Questions tagged [magic]

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sleeping beauty sleeps. And then? [closed]

Sleeping beauty sleeps. The King sleeps, the household sleeps, the cook sleeps, even the flies on the wall sleep. The castle sleeps. That means, the heads of the government are taken out. As we all ...
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I can't wish for someone to die, how to get around this rule? [closed]

A genie gives you the ability to make any wish possible with a few rules : no time travel no destruction of the universe not causing the death of anyone not wishing for others to do whatever you ...
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What kind of damage can a single swing of a super sharp sword at super speed do?

The wielder is super-human, enhanced by magic, able to swing the sword at any speed physically possible (without breaking the laws of physics). The sword is ultra-sharp, with an edge of any sharpness (...
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How can a soul be unable to resurrect from multiple locations?

I am a warlock who has committed many evil and despicable deeds in his lifetime. Bad karma has blackened my soul, dooming me to an eternity of unspeakable suffering in hell. Luckily, there is a way to ...
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Why casting grand spell usually accompanied with tapping the ground with quarterstaff?

Magical spells in the medieval times requires an incantation and a swing of a wand or quarterstaff to produce any effect, however to cast a high tier grand spell it is necessary to tap the ground as ...
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How can black magic be prevented from becoming common?

Since the olden days, black magic was used by malevolent individuals to cause harm to others. A bloke who wanted revenge or was spiteful against another could use these spells to hex that person, ...
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What would civilization be after a fantasy apocalypse [closed]

Im making a campaign set in the United states around a few hundred years after an apocalyptic event that gave the world magic. The flora and fauna is fine again and only a few isolated pockets of ...
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How useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount?

I am in the "drawing board" stage of creating fantasy mounts for my world and I was wondering how useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount ? I am personally operating under ...
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If soldiers that don't die from infection or bleeding exist, how would pre gunpowder medieval european warfare change in terms of combat and strategy?

The soldiers in question are, for lack of other words, magically enhanced due to a 2 yr training regime with potions such that their veins close immediately in case of injury and their immune systems ...
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How can I extend the life of a spell that depends on degradable material?

Magic works by utilizing the individual's mana to power a particular spell. These spells are designed to work through the use of either verbal enchanting or specific runes, which are used to activate ...
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Magic is illegal in warfare, how would generals workaround that? [closed]

First I know I did not explain everything in the title. It's a little complicated. Similar to the rules in this question. Magic potions exist with the following rules Pre-industrial revolution world. ...
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Are my ocean currents passable?

(Excuse the mess, as this is just a rough draft I drew up in CC3+. If it needs to be tidied up, just let me know. Bright red and dark blue arrows indicate wind direction.) I was marking the ocean ...
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What scientific theories would support the existence of magic? [closed]

I am working on a dark fantasy world for my board game, and I want to have magic in it, but I have a hard time coming up with "reasonable" ways to explain the existence of magic without it ...
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How to Limit the Power of Resetting Time

The protagonist has the ability to reset themselves back to a place in time a limited amount of times. With that said, what other limitations can I place on the protagonist, so they are not ...
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What kind of culture would an undead nation develop? [closed]

Imagine a high fantasy world where some powerful necromancy was developed. After a massive war, a few liches began raising undead from the bodies and souls of the fallen warriors using a lengthy ...
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Warfare result of stamina potions?

In a world I'm working on there is magic potions of all kinds. However since using magic directly in war is illegal, and few wizards make courage potions. The only thing left for generals to use is ...
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Effects of anti coin counterfeiting magic on pre-industrial revolution on trade?

In the continent there are 2 main powers that mint coins. Both of them use a tiny bit of magic on coins that resonates with a small rod when the coin is true and does nothing when it is false. For ...
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how well would a magical scale armor-strength cloak work as armor?

the cloak covers most of the body, usually down to a foot above the ground. it's stiff enough and built to sort of spread out as it gets lower at a constant rate, and underneath the cloak is the ...
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How could someone recognize another person as being magically mind controlled?

Background I'm writing a story set in a version of the modern world, but with a hidden magic user society. Mages all come from one of seven "Houses", each with particular expertise in one ...
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Tactics people with electricity powers would develop against people with water powers during a death tournament, and vice versa? [closed]

For centuries, on the day the moon would turn a blood red, a portal would open across various worlds. Chosen warriors from these worlds would enter the portal, usually at most five people per world, ...
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How can enchancing a soldiers abilities decrease their life expectancy?

Griffith, a warlord from the ancient world, leads a group of mercenaries called "The band of the Hawk". They have achieved many victories and ultimately desire to build a kingdom of their own. ...
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Properties of a distributed spell altering the appearance of creatures

In my story, a man lived under the influence of an evil sorcerer. In this world, magic takes energy to cast, and the energy required increases over distance, the sorcerer casted a spell focused around ...
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Tactics people with wind powers would develop against people with fire powers during a death tournament, and vice versa?

For centuries, on the day the moon would turn a blood red, a portal would open across various worlds. Chosen warriors from these worlds would enter the portal, usually at most five people per world, ...
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Is telekinetic cooling plausible?

(Note: this is similar to is Cryomancy scientifically possible?, but not exactly the same.) In my story, I have "magic" that amounts to telekinesis powered by the user's metabolism. It seems that ...
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What can counter ice magic that's not fire magic? [closed]

In this world, there is concept magic -- such as fire magic, ice magic, light magic, and wind magic. The simplest way to fight a particular concept is to pit its opposite against it -- light vs. ...
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How can I limit the application of resurrecting spells?

