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Imbalance between male and female magician population - What would be the implications?

Setting is a medieval fantasy. In every 1 million people living, there would be 10,000 magicians. Among those 10,000 magicians only 150 are male the rest are female. Kingdoms compete in quality and ...
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Controlling Inertia

Disclaimer: I feel I know enough about Physics to be dangerous. There have been a number of questions about overly large swords and changing mass, and the common theme in all the answers to these ...
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Why don't mages use side weapons? [closed]

In fiction mages usually only hold wands, staffs, books or some magic orbs/discs floating around them and most of the time they run around empty handed. How can it be justified other than the rule ...
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Impact of my magic system on technological development

What would be the impact of my magic system on technological development of human-like civilizations, starting with bronze age level technology and going through to around 1900 level technology (...
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Swords more effective than guns [closed]

In our beautiful little world there are guns like pistols and rifles and for simplicity sake let's say they are of the Old West variety. In this world there also exist many beasts different and ...
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Potential ecology of a magic hot spring?

My fantasy world has an ecology hole. The northern areas are, on average, -5 degrees Celsius. Gravity is 90% that of Earth. Residual magic from tectonic phenomena is released as heat into the Earth. ...
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What are some real world examples of mental impairment i can use for my magic system?

My question: What are some real word diseases, disorders, drugs, effects, etc. that interfere with a person's thinking-ability (but do not cause blackout)? I am creating a magic system in which I ...
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How are humans better than supernaturals? [closed]

The world is ruled by three people each over their own group. A vampire rules the supernatural creatures. A sorceress rules over all magic users. And a man, granted a great man, rules over all ...
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What would determine the strength of a magic gene through inheritance?

This is a follow up question: Why would a society of witches choose to have more boys than girls? witches in this world can do magic, and are exclusively female. Males are unable to perform magic. ...
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Fleet defenses against massive creatures [closed]

In my fantasy world, humanity thrives on massive migratory fleets, moving in large numbers between the sparse islands. However, there are massive creatures that live in these places in between, ...
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How to protect against killer insects?

In my world, modern humans are at war with elf-like humanoids who are harmed by the touch of iron and steel. So instead of modern tools they use bio-tech and elemental magic. The human army is trying ...
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Making skeletons a challenging fight

In my world, skeletons are a thing. They're raised from existing corpses under the control of their "master". Obviously, there's magic involved. But I don't want magic to be part of the whole process....
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What could an unbreakable blade accomplish?

Exactly what could an obsidian blade do, if it were unbreakable? Knapped obsidian holds an edge one molecule thick. It's sharp enough to cut between human cells, and is even used in surgeries today. ...
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Liquor making with Time related magic in an ancient-medieval world

So you can accelerate or reverse time of an inanimate/non sentient object within a limited space. Despite having such powers, you don't want to rule the world. Instead you want to make alcoholic ...
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How would a magic user whose magic requires them to enter a dream-state defend themselves? [closed]

So, I have run into a bit of a problem. You see, I am currently creating a magic system for a second fantasy world I'm working on, and I am unable to figure out how to solve some of the problems posed ...
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What alloy could replace brass in most applications?

In my world, zinc is useful as an anti-magic material. This ability manifested shortly after the discovery of magic, and now zinc will erode and decay when exposed to magic, dissipating into ...
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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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How can I convince the internet that my magic is real? [closed]

my name's amàlí and i'm a hyper spunky 23 yr old girl woman (lol, i guess, idk). i run a youtube channel called AMAzing (get it!?) where i talk about what's going on in my life and the world and draw ...
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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 can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, which increases with age and peaks at a certain point. Individuals are born with all the mana they will ever have, but it can be refined with practice ...
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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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What should be the limitations of a gift-generating power?

I'm working on a set of supernatural creatures, their powers and their culture/social structure. One of these races have the power to make gifts appear out of thin air. They can be anything from ...
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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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How could magic cause changes in air pressure? [closed]

I have a world in which there are two types of magic - let's call them Red and Blue, and they're much alike, but polar opposites (see Rich Burlew's worldbuilding article for a good example of this ...
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What effect would a heat absorbing place have on climate?

So basically one feature of my world is that there are sleeping giants (ice and fire being the important ones here) and I want them to affect the climate around them, making places hotter or colder. ...
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No Limits Humans - Physical Side

In a world I'm creating, there is a sect of humans that hunts monsters in secret. All of them have magic "cores" installed on their person. These cores can store massive amounts of neutral ...
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Would there still be land if the amount of water in the oceans was doubled?

A portal to another Earth in a parallel universe is open at the bottom of the Ocean and all the water is moving to the new Earth in the form of a waterfall in the middle of the Atlantic. The form of ...
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What are the effects of generating ice from water vapor on a large scale?

