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Could such a curse render all money worthless? [closed]

Overnight in excess of 7 billion humans (current entire human population) are struck by a curse, the passive ability to read the mind of anyone within close proximity (10m radius). Since then privacy ...
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Could human beings evolve to have longer gestation periods? If so, how could this be done?

Hopefully, this is a little less broad. Apologies if it isn't! I'm rather new here, so I'm not used to this yet. Oops. Also, apologies for the length - I'm trying to explain as much as I can. To pull ...
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How would exposing a female warrior's (mostly) bare bottom help her in combat?

There's a valid discussion about feminism and objectification of women to be had. This is not the place for it, nor do I attempt to make it one. I noticed that in Fire Emblem: Fates (and probably ...
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Limits and effects of teleporting with magic

I'm not going to go into the magic in my story in much detail here, because it's hard to put into words. But basically, magicians say what they want and if they are concentrating hard enough, it ...
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How much force would be required for an explosion on contact?

Part of my magic system is the ability to shoot force at people. How much force (or at what speed) would cause an explosion on impact ? Or, if that is impossible: let's say that matter is being ...
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How might one explain (pseudo-scientifically) the generation of a “projected,” guided darkness?

The Details: We have ways to generate light and direct it with our own technology. Humans have had the ability to do this for even longer. Within the last number of decades, we have begun ...
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How to explain polytheism and Atheism in the world Where Angels walk the earth? [duplicate]

My world has basic main religions. a monotheistic religion similar to current religions (christianity etc.) a polytheistic religion similar to ancient greek/nordic religions a nature goddess religion ...
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Theocratic empire [closed]

I am trying to do a setting based off of Warhammer 40k, but less grim dark and more 'realistic'. In this game, a brutal theocracy rules humanity and protects it from daemon, alien, etc. There's what ...
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How would Water and wind current work on a fantasy earth?

My world is flat. Water constantly pours over the edge, where it becomes vapor and forms clouds. Assuming that magic is involved to create Earth-like gravity, what effects would this setup have on ...
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Everyone has superpowers, depending on what country they are in. What is the effect? [closed]

So, there I was. Standing in a bustling street, and there's a blue flash, followed by a green flash, and everyone started rubbing their heads. All of a sudden, people start catching fire. But they ...
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Using electricity magic for superhuman speed

Some back story: So in the first in a line of inevitable boss battles my band of misfit heroes must face a humanoid enemy that consumes humans (by dissolving them in a cocoon of acid, which he then ...
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Is energy manipulation the same as telekinesis [closed]

So, for my hard magic system, the "users" draw off energy from the parallel realm to manipulate energy on the physical plane. Going by that description, would it be a leap to give my characters ...
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How to make a fortress that can withstand Elemental benders [closed]

My world has elemental magic users similar to Avatar: The Last Air Bender. With this in mind how would fortresses and castles be designed so that they could withstand an army when almost every army ...
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Would unguided destructive magic be too much for a society?

In this fantasy world, everyone got magic, magic is like a muscle, someone who uses it a lot gets more magic. Someone who doesn't use it loses it. Some are born with a lot of magic and some have ...
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How to explain how multiple religious beliefs systems could be true [closed]

In many fantasy novels multiple belief systems of religion or Magic will exist together this is usually explained by saying that the systems exist simply as a physical manifestation of the beliefs of ...
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An animal army for world domination [closed]

There's nothing good on TV so you've decided to take over the world. The good news: you can have complete telepathic control over a whole species* of animals! That should be useful. Here's what you ...
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What would be the ethics of using test animals in a world where there are spells to speak to animals?

If in a fantasy world there was a think tank for research of all kinds, but there were rules like you can't test something like a mind wipe on an unwilling person, how would test animals be handled? ...
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Magic VS Tech in manufacturing efficiency

Assuming you had two cities, one of them an average real world City, and the other identical in every way, except that it's technology cannot advance beyond steam power (Cannot use combustion engines, ...
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How to incarcerate an elemental shape shifter?

Somehow you managed to knock out an elemental shape-shifter. Where do you put it? Elemental shape-shifter: A person who can change their body to the four classical elements: Earth (like the material)...
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How many Gs would you experience at the sun's core [closed]

Thinking of the inside of the sun, how many Gs can I subject someone to in a magic field of altered gravity before the atoms within the field start to undergo fusion? It's not like anything within the ...
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How would psychics employed by Customs or the Coast Guard use their abilities?

I have a question for those familiar with the dark arts. I am looking for answers from people with knowledge of clairvoyance and psychic abilities (no matter how they came upon this knowledge!) to ...
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How should the Magic market be regulated?

Context Wizards built a civilization on a barren planet. More details here. Magic Batteries The population of the planet is between two and four million wizards, but not all of them are born equal. ...
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Magically Heat-Glassing an Entire Desert

In my (fantasy) world, a civilization sets off a superweapon that releases so much heat that it glasses an entire desert a little smaller than our Sahara. Is this feasible without killing an entire ...
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Is it possible for wizard to become bishop? [closed]

The problem is the magic enables the wizard to duplicate most of the event stated in the Bible, however it is a taboo in the world of magic to disclose the existence of magic in public. An offense ...
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Why would an antigravity abyss exist in a deep cavern?

