Questions tagged [magic]

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Sci-fantasy; terraforming the earth, and magic nanomachines

Well I was in the process of designing a world for my new RP. I briefly had the idea that this world could be a psuedo-sci-fi far-flung future Earth but eventually dismissed it, because I wanted too ...
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In a world of science AND magic, how is magic explained scientifcally? [closed]

Obviously there are multiple ways to explain this, so the correct answer in this case would be the most reasonable and detailed answer with as many explanations as possible.
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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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What is the caloric requirement of a fire spell?

Let's take this image as our fireball in question: And let's further assume that it travels about 30 meters before burning out (twice the range of a WWII flamethrower) and travels at the speed of 20 ...
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No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1: alkaline)

Excuse the broad question but I couldn’t resist making a metal pun. So in my universe the Fair Folk encompass a large group of creatures. They live in their own little pocket universe, in which ...
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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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How could a Great Chasm be created?

As one of the feature in my world, I want to create a very deep chasm, as deep as possible. If it can touch the core, it will be perfect. Size does not actually matters, although I think the ...
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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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Why no firearms?

In this world, magic exists. The technological level is medieval, but weapons like magically reloading crossbows exist. Magic has the following rules: All magic requires runes and a verbal ...
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What would be the impact on a medieval society if “cure disease” magic was available to the powerful?

I'm building a world which is broadly a standard fantasy setting - similar to 15th to 16th century Europe in technology, government, growing urbanization and trade, etc., but with some magic. Very ...
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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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What minimal magic is needed to maintain a huge torus planet?

I'm creating a fantasy world (dragons, giants, generally medieval, generally rare magic, potential inter planar travel), and I would like the world shaped like a donut. Obviously I could just say "...
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Magic rules without logical loopholes

Let's start with Sanderson's-first-law. Although I like reading stories with soft magic, this is not question about them. I would like to work with hard magic - the magic bound by strict rules. So ...
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Realistic economic impact of a Hero

You've probably played this game before — the hero goes out into the wilderness, slaughters hordes of beasts and bandits, then returns to the town and promptly sells all his loot to the nearest ...
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How could elves survive without any fat cell in their body?

Have you ever seen a fat Elf? I haven't, and I think there's an unexpected reason. You see, Elves aren't really the best workers or at least working the land and cultivating food is not something ...
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Handling magical rune script copyright

I have a setting where there is an online shop that sells magic script, which sent via email. The magic in this world is activated via a runic script - similar to a program code. The problem is, I ...
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How to monetize magical mirrors in today's world?

This is kinda a followup question to my earlier question about magical mirrors: Magical internet - unique addressing system Two months ago, I discovered an ancient house in the middle of woods. As I ...
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What good are herbivores in an animal army?

This is a multi-species animal army with predators of all shapes and sixes, foxes, lions, bears, tigers, leopards, wolves, lynx, eagles, falcons and so on. The herbivores have been excluded from the ...
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How do you defeat a time-stopping Dark Lord? [closed]

Gentlemen, I am sure you all know why I have gathered you here today. As we all know, the Dark Lord who has appeared on the borders of our beloved realm of Average Magical Medieval Setting commands ...
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How to make Rune-Based Magic interesting?

I'm trying to design a world for a fantasy setting where some disgruntled god decided to give the general population magic powers. However, rather than recite a spell or use sheer will to use magic, ...
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How does a Blood Shaman gain his power?

Background There exists a continent on the scale of Eurasia, which spreads from tropical regions to polar. It has the full range of biomes that we find on Earth. On this continent, there are many ...
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Magic that alters living cells - How to efficiently battle with it?

In my fantasy novel, magic is a natural part of the world. It is not some mystical force shrouded in mystery, but rather backed by science (though only I, the author, know it's true workings). In my ...
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Why is there only one wizard's guild?

The characteristics of a wizard: Spellcasting is very complicated and difficult - a high intelligence is critical to make a success of it. They spend many years studying to master the basics of their ...
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How to study magic that isn't objective

It has been said that any reasonable kind of magic would be possible to study and thus, would be like just another branch of science. That is, unless it makes absolutely no sense. I have created a ...
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How does vampire-dad keep the masquerade to his daughter

A new girl moves into town with her eccentric parents who are self-proclaimed, professional vampire-hunters. They, for some reason, are completely convinced that their new neighbour is a vampire, but ...
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How can magic and the economy reliably stand together?

This question assumes that in any kind of magical world, any form of magi can create nearly anything, but especially -- using only magic, can create gold, silver, gemstones, other currency, etc. as ...
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Plausibility of Mushroom Buildings

How plausible would buildings made inside of, or made using, giant mushrooms be? Copyright Raphael Lacoste 2018 A staple of the fantasy genre, mushrooms have commonly been seen as magical and ...
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What are the societal effects of an easily available resurrection service?

