Questions tagged [magic]

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How to calculate medieval urbanisation

Pretty simple question, or I think so, anyway. I want to know how to determine a realistic ratio of people in my fantasy medieval province living in supercities, cities, towns, villages and farming ...
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How can I prevent soul energy from dissipating?

I am Yosef Mengalus, a dark mage who specializes in the manipulation of souls. A human soul is essentially raw mana condensed and shaped into form held together by various spiritual components. This ...
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How could a high medieval 1000bc level tec army use these spells on a large scale battlefield

Magic in this world is not comon but not particularly rare either. Anyone can do it with the proper training and dedication but to be truly great at it can take several decades however it's fairly ...
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How can mana absorption by a warlock lead to less than 100% overall gain?

Johnann Gotticus is a warlock on a quest to create his own kingdom, whatever the cost. For this to work, he needs to seek power to destroy his enemies. There is a procedure that allows him to steal ...
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How can fae rescue one of their number from an iron cage?

In Fae mythology iron is very harmful to them. They cannot stand to be near it (in some versions it even harms them) and their magic does not work on iron or on anyone holding iron. If a Fairy was ...
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Want to write a fantasy magic novel can someone help with scientific guidance for energy? [closed]

I plan to write a fantasy novel with all the usual things that we have read over the years in books. But this book will be science fiction too in the sense that what happens in this world will be ...
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What would make low-quality mana more valuable for use in a ritual?

Mana is the life force of the human soul, which allows us to function as we do. As a person gets older, their mana supply increases, which makes them potentially stronger in the use of magic. However, ...
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How can eternal separation from God make me stronger? [closed]

My name is Malevolencia, and I am an evil mage on the path to godhood. Magic is a gift from the creator that was given to humanity as a sign of them being chosen. Magic works through a series of steps ...
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magically provoked, naturally manifesting lower gravity area in a 10 mile radius

the setting premises are explained in this other question Survival of an Industrial Revolution city after being transported to a fantasy world What I had in mind today is this: on Stitch theres an ...
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How would a village use its river that it shares with another village downstream?

This question is for a fantasy story loosely based on medieval west Europe. The story is centered around a small remote village in a mountain that sits by a river. The village uses its river for ...
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Why would these forms of magic only be able to affect organic/living matter?

Long story short, in Phase One, psions (mages) are rare, and they can: Move and shape organic tissue, like flesh, plants or fungus Alter the emotions, senses and health of living beings Manipulate ...
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How can I tie together all these forms of magic into a top-level “mechanic”?

My setting features what I call "psionics", essentially magic that I want to limit in scope and feeling of mysticism. Until a certain point in the story, psionics is relatively rare and varied, and ...
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How would the existence of multiple mythological and religious pantheons be justified?

It's common trend for many stories within the Urban Fantasy genre to feature various mythological pantheons co-existing with one another. For example, High School DxD has a universe where Judeo-...
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The Aether: Problems with a Future Fantasy Solution to a Science Fiction Problem

In my last few questions, I found out that space is, in fact, hard. Making a realistic sci-fi spaceship that does the things I want it to do (throwing around multi-ton kinetic projectiles at dozens ...
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How would a renaissance andean native civilization look like? [closed]

The Karkalá Confederation is one of the main factions in my world. They were muiscas and incas teleported by Bochica to survive. They live on an archipelago with several mountain formations with two ...
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How can a witch elf ensure that their soul is resurrected?

Drow society is broken down into houses, each with its own family. There are several royal houses which represent the political and religious power of the drow. Each house is headed by a matron, who ...
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What would happen if you robbed the momentum from a falling object?

In my world, some individuals have the ability to absorb and distribute momentum from sources around them. I am considering what would happen physically if someone was taking all of the momentum from ...
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How to preserve a servant zombie

In a world that will tolerate necromancy but will not tolerate the theft of bodies or the killing of others, it is possible to create zombie servants, if a necromancer can find a subject lawfully, and ...
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What Practical Reasons May Encourage an Empire to Build a War Academy Campus in a Fortress or Structure that can be mobilized for War

I have a large modern fantasy Empire in my setting, and it focuses on the exploits of several students in a military academy. At some point in the story, however, a war breaks out and the academy ...
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What would prevent living skin from being a good conductor for magic?

Various forms of magic exist, and they are used in different ways for different effects. One involves scribing runes onto an object to provide it with magical properties. This allows for enhancement ...
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Best shape for a necromancer's undead minions for battle? [closed]

A necromancer can reanimate flesh and bone to form mindless, undead creatures. The necromancer controls the minions like puppets through magic. An undead creature is not limited to its natural shape. ...
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How would crowdfunding work in a medieval fantasy setting?

For context of the setting, numerous fairly large cities serve as the seats of regional feudal governments in a stable, prosperous kingdom. There are a lot of commerce in the cities, and merchants ...
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What would have to be present for tooth or bones to naturally appear pearlescent?

In my fantasy world, unicorns have pearly horns, teeth, and bones. I didn't write it, but I am hoping to write a fanfiction in which it is explained.
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What should be done with the carbon when using magic to get oxygen from carbon dioxide?

So, I'm working on a flintlock fantasy series, and my protagonist is what's called an Arcane Engineer. This is someone who makes magical devices. Among those she has made there is a mask that let ...
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How fast could a magic-using society get from agriculture to industrial revolution?

