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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

I'm having issues designing a balanced magic system. let me elaborate. a handful of nations have allied against a big empire, and the fighting has regressed into trench warfare. Tech level is early ...
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what types for guns and magic would be suited, for a arabian-style steampunk 5e setting? [closed]

I am in the process of doing a homebrew setting for 5e. That is based around a steampunk arabian aesthetic. My setting will include guns alongside magic, though both won't be common nor rare but ...
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Super speed based on magnetism

Context In my story there are several types of magic like wind magic, gravity magic, etc. My main character possesses magnetism magic which includes the ability to create strong magnetic fields on ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

Not 'Ice Magic'. Ice is just frozen water and fire magic goes beyond water. But, for the sake of explaining in this question, let's go with "Ice Magic". In a world where these two magics are ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system [closed]

I'm working on a story (see here) where the way magic works is ... difficult, to say the least. Most magic occurs naturally, either through ley lines (naturally occuring lines of magical energy that ...
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How to achieve immortality? [closed]

I've been planing a story for a long time and I have everything ready except this, Does anyone have an ideas on how to achieve immortality (doesn't have to be super scientific but i would appreciate a ...
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How could a magic user increase air pressure for jet blast like effects

In my magic system characters possess the ability to control air and wind. They can usually expel 300 mph winds from their body however these winds lack force over distance. I should clarify that the ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island? [closed]

This story is set in a medieval-esque world, on a continent roughly the size of Australia that is separated into six different kingdoms/territories. Each territory is its own sovereign country and has ...
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A smart way to ground yourself to help a person who is being shocked by electricity [closed]

:) I am currently planning a scene for my fantasy novel that involves electricity. I'm unsure if regular electricity with its properties known to us works in the context of my magical world or if I ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Wind powers in fiction are often extremely powerful with the ability to kill or even level objects with a single attack. In real life wind is typically weaker than the wind in fiction and unless the ...
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Laser finger guns

This is not really connected to my story but I had an idea of having finger guns that actually work. Because lasers are cool I thought that you could have a character with the ability to magically ...
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Is it possible for magical Universities to become powerful political entities, and is my structure for the same sensible?

Y'all remember that old adage about how knowledge is power? When that knowledge is magic, specifically the type of magic that can do almost everything, the adage becomes a lot more practical than ...
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Would this method of lightning superpowers work?

In my previous question I mentioned a character with the ability to control electricity. I had an idea of them using Lorentz forces as a main method of offense but we found that this was extremely ...
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What if a wizard mass produces gold and silver to crash the market?

A Wizard that grew up poor and resentful of the jewellery of the rich people around him decides he'll end the allure of gold and silver for good. For this purpose, he immediately produces a billion ...
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Will nothing bad happen if I just create infinite energy?

My magic system introduces an additional energy form that one can convert at a rate leaving out surplus energy, thus generating more than what was initially utilized. For instance, using Arcana to ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

In my setting, there is a type of airborne fungal spore that can infect all living matter, and a Star Wars Galactic Empire style/sized faction that wants to sterilize planets with this spore ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

The world: A standard medieval European-ish fantasy world, with very limited magic, which aside from the titular exception has little to no effect on everyday life. The continent is divided into ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

This is probably the first magic question I’ve asked so sorry if I get anything wrong this time. In this world, there is a goddess, and she is very, very real. She’s functionally omniscient: whenever ...
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Magic System Based on Electronics [closed]

Lets assume mana as electrons . We have current, voltage, and resistance of a mana. Current is the flow of mana in our body, voltage as the force to make mana flowing in our body, and resistance to ...
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Moon calendar with a permanent full Moon

The Situation This can be considered a continuation of the following question: Permanent Full moon via "Magic" In this question I asked how a permanent full moon could be possible. While I ...
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Could nanotechnology have the ability to control the weather?

In a short story I am writing I have a magic system that involves nanotech left behind from an ancient advanced civilisation that can allow for magic like effects. In this story the characters ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Assume that the time period takes place at some point before cannons and other later siege equipment (medeival, antiquity, bronze age, etc.) Stone mages can affect materials that follow the geological ...
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Highly Visible Comet in the Sky

There is a comet in my world which passes my world's version of Earth every 25 years. I'm having difficulty figuring out how to make the comet fit my requirements. Requirements: Passes my planet only ...
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Permanent Full moon via "Magic"

The Problem I had in mind giving my world a permanent full moon for a long time. Though I generally ran into 2 problems along the way. Firstly I wanted of course to make it appear as if it was always ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable? [closed]

I really need help trying to get this to work. I'm working on a faction that primarily employs spell swords as their Frontline force. They have other parts such as artillery, combat medics, and other ...
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Highly resistant House Plant

The Premise My world takes place about 25 years after an magical apocalyptic event killed most life in my setting. It also left the sky permanently dark which is caused by thick magical clouds. I know ...
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Would the diet described below sustain a human?

In my world I need to feed a colony of Kobolds. I'm modeling my Kobolds' dietary requirements on humans. My question is whether or not the following foodstuffs would meet the dietary needs of human ...
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Possible Factors that secure a Tyrants power [closed]

The Problem Picture this: an incompetent and uncharacteristic hereditary monarch to whom I will now refer to as the “Last Monarch”. The problem with him is that he is rather unsuited for retaining ...
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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

So, I'll try to keep this simple. I've had an idea about adding firearms in a setting alongside sword users and the like with the caveat that everyone in this setting is capable of some type of magic. ...
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Could a sorcerer who controls cold plasma freeze objects?

In my story with magic based off of scientific studies like light and biology in this story there is a character with the ability to control cold plasma. This character needs to function as a ...
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How could a biomancer monetize their magic [closed]

In my story people can wield several magic types based on science. One of these abilities is Biomancy which is the ability to control, create, and transform into organisms like plants, funguses, ...
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Can raindrops be made solid?

I have a character that can control water (rain, specifically), and am curious if it’s possible for them to turn these droplets solid via pressure rather than built in ice magic. If they exert enough ...
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How could a light sorcerer fly

In my world I have characters that can control magic to achieve different superpowers. One of these magic types is light magic. Light magic has the ability to generate light in the form of lasers and ...
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Can I get some help making my magic system allow for magically powered computers?

Ok, lemme start by explaining what I'm waffling about and apologizing cause this is gonna be a bad explanation. In my world, magic is an invisible energy that is constantly generated everywhere in the ...
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Why could the militaristically superior dwarves who are the only ones with magic weapons be isolationist?

I want to have a world with dwarves who were gifted a magic language from their creator god (different one than the one who made humans) that they can use to inscribe magic onto weapons and other ...
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How would the "Hardness vs Toughness" dynamic of gems apply if it were possible to make shields out of them?

From my understanding, "hardness" and "toughness" in the context of material sciences (or perhaps specifically gems?) refers to two separate properties: "hard" materials ...
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Can "innate" magic exist without fostering elitism? [duplicate]

It's a tale as old as literature; magic system is inborn, be it Harry Potter wizards, Tolkien's pretty elves, or the X-Men mutants, and you start to get people that think, "gee, it sure would be ...
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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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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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