Questions tagged [magic]

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What are the Considerations of a currency backed by a Renewable Commodity?

This question is tangent of this one. While reading about the world-building that went into the Mistborn series I began to reassess my own world-building, specifically the effects of magic on the ...
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How Do I Draw the Elves into the War?

Background: My evil Nature Mage (named Erilius) resides in a tropical forest where he has abundant access to local life (of which all the flora and fauna except people can be controlled by him) and ...
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Solving the difficulties of a world based on harmonics

If you were to do a plane or world where music interacts with everything and instruments are essentially able to influence reality based on how they are played, what would be the practical ...
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Sympathy: Give me the chills!

This question is inspired by our fortnighly challenge! In the Kingkiller Chronicle, there is a type of magic called "sympathy." This magic works by magicians setting up an energetic "link" between ...
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Magical April Fools prank [closed]

Two days ago, I woke up and I realised that I have these two possibilities: Telekinesis (ability to move objects and objects only using my will) Invisibility castable on objects only Both are bound ...
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Uses for Limited Human Flight in Medieval Setting

Probably because of the way airplanes work, it's often the case that magical flight in medieval times was faster than traveling by horse, making it incredibly useful as a form of transportation. Also, ...
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How to cure a phobia with magic

In this question, I posited the existence of a form of magic that can be used by a practitioner to connect with a subject's mind at touch range, and effectively give an experienced, powerful ...
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Most effective way to camouflage a visible physical connection on a creature that uses part of its body as a lure?

I have toyed with the idea with a certain creature in my head for quite some time, and with the creature design challenge, I thought this would be a great time to ask about it here. The basics of the ...
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What changes to human society would be necessitated by a race with small size and the ability to fly?

I have a world where the magic system is based pretty much on the Ars Magica RPG and a technological level roughly equivalent to 17th century Earth. Co-existing (in the same geographical areas but ...
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How to create a world where birth defects are common and where women are still treated equal to men?

I have a world I'm working on designed to be the setting for an eastern-style RPG. In the past, magic was used until the mana fueling it ran out and everything people depend on failed. At about the ...
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How to fight an Eldritch Abomination

The Situation The fantasy world of Terrearth is once again threatened by the Shadow, a sentient, but completely unintelligible being composed of Absolute Evil, whose sole purpose is to destroy the ...
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Centralised continent, with sea/wind currents?

I'm currently designing a large scale D&D based campaign, magic is based on winds and weather coming from two points, the 'northern pole' and the 'southern pole'. Currently the "world" is a ...
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What are the cultural and military implications and applications of this magic system? [closed]

Ether-craft: ether is force that is both generated by living things and found almost everywhere in nature. Ether-crafters through birth or training can tap into this energy and use it for a variety of ...
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Tame and Sovereign Dragons: the opinions of other human kingdoms

Due to my previous question being too broad, I have split the question up, however, most of the notes will be back at the previous question, so feel free to look up the notes there. The question is, ...
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Tame and Sovereign Dragons: the opinions of the Sovereign Dragons

Inspired by this other question concerning large fantastical creatures, I came up with this question. Suppose that a human could tame a dragon, what would the dragon population think of humans, and ...
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Tame and Sovereign Dragons: the opinions of a peasant

Due to my previous question being too broad, I have split the question up, however; most of the notes will be back at the previous question, so feel free to look up the notes there. The question is, ...
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How would an Empire survive weak crown authority?

