Questions tagged [magic]

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If There Are Fairies That can Control the Elements (Earth, water, fire, air, and aether), If They Got Into A War, How would it be like? [closed]

I'm writing a story about how there are fairies that can control the elements (Earth, water, fire, air, and space), and they got in a war, with Fire and Air and Earth on one side, and Water and Aether ...
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Earth mages in modern war?

Is there a place for earth mages in modern war? Mages' range: 50 meters Abilities: Beginner level Launching boulders Earth walls Sinkholes (they can be closed after their creation) Intermediate ...
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Consequences of a psychic “internet” on a pre-industrial world?

I'm writing a fantasy story that I hope to make more relatable to the modern day by the inclusion of a psychic "internet." At some point in the last two or three centuries this world ...
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Why are martial arts not available to commoners

My (human) society is a feudal society (think late european middle-ages, not very original for a fantasy world). It has still not had an industrial revolution (though that is not very far), but has ...
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Why does a divine judgement system not strike down evildoers?

Introduction: In certain genres (cultivation), people regularly undergo judgements as a way of getting stronger. Once they reach a certain break point, they are struck by lightning, and if they ...
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Ideas for a believable power scaling system [closed]

Problem: I need a way to make believable certain characters becoming much stronger than normally humanly possible, in a way which most people could not replicate. Elaboration: I’m worldbuilding for a ...
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What is the reason behind the First Iron Law of necromancy, “In order to raise the dead you must be dead yourself”?

Question: Given the rules of my world as explained below, how can I justify "The First Iron Law of Necromancy?" A living person can't simply raise the dead from their slumber, only somebody ...
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Effects of magic on stellar evolution

I believe it'd be foolish to assume that magic wouldn't affect astronomical phenomena like stellar evolution, But since I'm not smart enough to create the equations for a new fundamental force, I have ...
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Effects of Remnants on Monsters

When monsters die, Drops aren't the only thing that form. In fact, it's a bit more complicated than that. After a monster dies, its magic tries to return to its natural state as part of a living soul (...
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universe-creating machine (timelines) / other functions

I need to design a machine of a civilization 2400 years apart from our current technology. the function of the machine is to put a human in a kind of limbo, where he has lucids, where everything he ...
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How can I create a regulated marketplace for potion brewing?

Brewing potions have been a staple for witches for hundreds of years. These potions are cooked up within cauldrons, large pots specifically built to hold the magic from these concoctions. Older ...
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What would realistically happen if you could water walk?

I like to add fantastical things and make them mundane. In this case, instead of building and maintaining a pedestrian bridge in a fantasy world they would create a waterwalking path. In this case, ...
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Gaining a Better Understanding on how Sand Powers Work

Awhile ago, I posted a question on this site asking how a group of air-controlling mages could use their powers to create and project lightning/electricity, sorta like an Avatar/LoK sub-bending art ...
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How to balance the power of magic warriors and physics warrior in medieval [closed]

I'm creating two character classes: Physics warrior - Just like an ordinary warrior Magic warrior - Like a physical warrior but using magic. (not a mage or magician).They can attack by firing magic ...
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What is there besides magic and technology?

In the most fantasy settings there is a binary structure of the ways to achieve some practical goal, namely "magical" and/or "technological" one. For example we have a goal to ...
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Clothing With Magic In Mind

After reading this question, I started to think about how clothing would affect magic in my setting. Just like in Incognito's world, the basis of magical abilities, [Enchantments][2], and spellcasting ...
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Utility of Class Crystals

What Are Class Crystals? Class Crystals are special crystals found only inside an Imprint, the mark placed where a teen (13 to 19-year-old) was last upon Earth. Never mind how they were taken, just ...
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How can I explain the steady rising of slave requirements in order to complete a black magic ritual?

The continuous progression of magi-technology has slowly made the slave industry a relic of the past. The application of spells and rituals to solve everyday problems has made the produce from slave ...
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Balancing New Method of Enchantment Gain

If you've seen my other questions on gaining Enchantments (like Gaining The Engorgement Enchantment For Peasants) you know that Enchantments can only be gained by the following methods: Natural ...
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How can a magic-less cauldron speed up the process of a witches' brew?

Cauldrons are items in the form of large pots that witches use to make potions. These items contain the magical energies resulting from the brew and the chemicals used to create it. These magical ...
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Is it possible for an ammonia planet to have a desert spot? Like the great red spot on Jupiter. Or can an ammonia planet never have any hot spots?

I have an ammonia planet that I want to have a desert spot. A hot desert. Can I tidal lock the planet to it sun and let that particular portion be hot? Or is there any other way? Or is it never ...
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How to make a shadowy 'aura' around a person

This guy can create a shadowy effect around himself and his surroundings, and telekinetically shape the shadowyness to make illusions of big scary creatures and be spooky in general. Basically he can ...
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Usefulness of a weapon based on throwing hot water

The people of my flat medieval fantasy world have found a rune that generates infinite boiling water, and they want to use it to kill each other. Sadly the water cannot be made with momentum included, ...
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Hydrodynamics Question: What happens to water when you apply different extreme pressures?

I am building a magic system with a few components. One of them is built off a magical "touch stone" that interacts with an otherwise untouchable shadow race. I've decided to have a special ...
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Magic system question: Uses for containment field based magic. Individual uses? Societal uses? Technology examples? [closed]

I'm working on a high fantasy setting with a few magical elements - this being one of them. The basic premise for the way the magic works is the ability to create an orb of force around any material. ...
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How would I balance the powers of manipulating the strong and weak nuclear forces in a magic system where other elemental powers are present?

