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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If my characters can control electrons could they use this as a means to attract and repel objects?

Could they use their abilities to change an objects electromagnetic fields to work in their favour. I want my magic system to be explained as the story progresses. I’m thinking this could be a way to ...
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how would martial arts evolve in a magical world? [on hold]

My magic system is quite basic it revolves around runes and drawing them in the air.If skilled enough you can not do that . or if the spell is so simple you dont need to unless exhausted. how would ...
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Is my antagonist and his race plausible? [on hold]

I am writing a contemporary fantasy novel with sci-fi elements. The antagonist is a member of The Mahos. Their race predates our universe. They have an extremely high body temperature their skin is ...
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If an alien race used solid nitrogen hammers as weapons, how long would they last before melting on earth?

The enemy they fight have an extremely high body temperature, I’m wondering the effects of solid nitrogen would have on them. The idea is the enemies' bodies are like molten under the skin.
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Where do wizards come from, or how does one become a wizard [on hold]

There seems to be a weak genealogical 'inheritance' rule for wizards, and at any one time there are seemingly very few. Despite recent 'documentaries' it is actually hard to imagine a school for ...
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How would history be different if Communism was white supremacist? [on hold]

Let's assume Communism does the same as it does historically, killing x million Chinese, millions of Africans, Siberian indigenous peoples. However, instead of using far left rhetoric, it justifies ...
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A Magical Society [closed]

Quite literally. I have an idea for a world I want to make in which the ability to use magic is about as easy as something like learning how to code. It would be taught in schools, professions would ...
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How impossible would a bioluminescent plant-based lifeform be?

Looking for alternative sources of lighting for my current worldbuilding project so I couldn't help but wonder if a bioluminescent plant-based lifeforms could be realistically feasible. I'm just ...
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Is it possible to have a “pure” feudal society? [closed]

Edit : Pardon my ignorance because I may very well be misconstruing terms that I have very limited understanding of. I read somewhere on this sub that pure feudalism is just a contract-law approach ...
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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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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 an immortal surrogate pass on genes to a fertilized embryo?

I am part of a group of immortals from the planet Ziest. From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the ...
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Boomerang fighting style?

Context: I'm currently writing a story where I'm giving unconventional and otherwise impractical battle weapons more spotlight. So I am currently contemplating making my main character a boomerang(s) ...
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Scientific synonyms for “forward, backward, up, down, left, and right” [closed]

I am not talking about anterior, posterior, etc... I am looking for words specifically relating to movement. Long description... In the mythos I am working on, mages learn to control objects in three ...
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A world within our world, but hidden and doesn't look like earth or affect it. Is it possible (or something close)?

I'm new here and this is my first question. I have a question which is a bit complicated about an idea that I like but that is confusing me at the moment. I appreciate if you bear with me and it ...
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Why would an all seeing book explain the future in a very confusing manner, but be able to explain the present or past crystal clear?

In my fantasy world there exists a book that contains everything that has, is, and will happen as well as every emotion, thought, and action. This book is known as the Acabar. One cannot physically "...
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Can you actually swing, shoot, throw while suspended in the air with a jetpack?

Disclaimer: I don't know a single thing about aerodynamics but I'm hoping to get a little pointers in where to start. I'm currently writing a fantasy story where jetpacks are a very practical and ...
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How can a quarantined eldritch abomination affect boundaries beyond its perimeter?

The world we live in is a simulated reality that is run by large artificial intelligences called gods. These "Gods" act as software that run in the background of the reality, making sure that it ...
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Balancing Humanoid fantasy races: Elves

Part 1 of a series of questions. Generally, in fantasy humans are always disadvantaged when compared to other races (short lives, less fighting skill, weaker with magic, etc). I want to avoid this, ...
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How can chaotic entities be prevented from spreading beyond their domain?

This is a follow up question to one I asked earlier:How can religions be structured in ways that allow inter-faith councils to work? So, these gods are basically artificial intelligences that are ...
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A character suffers little to no injury from channeling electrical energy. What would voltage and amperage feel like?

In a world where magic exists, a specific character can channel electricity in whatever way you might imagine. They are relatively immune to suffering physical injury even for high voltage or current. ...
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Should a god have more or less power when in a physical body? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel titled "Seraphim Divided." In the novel, there is a god known as Thorolax (The Midnight Harbinger). I want to have him be introduced as an ethereal being who has to rely on ...
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What if a thin translucent veil was drawn over the sun? [closed]

Imagine that the Earth is completely unharmed and not threatened by any weapon or disaster and is still spinning on its axis. However, a thin translucent veil slowly starts spreading over the sun and ...
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How to build a plumbing system in a magic world? [closed]

How do I build a plumbing system in a magic world? Because a lot of stories seem to completely ignore this and I don't want to make my story like that. The magic in this world allows you to create ...
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Can ice magic freeze blood?

In my story, one of my main characters has ice powers. She can turn water into ice, she can conjure ice (sucking moisture out of air and freezing it). She can also drop someone's body temperature, as ...
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Who or what determines if a curse is valid or not?

