Questions tagged [magic]

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Limitations of magic as an energy conversion process

My world has magic and I would like to check a few things about it. Feel free to correct me if I'm way off-base. My magic is basically an energy conversion process. You take energy from your ...
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How do I create a “magic particle” to make magic work with physics?

I'm trying to make a fantasy-esque magic system in which everything works pretty much the same as real life, except there's a sort of "magic particle" that makes magic possible, but with physics. In ...
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Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare?

Are swords, spears, and arrows that turn slain enemies into pure gold useful, in medieval combat, or are they useless aside from free money? Notes about the weapons: flesh wounds don't turn people ...
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How can magic be used to drive someone insane - later

In my world, I have 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 practitioner total control over ...
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How to explain magic-using kings

For my current world, I have a continent whose countries were brought together into a single, massive empire. After the death of the last emperor, the central imperial authority crumbled and the ...
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Why are monsters created by magical mutation still around after magic dissipates, but mutated humans are not?

I have a world build for an Eastern style RPG, which includes the standard trope of monsters being common obstacles the heroes have to battle across the world; though my world gets into detail about ...
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Occultic FTL Drive

In a hypothetical futuristic society that blends arcane magic with science, humanity has spread across the galaxy. FTL drives exist, but they are relatively slow and must exit at the outer edge of a ...
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If music was crucial at wars?

In most video games an epic song starts playing when characters fight. But let's say that now live music gives soldiers supernatural reflexes, strength, and speed. Like anime characters, but not ...
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Trust Magic and combat

Background Water is a very mysterious figure. He doesn't say much, he doesn't do much, but he is also at the forefront of an elite group of like-minded magic users. Water knows trust magic. With ...
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How would metal cloth affect armor design?

Within my setting, there will be a race of spider people, and they will have the ability to create "metal silk", which is basically taking any type of metal, realistic and fantastic, and dissolving it ...
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Zombies, attrition warfare

A necromancer decided to raise an army of zombies to attack the neighbouring kingdom. It's a relatively small and decentralized kingdom, about the size of Denmark. In this world, zombies cannot infect ...
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If people had magic powers, how would it affect slavery?

Let me provide some insight to my magic system. 75-95% of people have magic powers. (Depending on where you are.) These powers manifest themselves any time from birth to the end of puberty. These ...
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Magic trope uses *entropy* not energy

Another question (and others in this line) got me thinking. In a magical universe we often try to make sense of it with similar physical laws but extended into another realm: nuclear power is "magic" ...
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Magic for tone-deaf people in a world where magic is performed through song

In a world of magic, spells are songs. They aren't easy to sing and becoming truly proficient requires a similar amount of time and effort as it does to become an opera singer on Earth. Of course some ...
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How does a mundane army defeat an immortal army?

In trying to both invent and prevent mediums with which opposing armies can defeat "Army X", I come to you, stack exchange, hoping for some second-opinions on how to 'defeat an immortal army'. In ...
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How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts?

Premise: In a world similar ours, whose culture is like our medieval era, there is one key difference. There is a "Darkness" (at night or in very dark places) which forms into "beasts" through some ...
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Specifics of magical symbols and casting: What makes Air-drawn magic difficult to master?

This is a continuation of my Specifics of magical symbols and casting series of questions. Air-Drawn magic in this world would be invoked in a similar process as emotions, the brain of beings in this ...
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Energy in a human body?

I would like to make a magic system that follows the laws of conservation of energy, making it so that you can use magic to do something that you can do physically, like lift things, as well as do ...
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How might castles develop in magical world?

Allow me to shed some light on this subject (turns on lightbulb). Brief Overview of Magic These powers manifest themselves any time from birth to the end of puberty. These magical powers fall under ...
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How can I change my Luck?

The Gerontocracy of the Favored has ruled essentially the entirety of the Known World for countless generations. The Old Favored might be men, might be machines, or some strange combination thereof. ...
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How could a small fantasy world survive hundreds of years of darkness?

Setup: A small fantasy world -- with about three cities, five sizable towns, typical medieval technology, a low amount of magic, and some typical monsters living in the uncivilized parts -- is plunged ...
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Could a light mage microwave your face?

First post, so I’d appreciate suggestions and help on how to make this question better. Question Suppose there’s a sorcerer with power over light. He can use these abilities to perform all the ...
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Meta-Energy: Plausible?

So, as a project for an idea, I'm trying to blend sci-fi elements with a Tolkien-ish world to try something new. One of the key features of this world is a type of universal energy which has the ...
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How to keep a peasant army relevant in a setting where individuals can train to be superhuman?

Following on from this question, a fantasy setting exists where physical training has no limits and those dedicated enough can become super-fast, super strong and perform incredible feats. ...
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What prevents magic from being used scientifically? [closed]

In a fantasy world that behaves like our world where the same basic laws of physics, chemistry, etc. apply, except for the addition of magical abilities and forces - what prevents magic from being ...
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Explaining Unique Artifact Shops

The Setup: During his trip to the town of Ar-Piji, our hero stumbles upon a mysterious shop. It contains all sorts of oddities, but for some reason he's the only one in there except for the hagged ...
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How to make plasma manipulation powers, on equal power with phases of matter, without material generation powers?

