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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Why would society not cremate its dead in a world where necromancy is possible?

Necromancy is a type of magic that forces a soul back into a body after it has been killed. Through a dark ritual, the soul is forcefully removed from its eternal rest in the afterlife and is anchored ...
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In a world where magic is common, how can an economy be protected from magical counterfeiting and transmutation? [closed]

Say it's a world where most people are at least aware that magic exists, and that some magicians can do things that would destabilize a real-world economy. How would economists, legislators, and law-...
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How can a witch be prevented from getting weaker?

Souls are made up of mana, which is the basic element of life. It allows our bodies and minds to function, and is also the basis for magic in an individual. A person's magical potential is determined ...
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Age of Sail warships with magic flamethrowers

So, you are a powerful empire, where most of the army consists of magically self-enhanced warriors, who can for a limited but not short amount of time double(regular soldiers) to triple(elite soldiers)...
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why do people commonly think scythes are good weapon? [closed]

I'm asking this because I commonly see scythes in fiction. and people in fiction use them to cut people into bacon bits, but in reality, it is utterly useless. I've already been exposed to how bad of ...
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How can witches combine their power without disrupting each other's magical field?

Witches exist at all levels of society, including the top echelons. These individuals summon the orgone within themselves to perform various feats of magic through invocations. Magic is done within an ...
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How to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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How can a coven of witches operate as a pyramid scheme?

A crone is a witch on the path to achieving godhood by stealing the life force of others through a dark ritual. The second stage on this path is the baba yaga, a point where the crone loses all traces ...
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Is it possible for a planet to have three moons?

If you have ever played an Elder Scrolls game and observed the night sky, you'd notice that there are two moons (most notable in Oblivion and Skyrim). They both orbit Nirn, the planet the game is ...
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Figuring out the math for the Sphere of Meteoric Conversion

I'm presently in the process of developing my plans for a flintlock fantasy series. It's high magic, but one form of magic in the setting, Arcane Magic, is heavily based in science. The energy that ...
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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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How to build a fortress to survive against mythical creatures

I need a fortress that will stand up to the following magical creatures, must be above ground and have a fairly large (20-50 thousand) civilian population as well as a roughly equal number of soldiers,...
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What would be anatomy of a massive (magic)antigrav bird?

Imagine a massive bird, size even larger than pterosaur (Quetzalcoatlus), at about 300 kg. It's able to use a magic that allows it to make its bones have negative gravitational mass(but not negative ...
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Establishing an empire in a world with flying ships

In What would an age of sail flying ship look like?, my answer suggested ships that fly using 'keels' that utilise a difference in physics to that of our own world to achieve flight. Now, I am trying ...
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Speed of civilization change

Imagine one to three persons going back in time to a society like that of the Roman Kingdom (the period before the Republic), and they attempt to reform as well as modernize to an extent (up to the ...
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Effects of a watermelon going from grape sized to full sized in your stomach?

Basically my character is a wizard assassin who shrinks a watermelon down into the size of a grape. He slips it in with his target's bowl of grapes. After the watermelon gets to the stomach our ...
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Warfare in the presence of magic users [closed]

In this world you have normal earth like technology and also magic. There are multiples levels in magic from least powerful to invincible. The number of magicians at a level is inversely ...
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The combination of magic and near-future warfare

Note: Magic is something that this world does still not fully understand making integration difficult, it would be mostly trial and error if at all attempted. Magic and warfare stories are usually ...
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Internment camp for magical beings

TLDR: What would an internment camp look like, if it were designed for magical beings in a high medieval society (with no gunpowder, but fantastic metallurgy)? Setting/Context I am building a world ...
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Battlelines with both gun users and magic users?

In this fantasy world magic users are called rankers are graded into three grades: 1,soldier grade (Anyone with a magic weapon can become one.) 2,champion grade (requires years of training, ...
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If ancient soldiers could firebend, would battle lines cease to exist? [closed]

Consider Ancient Rome. If some proportion of soldiers in Caesar's military had the ability to shoot small jets of fire out of their hands for a maximum duration of 1 second, and perhaps a total limit ...
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Drawbacks for Fate-altering magic

In my setting, a magic cast is able to alter the fate of a given person. In this context, fate is not "set in stone" from the moment you are born, but rather given by the endless chain of causes and ...
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Magical Heat Sink - Mobile

In this world there is magic but it works on the basis on moving either a property or energy from/between objects. Hopefully I can have this make sense! Using Matweb.com to get my numbers. Working ...
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Scientifically Correct Hanahaki Disease?

For those who don't know, Hanahaki Disease is a fictional disease related to love. It can happen when someone has unrequited romantic feelings for someone, so flowers start growing inside them. The ...
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how can I enforce the prohibition on love potions?

Amortentia is a powerful aphrodisiac that creates an intense feeling of love or obsession in the person who drinks it. There are different kinds of these love potions, each designed to have various ...
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how can a developing organism affect the DNA of its host?