I'm making a fantasy world and wanted to incorporate curses and geases into the story. When I say "curses" I mean two types, but mainly this: The type where you write your curse and either: perform ...
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What could make large expeditions ineffective for exploring territory full of dangers and valuable resources? [closed]

Some sort of cataclysm suddenly creates a territory full of deadly monsters and other dangers, but also valuable resources. Trivial example: a magic volcano suddenly erupts and the mountain is now ...
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The Industrialization of Earth and the Effect on Magic [closed]

I am currently writing a story that takes place after what we would call World War Three, in a post-war setting. In this setting, magic exists along with creatures created by radiation from WW3 and ...
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What could be some effects of (physical) Mana consumption that prevent long term abuse? [closed]

In my fantasy Mana is a resource found not only in people (really, really, really trace amounts) but also physically in the ground. In its natural state Mana is a bright blue stone that at night glows ...
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How to come up with thoughtful positive & negative effect combos for magic items? [closed]

I'm creating a world in the Golden Age of Pirates. I want to add a little bit of magic but no magicians or mana or something like that. I thought of unique magic items that have interesting twists. A ...
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How can having multiple casters for a spell create excess heat?

Magic works through transmutation circles infused with sigils that both manifest from a person's mind. The individual focuses their Anima, or life force, through these circles in order to create ...
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How can a caster's natural flow of orgone disrupt the use of magical tatoos? [closed]

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practitioners must draw on this ...
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What would be the ideal melee weapon made of “Phase Metal”?

Phase Metal is a material that is functionally similar to steel but can pass through its user (a single person bound to the metal when it is forged into a new form.) as if it didn't exist. Phase metal ...
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Are there any medieval light sources without fire? [closed]

In a world of my story, which is loosely based on medieval times, fire disappeared. Are there any sources of lighting without fire that would be possible in a medieval setting? It is a fantasy book ...
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How would the law enforce a ban on immortality? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story where magic is common and wizards follow a strict code of conduct. One of those tenets is "never stray from humanity and do not seek immortality or godhood." While I admit ...
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Why would “dead languages” be the only languages that spells could be written in?

Note: this is an in-universe explanation, not media in general. Media in general tends to have magic written in archaic, usually dead, languages. In my world, magic is best described as fickle; most ...
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Why did the “Orks” never develop better firearms than Firelances and Handcannons?

The Orks of my world are actually the technologically most advanced civilization. They are bigger and stronger than humans, have bone plates on their heads, greenish skin, and are more akin to the ...
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Creating a taser through magic [duplicate]

So I'm trying to explain the basic steps behind magically creating lightning between your hands by combining two or more basic elements together: The elements you can use are: Fire, air, water, earth....
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Dystopia Fantasy Magnetic or electronic field as a fence [closed]

I am writing a dystopia. In this world there is currently an electromagnetic fence that prevents anyone from going in and out unless they are in possession of a certain sword that neutralizes the ...
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What happened to everyone's magical abilities? [closed]

The setting: a remote pre-industrial port city. The basic premise: As long as anyone can remember, the residents of the city have exhibited magical powers. The city had become fairly large as ...
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Soul Identifying

In my story, I have a system in place that needs a person to be identified as who they will be by their soul. Reincarnation allows the same souls to be identified time and time again over a period of ...
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How can combining souls together not increase its volume? [closed]

I am Josephine Mengalus, an alchemist on the path to immortality by becoming a lich. Alchemy is the study of combining magic with science, to create a higher form of study that surpasses both. Souls ...
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How would a normal person have access to souls? [closed]

In my story, magic is powered by souls collected from dead people. The specifics are pretty complex, but in general, a soul is quite a large source of power for magic and will last casual day-to-day ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for mental manipulation? [closed]

I have a character who can suggest things to people, and what she says, they believe to be true. Is there a way to scientifically explain this, even vaguely? I was wondering if perhaps a form of ...
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How could re-absorption of mana be dangerous to an expecting mother?

Mana is the life energy of elves that allows it to function. These elves are similiar in design to human beings. When an elf becomes pregnant, the developing fetus feeds off of its mother's mana, ...
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How can a mage not be the King? [duplicate]

In fantasy, mages are commonly described to be vastly superior in terms of knowledge & power to the rest of the population. Typically, they live much longer, are able to kill in combat numerous ...
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Designing a magic-compatible polearm

The people in my story's universe all have various magical powers, and if they want the effects of these powers to extend to their clothes or equipment, said equipment needs to be designed to a few ...
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How could a tree survive a volcanic blast?

Background I am working on a Role Play Video game, and I have a particular island called Morogar in my medieval fantasy. (Magic and Mythical Beasts run wild). Originally an island with forests and a ...
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How to make all magic-casting innate, but still rare?

I'm having some real dilemmas creating rules for magic in my fantasy novel. Here is my issue: there are three intelligent beings included in my novel. The entire premise is that all races were created ...
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how can non-magical soldiers gain power from a magic ritual without making its participants weaker?

This particular coven operates as a powerful and wide spanning enterprise focused on accumulating power to direct the world in ways that align with their interests. Witches gain more power through a ...