I've been toying with the idea of including manipulation of the strong and weak nuclear forces in my magic system but have had a hard time balancing the sheer power of said forces. As far as my ...
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How can they fight back against an invisible enemy who can alter memories? [closed]

The USA government is at war with some wizards in a broken masquerade scenario. The wizards live among the population, but use magic to make the dwellings invisible. The same magic alters memories of ...
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Legal implications of unproven magical powers [closed]

In this world, roughly 1% of people have actual supernatural ability (a combination of magical, deific, witchcraft, whatever). Their abilities range from the spectacular (pyromancy, flying, ...
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What kind of magic would aid sailing the most?

Magic is extremely common, it is essentially part of the dna of each race. Each race has magical power that allows them to better dominate their native environment. One race can shapeshift, other can ...
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Why there is white ash everywhere?

In my world a war happened between a few tribal leaders a really long time ago. Those leaders had nearly god-like magical powers, giving them the ability to modify bodies, matter (like earth, stone, ...
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What's a good element to pair with the element of darkness for my magic system? [closed]

Edit: I've been told my question is a little too opinion based. I'll edit/clarify the question to the best of my limited intelligence and capability, but if its still too opinion based I won't fight ...
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Could someone who has control over electricity and wind manipulate the force of magnetism/electromagnetism?

I plan on incorporating the power of magnetism/electromagnetism into my magic system. The thing is I already have the power to manipulate electricity and wind (in my magic system electricity and wind ...
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Energy-based magic system : will it work? [closed]

I'm currently working on a hard magic system in a high fantasy story and I have decided to base my magic system on physics, more precisely, on energy transfer. So, my mages can draw their powers from ...
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What's a good element to pair with the element of light for my magic system?

My magic system involves groupings of elements called domains which have a unique property not specific to either element in said domain. As the title implies I'm looking for a element to be paired ...
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How could one explain why a world would develop solar/hydroelectric/geothermal power before/instead of combustion?

My goal is to create a world somewhere on the line of steampunk and solarpunk, where what we call alternative energies are actually more economically practical than combustion. It's a fantasy book, so ...
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Utility of Shard Spells

Background: In my world, people can gain Enchantments (explained here) by killing a monster with their own self, and since magic is an extension of self, it counts as a simple way to gain Enchantments ...
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How would a enormous more-than-city-sized ship fare in a fantasy world?

A long time ago in my world, a people, who lived alone in a continent-sized island away from any significant other landmass, had a schism. Half of them departed in a fleet with numerous ships into the ...
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

The world consist of several different countries who are no strangers to being at war with each other. Even more, some countries are ruled by different races, like humans, elves, dwarves, etc. Racism ...
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How would society change if everyone could spawn any living being? [closed]

How would society change if anyone could spawn any living being? This includes humans, animals, and even bacteria. By just thinking it, someone can make a lion appear. How would this go down/how would ...
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How can I flesh out and balance my magic system based on the 7 deadly sins and heavenly virtues?

Context and concept The Big Bang occurred and the stars started to form and go supernova spreading the elements that were within them far and wide throughout space. The solar system, including the ...
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How can gods defend from other offensive gods

In my worlds various gods embody elements and concepts. There are many ways they can reach godhod. Inheriting dead gods powers, mortals collective belief birthing gods etc. Gods power effect ...
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Consequences of heat redistribution on the climate of a planet

There are three types of magic system in the world I'm building. One of them, Sundancing(tentative name), can manipulate thermal energy. So they are able to take energy from an enviorment, cooling it ...
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Help with the balancing and science of my magic system

None of the names or terms I'm using for worldbuilding are final so please don't judge me too hard on them. Sorry in advance if the answer seems obvious or if I formatted the question incorrectly, I'm ...
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How can the survival of mortal vessels decline with an increase in quality of life?

Every 1000 years, a total solar eclipse covers the entire disk of the sun and covers the earth in its shadow. During this event, the barrier that separates the mortal world from the spiritual world ...
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Help with defining the extent of my character's ability

In the book I am writing, one of the main characters has the ability to convert their own energy (chemical or mechanical) into light/photonic energy, and only that form of energy. I know that this ...
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How can I encourage my population into debt slavery without hurting my economy?

The government of Amestris is controlled by powerful organizations known as guilds. These institutions are made up of special interest groups that bring together influential people, such as merchants, ...
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Damage caused by a bomb capable of deleting everything within a 20 meter radius

What kind of damage could a bomb that cause everything within a 20 meter radius to just vanish have within the Earth atmosphere? I would imagine that it would create an implosion and inflict immediate ...
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What are the fundamental operations of physics?

So, I was going to ask this on physics forums but felt it would be to simplistic to ask it there compared to other, more informed questions. I’m trying to create a magic system based on fundamental ...
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Utility of Cherry Bomb

I had a weird idea for my fantasy setting: cherry bombs! 1-3 Cherry Bombs are Dropped by Cherry Brutes (Sakurage may be a better name for them, I'm open to suggestions) upon their death and/or ...
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Increasing molecular bond strength as Strengthening Magic

Let's say a wild mage appears (again!) and uses magic to increase the molecular bond strength of the muscles, bones and tendons of a random villager. Supposing their musculature, and other tissues, ...

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