Questions tagged [magic]

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Is there any generally useful magic that can be done if all it could do was violate the Third Law of Thermodynamics?

Is there any generally useful magic that can be done if all it could do was violate the Third Law of Thermodynamics? The Third Law of Thermodynamics just seems to relate to absolute zero? And it says ...
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Under the right temperature conditions, would a gallium sword be possible/useful?

Gallium is a metal that melts at room temperature. I have a character who has the ability to manipulate matter and temperature to some degree. Is it possible for her to carry around a sheathe full of ...
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What effect does a fireball have on a being of pure ice?

We're starting off with a Japanese mythical creature, the Yuki-Onna. Now the specifics of this being vary quite a bit from one tale to another, so let me be specific what this being is about. Keep in ...
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How can I move a magical water-producing artifact?

An adventurer (named Moses, for humor's sake) finds a clear pool of water deep in a cave. Upon taking a swim, he finds at the bottom of the pool is a mystical stone that eternally puts out water, ...
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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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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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How to let a king be lost for a year and return back to his country, to regain his title without any problems?

In my story, I'm trying make an emperor temporarily leave his country to go to an important (far away) place, and spend a year there. My story has magic in it, thus long distance communication will be ...
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How can I stop Ice Sorcerers breaking into my shop? [closed]

Question I am a shopkeeper who sells food to sorcerers on a corner shop in the city of Monte Lacum. How can I stop Ice Sorcerers breaking into it and stealing the food? Attempts to prevent being ...
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Stopping a cavalry charge by destroying the ground in front of it?

The magic system in my story resembles bending in Avatar TLA/LOK. Basically, instead of needing spears/pikes/etc. to break a cavalry charge, the army's vanguard waits until the enemy charge is ...
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How would a magician trick scientists into believing he is using science?

Now let's say there is a magician. We'll say he like a DnD wizard or something, so he does stuff like create food out of thin air and turns people he doesn't like into lizards. He doesn't want to ...
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How can a religion that exists across a supercontinent maintain its unity?

The planet Earth is made up of one giant supercontinent that all of humanity live on. The landmasses are separated by jungles, deserts, mountain ranges, large rivers, and other geographical barriers. ...
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How can I save a high-tech/no-spaceflight civilization against the wrath of non-technological gods?

The Problem: Atlantis has angered the gods. Having developed fantastical technologies far beyond the rest of the planet, they have managed to challenge the gods themselves. The gods' reaction is to ...
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How could deities on the same world be divided into regional pantheons?

In a hypothetical fantasy setting, every region has its own pantheon. The deities are real and often interact with other pantheons, particularly between deities that share the same portfolio: e.g. ...
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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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Could crystals grow on living things?

A friend and I are creating a magical bird that eats gemstones then uses them to form a thin coat of crystal armor over its body. Is there any way for this bird (or any living thing) to actually have ...
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In the magic==math trope, how do “they” know when we're doing spells?

Take Charles Stross’s Laundry stories as an exemplar for this modern day approach that makes explicit the analogy between computer geeks and fantasy mages. If P = NP then magic is possible. Here’s a ...
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How will a god gain belief?

Assume a medieval magic world, where Gods are worshipped and the most popular God is the most worshipped. The Gods gain their power from the belief & prayers that comes from the believers, and ...
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Can I huff and puff and blow a pyramid down?

I am the most powerful weather wizard in the world. I can create any sort of wind based phenomenon with a snap of my fingers. I can whip up a tornado in less than a minute, and get a Category 5 ...
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How would rudder protection against water elementals affect ship's performance?

In my world, there are two countries constantly in cold or warm war with each other, and one of them has quite a lot of magi in their army. In my RPG campaign, the party is sailing one of the best-...
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In a world where Magic steam Engines exist what would keep people from making cars

I am working a wild wild west mixed with contemorary fantasy setting. So imagine knights in shining Armor, riding along side a train as a dragon flies over and breathes fire down. on they have what ...
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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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Would an endothermic star be possible?

Real world stars are a mass of exothermic nuclear reactions. But what if there were some sort of star-like astrological phenomenon that somehow underwent an endothermic reaction? I would like to know ...
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How to limit the proportion of a Force sensitive population?

I'm making a world where small part of population are like Star Wars Force sensitives. They have high status in my world, as the sensitivity gives them certain advantages over ordinary people. A ...
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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 magicians be scared of regular people? [closed]

A classical trope in writing (and, unfortunately, history) is that regular people are out to kill magicians, so the magicians have to run and hide (operate "in secret"). Practically, why would a ...
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Are un-populated areas on a continent with countries at least a thousand years old possible?

