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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

I'm world building a low-magic, early (to high) medieval (early 12th century-ish) fantasy world for a ttrpg. This world revolves around humans, but -while not something commonly encountered by humans- ...
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Why can magic users only expel excess magical energy via sexual means?

I am developing a unique magical system for my world, and I’ve introduced a concept involving magic users, Fjǫlkunnugir, who possess the extraordinary ability to manipulate mystical energies called ...
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Fake Legendary Sword in Stone scams, how to make them believable and unpullable in a world of magic? [closed]

I should preface this by informing you that the story I'm writing is mostly comedy, but I'll try to incorporate reason and meaning behind the jokes. I have a small joke written in my story where the ...
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What punishment would fit best for a prison/inmate-based LitRPG system? [closed]

I was tasked to write a LitRPG web novel for a contest by a friend, and I had an idea for a world-building element. A world where convicted criminals have their human rights restricted and taken from ...
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Reasons for being sent to retrieve an all-powerful artefact? [migrated]

I'm considering (first time) DM'ing "The Silvyr Tower" for a group. However I am not sure how to sell the starting situation to my players. Summarizing the starting situation: the group is ...
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How would somebody who controls magnetic fields prevent being pulled towards the source of a magnetic material

As I have mentioned before I have a hero who controls magnetism. They control magnetism via a magnetic organ that can generate multi tesla fields. However I do not want this organ to be pulled out of ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

The setting: a mostly realistic medieval fantasy world with the tech base the same as European 1400s, except the gunpowder had not been invented yet. Magic exists and is known in general, but is ...
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How much light would pass through ice? [closed]

I am writing a book in which a civilisation lives in the remnants of a giant crater with a dome of ice over the top. This crater is huge, I'm talking about 200 square miles huge, so this is a very ...
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Realistic version of White and black magic

So this is for my magic system since it's based on the real-world system. In my novel in the works named Successors magic works by bending the rules of science but not breaking them. Examples include ...
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How would a Spellblade deal with an Anti-magic Heavily armored knight? [closed]

This is kind of a follow up to my last question as i kinda realized this was the question i actually wanted to ask. So you have a setting where everyone is capable of using magic to some degree. ...
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How to justify a racist empire's use of other sentient species as shock troops? [closed]

I'm writing a novel where an empire is on the rise, with a lot of discrimination against other species, yet, for plot reasons they use shock troops that are of another species, elves. The empire use ...
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Conventional weapon design to counter specific magical weaponry

This is a rather complicated question since I don't know how to redact the title. But I'll get into specifics. In my world they're is two types of humans Conventional and Contemporary (Temporary names)...
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Limits of an eddy current force fields

In my story I need a nigh impenetrable force field as an ability for a character. I have done some research that the force field should be a magnetic eddy current. Eddy currents can block conductors ...
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Is hemomancy scientifically possible? [closed]

Like in anime where characters are able to control their blood to use as weapons and projectiles like chops from jujutsu Kaisen or power from chainsaw man. Is it possible for a machine or biological ...
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What would be the most efficient way for vampires to farm human blood? [closed]

A bit of background to the question. Vampires are rare in human kingdoms and are hunted down, and the technology level across the world is around the 17th century level in terms of our world, since ...
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How to keep the imprisonment of mythical creatures a secret from the public, but not from their human family members?

For longer than has been recorded, "monster hunters" of various denominations have hunted humanoid magical creatures which have lived in hiding for even longer. Most of these creatures can ...
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Would hotels/motels/hostels serve a purpose when everyone has a magic bedroom they can teleport to? [closed]

In my modern fantasy novel, there is a species of people called the Torus. The Torus are blue-skinned humanoids who suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia. This makes it difficult for them to perform ...
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How do you justify Adventurers being multiple [Character Classes] instead of everyone being Generalists in fantasy settings? [closed]

Someday I want to write a fantasy book wherein the MC is a solo adventurer or something similar, thing is when it comes to those types I notice they’re almost all the same…ability/skill-wise ...
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How to prevent demon slayers from murdering their own en masse? [closed]

Set in 1000AD. Demon exists and are hunting people. People retaliate and become demon slayers. Demon drops crystal upon being killed. Crystal emanates magical energy. (Intensity follows inverse square ...
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How to prevent theft in a society where everyone has hyperspace storage?

In my modern fantasy novel, there is a species of people called the Hammerts. The Hammerts are small orange humanoids who have issues running and jumping after they reach adulthood. To compensate for ...
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How much of a small, isolated, civilization's culture would survive a magical cataclysm? [closed]

I'm starting with some background so the question can be answered in-context. Apologies if I veer into too much storytelling. Pre-Cataclysm Setting: A fantasy civilization, essentially only humans, in ...
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How does "innate magical power" fit into a magic system powered by emotion and memory?

In the magic system I've been workshopping, magic is powered by the caster's emotions and memories. Specifically, mages can shape spells by creating associations to their own memories, and strengthen ...
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What causes my expedition RTG to produce way less power when deployed in a magic realm

Dear colleagues from the Institute of Subatomic Research, as you will have noticed, our latest expedition to the Magic Realm (TM) through the Strange Portal (TM) was a considerable success. No one ...
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What makes small-scale private star-harvesting profitable?

In a distant future where FTL interstellar travel is commonplace, there is a stable large-scale market for a commodity called photonic negentropy ("PhoNE" for short, though nobody remembers ...
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How could entropy control go wrong? [closed]

The magic system of my story works by either increasing or decreasing entropy with the decrease requiring a specific spot ex. dust collecting into a concentrated point or the increase requiring an ...
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Could Megaflora Sustain Permanent Settlements?