Let's take the most famous scene from Frozen where Elsa creates her ice palace up in the freezing mountains. Now imagine Elsa doing the same thing at sea level, in the summer, where the conditions are ...
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Mix most underground water sources with a substance

TL;DR We're set in a fantastic medieval world. The underground water sources have some special properties because they are exposed to something. How would these sources be mixed with the substance if ...
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No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 3: Iron)

Part 1 can be found here No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1) And part 2 can be found here No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 2) So, my not so metal inclined Fair-folk are encountering ...
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What could cause normal people to hate magicians?

In a civilization, some people are born with the innate ability to do magic (say like Harry Potter universe). All the people, magical and non-magical, have personalities like those in today's world; ...
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Could (and how would) life develop and survive in a place of 24 hours of darkness?

In my fantasy world, Ghafir's Spear is known by many to be a place without light. Here, there is no light, and darkness dominates the land. Despite its shadow, however, there is life here, including ...
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How do you know an invisible person is near to you and catch him with day-to-day items? [closed]

Some people developed the power of being invisible. They start bothering the population and no scientist seems to know how to develop some advanced technology to detect and stop them. The government ...
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How to keep a (reanimated) mummified body in good condition

The Tomblands is a large country inhabited solely by reanimated, sentient mummies. They live their un-lives exactly as they did back in the warm days, just without the eating and sleeping. Every ...
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How long would civilisation take to bounce back after an apocalypse? [closed]

So the background is a (European) Middle Ages (ish) fantasy world but with some magical tech which is only really understood by a race of godlike beings. There are elves, humans and dwarves (who are ...
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Survival of an Industrial Revolution city after being transported to a fantasy world

Background: The story was located in a stereotypical fantasy world until now. The heroes had to save their land from an evil warlord/sorcerer that got his hands on a magical artifact that granted him ...
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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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Possible uses for mental clone(s) [closed]

This is a sort of follow-up to my Way to sacrifice a human with little to no physical damage question. In my fantasy world, there are magic users that have to power to insert their consciousness into ...
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If we were able to control the Earth's spin with magic, could we defeat the Rocket Equation? [closed]

Yesterday, I read the NASA post The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation. Very interesting read. In there, it states: The rocket equation contains three variables. Given any two of these, the third ...
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Is a shruikan dragon size possible in the real world?

In eragon/ inheritance (the book series): Is an organism like Shruikan, the black dragon of Galbatorix, really possible and if so, what would one have to do to create an organism of that proportion (...
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What happens when a tidally-locked planet breaks out of the synchronous rotation?

Say you've got a hypothetical human-colonized planet planet roughly the size and composition of Earth orbiting around an M-class star a third the size of the sun at 0.2 AUs. Due to the proximity, this ...
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How would one design infrastructure in a world where people can disable technology with their eyes?

So, the central conceit of my story is that one day in the modern times, everyone on Earth over the age of 13 starts getting superpowers. While some of them are possible to remove (but only if ...
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Magic System Balance Question [closed]

In my world, I'm trying to make my magic based on moving around energy using one's mind. Extremely powerful mages are as powerful as gods, and the most powerful are able to alter physics within ...
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How would all the adults vanish? [closed]

How would it be plausible for in a world without magic that all the people older than 15 disappear for a length of time of 6 years. I have never been a science freak or a mathematician so I’m not sure ...
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What are the effects of having a planet with one moon being orbited by another moon [duplicate]

My wife and I are working together to create a fantasy setting. In our setting we wanted the source of magic to be this magical ore similar to uranium. What we were thinking was that in the primordial ...
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How to counter a fire-wielding mage in the timeliest manner possible?

Magic is gone from the world, with the exception of a few members of a dying civilization. Plate and chainmail armors are commonly used by the soldiers in this world (a low fantasy medieval setting). ...
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What would happen to life on Earth if the atmosphere was covered by a blanket of shadow (NOT clouds)? [closed]

The "blanket of shadow" only does one thing: block out a fair amount of light from the sun. The "blanket" is not actually physically tangible (it is magic so suspend your beliefs), it's kind of ...
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Medieval political hierarchy with an elite 4 counsel elected based on score points - Part 3

Question's part one and part two To sum everything up : My society is Medieval-like and led by a counsel of 4 people named the Elite 4. Each member of the Elite 4 represents one of the 4 classes (...
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Is this way of messing with physics possible? [closed]

So, I am trying to build a world in which stuff like magic is possible, but the "magic" here is physically explicable by science, although the inhabitants in the world may be a long way from that ...