A group of scientists have been commissioned to create a new kind of super soldier. As this project includes illegal human experimentation, the government wants to limit the risk of anything being ...
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What mental consequences can have remembering an event from two different points of view?

(How the ability work) The process is instantaneous. The clone appears somewhere you want as long as you can have skin-to-skin contact. (Touching your nails or hair is also a valid contact) You are ...
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How to let a king be lost for a year and return back to his country, to regain his title without any problems?

In my story, I'm trying make an emperor temporarily leave his country to go to an important (far away) place, and spend a year there. My story has magic in it, thus long distance communication will be ...
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Using a black hole/antimatter as a weapon in a fantasy story

I'm writing a fantasy set in our world but an alternate timeline where a magical force has 'leaked' into our world from an alien one. The magic is based on science in that the magic is simply energy ...
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Is atomic or molecular homogenity a good constraint for materials in a magic-technological society being “enchantable”?

First time here—be gentle with any ignorance of this stack's conventions. Narratively, I'm telling an ultimately political story in a world where magic has existed and developed along side modern ...
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How will forced memory loss work?

So I'm writing a gag comic about a superhero blessed with a plethora of abilities collectively called "Omnipotence" but with it comes two catches. Everything that is directly or indirectly affected ...
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Inherited powers from both parents

Not really sure if this belongs in here but here goes. Say there was a generic attribute that is inherited only if both parents have it. (I.e. a magical power) The chance that the child inherits it ...
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Finding magic by repeating an experiment over a magical limit of the universe

Definition: Scientific laws or laws of science are statements that describe or predict a range of natural phenomena. A scientific law is a statement based on repeated experiments or observations that ...
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How long would it take for people to notice a mass disappearance?

If 5 million people disappeared at the same time globally, assuming an even spread of random disappearances (not focused in any one location) how long would it be before people noticed there had been ...
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How do I protect my shop from teleporters?

I live in a world where magic is common. Most people have enough magic to do simple tasks like lighting a candle or healing minor injuries. Higher magic is very rare, and those individuals mostly ...
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How using magic can be addictive? [closed]

I'm currently working on creating a fantasy world that's somehow inspired by Tolkien's work, the Warcraft universe and lots of different RPG games (Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons, Demon the Fallen ...
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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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How can my hammerspace safely “decompress”?

My story has magic, and some of that magic involves manipulating pocket dimensions, hammerspace, whatever you'd like to call it. Whether it be a portal to a closet you can access with a thought, or ...
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What happens if a geocentric model of the world were correct? [closed]

For a fantasy, I need to know how a world similar to Earth would exist in a geocentric model. 1) I would assume the sun would have to be a lot smaller. I'm okay with artificial stars (hand-wave that ...
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How fast can an artificial human be grown without killing its host? [closed]

Demons need to possess human bodies in order to exist on the mortal plane. However, a human body is fragile, and unable to contain the demonic essence for long. This leads to these bodies breaking ...
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How long will modern society remain in the archaeological record?

I have an extreme far future setting (we're talking hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years) wherein humanity has speciated and reverted to a cultural and technological level very similar to ...
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How can the absence of the soul provide for immortality?

I am Yosef Mengalus, a mage and Philanthropist with an interest in studying the metaphysical. The soul is the core of the human being, and the seat of what makes a person "them". Personality, emotions,...
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How can I make my homunculus more efficient to prevent it from burning out?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, or life-force, which steadily increases as they age. This mana allows our biological forms to function and is used to power spells in magic rituals. ...
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Low-magic medieval fantasy clothes that allow the wearer to grow?

In my novel, one of the characters has a mutation that allows him to shapeshift into a larger and more powerful form (like the hulk but less intense). How could his clothes be modified so that he ...
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If I believe something, it becomes true- how do I convince myself I'm stealthy? [closed]

This is my first question on Worldbuilding, so hopefully I can get the format and so on correct. In my world, some characters can "will" what they believe to be true into being. If they believe ...
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Why is the king hoarding magical items? [closed]

I'm running a d&d 5e campaign in which the king has declared the possession of magical items illegal, and any magical item found must immediately be surrendered to the government. In most small ...
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Could carbon nanotubes reinforce bones so they're harder to break? [closed]

I'm presently working on a flintlock fantasy about a Half-Orc woman. In my story setting, Orcs are not an ugly race of monsters, as they are in Lord of the Rings, nor are they exactly like the Orcs ...
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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 the body reincarnate when the soul does not?

I am known as Malevolencia the good, a warm hearted witch on the path to domination. Using my knowledge of magic, I have discovered a way to extend my life using the souls of others. This ritual takes ...
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How do you make men relevant in a setting where only women can use magic?

The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it as it is naturally inborn. It requires training, some females being stronger than others. Magic takes the form of spells ...