So, a setting I'm brainstorming is basically a tribal world, with Hunter-gatherers, animism, and the like. One of the features I want to add, to make it stand out from our own world is the existence ...
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Would a world twice the size of Earth be able to have similar weather patterns?

The TLDR for this is if I have a planet that is twice the diameter of Earth, (so four times the surface area), would continental distribution have more effect on the weather patterns than the sun and ...
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Avoiding time travel or causality stuff

How to avoid blatantly time traveling or breaking causality in a big way when getting my characters to places quickly (Faster than light)? The method used is a tunnel in some sort of different space ...
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Defensive Middle Ages measures against magic-controlled "smart" arrows

Hear hear, with the latest arcane technology, archers on the battlefield are able to shoot "smart arrows". Smart arrows are propelled by a little unit of magiteck, which allows the archer to ...
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Dragon's body proportion: eye size to body length [closed]

A classic dragon shape, eg Smaug, approximately 6 km length from nose to tail with similar wingspan. Ignore square cube rule due to magic and also neglect gravity as its native habitat is space. Eyes ...
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How might a science-fiction world's technology advance faster than our own? [closed]

I'm wondering what techniques exist to make the technology change quicker in my story. I want to be able to change the setting quickly, like progressing from a computer mechanic where space travel is ...
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When does it makes sense for Sword Masters to use a sword beam as a one-time killing move?

Intro In the creation of my Wuxia-inspired world, 'Sword Intent' is a cornerstone concept where sword masters channel a life force known as 'Qi' to perform extraordinary feats. 'Sword Intent' in my ...
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What Stars Do I Need to Make a Railgun?

Alright so I have come up with this idea for the primary weapon of a particular class of mages in my fantasy world: the Railgun. These mages are called starborn because, when they are born, they are ...
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Advice/Feedback on building a working Ocean Current model for my fictional world

after much umm-ing and ahh-ing and head scratching, I've decided to seek some advice about my worldbuilding project for the novel I'm writing. Im looking for feedback/critique on what I've done wrong ...
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How can I make the lowest plane of existence in my novel relevant and important? [closed]

I am working on a lit-rpg novel where the universe is called Arcus, and it has three types of planes of existence: Imminus, Medius, and Summus. Each plane has its own characteristics, inhabitants, and ...
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What kind of magic could people able to manipulate the 4th dimension do? [closed]

In this world with renaissance-like technology wizards are able to "feels" creases in the 3D space and manipulate space in ways limited to their understanding of the 4D (wich is still not ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

My world is similar to modern-day Earth, though with additional magical realms not readily accessible from the Rational Realms that are familiar to us. In this world, as many as ten people in every ...
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Is it reasonable that magic would become a subject and magi would become students in military academies in a world with rediscovered magic?

Until twenty years before the time at which my story is set, the world was pretty much as our modern-age world is now. Magic was thought to be nothing more than myth and superstition. Alien worlds ...
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All arsenic not in the ground is magically removed. What effect would that have?

The land of Koyokuni has been depopulated of people and their domesticated animals for many years, and had been sown with ergot spores, venomous insects, large, aggressive venomous birds and even ...
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How would a fantasy world change if every mage exploded/caused natural disasters upon death [closed]

In a fantasy world I'm building, one of the main two types of mages have innate control over natural elements. About 1 in 50 people in this world have the ability to take part in the ritual to give ...
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How can I incorporate both the metaphysics of the story and magic into a system without compromising one or the other? [closed]

I'll try my best to make this not so nonsensically long and give you the basics with brevity. I'll be summarizing ALOT. In the beginning was an entity known as the Eternal Sovereign, a being whose ...
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Why is "magic" possible in the Elidrian side of reality but not on Earth? [closed]

TL:DR: "Why is "magic" possible in the Elidrian side of reality but on our terrestrial side of the universe? " I'm creating a game and attempting to breathe life into a story that ...
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Practicality of engine-mediated magic

In another universe in which humans may exist but did not evolve, the laws of physics allow phenomena that we in this universe would call magical, where matter and energy may be moved, transformed and ...
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Is There Any Reason for a High Fantasy civilization to use Stable Higher-Generation Matter

So, in the process of developing a magic system, I have come up with an ability and I don't know why any mage would want to use it. Basically, some mages can control radioactive decay, and what that ...
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Plausibility, habitability and conditions of shell-system

I have some questions regarding the feasibility of this planetary shell-based construction. I have read other questions about shell worlds, but this case has some unique elements, so I thought I would ...
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Potential problems with magic creating energy

Context When hit by sun rays, the moon creates excess energy, it increases the energy & reflects it back to earth as mana rays to make magic possible (the exact process is not important). Most of ...
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Does magic speed up technology?

In a classic RPG magic system, energy/mana/handwavium points are expended to manipulate reality. The cost increases with the complexity and extent of the alterations being made. Natural talents for ...
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Could Mages which can control London Dispersion Meaningfully Control the Air [closed]

Alright, so I've been trying to figure out my magic system for my story, and I'm trying to figure out how I could have water mages that were actually powerful. My fundamental idea behind the magic ...
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I cast spark! Or, Design of preindustrial firearms when people can cast spark

So, in this fantasy preindustrial world almost everyone can cast small spells like spark within a one meter radius from their mouth. Taking that into account, igniting mechanisms like matchlocks or ...
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Is there any general word for a space between universes?

I have many imaginary worlds in my head that are all separate from each other and they exist in bubbles but plenty of worlds have enough tech and/or magic (depending on how the individual world works) ...
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