In a world with a magic system where everyone can manipulate materials that are in 1 of 4 certain phases of matter, and the phases are: Plasma, Liquid, Solid, and Gas... How do I make the Plasma ...
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What could have caused the end of magic? [closed]

As is well known, in the middle ages, and before that, people could do magic. However, we know that in today's time, magic simply doesn't work. However let's assume that this is not because magic ...
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Redox Magic 2: Iron Age France

This is part 2 of a series. Part 1 can be read here. It's the same premise, in a different era. Imagine that you live in France during the iron age. One day, you and five friends have the ability to ...
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Realistic bow weight and penetration for a humanoid of large size and strength

If a humanoid that is identical too a human but stands at roughly 9 feet and has at least twice the strength a human in say the top ten percent of the strength demographic had a bow of equivalent ...
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Application of magically-created chimeras [closed]

So, in a typical fantasy world, mages and wizards have discovered a ritual to create chimeras - they can produce monstrosities by fusing animals together. Note that by 'fuse', I do not mean any fancy ...
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How do I explain Restoration Magic using physics? [closed]

A quote that every worldbuilder worth his salt should know is from Arthur C. Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." This is how many of us explain magic, just ...
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Sealing a wound: ice or fire?

Assume that a magician has the ability to create both flames and ice. His Muggle (for the lack of a better word) friend is wounded and is bleeding profusely. Traditionally, in most fantasy books where ...
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Spells that would be effective against a modern day army but would NOT destroy a fantasy one [closed]

I'm developing a story about a few hundred modern day US Marines who are transported to a fantasy world and must do battle with an army of Orcs and dragons. I know they will be extremely effective at ...
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Way to sacrifice a human with little to no physical damage

In my fantasy world, there are people that can insert their consciousness into another body, basically creating a mental clone of themselves. However, they need human sacrifices to do so, as dead ...
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Emotional caveats in a magic system?

I recently read Brandon Sanderson's articles on magic systems and they gave me a lot to think about, especially in the form of costs and weaknesses. I think I came up with a fairly interesting system ...
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Why would a society choose to reject technology and use only magic?

In my world, some people discover how to use inter-dimensional energy to change reality (magic) and how to communicate with inter-dimensional beings (magical creatures). This leads to at least one ...
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How would the world governments react if the supernatural was discovered? [closed]

So for the question, take these things into account. Up to very recently, the world was exactly as ours. Everyone from angsty teenagers to modern pagans, fraternities to secret societies perform ...
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What features would a pirate ship need to be able to support the weight of a dragon and cargo?

A notable character in my story is a notorious pirate known for his ruthlessness. His notoriety makes him a target for other pirates, marine soldiers, and whatever else decided to make a home in the ...
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Why do witches have non-magical bodyguards?

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. One brand of magic ...
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How to explain magical internet

In one of the stories I'm writing, I have a character that falls from our world into another, far less advanced one, and brings his smartphone with him (along with a few other things, but they aren't ...
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Redox Magic 1: Stone-age France

Because my setting is incredibly varied, I've been advised against attempting to ask this in a single question, and have broken this up into a series. Each context will be roughly analogous to a ...
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How would you defend a package from magic Ninjas?

Without boring you with details, in my world, a government is try to protect a package from ninjas crossing over from another world. Technological Bases The technology in this government's world is ...
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Would magical curses be more effective at curbing violent crimes than prison time or death penalty?

What if in a magical world, people would be punished with curses rather than prison for violent offenses. This would be for crimes the state found most despicable (murder, rape, torture, necromancy, ...
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If energy is conserved, how much energy do I need to reasonably use skeletons as a tomb defense?

Imagine a world of magic. This magic can do anything you want it to, as long as physics agrees (totally useless addendum: physics is actually a very pendantic guy, but rumour has it his mistresses ...
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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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Double-checking my world's rules for making magic extend to clothes

One of the trickiest things I had to do when coming up with my urban fantasy story full of superpowers was finding a consistent set of rules to justify why people can use powers like invisibility, ...
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Would a magic-using society create living batteries?

Postulate My world has functioning magic which is capable of exerting kinetic effect. (That is, move objects, or generate heat, since "heat" after all is just motion at the atomic level.) It can't ...
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Fencing style for blades that can attack from a distance [closed]

Due to all the edits and clarifications asked I will re write the question tomorrow, thanks for your patience. Leaving this up until then, for reference. In the setting I'm working on, magitech has ...
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What kind of natural disaster could create a permanent, global cloud cover?

“Permanent” here meaning “significant over geological timespans”, so it would have to last at least 10,000 years and produce a thick enough layer of clouds that it would cover the entire planet in an ...