[Here's some writing. It will explain some aspects of the abyss in a way I can't otherwise.] "It's beautiful", uttered Ivan, in a rare moment of appreciation. "Rocks and platforms and chunks of ...
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What choice of magic arrows would be most useful against modern military

In my world a Magic High Nation is fighting against high tech level Nation about the same level as one of the nations in our world. I'm trying to decide what sort of enchantments can be placed on ...
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What all stops working when I pause time?

Somewhat, not really related. In my young adult story, the main character has a mechanism that allows her to pause time, and do things while everything is frozen. I have no problem 'magic'ing the ...
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Let's say it was possible. So how might one explain magic using dark matter and dark energy?

This is bound to be confusing due to the varying definitions of magic, and may be considered opinion-based, but I don't understand which definition to use. If you guys could point me in the ...
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Does it make sense to have a type of energy generated from stars that humans could absorb for magic?

In the sci-fi/fantasy novel I am working on, my magic system currently works based on of a fictional type of energy that is created by stars and expelled throughout the universe, like UV rays and that ...
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Plausible way to explain magic [closed]

In this scenario, the world is our world today. But, recently an ancient script filled with knowledge that hadn't been known in modern science begun to virally spreading, most via internet. It goes ...
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What would cause a community to shun two kids [closed]

The community is a small one about an hour away from the closest town and rural. The kids are siblings, a boy and girl. The world I set this in has people with magic abilities, but magic is completely ...
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In a world where magic and mages are normal. Wouldn't combat be defensive?

So. This has been something I've been tossing up for a long time. Let's say you have a world that has a broad availability for magic power and mages are a normal part of life. Like DnD 3.5 worlds or ...
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In an era of instantaneous travel, would more mundane methods still be used?

Let's say that teleportation (magical or technological, it matters not) is perfected to such a great degree that you can go anywhere from a few dozen yards, to the other side of the planet (basically) ...
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Anomalies/“impossible” events: what factors would make them more (or less) credible?

This is my first stackexchange question, please let me know if it needs changes: Context: The basic action in my world-building project is that magic is being brought back into our world -- even if ...
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How to make magic commonplace and still keep it mysterious

In my world I have an advanced civilization whose technology is Magic based. Their civilization magic can be found everywhere though, it is found most commonly among the educated and Wealthy class, ...
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What effect would elemental magic have on the work force

Imagine a society where everyone controls a variation of one of the four elements: earth, fire, water, and air. What I mean by variation is some might control metal, but not rocks. Others control ice, ...
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What would be the last magic to disappear from the world

This is slightly based on Babylonian/Summerian myths where gods gave man perfect knowledge of every art and craft at the beginning of time and since then the knowledge has slowly been lost, making ...
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'Magic Came Back' catastrophes - Water-based Disasters

Referring back to https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/2781/magic-came-back-catastrophes In the interest of narrowing questions down, I am splitting these into particular elements and ...
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'Magic Came Back' catastrophes - Fire-based Disasters

Referring back to https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/2781/magic-came-back-catastrophes In the interest of narrowing questions down, I am splitting these out into particular elements ...
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Why would an incredibly long lived race not be known for their scarring?

Many long lived races are seen as serene, beautiful, and wise. Yet with long life comes the increased chance to be permanently injured in a life-altering way, either physically, emotionally, or ...
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Is there any way for an evil demon could make use of good witches? [closed]

I have a world of magic set in our present world where good and bad magic creatures (witches, sorcerers, demons, vampires..) live hidden among us. My main characters are few good witches who are ...
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Possible world ending scenario if nowadays earth population can learn and practice magic [closed]

For a long time I had imagine that the most advance human can do if we can learn and practice magic and other mysticism like we learn at schools like hogwarts while also interact and develop ...
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How to setup non suspicious blockage that deny access to all except witches? [closed]

In the 16th century A.D. the Magistrate of East Hampton in Eastern North America, which formed following European colonization, called for an annual witch hunt, in which wizards and witch hunters ...
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Industrial and Economic use of magic that can compress and expand matter and space-time

Someone is able to use compression and expansion to matter and space-time. Law of preservation is still in effect so no matter how small the matter is, it will still weigh the same as if it was ...
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Can medieval humans lack the idea of magic? What would cause that?

So we discover an alternate Earth, inhabited by humans, whose technology roughly corresponds to that of our late middle ages (think 13th or 14th century). Surprisingly, those people do not believe in ...
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How to utilize Compression and Expansion of Matter and of Time-Space outside of combat

Someone has a magic power that allows them to compress and expand matter and time-space. You are not strong enough to create blackhole but you can almost make one. Mass remains the same to preserve ...
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How could you affect bullets with Compression/Expansion powers?

Someone has a magic power that allows them to compress and expand objects. Mass remains the same to preserve the law of conservation of mass. Two scenarios: What would happen if this person shrunk ...
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How was Bladetree Magic created? [closed]

In my make believe world of Bladetree, there exists "Symbolic Magic" Where you are able to create magic powers and effects with "special" symbols. I will explain, before asking my question. These ...
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Transportation Gateway in Medieval Society

The setting is a generally nondescript mid-medieval vaguely European society. No magic is present, except what is explicitly discussed in this question. Twenty kingdoms, connected by trade routes ...

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