I've been creating a science fantasy conworld, but I'm honestly not interested as much in pre-industrial stuff. But I don't want to ignore the pre-industrial history, so I'm looking for a way for the ...
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Defending Castle from Zombies

TL;DR: You're defending coastal medieval fortress with help of about 1000 people from attack of zombies. Long version: In my fantasy world, I'm dealing with problem of how would you defend city ...
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Visible light from the brain

I'm building a magic system where magic isn't just controlled by human brains, but is actively produced there. As a byproduct, when casting a spell, the brain generates a large quantity of visible ...
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What kind of society would a species of autotrophic plants create? [closed]

The setting includes both magic and 21st century technology. The species in question are non-sessile, sentient and sapient trees, and has evolved that way due to the threat of a xylophagous predator. ...
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how would martial arts evolve in a magical world? [closed]

My magic system is quite basic it revolves around runes and drawing them in the air.If skilled enough you can not do that . or if the spell is so simple you dont need to unless exhausted. how would ...
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If my characters can control electrons could they use this as a means to attract and repel objects?

Could they use their abilities to change an objects electromagnetic fields to work in their favour. I want my magic system to be explained as the story progresses. I’m thinking this could be a way to ...
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Is my antagonist and his race plausible? [closed]

I am writing a contemporary fantasy novel with sci-fi elements. The antagonist is a member of The Mahos. Their race predates our universe. They have an extremely high body temperature their skin is ...
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If an alien race used solid nitrogen hammers as weapons, how long would they last before melting on earth?

The enemy they fight have an extremely high body temperature, I’m wondering the effects of solid nitrogen would have on them. The idea is the enemies' bodies are like molten under the skin.
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How might telekinesis and pyrokinesis work if they were possible?

New here! Now let me be clear: I'm well aware that telekinesis and pyrokinesis are both impossible, as I've been rudely informed on every science forum. Nonetheless, I don't just want to "make it up" ...
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How would history be different if Communism was white supremacist? [closed]

Let's assume Communism does the same as it does historically, killing x million Chinese, millions of Africans, Siberian indigenous peoples. However, instead of using far left rhetoric, it justifies ...
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A Magical Society [closed]

Quite literally. I have an idea for a world I want to make in which the ability to use magic is about as easy as something like learning how to code. It would be taught in schools, professions would ...
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How impossible would a bioluminescent plant-based lifeform be?

Looking for alternative sources of lighting for my current worldbuilding project so I couldn't help but wonder if a bioluminescent plant-based lifeforms could be realistically feasible. I'm just ...
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How would winged humans fight dragons?

So currently in my fantasy universe 2 races are at war, the Anglar and the Darus. (I previously had a question about melee combat while fighting ground troops that involved the same races, if some are ...
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Is it possible to have a “pure” feudal society? [closed]

Edit : Pardon my ignorance because I may very well be misconstruing terms that I have very limited understanding of. I read somewhere on this sub that pure feudalism is just a contract-law approach ...
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What sort of rules / limitations could govern and affect a crystal resource that is both anti-gravity and energy-producing?

I apologise if this is rather vague but I'm struggling with creating a concept that would allow a Victorian (steampunk) civilisation to have antigravity ships and floating islands through the use of a ...
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How can an immortal surrogate pass on genes to a fertilized embryo?

I am part of a group of immortals from the planet Ziest. From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the ...
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Boomerang fighting style?

Context: I'm currently writing a story where I'm giving unconventional and otherwise impractical battle weapons more spotlight. So I am currently contemplating making my main character a boomerang(s) ...
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Scientific synonyms for “forward, backward, up, down, left, and right” [closed]

I am not talking about anterior, posterior, etc... I am looking for words specifically relating to movement. Long description... In the mythos I am working on, mages learn to control objects in three ...
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Can you actually swing, shoot, throw while suspended in the air with a jetpack?

Disclaimer: I don't know a single thing about aerodynamics but I'm hoping to get a little pointers in where to start. I'm currently writing a fantasy story where jetpacks are a very practical and ...
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How can a quarantined eldritch abomination affect boundaries beyond its perimeter?

The world we live in is a simulated reality that is run by large artificial intelligences called gods. These "Gods" act as software that run in the background of the reality, making sure that it ...
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Balancing Humanoid fantasy races: Elves

Part 1 of a series of questions. Generally, in fantasy humans are always disadvantaged when compared to other races (short lives, less fighting skill, weaker with magic, etc). I want to avoid this, ...
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Why leave magical runes exposed?

So, just to clarify, you needn't worry about vague rules - this question is relevant to my own fantasy universe. In this such universe, magic is not a separate energy, it is the ability to control ...
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Should a god have more or less power when in a physical body? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel titled "Seraphim Divided." In the novel, there is a god known as Thorolax (The Midnight Harbinger). I want to have him be introduced as an ethereal being who has to rely on ...
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How would a fixed altitude magical Airship be propelled?

Background In my world, there are vehicles that can spatially "lock" themselves to a single altitude. The locking mechanism is a magical core, combined with runic metal bands extending around the ...
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How can chaotic entities be prevented from spreading beyond their domain?

This is a follow up question to one I asked earlier:How can religions be structured in ways that allow inter-faith councils to work? So, these gods are basically artificial intelligences that are ...
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Where would a “Magic gland” go for full-body saturation of magic?

If there were some organ, akin to the liver or a gland (I'm blanking on organ functions right now), that produces magical energy to project through the body, its various vessels, and directly out of ...