Questions tagged [magic]

For questions that have to do with magic, as opposed to science/technology. Remember to explain any limits.

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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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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 to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Naval cannons vs ships made of magic wood

In my magical world, for reasons magical, metals such as iron have never gotten used, and even use of bronze is scarce. On the other hand, magic allowed for refinement of wood, similar to the ...
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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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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 ...