uses its river for ...
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Why would these forms of magic only be able to affect organic/living matter?

Long story short, in Phase One, psions (mages) are rare, and they can: Move and shape organic tissue, like flesh, plants or fungus Alter the emotions, senses and health of living beings Manipulate ...
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How can I tie together all these forms of magic into a top-level “mechanic”?

My setting features what I call "psionics", essentially magic that I want to limit in scope and feeling of mysticism. Until a certain point in the story, psionics is relatively rare and varied, and ...
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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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How to build a fortress to survive against mythical creatures

I need a fortress that will stand up to the following magical creatures, must be above ground and have a fairly large (20-50 thousand) civilian population as well as a roughly equal number of soldiers,...
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The Aether: Problems with a Future Fantasy Solution to a Science Fiction Problem

In my last few questions, I found out that space is, in fact, hard. Making a realistic sci-fi spaceship that does the things I want it to do (throwing around multi-ton kinetic projectiles at dozens ...
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How would a renaissance andean native civilization look like? [closed]

The Karkalá Confederation is one of the main factions in my world. They were muiscas and incas teleported by Bochica to survive. They live on an archipelago with several mountain formations with two ...
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How can a witch elf ensure that their soul is resurrected?

Drow society is broken down into houses, each with its own family. There are several royal houses which represent the political and religious power of the drow. Each house is headed by a matron, who ...
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What would happen if you robbed the momentum from a falling object?

In my world, some individuals have the ability to absorb and distribute momentum from sources around them. I am considering what would happen physically if someone was taking all of the momentum from ...
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How to preserve a servant zombie

In a world that will tolerate necromancy but will not tolerate the theft of bodies or the killing of others, it is possible to create zombie servants, if a necromancer can find a subject lawfully, and ...
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How could reincarnation magic be limited to prevent overuse?

Maleficient is an evil witch on a quest for true immortality. Until she accomplishes her goal, she uses a midpoint form of magic called reincarnation in order to buy her more time and keep her alive. ...
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What Practical Reasons May Encourage an Empire to Build a War Academy Campus in a Fortress or Structure that can be mobilized for War

I have a large modern fantasy Empire in my setting, and it focuses on the exploits of several students in a military academy. At some point in the story, however, a war breaks out and the academy ...
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What would prevent living skin from being a good conductor for magic?

Various forms of magic exist, and they are used in different ways for different effects. One involves scribing runes onto an object to provide it with magical properties. This allows for enhancement ...
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Best shape for a necromancer's undead minions for battle? [closed]

A necromancer can reanimate flesh and bone to form mindless, undead creatures. The necromancer controls the minions like puppets through magic. An undead creature is not limited to its natural shape. ...
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How would crowdfunding work in a medieval fantasy setting?

For context of the setting, numerous fairly large cities serve as the seats of regional feudal governments in a stable, prosperous kingdom. There are a lot of commerce in the cities, and merchants ...
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What would have to be present for tooth or bones to naturally appear pearlescent?

In my fantasy world, unicorns have pearly horns, teeth, and bones. I didn't write it, but I am hoping to write a fanfiction in which it is explained.
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What should be done with the carbon when using magic to get oxygen from carbon dioxide?

So, I'm working on a flintlock fantasy series, and my protagonist is what's called an Arcane Engineer. This is someone who makes magical devices. Among those she has made there is a mask that let ...
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Figuring out the math for the Sphere of Meteoric Conversion

I'm presently in the process of developing my plans for a flintlock fantasy series. It's high magic, but one form of magic in the setting, Arcane Magic, is heavily based in science. The energy that ...
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How fast could a magic-using society get from agriculture to industrial revolution?

I've been creating a science fantasy conworld, but I'm honestly not interested as much in pre-industrial stuff. But I don't want to ignore the pre-industrial history, so I'm looking for a way for the ...
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Defending Castle from Zombies

TL;DR: You're defending coastal medieval fortress with help of about 1000 people from attack of zombies. Long version: In my fantasy world, I'm dealing with problem of how would you defend city ...
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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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Visible light from the brain

I'm building a magic system where magic isn't just controlled by human brains, but is actively produced there. As a byproduct, when casting a spell, the brain generates a large quantity of visible ...
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What kind of society would a species of autotrophic plants create? [closed]

The setting includes both magic and 21st century technology. The species in question are non-sessile, sentient and sapient trees, and has evolved that way due to the threat of a xylophagous predator. ...