Within my setting, there is a large empire which includes all of civilized humanity, within a late medieval setting. There are no notable external forces, so any and all conflict has always been from ...
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What are different ways a society would function if magic is considered to be divine? [closed]

One of the central conceits of the world I am next trying to build is that all forms of magic are considered divine. There are theological differences among the cultures as to how the Divines created ...
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How to promote nationalism for a multi-racial kingdom, against other such multi-racial kingdoms

So, I have an empire, many political notes about which can be found here, although I will put more relevant notes here as well. There are many fantasy races, all of them some form of animal person, ...
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Horses for Absolutely Everybody, how it came to be

Suppose that I have a fantasy kingdom, built on a magical land, and the thing is that horses are so cheap and plentiful in that land, even the poorest peasant would have at least a horse to their name....
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Horses for Absolutely Everybody, peasant lifestyle

So using the background of the main question over here, the question over here would be, how would peasant life be like, supposing that horses are so cheap and plentiful that everyone would have a ...
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How fast can you develop a frontier village into a barony

Within my setting, there are many wild and unexplored lands, some of which are very dangerous, some of which are very benign, but few know how dangerous or safe a place is from the outside. So, there ...
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Are there any good uses for infinite grass and potatoes

Based off a previous question of mine here, concerning how a rapid growing weed-like grasstato, which is grass above ground, and potato underground, and how if there was infinite food for people in a ...
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What fantasy race has an affinity for water? [closed]

I am designing my own fantasy world. In it, I am trying to tie various aspects of the world, such as water, fire, life... to a particular race that has a magical affinity for that aspect. Dwarves ...
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What would be a good two man combining melee weapon be?

I was playing Dark Souls II, and came across these 2 ass-hats. (Disclaimer, that is not me, I just pulled that from Google). They then inspired to make this question. Imagine a race of humanoids, 8 ...
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Hobbies and entertainment for an aquatic race of stoics

These people, called the Ebrou, are uniquely adapted to fishing in underground aquifers because they do not need to breathe. They can take in ambient magical energy instead of oxygen, so they've been ...
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Wizards as Currency

I was reading this question and some of the answers got me thinking. If we have a magic-based society, where for all intents and purposes every being can use magic, and the magic a being can use is ...
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In a realm with limited magic, who would govern?

In my question In a world with magic, who would govern?, I asked who would govern that world, magicians or mundane warlords/nobles. Now, suppose that exactly the same rules I described in the ...
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How can wizards do such powerful things running on pure human metabolism? [duplicate]

In fiction, we often see magic used for very flashy effects (like, say, fireballs). But human metabolic output doesn't seem powerful enough to account for things like this. Is it possible to build a ...
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Colored magic makes my faeries too powerful [closed]

Humans have been handed a lemon, and you have 2 weeks to make lemonade. I have a magic system based on the Opponent Processes model of vision. This magic system has three competing pairs of colors: ...
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What needs to be considered when creating a world in which magic has evolved along with technology? [closed]

I'm trying to design a world in which (for the storyline) magic has evolved along with technology (ideally at a somewhat equal rate if this sounds coherent but I'm flexible) until the world has ...
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How to go from Australia to Europe using correspondences?

I am writing a story where we have our real science-based world, and a parallel world where magic is the more dominant principle. In fact the principle of magic is so dominant, that one cannot travel ...
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'Magic Came Back' Catastrophes - Wood-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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Enchanting a cannon [closed]

In a fantasy world steeped in magic, gunpowder has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Cannon and muskets have become commonplace on the battlefield; and far from replacing magic, have synergized ...
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Would a roof over a ship's board hinder operation of the ship significantly?

Related to: How would rudder protection against water elementals affect ship's performance and How would sails from a fireproof material affect ship's performance? Most real-world ships from say 14th ...
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How would sails from a fireproof material affect ship's performance?

Related to: How would rudder protection against water elementals affect ship's performance In a world with ordinary magic, military ships should be prepared for enemy fireball-hurling wizards. Is ...
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How would rudder protection against water elementals affect ship's performance?

In my world, there are two countries constantly in cold or warm war with each other, and one of them has quite a lot of magi in their army. In my RPG campaign, the party is sailing one of the best-...
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What and how main technological breakthrough we have today could be replaced with magic? [closed]

In my opinion, magic can lead to its very own kind of technology, possibly very similar to ours. If it is a kind of magic where you use one energy source to trigger one other event (like in The ...