Let's take a world where you can be resurrected, D&D style, but maybe a little cheaper, no constitution-based ill effects, and easier to access. Perhaps any cleric worth their salt can bring you ...
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How does one design a city meant for creatures of greatly varying sizes? [duplicate]

More specifically, given that you have to accommodate creatures that can be anything between 2 and 21 feet tall, and you want all these creatures to have accommodations such as inns or houses, and ...
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Rules for a magic generated by belief

Let's take again an imaginary world where, without its inhabitants realizing it, everything is physically influenced by what people thinks, by what they believe, by how they see the world. This world ...
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How can I make humans NOT WANT to investigate how a supernatural ability works in an intelligent, non-human creature?

We've had a few questions where answers state, to a lesser or greater degree, "humans would investigate this ability to figure out how it works" in another creature with abilities not readily ...
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How would it make sense that spellbooks or grimoires teach only one wizard?

When I saw this other question about one somewhat illogical aspect of spellbooks in JRPG games I remembered another somewhat illogical aspect about JRPG spellbooks: How would it make sense that ...
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How would sentient intelligent, normal-sized mice fight against humans?

Assuming that the world still uses melee weapons like swords and spears, has magic and medievalesque warfare tactics. They are a race of smart mice (they still look like mice, just that they can use ...
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Magical internet - unique addressing system

Inspired by recent watching of Shrek 2 and by Lord of The Rings: When talking about magical Orbs or Mirrors, we have mostly in mind above picture. Skilful mage operates hard to obtain device. But ...
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Using physics - How can a character fly

I am writing a story in which the characters have some power over the physical world - literally able to transform their knowledge of physics into powers. I am trying to determine a good way for them ...
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Would we see cannons in a magic-using society?

In a society that has relatively plentiful magic, enough that spell casters would be a standard part of any size-able army, would cannons and artillery still develop? For the purpose of this question ...
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Would 'magic' muskets be a significant advantage over actual muskets?

In my world I have one side armed with 'muskets' which utilize a simple form of magitek. Their 'bullet' is actually a magical 'blast' of condensed magic from the air. Despite being magical in theory,...
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How could flying soldiers influence medieval battle tactics?

Two medieval armies are fighting one another. Their infantries are approximately equal, and their artillery pieces are well matched. During one battle, they enter what appears to be a stalemate. Then ...
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Magic that alters living cells - Growing cities out of trees?

This is a question about the same magic explained in this one. I also explain the magic below. Explanation: In my fantasy novel, magic is a natural part of the world. It is not some mystical ...
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How to Escape an Impossible Situation Using Minimal Magic?

Background: My evil 10,000 year old Nature Mage Erilius has escaped the desert and made it back to the furthest outpost in his Rainforest kingdom. Upon entering his makeshift Magic plant tower ,his ...
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How to fulfill a wish without causing a lot of troubles

A week ago, I was walking through an old district of Prague and found an old lamp. I tried to clean it by rubbing it... And you guessed that correctly: A genie appeared saying: "I will fulfill you one ...
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How do sorcerers attempt to prevent common people, or other sorcerers, from duplicating their spell scrolls?

Simply put, the world has magic, though it would be considered "science" by the world itself. This first section is going to provide a background for how the magic works. "Spells" can be cast via ...
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What would count or define as an eldritch abomination?

So I tried googling them, all I got was A:[unspeakable horrors not meant to be seen][Which does not help] B:[A giant tentacled balloon] C:[Some strange shadow skeleton pseudo-death god] So yeah, ...
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Alynn the Scientific Mage: Self-Sustenance

It took Alynn two days to escape the villagers, her would-be killers. Two days - the same amount of food she'd taken in her rush to escape. Being magical was all very well, but its reliance on ...
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How would it affect a human to suddenly have the visual senses of a martial eagle?

With the help of my allmighty Handwavium I want to change the biology of a human being so that this particular human being gets his eyes replaced with the eyes of a martial eagle. According to ...
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What percentage of the population has the “magic gene”?

So I have a world that has magic. Whether you can use magic is hereditary, and there's about a 1/4 chance of inheriting the "magic gene". What I want to know is, will the percentage of magic users ...
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Specifics of magical symbols and casting: What makes mastering the concept of physically manipulating magic difficult?

This is a continuation of my Specifics of magical symbols and casting series of questions. In the process of splitting my post up, I noticed my final question got a bit broad. So to specify how magic ...
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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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What species, if any, would survive this kind of apocalypse, and what would global environment be like?

So, this is going to be kind of a tricky question to answer, because the setting is a science fantasy world, in the sense that, on the surface at least, it looks like our reality and it seems like the ...
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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 ...