A cauldron is symbolic of the goddess Cerridwen, a goddess associated with rebirth, and have been useful to warring armies throughout the centuries. There is a spell involving ressureccting a corpse ...
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What would be the benefits of cauldron usage for witchcraft?

A cauldron is a giant, iron pot that witches use in the creation of potions. These potions serve a variety of purposes, and it was customary for any self respecting witch to own one since the old days ...
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How would this magic “energy weapon” affect warfare? [closed]

What if people could fire magical energy beams from their hands. It requires no external resources and is easy to use and cheap. The magic attack has three characteristics : 1- Phases through any ...
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Vanisher - Mage breaking chemical bonds with power of his blood

I have a mage discipline which focus on what is perceived as Vanishing. In reality they just teleport stuff by breaking chemical bonds and moving it. The limitation here is that the teleportation ...
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What affects would magic potions have on medicine and trade? [closed]

I got a world in which magic potions cure all non magical diseases with ease. They are used for humans, animals, and even added to water that would be used to grow plants and crops and so on. ...
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Magic and Evolution [closed]

I am thinking about magic in humans and the long term effects on humanity. This is normally handwaved in magic-using stories everywhere, be it Marvel Superheroes or Fantasy. This handwaving is ...
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Easiest to acquire solid element with high purity?

The goal is to create the Great Wall of China out of Titanium - which is to say you need a lot of material. Transmutation magic exists which can turn anything into a pure element (Titanium in this ...
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What limitations make sense in the context of a narration-based magic system?

The storyteller sits down. He has a tale to tell, a tale of a village that was suffering a drought. A tale of the desperation of the villagers. The desperation that led them to seek the help of ...
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Types of Shoes/Boots in a Medieval Fantasy Desert Culture

For a society that lives primarily in a deep desert environment, what would be the most practical and/or common type of footwear in terms of both style and material? The world is medieval-ish, but it'...
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How can a substance necessary for organic life be harmful? [closed]

Mana is the source of an individual's magical power. A person's Mana reserves determine the strength of their spells. Lady Stoneheart, the Witch of Westeros, has developed a black market industry ...
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Can I create conflict between demons and humans without using the term 'hunting?' [closed]

I am trying to find ideas for an Urban Fantasy novel, and all the ideas I've got are loosely related to Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters series. However, I don't want to use a similar concept of ...
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how could a nature spell need to remain constantly active?

Angels are massively powerful entities that inhabit the astral plane, separated from our world through a metaphysical barrier. They can only enter our world by way of a summoning spell, a form of ...
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Dungeon-fed civilization - what are the consequences?

So, I'll start with a short summary: I wanted to have magic world with other-than-agriculture based civilization. I gave them magic dungeons. I'm afraid that there are many problems I didn't take in ...
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How many people within a given population could reasonably be “noble” without inbreeding becoming an issue?

I have searched around the site and seen several population-related questions, but not one that is getting at what I'm specifically wondering (or that is at least explaining it in a way that my ...
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What kind of power could be stronger than light and shadow? [closed]

I am creating a world where exist 2 main types of magic users: the ones with the ability to control the light of the sun and the ones with the ability to control the darkness of the shadows/moon. ...
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Designing a Oil-Firing Crossbow-Like Weapon

The setting and technology level is late Medieval to early Renaissance. I have a character who possess the ability to create and manipulate flames, however, the power comes with a single drawback - ...
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How can energy seeping into reality be prevented from spreading?

Our reality is separated from the realm of chaos by a thin barrier that prevents either realm's inhabitants from interacting. The exception is during an event which occurs every 1000 years. In this ...
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What would the biology of magic plants that get their energy through pure darkness look like?

In a world just like our own, one day, everything turned dark. Literally, as the planet was consumed by near-total darkness, the clouds turning black and allow little to no natural sunlight through ...
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Magically binding contract or oath: text example template

I find myself in need of the rules and text body of an oath for a magic and/or devil contract. Here are my thoughts: Does magic rely on the collective subconscious, or personal minds involved to ...
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How can caravans safely move between towns despite threat of monster attacks?

I have a traditional quasi-medieval fantasy realm where a few generations back improper use of magic lead to creation of monsters throughout the land. Our main countries have had to figure out how to ...
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How can I describe an incredible release of power, realistically [closed]

In my writing, a goddess is removed from her position as a god and reduced to a human. (See my question on writing.SE) At the moment of the loss of power huge amounts of energy would be released into ...
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Does this magic system seem sufficiently hard-rational?

The world I'm making is primarily sci-fi with a few elements of hard fantasy (the fantasy is mostly aesthetic). The magic system I've come up with so far consists of these premises: 1) Everything in ...
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What makes natural Mana more difficult to contain than synthetic mana?

Synthetic Mana is a form of artificially created energy that is used for various purposes, such as power sources, fuel, etc. These substances can be made in large quantities and stored away for many ...
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why wouldn't a beneficial mutation be passed down to descendants?

Individuals are born with mana, which accounts for their life force and has a hand in determining the strength of their spells. Mana level and composition is determined by a person's genes, which they ...
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Why would witches be incapable of using wands?

Witches are born with various levels of mana, with some having larger pools than others. This determines the strength of their magic and the power of their spells. However, magic is complicated, ...

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