So I am working on a world for fantasy setting and I drew a map as one is oft to do when making a world. The story, at least as far as I have planned, will be limited to one continent on this planet. ...
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Would a very successful groundhogger day trader be in trouble?

The story so far: Pennyless joe gets a "groundhog potion" that supposedly allows to repeat one day once. He drinks it and proceeds to win the state lottery by memorizing the numbers. He then discovers ...
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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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How do you make men relevant in a setting where only women can use magic?

The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it as it is naturally inborn. It requires training, some females being stronger than others. Magic takes the form of spells ...
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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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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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How does the king control the most powerful wizard in the land? [closed]

The King is a bit... eccentric - a sort of Calligula type, but in his employ is the most powerful wizard in the land. He is continuously ordering the wizard to perform humiliating, monotonous and ...
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What if Santa does not want Norad to track him?

The North American Aerospace Defense Command track Santa Claus' position each year as he delivers presents. Santa has mostly been cool with this (it's made him a little nervous in the past), but he's ...
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What would be the effect of magic ultraviolet rocks on developing societies?

One of my favorite bits of set dressing is magic glowing rocks. You see them in movies, video games, and every other manner of medium conveying fantasy settings. Personally, I'm perfectly okay with ...
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What is a believeable type of lodging that people can rent in the medieval setting world?

I'm trying to build a world that has the setting of medieval or middle-ages fantasy. Stuff like adventurer guild and so on is also implemented alongside the usual mercenary and freelance knight. One ...
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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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Tactical Advantages to Dragons with Riders

Given a fantasy world in which magic exists and which dragons are real, what kind of tactical advantages could a dragon and rider pair have over dragons without riders? To expand on the setting: ...
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Why would magic and science be split?

As previously noted, magic would most likely be able to be studied by the scientific method. Indeed, science would likely at least try to understand magic, if not incorporate it. My question is, what ...
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How would the government prepare the country for an acknowledgement of real magic in our world?

This can apply to all countries but I live in America so this question specifically focuses on the American government. How would the President prepare the nation for the news that magic is real, ...
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Is it possible for a skelecopter to fly?

Some necromancers prefer skeletons over undead (have a certain style to them, they don't smell, there's less moaning and grunting). But at the end of the day, they're still walking skeletons. Boring! ...
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How would lawmakers try to use and abuse a system with magically-enforced laws?

John is walking in the park one day, ranting to himself about stupid drivers not obeying the speed limit and roaring down his street and the stupid police not doing anything about it, when he comes ...
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When do I teach children to use magic?

We've all seen those awesome video games and movies and comics where people throw "Hadokens" and "Hamehameha" around like it's nothing. It's flashy, does a ludicrous amount of damage (including the ...
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How to safely wish?

After reading that lamp ghosts really exist, I of course had to try for myself. Not having an old lamp, I just tried to rub some electric lamp at home, and to my great surprise, indeed immediately a ...
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A magician can draw magical power from other planets in a star system, but not their own - why?

Basically, in the world I am building, magic-users draw the energy necessary to use their abilities from other Realms - specifically, these other Realms are actually planets in the solar system. This ...
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Creating a barrier between continents

I want to create a barrier between two continents in order to use the second continent as an expansion that will be later added on to the game. The world has magic and medieval technology with certain ...
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How does a modern military defend against a guerrilla Army of wizards

Magic in this world comes from an external Force which is virtually Unlimited. So, Wizards won't get tired from doing spells; they could continue doing spells for weeks if they could stay awake that ...
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How could reincarnation magic be limited to prevent overuse?

Maleficient is an evil witch on a quest for true immortality. Until she accomplishes her goal, she uses a midpoint form of magic called reincarnation in order to buy her more time and keep her alive. ...
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Why would absorbing someone's soul to extend your life physically age you?

Souls are the sum of an individual. Their memories, personality, and everything that makes them "them". Souls also contain essence, which keeps the body alive and allows it to function. Essence, or ...
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What kind of society would allow magic that uses someone else's energy?

First, a bit of background. Let's say there are two real ways to power your magic in this world. For the sake of the question, I'll refer to them as "light" and "dark". Both kinds of magic are ...
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What are the exceptions to Natural Selection? [duplicate]

Consider a population where a low percentage of people (5%) posess a genetic advantage over the rest. In my fictional world, let’s assume this small percent of the population can wield magic while ...